On Thursday, April 6th, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered 59 U.S. Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to be launched towards a military base in Syria.Read More
After a challenging year SS reflects on the brighter moments in an attempt to remind everyone why even the more difficult years remain significant.Read More
Reader Anna E. Domahidi shares her viewpoint about the election and why Clinton's loss is propelling her to work harder.Read More
Kayla Hewitt discusses Trump and the recent rise of right wing conservatism across the globe with artist Lobyn Hamilton.Read More
Kayla Hewitt discusses her opinion about how people of color are portrayed in literature and emphasizes that we need to honor their history, yet remember to characterize them as human with a wide range of emotions.Read More
By: Olivia Hernandez
Jose Fernández was much more than a ball player when he died on September 25th, 2016. Fernández’s life was one characterized by struggle, but also by love and kindness. A Cuban native, he attempted to defect from the island 4 times and was jailed after his failures to flee. In 2008, during one of his attempts to reach the States, he saved his own mother from drowning on the boat ride over. When he finally made it to the U.S., he didn’t speak the English language, but he did, however, speak the language of baseball perfectly.
Fernández was drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2011 and was on the trajectory for success. In 2013, he was named the National League Rookie of the Year 2013 and played twice as an All-Star player. However, it was not just his ability to play ball that was noticed. Jose’s personality was often spoken highly of too. In the days following his death, people recall his effortless ability to radiate excitement for life and passion for the game he loved. He is remembered not only as a stellar player, but also as the kind, compassionate, and accessible man that he was.
Jose Fernández was the manifestation of the Cuban-American Dream and for this reason, along with others, his death hit the Miami community hard. Many are still shocked by his death, my family included. As family of immigrants from Cuba, his victories were our victories, and somehow those victories feels tarnished now that he is gone. But we mustn't let him die in vain. He continues to be an inspiration to us all, a reminder of what is possible for a Cuban kid from Santa Clara. The emotional news conferences have aired and the Marlins have paid tribute to him during their games, but the mourning of his death and the celebration of his life will not end there. His legacy will always live on in those he inspired and his victories, our victories will never be forgotten.
OH and SS explain why they think voting in the upcoming presidential election is important and how it's our resposibility to educate ourselves about the candidates.Read More
Separating the artist’s work from his or her self: When should we ignore a body of work because of the actions of the person who made it?
By: Claire Briggs
Recently, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the premier of Nate Parker’s new critically-acclaimed film the Birth of a Nation, which depicts the story of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831.
The controversy is due to the revival of interest in a rape case at Penn State University in 1999, in which Parker and his co-worker Jean Celestin were accused of raping a woman. As well as this, the woman who accused them of rape committed suicide in 2012. Because of this controversy, many of the questions asked at the press conferences for the film have been about this rape case, rather than the film.
This is in sharp contrast with the premier of Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society. Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow has accused her father of molesting her when she was a child, and it should be noted that during Allen’s marriage to Mia Farrow, he had an affair with his step daughter, Soon-Yi Previn (then 21 years old) with whom he is now married. However, at the press conference for Café Society, no questions were asked about the allegations of abuse against Allen, though his own son, Rowan Farrow, had released a piece in the Hollywood Reporter that same day critiquing media outlets for not questioning his father and investigating Dylan Farrow’s claims of molestation.
Although these two scenarios involve different allegations and details, it’s important to note that Parker has been held significantly more accountable for his alleged actions than Allen, who was honored just two years ago at the Golden Globes with a lifetime achievement award. So why is it that people are so much quicker to take one artist off his pedestal than another? Many people believe that this is because society is far more eager (and likely) to believe that a black man could be guilty of such a crime than they could a white man. This is not to say that Parker should be treated more leniently, but rather that Allen should questioned as thoroughly as as Parker was.
Olivia Hernandez writes about her Cuban-American experience and how her heritage has made her more grateful for the opportunities we have in the United States.Read More
Kayla Hewitt offers readers a few insights into why she's not reading installment in the Harry Potter series, questioning the validity of sequals and remakes in the process.Read More
Sonia Schmidt talks about the upcoming school year and gives advice on how to deal with the inevitable stresses that come with it.Read More
Sonia Schmidt discusses Einstein's Theory of Relativity and relates it to why, no matter the size of impact we make, we truly matter in the universe.Read More
Olivia Hernandez discusses the relationship that the feminist movement for equality has with World War II and the propaganda associated with it.Read More
You can only forgive people for taking harsh measures because of their own angst and desperation for so long, or so Sonia Schmidt believes. She writes about how one moment of booing reminded her why she can’t get over prejudices pervading the USA and the world.Read More
Kayla Hewitt looks into the scariest part of Trump's candidacy, his ability to spew and amplify hatred.Read More
Op-Ed contributor Chris Harden explains the many complications voters must endeavor to understand when navigating the current political climate in the United States.Read More
This weekend we all watched as America's Sweetheart, Taylor Swift, fell from grace. KH attempts to unpack why we loved to watch her go down.Read More
Op-Ed contributor Nylla Davis discusses the recent deaths of both Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and the inherent injustice felt by the black community in the wake of extreme police brutality.Read More
Op-Ed contributor Leyla Ebrahimi shares her experience as an Iranian American as she comes to realize the misconceptions Americans have about a place she views as home.Read More
Fear is an incredibly dangerous tool. By creating divides within our country we effectively contribute to terrorists’ goal of creating chaos in America. SS offers her opinion on why using the phrase “Radical Islamic terrorism” is not only offensive but also inaccurate and ineffective.Read More