Archive for October, 2013



In 1999, there were 28,874 gun-related deaths in the United States. In 2011, the number of fatal shootings reached 32,163. The number of deaths has grown substantially over the past twenty years. Incidents like the Columbine High School Massacre, the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting, and the recent Naval Yard shooting […]

Inside the Mind of Bashar Al-Assad

Inside the Mind of Bashar Al-Assad

With all of the horrific events of a destructive rebellion that has reduced flourishing Syrian cities to barren wasteland and left well over 110,000 dead, one may easily wonder what is going on inside the mind of the now infamous president of this crumbling country. Bashar Al-Assad, the leader of […]

by · October 29, 2013 · Features and Opinion, World
Medals for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Source: Kremlin

Russian Anti-Gay Laws and Their Effects on the Olympics

Lillehammer, Nagano, Salt Lake City, Turin, Vancouver, and Sochi. That is a list of the names of the last five cities to host the Winter Olympics. However, one name stands out from the rest. That city is Sochi. Sochi is the only Winter Olympic host out of all five metropolises […]

by · October 24, 2013 · Features and Opinion, World
The Lincoln Monument is one of the many national monuments closed because of the government shutdown.(

Land of the Closed

The recent government shutdown has had a great impact on many parts of the nation.  One of the most overlooked results of the government shutdown is how it has affected our National Parks and Monuments. Many of the nation’s most famous monuments and parks will be closed until the government […]

by · October 16, 2013 · United States
Source: The New York Times

Sensational Reporting: Media Bias in the Trayvon Martin Case

February 26th, 2012. It was a cold night in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon Martin, 17 years old, was walking in the gated community where he was temporarily staying. A confrontation occurred between him and George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch coordinator. Shots were fired. Boom. The rest is history. The simple […]

The Local Highway Change-Up

The Local Highway Change-Up

Many of us take the Bay Area freeways to come to school, whether coming from the East Bay, the South Bay, or the Peninsula.  One interchange that we have come to know very well is the junction of  I-280 and I-880/CA-17.  This is a direct route for many people coming […]

by · October 10, 2013 · California
An Impossible Test

An Impossible Test

America is famous for the many cultures that make up our diverse nation. We supposedly accept people of every gender, every race, and every religion. But do we? Every day, people from Mexico are sent out of American territory because they are illegal immigrants, and many across the Mexican border […]

by · October 9, 2013 · Features and Opinion, United States
Obama shakes hand with uber communist, and enemy of America, Vladimir Putin.

The Secret Behind the Leader of the Free World [Satire]

Amidst the chaos of the governmental shutdown that has, unfortunately, resulted in the most severe political division our great country has witnessed since Miley Cyrus’ “performance” at the VMA’s, I, Jack Zukin, have taken it upon myself to uncover the truth behind the failure in Washington. During my recent stint […]

by · October 8, 2013 · Features and Opinion
The J.P. Morgan Mortgage Scandal

The J.P. Morgan Mortgage Scandal

Back during the 2008 financial crisis and the U.S. real estate bust, many U.S. banks, among them J.P. Morgan Chase, engaged in selling shoddy mortgage securities. Now, through investigation of J.P. Morgan’s mortgage transactions, the U.S. government has uncovered this scandal and is forcing the large bank to pay a total of $11 billion as compensation. If […]