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When did students stop believing in Santa Claus?

By Anna Harman Growing up, Santa Claus was an annual tradition in my house. On Christmas Eve, we would leave cookies and milk on the kitchen counter and rush to bed so Santa could come and bring us gifts. We’d watch him on the “Santa Tracker '' app and then go to bed, although we never could fall asleep. In the morning, we would wake our parents up and go downstairs to see all of the stockings filled and the gifts that he left us.  It wasn’t until I lost a tooth on Christmas ...

Christmas Around the World

By Anna Harman In the United States, Christmas is a huge deal. Many people enjoy decorating the outsides of their houses with lights and sometimes they put inflatable figures or statues of Santa Claus or reindeer in their yard. Usually, people with children will leave carrots for the reindeer, and a few cookies with a glass of milk as a snack for Santa on Christmas Eve. Many towns, stores and businesses decorate the streets and buildings with lights to celebrate Christmas. But not all ...

A Future with Flying Cars

by Avonlea Brown It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… Flying car? Flying cars have been making appearances in books and television since the early 1900s. Kids in the late 1960s dreamt of flying away on a car with fold-out red wings like “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, and that dream was reimagined for kids up to the early 2000s with the flying cars from “Meet The Robinsons.” But recent announcements and videos have revealed that flying cars could become a reality as soon as the ...

The State of Free Speech Around the World

by Noah Tang Freedom of speech and the press are two of the most fundamental values of a free society. The First Amendment of the US Constitution protects both rights. Historically, the United States has respected these freedoms, which were among the principles it was founded upon. Most nations throughout history, and many countries today, have not done the same. Dr. Christine Kim, Assistant Professor of International Studies, is from South Korea. She saw how freedom of speech and the ...

Is the Red Wave Receding?

By Esther Fultz Predicting political outcomes is, at best, challenging. Election results are influenced by a myriad of dynamic and complex factors, and what seems likely one day could prove inaccurate the next.   This past May, a red wave in Congress seemed probable. Economic and supply chain issues, the crisis at the southern border, and the United States’s response to international conflicts in Afghanistan and Ukraine all contributed to President Biden’s low approval ...

Black Friday is full of irony and crazy people

By Chris Karenbauer It’s nearly midnight after you ate your hearty Thanksgiving meal. Bundled up in a big winter coat, you have been standing in the Kohl’s line for three hours. The only things you want are a new memory foam pillow and a couple toys at a discounted price. As the store doors open and people trample you to be the first inside, you wonder, “Who on earth decided Black Friday shopping is a good idea?” Like many terrible ideas, such as the Eagles and “Pretty Little ...

Will Neom City live up to its expectations?

By Esther Fulz Innovative ideas have long captured the attention of individuals and organizations across the globe. Neom City, currently being built in Saudi Arabia in preparation for the 2029 Asian Winter Games, is no exception.  The linear city will be over 175 km long and just 200 meters wide, and house the Gulf’s first outdoor ski resort and a man made freshwater lake. It’s planned to be powered with renewable energy. Despite the novelty and excitement surrounding the idea ...

Adidas ends its partnership with Kanye West’s brand ‘Yeezy’.

By Anna Harman For years, Kanye West has been working on his shoe brand, “Yeezy” with Adidas. Although this partnership has been weakened for a while, recently, conflict arose between West and the company. Adidas reviewed and ended its Yeezy partnership with him. Kanye West claims Adidas stole his designs for some of his Yeezy shoes. Taking to Instagram to vent his frustrations with the company, he stated “I AM ADIDAS.” While it is no secret that West often presents himself as ...

Russia’s Economy Holds for Now-But That Could Change

By Esther Fultz Economies are volatile, especially when international conflict is involved. A country’s economic condition depends heavily on its political environment, which is influenced by various factors and can change overnight. One country of particular economic interest recently is Russia, which invaded Ukraine last February and has faced economic sanctions from countries in the west since. Economically, Russia is heavily reliant on the energy sector, as a leader in both oil and ...

China’s increased aggressiveness pushes Taiwan away and prompts strong but confusing response from US

By Michael Cleverly In recent years, the US and other countries raised concerns over China invading Taiwan. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s reaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit heightened these concerns. Concerns rose because China’s rhetoric grew stronger than normal and their military response was larger than previous visits. One reason China is comfortable projecting its position is because their military is stronger than before. Another reason is because Nancy Pelosi’s ...