Fuyao Glass America: Oscar-winning “American Factory” Depicts Working-class Struggle and Cultural Clash in Dayton
by Alex Hentschel
This year “American Factory” won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Its subject? A Chinese-owned glass manufacturing company which opened in Cedarville’s backyard.
“American Factory,” headed by filmmakers Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert, was the first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions.
The film follows the opening and first throes of production in the Dayton suburb of Moraine at a factory ...
The Origins and Present Status of COVID-19
by Brianna Coffey
Editor's note: Use the links below for updated numbers. The numbers in this story are as of March 16.
The coronavirus began as a problem on the other side of the world. Now it is a global problem, one that has turned typical college students into online students, shut down large and small gatherings and changed everyone’s routine.
As of March 16, the World Health Organization reports 168,000 confirmed cases and over 6,600 deaths associated with COVID-19. The World ...
The Upheaval Down Under
By Brianna Coffey
Tearing across an entire continent, the Australian wildfire is undoubtedly the worst seen in decades, leaving mass amounts of loss, death and destruction in its wake. The fires have left bushland, cities, wooded areas, suburbs and national parks reeling under the devastating flames.
In an article written earlier this month, ABC News stated that since September, the fires have decimated over 3,000 homes and destroyed more than 26 million acres. The major cities of New South ...
‘Inconsistencies’ in Iowa
What happened at the Iowa Democratic Caucuses, and what will result?
By Alex Hentschel
As night fell on Monday, February 3, instead of revealing the Democratic Party’s first frontrunner in the 2020 election, the Iowa Democratic Caucuses belied only utter turmoil and mismanagement. Results were delayed indefinitely due to “inconsistencies.”
Mayor Pete Buttigeig gave a victory speech without knowing the vote count; the Bernie Sanders campaign released independently gathered numbers ...
Soleimani, Strikes and Stability
How the United States’ assassination of a major general led to uproar in Iran and, eventually, uneasy peace
By Lydia Switzer
On January 3, a United States airstrike assassinated General Qasem Soleimani of Iran, beginning a chain reaction of retaliations. Today, however, there remains an uneasy peace.
Opposing interests between the United States and Iran have led to decades of violence. The first two weeks of 2020 demonstrated a spike in the ongoing conflict between the two countries, both ...
Deciphering the Deterioration of Democracy
Bolivia tries to navigate its way to a legitimate presidential election and be a stable nation
By Breanna Beers
While Americans were fighting over whether to impeach their president, Bolivians went ahead and ousted theirs.
On Oct. 20, 2019, Bolivia held a presidential election. Three months later, the country still lacks a democratically elected executive. In the associated protests, 33 people have been killed, over 800 wounded, and more than 1,500 arrested.
Evo Morales of the Movimie...
What we know (and don’t) about the e-cigarette illness outbreak
By Alex Hentschel
Over the past few months, hundreds have been hospitalized for symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and vomiting. Health professionals are exasperated, as lung scans reveal no cause of infection. There is, however, one common thread between the patients: they vape.
Vaping, the “safe alternative to cigarettes,” is a national public health crisis.
According to an October 3 ...
The Freedom Dividend
Ramifications of the #YangGang’s Support for Universal Basic Income
by Alex Hentschel
A guaranteed stipend each month to meet basic needs and make ends meet, guaranteed for all citizens regardless of employment status? That’s the vision encapsulated in the term “universal basic income,” popularized by presidential hopeful Andrew Yang of the Democratic party.
Universal basic income (UBI) is a type of social security that guarantees a certain amount of money to every citizen within a ...
Living the Dream
Lola’s Mexican Restaurant now open on Main Street
by Breanna Beers
“Nobody told me about the weather,” exclaimed Carlos Martinez, the owner and founder of Lola’s Mexican Restaurant, set to open on Cedarville’s Main Street in the coming weeks.
While regrettable compared to the year-round 65-85 degrees of his hometown of Degollado Jalisco, Mexico, dealing with Ohio snow was the least of the obstacles in Carlos’ way as he pursued his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant.
Dayton Strong: Recovery in the Wake of Mass Shooting
by Chloie Benton
On Aug. 4, the Dayton community fell to its knees after Ohio’s largest mass shooting claimed the lives of nine people and injured 27 others. The 24-year-old gunman entered the popular Oregon District early Sunday morning with an AR-15-style assault rifle and a 100-round drum magazine. He fired for 32 seconds, killing nine, including his sister, Megan, before the police shot and killed him in the doorway of a packed bar.
Rose Tyler, a Dayton resident and friend of the ...