In Search of Gold: A Summary of Pyeonchang 2018
By Gabbriella Kabler
The icy weather of the new year doesn’t just make for good snowmen and cozy hot chocolate—it also ushered in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.
This year’s Winter Olympics set out with international tension as North and South Korea entered the Opening Ceremony together under a unified Korean flag, showing unprecedented cooperation. In addition, Russian athletes struggled with drug scandal—due to the high number of past and present doping ...
Media and the Olympics
By Breanna Beers
The skiers weren't the only ones going downhill at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics -- journalists made several major mistakes in their coverage, raising questions about intercultural media integrity. NBC’s Joshua Cooper Ramo was dismissed after he praised Japan’s role in Korean development during the Olympic opening ceremony, asserting that “every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own ...
‘Bridging’ the Gap
Local homeless shelter ‘Bridges of Hope’ serves community needs
by Breanna Beers
In December of 2017, Bridges of Hope opened its doors to its first guests, converting a former elementary school into an emergency shelter.
The road to opening Bridges of Hope was a three-year process of prayer and persistence until finally the nonprofit organization was finally able to confirm their purchase of the former Simon Kenton Elementary School in Xenia. The building was slated for demolition, but ...
The Variable in the Vaccine
Why This Year’s Flu Season is the Worst in a Decade
By Breanna Beers
Flu season is now in full swing, and for an illness with a vaccine readily available since the 1940’s, the virus seems to be running rampant across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this year’s flu season is may be worse than any in nearly a decade, and is nowhere close to being over yet.
There are several different categories of influenza strains, broken down by the proteins on ...
Congress In Turmoil Over Immigration
What’s Happening With DACA and the Wall?
by Alexandria Hentschel
The United States legislature is battling over immigration, a standoff which was the main cause of the January’s government shutdown.
On the table are two vastly different proposals. First, the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) bill, which is up for renewal and offers certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines the opportunity for consideration of ...
Government Shutdown Imminent
by Timothy Mattackal
The United States government will shut down at midnight on Friday unless a continuing resolution is passed to fund the budget. At the moment, the passage of such a bill seems unlikely as Republicans and Democrats have failed to come to terms over the details of a funding bill. If it occurs, this will be the second time the government has shut down this decade, with the previous occasion being in 2013, and the eighteenth instance of a shut down since 1974.
Cedar Cliff Schools Implement Drug Testing
by Callahan Jones
Cedar Cliff school district has enacted a new drug testing policy that it has been carefully developing for the past two years. Under the policy, all students at the high school who are involved in extracurriculars will undergo drug testing. Cedar Cliff, encompassing Cedarville High, Middle and Elementary schools, is the only public school district in Greene County to have a drug testing policy for extracurricular involvement.
The main point of the policy, according to ...
Who Are The Rohingya?
What to Know About the Crisis in Myanmar
by Alexandria Hentschel and Timothy Mattackal
One of the worst humanitarian crises of the century is occurring in the Rakhine province of Myanmar. During the last few months, over 600,000 members of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population, a Sunni Muslim minority, have fled into neighboring Bangladesh to escape a campaign of ethnic cleansing. Almost overnight, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced as refugees, without a home and unsure of what ...
A Divided League and a Divided Country
Analysis of the rising debate over race as NFL players kneel in protest
by Breanna Beers
On Sept. 17, six NFL players sat or knelt during the national anthem before the Sunday games. One week later, over 200 players joined the protests.
Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, first refused to stand during the August preseason to call attention to racial injustice and police brutality in America. Although a few of his teammates later joined him, the protests did ...
What is Net Neutrality?
A little-known legislation with huge ramifications for the future of the internet
by Breanna Beers
For most of the history of the internet, net neutrality has been an unstated but basic assumption of how the online world operates. Net neutrality is the principle that internet providers should be prohibited from artificially blocking or slowing down particular websites or applications: content is not restricted based on what it is or where it comes from.
Under this assumption, a private blog ...