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The Security Shortage

The Security Shortage

Aden Meisel May 17, 2022

The Thomas Fire destroyed over 1000 buildings, burned over 281,000 acres of property, and inflicted over $2.2 billion worth of damage. Following this event, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara...

A Look into Ukraine

A Look into Ukraine

George Nicks April 25, 2022

On Feb. 24, Russia launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea.  The roots of the war began when the Ukrainian people protested their corrupt government and began to demand reform...

The Future of Transplants

The Future of Transplants

Jinling Wang April 20, 2022

Jan. 7 a regular day for most, but not for the doctors performing a life-changing procedure: transplanting the first genetically modified pig heart to a human.  Researchers celebrated this milestone,...

The Future of the Court

The Future of the Court

Myles Hazen April 11, 2022

Justice Breyer, one of the most powerful men in the United States, recently announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, creating a battle for the nomination of the next justice.  The Supreme Court...

The Perils of Redistricting

The Perils of Redistricting

Luca D'Agruma March 2, 2022

At the beginning of each decade, the slow moving levers of our democracy begin to chug steadily along.  The U.S. Census (a Goliath survey sent to every American household), concludes, and the Census...

A Dorm Without Windows: What is Munger Hall?

A Dorm Without Windows: What is Munger Hall?

Abby Kim February 16, 2022

Imagine living in a small room with no windows, storage space, or adequate ventilation. While sounding fictional, this is the blueprint for Munger Hall, the newly designed University of California Santa...

Venice: A Treasure Sinking

Venice: A Treasure Sinking

Aden Meisel February 9, 2022

In 2019, more than 85% of Venice found itself flooded in 1.5 meters (a little less than 5 feet) of seawater, according to ​​Jon Henley’s Guardian article. In the past century, flooding has been a...

Diamonds are a symbol of status, power, and wealth. Over the centuries, diamonds continue to remain in high demand, and are even more accessible due to todays advanced technology

Diamond Dynasty

Jinling Wang and Claire Tolles February 7, 2022
Known as blood diamonds, these precious gems are then sold to insurgents to support deadly uprisings and or used as bribes in corrupt governments. But diamond thieves are just one aspect of what makes diamond mining so deadly and dangerous. With blatant disregard for human rights, mine owners employ laborers for less than a dollar per day to do grueling and life-threatening work.
Authoritarians Threaten Global Democracy

Authoritarians Threaten Global Democracy

Luca D and Aden Meisel February 7, 2022

The 1990s were an era of democratization and liberalization, opening up the Soviet Bloc to western-style democracy and economies.  Globalization broadened the marketplace in the 2000s, as Asia entered...

A peek into Elizabeth Colling at work at her cafe, Merci Montecito.

Pandemic Perseverance

Milla Hirsch and Jinling Wang February 7, 2022

From March 2020 to January 2021, close to 40,000 restaurants closed in California. The road to normalcy has been rocky, and an end is still far from sight.  The National Academy of Sciences states...

Students gather together and cut the ribbon, unveiling the new science center.

A New Start for STEM

Hanna Masri and Madeleine Nicks January 5, 2022

Stem is here to stay on campus. This September, Laguna finally unveiled its brand new Center for Science and Innovation, a collection of spaces dedicated to STEM fields, including biology, chemistry, and...

DEI Program Year Two

DEI Program Year Two

Luca D'Agruma November 29, 2021

Last year, the Laguna’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program revised the dress code policy, instituted comprehensive sexual assault and harassment prevention education, held social justice lunches,...

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