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This Human Ideology

June 4, 2012

M y family has always aired on the side of pragmatism. My younger sister went to a Christian preschool because it was across the street from my elementary school. Although I was growing up in a reformed Jewish household, as a seven-year-old, I really wasn’t phased by the idea. My toe-headed, four-year-old...

An Appeal for Preserving Creative Senior Pranks

June 4, 2012

A canvas “Seniors 2012” banner was strung across the entrance gate to Hope Ranch, and a giant bouncy slide filled the senior quad. Saran wrap, toilet paper, and fishing line covered the school. Kalfas was a blizzard of Post Its. In spite of all of this chaos—or perhaps, because of it—I have...

The Evolution of Journalism

June 4, 2012

One of the worries associated with the Age of Information is the decay of print publication. Santa Barbara has noticed the loss of the giant downtown Borders bookstore, in part due to the prevalence of e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad. This technological development has also cau...

The Face of the Student Body

The Face of the Student Body

May 1, 2012

Race matters in our culture. However, society all too often classifies race in unsensible and unfair ways. Race seems to operate in veiled denial or take on a filtered disingenuous definition. We are more diverse as a culture than we have been ever before, but our diversity, only in part, stems from di...

Freedom Drivers

Freedom Drivers

April 17, 2012

In the U.S. we have preconceived notions about girls growing up with Barbie and makeup while boys are raised with Tonka trucks and tools. These stereotypes continue to follow us as we grow up. However, in this modern age, gender roles are being challenged and blurred. Women have just as much f...

Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers

Joseph Kony's Child Soldiers

March 20, 2012

Humanitarian activists around the world have had strong reactions of resentment to those opposed to or wary of President Obama’s recent decision concerning Joseph Kony and the LRA. Many of these critics are misinformed. On Oct. 14, President Obama announced that the United States will send 100 military...

Living in Fear

March 4, 2012

Since I was five years old the United States has been engaged in overseas warfare. I can’t remember a time that my country was not at war. I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t bombarded with images and messages about the horrors of the war so many young men and women were fighting abroad. But, I al...

The Divide Between Nuclear War and Inner Peace

March 4, 2012

When, I was little I used to think of my ethnicity on a scale of 200 percent. I’m still not sure if I was trying to be clever or simply attempting to find out who I really was, but when asked the classic question “what are you?” I would respond in a high-pitched voice and proudly declare t...

Special Feature: The New Nuclear Age of Fear

Special Feature: The New Nuclear Age of Fear

March 4, 2012

Other articles in our Nuclear Feature: Click Here to read: "The Divide between Nuclear War and Inner Peace", by Daria Etezadi Click Here to read: "Living in Fear", by Olivia Berci Click Here to view: GRAPHIC: Bomb vs. Energy, by Kyle Van De Kamer Click Here to view: GRAPHIC: The Nuclear Timeline [column width="47%" padding="6%"] ...

Wired Protests Are Changing the World

Wired Protests Are Changing the World

February 28, 2012

  The wired revolution has arrived. It has the power to shake dictatorships and subvert corporate America. Twenty-two year old Molly Katchpole, fed up with her bank’s push for a five-dollar monthly fee for debit card use, posted the following on a website called Change.org, “At some point ...

Global Rematch: the Nuclear Debate is Back, but Who Will Prevail?

Global Rematch: the Nuclear Debate is Back, but Who Will Prevail?

February 18, 2012

Thursday, Feb. 2 marked the beginning of a new energy era in America: for the first time since 1978, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission—voting 4-to-1—gave its approval for the construction of a new nuclear power plant. Later in the month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the world th...

DIRTY POLITICIANS: an Evolving Social Epidemic?

DIRTY POLITICIANS: an Evolving Social Epidemic?

February 11, 2012

For years there has been a trend that has run so rampant through the political world in the United States that it has evolved into a social epidemic. When news breaks of a senator, governor, or presidential candidate being involved in scandals, we are no longer shocked. Has this become expected?...

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