Education Without Accusation: Navigating the Student Silence Behind the Uyghur Crisis

Cw: brief mentions of sexual assault, death, and other violence  Authors’ Note: The authors of this piece have chosen to remain anonymous due to the Chinese Government’s actions towards citizens who are critical of the events in Xinjiang. The names of those interviewed have been changed as well. “The market places were so empty for

From Turnstiles to Protests: holding Chile’s government responsible for change

On October 14, 2019, Santiago, Chile’s streets filled with thousands of people protesting the Chilean government’s announcement that they would be raising the price of the city’s metro fare. Despite the government later retracting the fare hike, millions of people still took to the streets. The protests have continued, addressing the high cost of living

Opening Doors: Incoming Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn’s Vision for Medford

The 2020 presidential election may be dominating news cycles at the moment. But in Medford, an equally important race asked voters a question on November 5 that seems to be a hallmark of American politics: will we vote for change, or will we remain stagnant? The two candidates for Mayor of Medford were similar in

Developing the Future: Examining Michelle Wu’s Call for Abolishment

“We can’t afford to maintain a complicated system that only the powerful & privileged can navigate.” This quote began City Councilor Michelle Wu’s Twitter thread on an early Monday morning. The thread addressed the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and called for its complete abolishment. The BPDA is a public, self-funded agency that oversees

The Indigenous Footprint

In an academic context, the process by which indigenous communities in the United States were erased is seldom discussed—though experts estimate that by the late 19th century, fewer than 238,000 indigenous people remained. This is in contrast to the five to 15 million who were living in North America when Columbus arrived in 1492. As

Cannabis with a Conscience

For those looking to get high on ethical weed, the opportunity may be coming to Massachusetts. On Sept. 23, 2019, the city council of Cambridge voted to prevent existing medical marijuana dispensaries from converting to recreational sales for a two-year period and instead will only allow ‘economic empowerment’ applicants to open for business during this

Silence in the Valley: shedding light on the darkness in Kashmir

Author’s Note: The author of this piece has chosen to remain anonymous due to the Indian Government’s actions towards citizens who are critical of the events in Kashmir.  At first thought, the word “Kashmir” brings to mind stock images of sprawling Himalayan topography and 1950s Bollywood romances shot on houseboats on the scintillating Dal Lake.

The Wrong Amazon is Burning

“The wrong Amazon is burning.” In recent weeks, this phrase has been widely circulated on social media, with regards to the recent fires in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. The fires, which broke record numbers this year, were not natural. Deforestation of the Amazon has been a continuous practice throughout the years, slowly but surely damaging

The Magnetic Epidemic: is the attraction of Juuls coming to an end?

For those unfamiliar with what the drunken juuling scene resembles, consider a watering hole in the middle of the desert—a congregation from all parts of the land, uphill or downhill, Carm Stans or Dewick Stans. When one whips out the magical Juul, suddenly a great magnetic force sweeps over the partygoers. Despite not needing a

Where did our votes go? Silencing young voters in the aftermath of Parkland

CW: Suicide, gun violence Alyssa Alhadeff, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Jaime Guttenberg, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, Peter Wang, Chris Hixon, Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel. These were the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida on

Youth in Our Veins: Chasing After Thousand Dollar Beauty Treatments

On February 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a puzzling statement cautioning consumers who were seeking blood transfusions from young people. The statement references the rising popularity of startups that claim to have found the key to unlocking the fountain of youth. Drawing on “inspiration” from research conducted on mice, these startups inject

“My batteries are low and it’s getting dark”

In 2003, the Opportunity rover was sent to Mars for a 90-day mission in hopes of finding evidence of water, alluding to the possibility of life on the red planet. It landed on the opposite side of the planet from its twin rover Spirit, equipped with the tools to explore rocks and soil and to