Smiling Behind Our Masks: Travelling in a Pandemic

Featured Illustration: Robert Beatty “We are smiling behind our masks,” says the announcement on the Turkish Airlines flight as I buckle myself in. It was only when it clicked into place that I believed I was finally on my way. The week leading up to this had been fraught with last-minute changes to flights, accommodations,…

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On the Digital Learning Gap in America

Featured Illustration: The Washington Post Disclaimer: Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of interview participants. . . . Modern technology is the future of education, but it’s a luxury many cannot afford. In the age of digital learning, how do we progress without leaving our peers behind? The digital learning gap is…

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A Question of Truth and Accessibility: Public Education in The Philippines

Over the past weeks, controversies and “unseen” raw footage involving the Marcoses have surfaced again online after Toni Gonzaga interviewed Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos on her channel. The endless circulation of these hullabaloos, commentaries, and conspiracies fueling furies between the fanatics — both the dilawans (Aquino supporters) and Marcos…

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Abolition Is Necessary For A Safer America

Featured Illustration: Nicole Medina In 1966, James Baldwin wrote, “The police are simply the hired enemies of this population. They are present to keep the Negro in his place and to protect white business interests, and they have no other function.’’ Now, this sentiment is one that still rings true in 2021. Which begs the…

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New Development: Commodifying Real-Life Murder is the True Crime 

Featured Illustration: Belle Wuthrich Anyone who’s been connected to the Internet for this past week knows that the disappearance of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito has been front and center on national headlines for the past week. A young, ambitious 22-year-old vlogger who left on a cross country trip with her boyfriend never returned — even when…

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Pinterest Boards and Our Want to be Picturesque

If you are a Pinterest user, you’re probably aware of how addicting it is to create new boards. A new obsession calls for a new board, so does a desire, an aesthetic and sometimes just the want to save something. For those unfamiliar with Pinterest, if I had to describe the application in a sentence,…

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Power or Peace?

Featured Illustration: Hepburn Shire Council I was looking through my journal from this past February 2021 and while most of it was begging the universe for a puppy, or to meet the Avengers cast, this one thought stuck out to me, and I thought it would be best to write about it briefly. I should…

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The Police Don’t Care About Women, And It’s Killing Us

Featured Illustration: Niki Groom When details emerged about Wayne Couzens’ criminal past, many of us were left wondering why he wasn’t stopped before taking Sarah Everard’s life. The answer lies in the hotbed of institutional misogyny within the police. Content warning: femicide, sexual assault, sexual harassment. A story we know all too well. . .…

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What is the Secret Behind Indonesia’s Love of Badminton?

The Olympics closing ceremony was just a few weeks ago and we have to wait for another 3 years until Paris 2024. After a full year of no major sporting events, the Olympics are here to cure us of the lack of sports content. This year there are so many stories surrounding the mega sporting…

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