By: Tamilore Tokunboh-Salako
The Baltimore Ravens season ended on a disappointing note, one that feels all too familiar with Ravens fans as of late.
They lost the AFC Championship game to the Kansas City Chiefs, the final score ultimately being 17-10.
Ask many Ravens fans before the game, and most of them would have been confident to say that they would be going back to the superbowl after 11 years. In the time since their Super Bowl XLVII victory, there have been a lot of false dawns and grief (Imagine what the Cowboys fans feel like).
However, even though this year ended in a familiar way, this time is different.
By: Jonathan Illuzzi
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Shakespeare’s poignant words are poetic genius, as they have been for hundreds of years. In one of the most beautifully constructed wordings from Macbeth, it is rather ironic that a passage about the brevity and futility of time, of life, is still kept alive today when readers, some, maybe all, at one point or another question life’s meaning and purpose.
Macbeth is justified in his nihilistic rumination: the battle he is set to face, and lose, in his external world parallels the quickness of which his internal world has fallen apart. He has just received word of his wife’s death. Any hope of retaining his kingship, and sanity for that matter, has been dashed by his own ambition and need for power.
For Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the metaphor is apt: once the illuminating brief candle of life is extinguished, the eternal darkness that awaits is all that’s left.
If only Shakespeare could have met Kobe Bryant.
By: Milith Batchu
The NBA script is at an all time peak. With comeback victories, historic scoring performances, and heartbreaking injuries, this season has been eventful, to say the least. Here are some of the most interesting stories to date:
By: Justin Goldberg
The title of this article might seem disrespectful to Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans, but it’s not my intention as he’s a fantastic player and might go down as one of the best to ever play the position. However, the Hall of Fame standards for lots of NFL fans are way too low. Evans is a player who’s always been subject to the title “overrated,” which makes his career also very overrated. Again, this isn’t disrespectful to Evans because he’s a great player. Here, overrated means rated or valued too highly, not bad.
By: Aidan Kelley
In third grade, our teacher assigned us to watch the moon for a course of a month and study its different phases. I remember this quite clearly because it jump started my interest in astronomy. I collected books on space, the stars and our solar system. Over time, however, my interest in the topic withered as other things – we’ll call them more earthly things – took priority.
But I recently rediscovered the famous image of Neil Armstrong on the moon. Once again, my curiosity was piqued. This time, I wondered to myself, “Why have we not been to the moon since?”
It has been over 50 years since humans last set foot on the moon. As a child, the thought never even occurred to me. I didn’t even question why we haven’t been back. However, after coming back to this topic years later, I decided to take it upon myself to look into this question.
By: Tamilore Tokunboh-Salako
Most of us have heard the phrase, “age is just a number.”
Though most professional athletes enter their athletic prime somewhere between 20 and 30, before undergoing an irreversible decline, athletes today seem to be revolutionizing what it means to be an “aged” athlete.
Just look at some of the names and accomplishments of those who have defied the expectations of playing at an elite level after 30:
By: Annika Kunz
Lockers, long hallways, and cheerleaders – just three of the common images I have come to expect in any American high school thanks to movie stereotypes and tropes. While Netflix may have gotten some of it right, a comparison of Glenelg and Lessing High School in Sachsen, Germany reveals some interesting differences between the two countries’ high school learning environments.
By: Justin Zulu
Since Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel on Oct. 7, anti-semitism and Islamophobia have risen about 400% in the United States in the past month.
In Illinois, a landlord stabbed his tenants, 6-year-old Wadea al-Fayoume and his mother Hanaan Shain over a dozen times for being Muslim.
At Cornell University, former student Patrick Dai was expelled and faces federal charges after posting online threats on an online Greek forum late last month to kill Jewish students on campus.
On Oct. 24, the Anti-Defamation League, the main source of tracking anti-semetic incidents, released a statement stating that there were 312 anti-semitic incidents in a two week period (Oct. 7-23), 190 of which were directly linked to the war in Gaza. For comparison, the organization received reports of 64 incidents during the same period last year.
By: Raina Ram
In a nation founded on principles of equality and justice, it's well past the time to consider a visionary addition to the Constitution — the 28th Amendment, asserting the right to comprehensive healthcare. Beyond addressing the shortcomings of the current system, proposing this amendment represents a fundamental shift in national priorities, reaffirming the nation’s commitment to the health and well-being of every citizen.
By: Karlie Harris
To celebrate and honor the Walt Disney company’s 100th anniversary on Oct. 16, directors Dan Abraham and Trent Correy wrote the short film “Once Upon a Studio” as a self-described love letter to the Walt Disney Animation Studios.
The heartfelt, nostalgic, 14-minute film can be viewed on Disney+.
By: Bell West
When people think about fall, certain things come to mind: Halloween, pumpkins, the temperature dropping and the leaves falling. But the start of fall also marks the first largescale event of the school year for high school students all over the country: Homecoming.
Homecoming is a time of celebration when a school comes together to celebrate the very existence of their community. Whether this be at a football game or a Saturday night dance, Homecoming is a time of enjoyment and fun.
But as enjoyable as this time can be, Homecoming is no stranger to stress.
With everyone scrambling to find outfits, get tickets, make plans, and a whirlwind of information from seemingly everywhere nowadays, things can get a little chaotic.
So, I’m here to tell you the top 10 tips to keep your stress levels low, your night chaos free, and your Homecoming experience one to remember!
By: Hannah Sweiderk
“This is unbelievable! He is crazy!” The words, mumbled under a woman’s breath at a rest stop in North Carolina, stung.
He is not crazy.
He is my brother.
Brandt has lived with Smith-Lemli Opitz syndrome since birth, a rare condition that affects many parts of his body, and causes mental and physical disabilities. Now 27, Brandt has had lots of communicative difficulties growing up that have continued despite many years of speech therapy.
By: Laurel Kutz
Any time there is talk about climate change and what we can do about it, it seems that the conversation takes a back seat to other, some would say more essential, issues of interest and speculation.
Though climate activists keep pushing for changes, environmental legislation is repeatedly ignored as discussion about it and federal funds to provide for it often find their way, instead, to national security and saving the economy.
Don’t get me wrong – security and the economy are two important facets of our livelihood, but if we keep disregarding the health of our planet, at some point there won’t be much left to talk about.
By: Nabil Abou
A simple Google search of “LeBron James vs Michael Jordan G.O.A.T.” shows a seemingly endless list of websites and video content devoted to the debate.
Whether it’s sports commentators and pundits, current and former NBA players, or high school students discussing the topic between classes, it seems the conversation doesn’t have an end in sight.
The talk resurfaced recently when James broke the NBA scoring record on Feb. 8, eclipsing Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s mark set in 1984, a record that once seemed insurmountable.
And while it might be fun to argue who the greatest of any sport or discipline may be, the conversation should not just be about championships won or records in the finals. It should be about all aspects of an athlete’s career. In the process of trying to decide one's greatness on the court, we may be overlooking what also makes one, in this case, James, great: his impact on the greater community.
By: Sebastien Spencer
On December 22, 2022, President Volodymyr Zelensky flew to the US under American security to meet with President Biden and address a joint session of Congress.
The US recently passed multiple spending packages for Ukraine that include billions of dollars in aid and even a Patriot Missile system. Ukraine has also been included in the Senate’s $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill to last the remainder of the fiscal year.
By: Riley Suszkiw
To me, baseball is more than just a game. It is a major part of my life, and something that I have always had to keep me busy. Most recently, it has helped me get into college. The feeling of hitting a baseball has never gotten old. The ping it makes and watching the ball fly has always been my favorite part of the game. Rounding the bases and being able to roll around in the dirt isn’t too bad, either. The excitement never left, and I like to think that it will never leave for anyone who is choosing to play baseball, regardless of the level.
It’s disappointing, then, from a fan’s perspective, to see the excitement of the game taper off, most recently evident in the decreased viewership in the 2022 World Series that saw the Houston Astros defeat the Philadelphia Phillies.
By: Tolu Owojuyibge
Even though there are many things going on in the world, the U.S. news outlets seem to avoid covering some of the lesser known events that should still demand our attention.
Take for example the Ethiopian Civil War, a brutal affair that has been going on for the past year and half, and has included rape, kidnappings, torture, and beheadings.
By: Carlin Costell
Players from the U.S. Women's National soccer team have been fighting for equal pay since 2016.
On Tuesday, Feb. 22 they got their wish, settling their class action equal pay lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) for a total of $24 million, according to U.S. soccer correspondent Jeff Carlise in his piece published by ESPN.
By: Ryan Fitzgerald
When I think of musicians who have inspired me the most throughout my life, the two that immediately come to mind are Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins - Grohl, the front man and main songwriter of Foo Fighters, and Hawkins, the band's drummer for 25 years.
I started playing drums when I was five, and while this was before I knew about Foo Fighters, I wanted to continue playing after watching countless live performances of Hawkins playing live, just as countless other musicians around the world were inspired in the same way.
By: Zorais Naroo
Many in the west tend to discuss Ukraine’s current suffering, perhaps most notably because of its common online coverage. On YouTube, many livestreams and maps reveal the current impact on Kiev and show how people are reacting to the war.
People seem very interested in seeing how Ukranians cope with the Russian invasion, especially as many are fleeing to other European countries like Poland, and the war has caused an immigration catastrophe.
But what about Russians?