Are Aliens Real?

This year scientists took a break from debating the necessary qualifications Pluto must need to be a planet and gave their attention to a mysterious interstellar object that recently visited our solar system. In fact, just last week Harvard astronomers theorized that this cigar-shaped object could be an alien spacecraft or probe of some kind.

Midterm Roundup: Viva la Democracia

On November 6, 2018 the Democrats won back the House, several Governorships, and state legislatures. However, they failed to achieve a victory similar in scale to that of the Tea Party wave of 2010. This is likely due to the increased polarization of society in the intermittent eight years. With that being said, 2018 can still be considered a victory for the Democrats due to the number of key races that they did win. More important than these victories though, is the impact that they will have on American society.

The Future of Tigers and Rhinos

The Chinese government has reversed a 25-year ban that will now allow for the use of tiger and rhino parts in medicine. The ban was established in 1993 as a way to protect the endangered tiger and rhino populations. In 2010, the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies outlawed the use of any parts from endangered species claiming that there was no evidence of medical gains from tiger bones or rhino horns. With only 30,000 rhinos and 3,900 tigers left in the wild, experts are worried that the demands for these animals will rise; this will make it harder to protect these animals from extinction.
The Chinese government claims that the use of the tigers and rhinos will solely be used for medical purposes by qualified doctors. The usage of these parts are restricted to those individuals who are in critical condition and may not have any other medical alternatives.

Saudi Arabia Bans Satire

This past week the public prosecutor of Saudi Arabia tweeted that “producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media” will be punishable by up to five years in prison and an $800,000 fine.

Family Annihilator in Frederick, Colorado

Early on the morning of August 13, Nicole Utoft went to her friend Shanann Watts’s house to pick-up Shanann and take her to her 10 a.m. doctor’s appointment. Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant with her third child and was supposed to find out the sex of the baby. Given that Utoft had just dropped Shanann off at home around 2 a.m. that morning, after they returned from a business trip, she immediately became concerned when Shanann never answered the door or her text messages. Within hours, Utoft notified Shanann’s husband as well as the police, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued an Endangered Missing Alert for Shanann Watts and her two daughters, Bella, age 4 and Celeste, age 3.

Declan is About to Get Mo’ Bounce’d in Real Life

How did I get started with the paper? The same way I did everything at Fordham: chaotically, and with little planning involved. Like many of you, I scrambled to sign up for and try every club I could as a freshman. I remember being enticed by the weird but welcoming energy of the paper, like some avant-garde collective pulled from the pages of a Jack Kerouac novel. My interest was always casual – I was far too inexperienced at Photoshop to help on any design issues, so I slowly worked my way in through Earwax reviews and the occasional op-ed.

Blood in the Water: Sharks Close in on Trump and Friends

It’s that time of the month again folks! In the endless cesspool of controversy and scandals surrounding the administration of President Donald Trump it can be hard to recognize the fact that in any other presidency, these scandals would be career ending. Personally, I completely understand if one chooses to tune out all of the controversy, and “check out” from the news cycle, so to speak; there’s only so many times you can say “this will be the end of Trump’s career” before you yourself start to question if the President will ever truly suffer the consequences of his action. In addition, there are very little historical examples as to Trumps behavior; this is completely uncharted territory, and it is easy to become fatigued. Despite this, I feel as if it is our duty to follow these stories with diligence, as if we forget about the controversy, that is inadvertently letting Trump off the hook for behavior that in any other situation would be considered despicable.