• News

    China funds infrastructure

    Though most of us consider colonialism to be a thing of the past, some recent developments in Africa may change that. In nearly every country in Africa’s southern tip, Chinese investors are buying up natural resources for use in Chinese made products. Oftentimes when a foreign country buys up national resources, it employ domestic workers to mine, log, or otherwise remove the resources. However, Chinese companies have been buying resources from African nations and bringing in Chinese workers. This prevents money from entering the African economies, aside from what is being paid for the resources. These practices are uncommon, but not unheard of. The critics of China’s actions accuse China…

  • Sports

    Ronaldo facing allegations

    In the most recent wave of sexual assault allegations, another celebrity has been accused of sexual assaults: Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Kathryn Mayorga claims that in 2009 Ronaldo sexually assaulted and then raped her in a hotel room in Las Vegas. Immediately following the incident, Mayorga contacted the Las Vegas Police Department and filed a report. Then, roughly six months later, Mayorga and lawyers representing Ronaldo sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). However, German News Outlet, Der Spiegel, caught wind of the story in 2017. Der Spiegel published the story, referring to Mayorga as Susie K. When the allegations come back to light, the Las Vegas Police Department reopened the…

  • Arts & Culture

    Led Zeppelin faces a lawsuit

    Famous rock band Led Zeppelin has recently been called into court over their iconic song “Stairway to Heaven.” The band has been accused of copying the intro from the song from little-known 1960s band Spirit. Spirit claimed that the string intro of “Stairway to Heaven” was lifted from their instrumental piece “Taurus”. While the two songs do indeed sound similar, the strings played are used in many songs– to the point where they’re often not considered stolen when used. However, a San Francisco appeals court has overturned a 2016 ruling that vindicated Led Zeppelin of plagiarism, mandating that the bands return to court to settle the issue. Members of Led…

  • Features

    Twitter raises character limit

    On November 7, 2017, the social media platform, Twitter increased its character limit for “tweets” from 140 to 280 characters. While many people are taking advantage of the increase, some people are upset about it and claim it defies the website’s initial goal: brevity and readability. With the increase in characters comes a “Read More” option on longer tweets that allows the user to expand the tweet if it does go over the original character limit of 140. Though it contributes to the tacit nature of the site, in the minds of many, it reduces the site’s original simplicity. Twitter responded to these complaints with the release of an internal…

  • Sports

    Amid sexual scandal, Olympic champ Aly Raisman stands up

    By Kate Beisner and Alexandria Hyers The sexual assault scandals that have dominated the news have left many looking for the answers on how to end this corrupt cycle. When news was released that over 100 women have come forward against USA Gymnastics National doctor, Larry Nassar, the world was shocked. The athletes that shared their experiences have stated that Nassar used physicals as a guise for sexual assault. In mid-September, two US gymnasts came forward and accused Nassar of sexual assault. Mckayla Maroney, 2012 Olympic champion, helped lead the movement, when she shared her story. Her story was just one of many in the social media movement: “Me Too.”…