The Florida Baker Act: Three ineffective days of institutionalization
 BY ELENA VALDEZ  In 1971, the chairperson for the Mental Health Committee of Florida, Maxine Baker, proposed an act which would allow people in crisis to be committed to a psychiatric institution for 72 hours, offering immediate help to those who truly need it.  However, seldom is this actually... Read more
How much is too much? The effects of being too open on social media
BY ARIELLE KRAUS In an ever-changing society, social media has taken the world by storm. Over two billion individuals use platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter worldwide. However, social media can be a very dangerous place, and how open one chooses to be online can heavily affect their mental... Read more
Blocked and disconnected: School Wi-Fi needs to be unblocked
BY VICTORIA MARTIN The internet has been made easily accessible to most of society over the past few years. Many would say that the internet is just one press of a button away and the information held by the internet is at a person’s fingertips. This accessibility has allowed... Read more
Abolish the FSA: Allow students to brush up on their testing skills rather than forcing them to learn yet another format
BY ANNABELLE ROSA Standardized testing, along with written assessments, is commonplace in the public school system. Regardless of the courses a student takes, individuals tend to begin standardized testing during their elementary school years and it doesn’t disappear until one has completed their education. In the Sunshine State, students... Read more
Sorry not sorry: Don’t apologize if you don’t really mean it
BY ALEXANDRA SANSONE Saying sorry should be an admission of wrongdoing, a sincere acknowledgment of something that one is at fault for. But what should only be practiced to admit mistakes has become overused and almost meaningless in its application. Apologies are too often used as a way to... Read more
White hairs in the White House: How old is too old for the presidency?
BY JULIA SAFRIN Age should never be a limitation for anybody when pursuing a dream, voicing their opinion or trying new things. However, when it comes to a stress-filled job like the presidency, one should take their age into consideration before running. Many good things come out of old... Read more
The pressure to be the next Steve Jobs: Parents should not force their children into STEM
BY ABBIE TUSCHMAN What parent doesn’t want success for their child? For those that have taken a look at the Forbes World’s Billionaires List, they might be convinced that pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is the key to achieving that goal. The image of... Read more
History repeats itself: Political parties need to narrow down their candidates sooner
BY GENNA NORDLING It is said that history is taught in school so the mistakes made in the past are not repeated in the future. While this is a great way to think, it definitely cannot be applied to modern society, specifically politics. Multiple times throughout history, political parties... Read more
There is no Momo: Society falls for another internet teen hoax
BY ISABELLA MARCON The most important thing to know about the Momo Challenge that’s sweeping through the news and social media is that there is, in fact, no such thing as a Momo Challenge. Allegedly, the figure of Momo would appear on YouTube and WhatsApp and encourage children to... Read more
It’s in the stars… or not: Differing views on astrology
Astrology is not all bad BY KAREN SUROS Think back to when human beings existed mainly as hunters and gatherers. No television, internet or even books to entertain them. Back then, looking up at the night sky and all its stars was about as amusing as it got. As... Read more