Coronavirus: What you must know

Kailah Lee | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User  Kelly Sikkema Many have heard about the Coronavirus (CoV), a recent epidemic. What makes it even scarier is that there are hourly updates on how much the disease is affecting hundreds upon thousands of people with little information on the prevention of it.  According to Vox, the outbreak has reached more than 40,000 people and counting. Fortunately for us in the U.S., it hasn’t become as prominent of an issue as it is in China, but by no means should you take this virus lightly.  The coronavirus and similar strains such as … Continue reading Coronavirus: What you must know

The continued spread of the coronavirus

Gabrielle Chenault | Staff Writer The coronavirus disease has sent many people worldwide into a frenzy because it is continuing to spread outside of China, and the death toll continues to rise. Cases have been reported in Asia, Europe, Australia, North America and Africa as of Feb. 19. “It’s scary to see how quickly this is spreading, especially since there is no current cure,” said Hampton University student Ra’ana Middleton, a sophomore nursing student. This virus is spread through the respiratory system and mimics the symptoms of a cold. Due to this, it is easily spread and can be spread … Continue reading The continued spread of the coronavirus

Federal investigation opened into Mississippi prisons after series of deaths

William Paul Ellis | Staff Writer   For more than a century, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, most commonly known as “Parchman,” has served as the only maximum security prison for men in the state of Mississippi. Now, after 16 inmate deaths in less than two months, the Department of Justice has agreed to open a civil rights investigation into the conditions of Parchman and other regional prisons including the South Mississippi Correctional Institution, the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility and the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. According to ABC News, 10 of the 16 recent deaths occured in Parchman, which included five … Continue reading Federal investigation opened into Mississippi prisons after series of deaths

President Trump unveils 2021 budget with massive cuts to assistance programs

Sara Avery | Staff Writer President Trump unveiled his 2021 budget that makes major cuts to safety net programs like Social Security and food stamps. The $4.8 trillion proposal also will affect certain federal student loan programs, increasing the amount of debt that borrowers will have over their lifetime, USA Today reported. A program that forgives the remaining student debt of public service workers, such as teachers and firefighters, who have made on time payments for 10 years, will be terminated. This could result in over $52 billion worth of additional payments in the next decade.  The budget also would … Continue reading President Trump unveils 2021 budget with massive cuts to assistance programs

Diversity in technology

Simone Quary | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Domenico Loia In today’s world, it is undeniable that technology plays an integral role in every aspect of life. It allows for the completion of simple and complex tasks within seconds.  Technological advances in the past millenium have also resulted in the rise of social media, which have given any person, regardless of their upbringing, a chance to voice their opinion.  The diversity prevalent among social media users has brought to question whether the same diversity is reflected within the the technological workforce. As for nearly all industries in the United States, … Continue reading Diversity in technology

Supreme Court votes to allow immigrant wealth tax

Sara Avery | Staff Writer The Trump administration has been given permission to move forward with plans to deny immigrants permanent legal status if they are deemed likely to become overdependent on government programs. The Supreme Court voted 5-4, with the majority coming from the conservative justices, the New York Times reported.  HU student Khyala Turner, a sophomore kinesiology major, believes that the ruling is un-American.  “America is a nation that is supposed to care for all people, no matter your economic status,” Turner said. The Trump administration announced in August that they would expand the definition of “public charge.” … Continue reading Supreme Court votes to allow immigrant wealth tax

Democratic primaries open with muddy results

William Paul Ellis | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User U.S. Army Corps of Engineering As the first round of Democratic primaries have begun, the remaining candidates are making last efforts to appeal to voters. The first of these primaries was the Iowa Caucus, held Feb. 3. Although the caucus style of voting is unique to Iowa, its results have long been believed to be an early indicator of the eventual Democratic candidate for president. According to the Des Moines Register, since 1972, 55 percent of caucus winners have gone on to win the party’s nomination.  In the weeks leading up … Continue reading Democratic primaries open with muddy results

What is the coronavirus?

Simone Quary | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Pexels user Pranidchakan Boonrom Every year, it seems as if a new virus or disease makes international headlines and puts the health of citizens across the world in jeopardy. Mass hysteria ensues and can result in false information being spread.  The coronavirus, a virus targeting the respiratory system, has killed 494 people and infected approximately 24,600 individuals as of Feb. 5, CNN reported. Moreover, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported coronavirus cases in four U.S. states. Two cases were reported in California and Illinois, and one person each in Washington and … Continue reading What is the coronavirus?

International Olympic Committee Bans Protesting for 2020 Olympics

Gabrielle Chenault | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User Elliot Harmon “We were just human beings who saw a need to bring attention to the inequality in our country.”  When John Carlos and Tommie Smith decided to protest during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, they had no idea the series of events that would follow. These two African American men did a black power salute at the games and while many were proud of this feat, many Americans were extremely upset. They were suspended from the U.S. team, received death threats, lost countless sports … Continue reading International Olympic Committee Bans Protesting for 2020 Olympics

More Than 1000 Earthquakes Have Rocked Puerto Rico

Sara Avery | Staff Writer Puerto Rican Governor Wanda Vasquez Garced has declared a state of emergency after the island continues to be rocked by earthquakes and several aftershocks. “We inform the activation of the National Guard and the Emergency declaration that allows speedy government processes to ensure effective execution,” Garced tweeted. According to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, the country has been hit with upwards of 1,000 earthquakes since the beginning of the new year that all measure 2.0 and above on the Richter Scale. The majority of the quakes are a result of the Punta Montalva Fault in … Continue reading More Than 1000 Earthquakes Have Rocked Puerto Rico