Breaking the dress code

Chevmonay Gaines | Staff Writer From kindergarten to ninth grade, I was accustomed to wearing uniforms. In 10th grade, a whole new world was opened for me at Loudoun County Public Schools. In this new world, I was finally free after being a victim of an outdated and insulting uniform for 10 straight years. However, the dress code and consequences were still pretty enforced. I understood because it’s high school. We were still minors, so that was valid. However, I would be lying if I said I was expecting the same at a university. Let me be the first to … Continue reading Breaking the dress code

How soon is too soon to get engaged?

Kennedi Williams | Staff Writer Evan Agostini | The Associated Press Marriage: “The legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship.” It means being with one person for the rest of your life. According to Priceonomics, the average age for a woman to get engaged is 27 while the average age for a man is 28.  Only about 2% of Americans get engaged before the age of 20 and about 8% after the age of 35. Engagements have become a big deal in today’s society. More and more, we see extravagant engagements with fireworks … Continue reading How soon is too soon to get engaged?

Dealing with mental health as a black college student

Kayla Lipscomb | Staff Writer Kayla Lipscomb To be black is one thing, but to struggle with mental health while being black is another. The black community endures various obstacles such as societal and economic injustice due to discrimination tactics. While our ancestors may have paved the road for the betterment of African Americans during the civil rights movement, it is still under construction with many detours due to the “under the rug” mentality that navigates and deteriorate us from completion. Senior biology major Maya Gaines-Smith is quite passionate about the subject of mental health in the black community. “Mental … Continue reading Dealing with mental health as a black college student

A Different World turns 31: How it impacted HBCUs

Kennedi Williams|Staff Writer The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World premiered Sept. 24, 1987. The show began with Denise Huxtable, played by Lisa Bonet, attending her parents’ alma mater, Hillman College, which was based off of historically black colleges and universities. Although Hillman was a completely fictional HBCU, its impact was very real and still resonates with many today. After Bonet’s exit from the show, Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) and Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy), two totally opposite characters, ended up getting into a relationship. This attracted the attention of millions of viewers who tuned in every week to see this … Continue reading A Different World turns 31: How it impacted HBCUs

The Rise of Anime

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer StreamXO Public Domain With the internet further establishing itself as a staple in everyone’s life, people have easier access to watch and stream whatever TV show or movie they want. Among the various original Netflix shows that constantly blow up, anime has also made a reappearance. You can catch up on the latest shows such as Boku No Hero Academia (My Hero Academia), Attack on Titan, One Piece, or Dragon Ball, and you can even have access to older shows, such as Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundum, Pokémon or Sailor Moon. Shows such as Dragon Ball … Continue reading The Rise of Anime

The Empire State of Mind

Chevmonay Gaines | Staff Writer A new law in New York took effect July 1, requiring public schools to include mental health education in their health curriculum. The state’s revised and improved legislation is expected to not only teach students about mental health but also help them notice the signs of struggle among themselves and others. MaryEllen Elia, New York’s education commissioner, shared her stance in an email issued to NBC News: “When young people learn about mental health and that it is an important aspect of overall health and well-being, the likelihood increases they will be able to effectively … Continue reading The Empire State of Mind

The gender divide in sports

Kennedi Williams | Staff Writer “You owe me an apology.” These words – spoken by tennis legend Serena Williams to an umpire who accused her of cheating during the U.S. Open women’s final Sept. 8 – will be remembered forever. Because of these words, Williams has faced countless attacks where she has been called “out of control” and “a bully.” Critics also say she has “set back the cause of women’s equality.” However, Williams has also received an outpouring of support from fellow athletes. “When a woman is emotional, she’s ‘hysterical’ and she’s penalized for it,” said Billie Jean King, … Continue reading The gender divide in sports