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Deadly Halloween Crowd Surge in Itaewon, South Korea

What should have been a joyful event turned into a tragic accident.  On the night of October 29th, 100,000 gathered at Itaewon, Seoul, a city known for its night lights and parties, for the annual Halloween festival. Excitement filled the air, especially since it...

Everybody has the right to say I belong

Imagine being born, living, and dying "invisible." According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over ten million men, women, children, and even entire communities are victims of this situation worldwide. They are invisible because no country recognizes...

Business + Economy

The Collapse of Spotify?

On October 25th, Spotify released its earnings report for the third quarter of 2022. The company revealed that the company had an operating loss of €228 million, which was below many people’s expectations for the quarter. Although the company reported a total revenue...

Health, Science + Tech

The Chaotic Future of Twitter

Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter was tumultuous, to say the least. But the chaos is only just beginning. Even an abridged account of Elon Musk's acquisition of the company reads more like a soap opera than a business deal. First, Mr. Musk cobbled together $45...

Digital Bookworms Beware: Z Library Taken Down

Z Library used to be an extremely popular E-Book site- boasting a gargantuan library of over 11 million digital books and 84 million articles, it was well-loved by students and academics alike. However, just recently, it was taken down by the United States government,...

A Twitter Under Musk

On October 27th, Elon Musk finalized his acquisition of Twitter. The following week, Musk proceeded to lay off over half of the company’s employees. According to company executives, Musk had originally planned the layoffs just hours after he took control of Twitter to...

Climate + Environment

Why are Famous Paintings being Vandalized?

Activists superglued to the wall after throwing tomato soup onto “Sunflowers” by Van Gogh and making a statement about fossil fuels. Many paintings worldwide have been victims of vandalization in the last few weeks. Paintings like Sunflowers by Van Gogh, Les Meules by...

The Real fuel to the Electric Vehicle Industry

Have you ever wondered where the batteries that power electric vehicles come from?  The truth is that 40,000 child laborers work in devastating conditions in the DRC (Dominican Republic of the Congo) to produce Cobalt, a vital ingredient in creating the...

Buying into the Fast Fashion Craze

Clothes shopping used to be an occasional event until they became cheaper, started reflecting the current trend, and soon grew as a hobby for many around 20 years ago. Fast fashion and global chains now dominate both the real and online worlds; yet with their...

Sports + Entertainment

Houston Astros win the World Series; Cheaters or Champions

The Houston Astros became World Series champions this past Saturday night in a thrilling game six win over the Philadelphia Phillies. If the reaction to their victory seemed subdued, it is likely because just a few years ago, the Astros were caught running a brazen...

What the Qatar World Cup Looks Like Behind the Scenes

After a long four years for all football fans across the globe, the 2022 World Cup will finally begin in late November in Qatar, a Middle Eastern country bordering the likes of Saudi Arabia. However, in the midst of the excitement and nervousness from the fans and the...

Islam Makhachev becomes the lightweight champion

Islam Makhachev, a Dagestani mixed martial artist, won the Lightweight champion belt, submitting the Brazilian Charles Oliviera with a arm triangle choke in UFC 280.  Oliviera –leader of UFC’s submission victories– focused on defense and attempted a few...

Culture + Arts

Here’s the Tea: Racism in Ballet

Ballet and cultural appropriation, two seemingly unrelated topics, are intertwined by the festivities of Christmas. While stereotypes and racism do not typically arise in the context of ballet, questions regarding cultural sensitivity, inclusion, and representation in...

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Andrew Hung is a junior at St Marks from Tustin, California. Andrew enjoys reading fantasy and dystopian fiction. In his free time he enjoys gaming, particularly playing Overwatch. He is interested in technology, economics, and politics.
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