By Ava Aschettino
The 46th President of the United States had an eventful day on January 20th, 2021. Following the historic inauguration of the oldest president and first female, black, and South Asian vice president, President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris hurried back to the White House. Rather than enjoy a full day of celebration, the duo made haste, with President Biden signing 17 executive orders on his first day and 30 executive orders in his first 48 hours. After an action-packed first day, the newly elected President and First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, gazed upon an impressive display of fireworks, commemorating a new day in the United States.
By Grace Barrios
Popularity defines fashion because of its ever-changing nature. What the media deems to be fashionable is fashionable. In today’s latest trends, the online thrift store Depop, a predominant source of vintage clothing, is taking over the fashion industry.
About 10 million people go to Depop to sell, buy and seek fashion inspiration. Depop continues to gain popularity and is becoming an efficient way to search for all of your shopping needs, including clothing, jewelry, shoes, or even china sets! Celebrities like Bella Hadid, Devon Lee Carson, and many more have purchased pieces to add to their vintage collections.
By Alina Kelly
For many athletes, it is important to track their heart rate and activity to ensure that they are reaching peak performance. As an athlete myself, this is something that I have been passionate about during my years of training. Until recently, I had been using an Apple Watch to track my fitness, but I have since switched over to WHOOP, and I have found it to be much more informative.
Unlike other typical fitness trackers, WHOOP is a fitness subscription where you pay monthly for the full benefits of WHOOP; however, the WHOOP itself is free with the subscription. The WHOOP Strap 3.0 collects physiological data about you 24/7 to provide the most accurate and granular understanding of your body. The strap not only tracks your heart rate, but the physical strain exerted on your body each day, as well as your recovery for the day, and your sleep. It is important to wear the band at all times so you can achieve the best personalized data available.
By Ava Aschettino
To be blunt, 2020 was an awful year. The lives of nearly everyone were touched by chaos and heartbreak. People across the globe were forced indoors for months, separated from their family and friends. The economy tanked, jobs were lost, businesses shut, and spirits stifled. While unappealing to millions, in order to move forward, we must reminisce on the events that made 2020 the most infamous year in modern history.
By Sammie Cohen
With all of the twists and turns that 2020 has brought, one that has impacted adolescents the most has been online learning. With the pandemic raging and stay-at-home orders in place across the world, teachers have been required to teach their lessons from home. This was made possible by technology and platforms such as Zoom. However, with kids still learning from the comfort of their homes, many questions arise as to whether or not these students are receiving the same quality education that they would be receiving in-person.
When online learning started, it was unclear how long the remote instruction would last. At first, many did not know how to navigate learning on a digital platform. What many teachers soon found to be the best system was to post assignments on sites like Google Classroom or Canvas and teach live lessons through Zoom or Google Meet. With live lessons, students were able to get real-time feedback.
By Kaitlyn Aasheim
Recently, virtual school has become a part of adolescent lives all over the world. Students were forced to switch to online learning due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Although it’s a necessity to ensure students’ safety, online school can be very difficult for many students.
This generation is already addicted to electronics, and online school is only exacerbating this addiction. Staring at a computer screen for six hours, at a minimum, is hard on students everyday. Plus, with Zoom calls for extra help, students end up being on computers for longer. According to CNBC and Inside Higher ED, researchers have said that electronics have already become very distracting over the past few years, especially among this generation.
By Alina Kelly
Chapped lips are such an inconvenience. Personally, I never go anywhere without some sort of chapstick. I have tried many different lip balms, with hopes of keeping my lips from becoming dry and chapped. Most recently, I decided to purchase the Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm from Sephora.
Drunk Elephant is my favorite skin care brand, and their products have never failed me. While the products are on the more expensive side, I always find that they are usually worth the price. Since I have never been disappointed before, I made the decision to purchase their Lippe Balm, which costs $18. Looking back, I feel as though it was not the smartest financial decision, but it is too late to go back now.
By Alina Kelly
Who would’ve thought that hair ties could be fashionable? Well, maybe not fashionable, but L. Erickson hair ties sure do make a statement.
L. Erickson makes a variety of hair ties. Not only does the brand have several different colors and designs, but they also have ties with different widths and shapes.
I personally love the grab-and-go pony tails, which come in sets of 7, 8 and 15. The set of 15, which comes in a grab-and-go pony tube, costs $18. The set of 8 costs $12, and the set of 7 also costs $12.
By Alina Kelly
Let's be honest, who doesn’t love soft and shiny hair? It can be difficult to find the perfect shampoo and conditioner for your hair; however, the Drybar Liquid Glass shampoo and conditioner is perfect for all hair types.
I have always struggled with finding the perfect shampoo and conditioner. My hair was not very shiny, and I sometimes struggled with product buildup in my hair. I had gone through many drugstore shampoos and conditioners before I found Drybar, and the Liquid Glass set has done wonders for my hair.
Prior to using the Liquid Glass shampoo and conditioner, I had been using OGX shampoo and conditioner, which made my hair shiny; however, I still had some product buildup that remained. Once I switched to the Drybar shampoo and conditioner, I had no buildup, and my hair became smooth and shiny.
By Parker Kang
It is a struggle that has persisted for generations. Every few years, the entire nation is forced to take notice of its familiar form, whether it was in Los Angeles in 1992, Ferguson in 2014, or Minneapolis today. This struggle is the African American struggle for equality. Currently, the conflict is waged by two sides--protesters from African American communities and the law enforcement policing them. Inevitably, this tension has raised an important question: should we defund the police?