Blood Chocolate

Karim Bakaray, 16, works at a cocoa farm.

Lilly Wolfe, Columnist

October 26, 2020

Much of the chocolate you buy has a darker origin tied to slave labor. With Halloween just around the corner, we see a spike in chocolate sales. However, the scariest thing about Halloween isn’t the ghosts and goblins; it's actually the child and slave labor underbelly that supports chocolate ma...

Famed Planters Mascot “Mr. Peanut” Dies in Freak NUTmobile Accident

Mr. Peanut in his final moments.

Selina Fluty and Erika Sonnemann-Creed

January 26, 2020

In the final hours of the morning on Jan. 22, 2020, a deeply-beloved mascot that has played an iconic role in the American market for over 100 years passed away. Mr. Peanut’s Twitter account, renamed “The Estate of Mr. Peanut” after the tragedy, posted a 31-second video that took the world by storm. It revealed Mr. Peanut sacrificing himself to save Matt...

The History of Christmas Stockings

Be careful of coal in your stocking this Christmas.

Isabel Kasathsko, Columnist

December 19, 2019

A tradition in many homes during Christmastime is to put up stockings by the fireplace. Even though it is not clear when it became a popular Christmas tradition, these decorative socks have been around prior to 1823, as they were referenced in “Twas the night before Christmas.” According to the legends, the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings came from the ...

These Women are Proving That the World has Changed

Miss Nigeria cheering on her friend.

Madeeha Akhtar, Columnist

December 19, 2019

Many women around the world are being judged for their race and other problems such as sexuality and economic background. These women are proving that the world still has the ability to change for the better.  People are loving Miss Nigeria’s reaction to Miss Jamaica’s winning the Miss World a...

Strange Space

Strange Space

Ben Geist, Columnist

December 19, 2019

Space is a vast, infinite place. From asteroids to galaxies, space is full of mystery; it’s far too expansive to understand everything. Even the most genius scientists have only grasped the tiniest pieces of the universe. Still, some incredible discoveries and occurrences have been found in the depths o...

An Ancient Ancestral Puppy

Dogor and his milk teeth.

Jolie Flack, Columnist

December 18, 2019

Dogor is the name of an 18,000-year-old puppy that was recently discovered in the frozen Russian earth, according to NBC. This prehistoric pup has been confusing many scientists. After several tests, it was revealed that Dogor is neither dog nor wolf. So, Dogor could be an early dog, wolf, or an ance...

Ho Ho Huh?

The jolly old fat man himself.

Carsten Oyer, Columnist

December 14, 2019

Santa is one of the most popular symbols of Christmastime. The jolly old man who delivers presents to every good girl and boy has been around for many, many years. Despite his cultural pervasiveness, however, few people understand where we get the image of Father Christmas, besides his evolution from the ...

Orangutans Have Rights, Too

Sandra at her new home.

Madeeha Akhtar, Columnist

December 14, 2019

Sandra, a 33-year-old orangutan, was just granted personhood. On Nov. 5, 2019, she was moved from her Argentinian home to an ape sanctuary in Florida. Sandra spent 25 years at the Buenos Aires Zoo in a small, dark, and empty enclosure, according to Good News Network. She only had a tree trunk and a few ropes as her...

Inquiring on Impeachment

Former President  Richard Nixon on the far left, former president Bill Clinton in the center, and President Donald Trump on far right.

Lilly Wolfe, Columnist

November 25, 2019

President Donald Trump is currently in the process of being impeached. Impeachment is described in the Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton as "a method of national inquest into the conduct of public men." Any federal judge, Congressman, or executive official can be impeached.  What exactly is...

Chick-Fil-A Ends Donations to Anti-LGBT Organizations

A Chick-Fil-A storefront.

Cameron Foley, Columnist

November 25, 2019

The Chick-Fil-A Foundation is a separate branch of Chick-Fil-A that wants “to lead the company's commitment to support organizations dedicated to the issues of hunger, homelessness and education,” says their website. According to their website, they have donated $52 million in support of several charities and groups in need, including the Girl Sc...