Living in Want

Good Intentions, but no Pavement

Good Intentions, but no Pavement

BY COLTON CALANDRELLA The small, rural village of El Limon lies at the bottom of a winding, steep hill; the dusty, jarring bus ride takes about an hour from San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. One might expect to encounter problems like joblessness or inadequate housing within the community, but one of the town’s most pressing issues presents itself long […]

Deserts at our Doorstep

Deserts at our Doorstep

BY SAMMI PITZ Among the fancy restaurants, elaborate college dining halls, and lavish high school cafeterias, St. Louis holds a total of eighteen food deserts—one of the highest such proportions in the United States. The USDA defines a food desert for an urban area as “not having access to a full-service grocery store within one mile.” Throughout the city, the […]

A Gap worth Bridging

A Gap worth Bridging

BY VALETA BROWN In New Delhi, India, a man named Rajesh Kumar Sharma started a school under a bridge for the children of laborers from nearby villages. He said most of the kids would spend their days in the fields or playing around. Sharma had 140 students when he started teaching, 70 of whom are now in government schools. Sharma’s […]

A Dark Shroud: the Pernicious Perception of Violence in Chechnya

A Dark Shroud: the Pernicious Perception of Violence in Chechnya

BY MARGAUX BAVLSIK Prior the Sochi Olympics, rumors of potential terrorist attacks threatened to shroud the games in an atmosphere of fear and distrust. Chechen “black widows,” or female terrorists involved with the Chechen separatist movement, have carried out twenty attacks on Russian soil since the fall of the Soviet Union, killing nearly 700 people since 1992. Leader of the Islamic Emirate of the […]