The Trust Issue: When Government Falls Short

Education Policy in St. Louis: Survival of the Fittest

Education Policy in St. Louis: Survival of the Fittest

BY JANICE CANTIERI In September 2012, the Missouri State Board of Education voted to strip the Normandy School District of its accreditation. The district, located in North St. Louis, failed to meet the state’s standards, as test scores were well below the statewide passing scores. This has happened in the past as well with similar districts: Riverview Gardens School District became […]

Apology Accepted

Apology Accepted

BY KIMON STEPHANOPOLOUS   For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a […]

A Well-Intentioned Disaster: Agricultural Subsidies in the U.S.

A Well-Intentioned Disaster: Agricultural Subsidies in the U.S.

BY MARGAUX BAVLSIK It would be difficult to dispute the benefits of having a stable food supply, especially food at affordable prices. Subsidizing agricultural production is one of the tools the United States government has employed in an attempt to accomplish this necessary objective. However, in practice, these subsidies, through misapplication and their fundamental nature, often lead to a host of […]

Student Voices: The Shouts Heard Around the World

Student Voices: The Shouts Heard Around the World

BY SARAH NESBITT The “Wash U Bubble” is not an anomaly; in fact, college campuses nationwide — worldwide, even — exhibit a natural penchant for isolation from the community within which they reside. But the high concentration of intellectuals and blooming intellectuals in institutions of higher learning also renders these campuses fecund breeding grounds for political discourse and the passionate expression […]

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Social Change in Guatemala

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Social Change in Guatemala

BY JANICE CANTIERI A group of socially conscious entrepreneurs have made successes in empowering Guatemalans, mostly women, when economic opportunities are sparse and government programming provides few opportunities for growth and advancement.  Social entrepreneurial organizations, usually NGO and grassroots-operated companies, offer innovative ways to create social and economic changes when programs offered by the government do not necessarily meet the […]

Practical Anarchy: A Place for People to Turn

Practical Anarchy: A Place for People to Turn

BY MARGAUX BAVLSIK If there were no police, would you assault your neighbor? If there were no property, would you have any desire to steal? If there were no hierarchies, would you lost all desire to interact with other people? If no marriage existed, would you become incapable of love?  If you answered no to any of these questions, you […]

Government: A Beacon, not a Burden

Government: A Beacon, not a Burden

BY KIMON STEPHANOPOULOS In June of this year, Vladimir Putin enacted Russian Federation Article 6.13.1, banning “propaganda of homosexualism among minors,” making the argument that the dissemination of what the article calls “information, propaganda and campaigning that harm health and moral and spiritual development” disturb the “intellectual, moral and mental security of children.” On August 23rd, the prosperous, vivid, once-regarded-as-safe […]

Failure by Inaction: South Africa’s Early Policy on HIV/AIDS

Failure by Inaction: South Africa’s Early Policy on HIV/AIDS

BY LAINEY SCHMIDT In 1981, when the AIDS virus was first known on a global scale, the South African government, run by the National Party, was deeply engrained in a policy of apartheid; racial segregation was the norm, and social policies were unequal and semi-nonexistent.  Until 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected as the first democratic president of South Africa, […]

Race to the Finnish Line: the American Education System

Race to the Finnish Line: the American Education System

BY SARAH NESBITT America boasts of maintaining liberty and justice for all, yet all indicators of equal opportunity in the realm of education point 4800 miles northeast of the United States to the Scandinavian country of Finland. The mechanism of competition underlying Western capitalism seems to have permeated America’s education system; Finland’s focus, however, lies elsewhere. The Washington Post recently published an […]

Occupy Sandy: An Activist Movement Turned Relief Effort

Occupy Sandy: An Activist Movement Turned Relief Effort

BY LAINEY SCHMIDT When Occupy Wall Street began in September of 2011, protesters took to Zuccotti Park in New York City with broad goals of social and economic equality as they camped out in the park while knowledge of the movement spread.  Activists’ slogan, “We are the 99%!” highlighted the severe income gap that exists in the United States. Calling for […]