By Shiven Sharma
Shiven Sharma is a fourth year student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Biology with a minor in French studies.
Due to the prevalence of opioid-caused morbidity and mortality, questions have arisen regarding the source of such outcomes and lenient policies that enable its prevalence.
Examining Legislative Responses to Vaping Linked Deaths: Why Raising Sale Ages for Nicotine or Banning Flavored Vaping Products Doesn’t Solve the Issue
By Margaret Lu
Margaret (Maggie) Lu is a sophomore at the University of Chicago studying English and Spanish.
On September 6th, Senator Dick Durbin called for the resignation of the FDA lead. On September 11th, President Donald Trump promised to ban the sale of flavored vaping products. While the dangers of cigarettes are widely known and warned against in American media, e-cigarettes & vaping are often touted as a “safe alternative” to cigarettes [i]. Juul usage has quietly taken a deadly turn, most recently causing the 12th death of a person related to vaping [ii]. Apart from banning the sale of flavored vaping products outright, another avenue being explored is to raise the sales age of vaping to 21. Both solutions have pros and cons, but neither touch on the key issue: discovering the actual cause of vaping deaths.
By Rachel Gu
Rachel Gu is a sophomore in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania studying Bioengineering.
As of 2019, about four out of every five people in the U.S. have a registered social media account . Each user’s actions online, such as a “like” or “share” of posts on their feed, are collected as data points. This network of data is then used to create a comprehensive user profile that provides Facebook and other partnered companies useful information. This then allows them to tailor posts and ads to each individual user. In fact, more companies use this “data mining” technique than one might expect. Their intention, to optimize user engagement, has provoked debates regarding privacy agreements between companies and their users.
By Suprateek Neogi
Suprateek Neogi is a fourth year student at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab studying Law and specializing in Business Laws.
Hybrid Courts, also known as ‘internationalized national criminal courts’, are a unique type of ad-hoc court which has components of both, domestic and international legal systems. Hybrid courts usually deal with international crimes occurring within the domestic boundaries of a State. 
By Kaitlyn Rentala
Kaitlyn Rentala is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.
At 86, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the oldest member of the bench, but still one of the most impactful. Throughout her long lasting career, Ginsburg has distinguished herself as a leader in the women’s rights movement all while overcoming personal struggles and misogyny. This year celebrates her 26th year anniversary on the bench. Here is a look back at Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s influence over US law and culture.