By Alexandra Kanan
Alexandra Kanan is a first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She plans to major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a career goal of becoming an immigration lawyer.
The junior high classroom: the start of self-discovery, academic stress, teenage relationships, and for one Ohio teenager, the start of his very own empire. This story of this self-declared “independent state” begins with thirteen-year-old Brayden Hickerson, or as his subjects call him, Lord Brayden Michael Hickerson I, decided in 2015 to take his extracurriculars to another level, by starting his own state in Perrysburg Ohio. He declared himself Kaiser and over the next 11 months of his reign, accumulated 34 Hickersonian citizens .
By Hannah Agarwal
Hannah Agarwal is a first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She plans to major in psychology and minor in American Public Policy.
On October 4th, the Supreme Court once again heard arguments challenging the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits discriminatory voting practices . Merrill v. Milligan is one of the latest cases to be brought before the conservative-leaning Supreme Court, but the Act’s power has diminished over the past decade as multiple sections have either been reinterpreted or rendered unconstitutional .
By Shahana Banerjee
Shahana Banerjee is a sophomore in the College of Arts of Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania studying Health and Societies.
After two grueling years of the COVID-19 pandemic, Moderna, Inc. announced on August 26th, 2022, that the pharmaceutical giant would be suing its rival drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech. The lawsuit filed by the company in the U.S. and Germany alleges that the latter two companies used Moderna’s patented mRNA technology to develop their joint COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty®, infringing patents that Moderna had filed between 2010 and 2016.
The United States As a Traffic-Light: How Redlining Divides the Country and Diminishes Education Equality
By Alicia Augustin
Alicia Augustin is a first-year student at the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences who plans to study Political Science and Urban Education.
The practice of redlining in the United States has added another dimension to the division of the country in a systematic way. This system not only creates this idea of desirable vs. undesirable areas to live in, but it also actively aids in perpetuating the inequalities that exist within these divisions. The roots of redlining can be traced back to the Great Depression and how government officials responded to it.