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Christmas is coming, but the debate on when it is appropriate to start celebrating the holiday is ongoing.

When does Christmas officially start?

Story by Kinsley Alley, Photographer and Staff Writer November 21, 2021

Every year, as summer turns to fall and fall turns to winter, the question is asked and the debate begins: "when is it officially time to start celebrating Christmas?" For some, it is as soon as the...

Along with the rise of social movements over the past year, social media platforms have started to replace actually works of activism.

“Slacktivism:” The issue with performative activism

Story by Cierra Bryant, Photographer August 31, 2021

The year 2020 was the year of resilience, as people became a part of major movements around the world. In addition to the greatest health challenge the world has seen in decades, protests and marches became...

Queer baiting is an increasingly popular topic of conversation, and is problematic for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Queerbaiting: Why does it matter?

Story by Maria Gutierrez, Arts and Entertainment Editor August 30, 2021

Back in June, Billie Eilish posted a photo of her surrounded by women and tagged with the caption: “I love girls.” Three simple words were enough to spark a debate among her fans and her detractors. Some...

The amount of student debt is so debilitating that its inhibiting our freedom to education. As of 2021, the average amount of student debt owed was 37,693 dollars and, due to inflation, that number only continues to rise.

The problems associated with student debt

Story by Jamie Pellikaan, Staff Writer May 20, 2021

As of 2021, the average amount of student debt owed is 37,693 dollars with the collective total for all student debt owed in the United States is 1.71 trillion dollars. This number will only continue...

The Word with Max Dutton – May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021

In the final Word episode of the semester, we cover student opinions of the COVID vaccine, get a closer look at Shadow the "campus cat", cover the stories the staff writers did this week with the Baker...

Following celebrity Colton Underwood publicly coming out, it becomes important to discuss celebrities and their ability to come out without being ridiculed.

Heteronormativity: still a very prevalent issue

Story by Maria Gutierrez, Staff Writer May 11, 2021

On April 14th, former star of "The Bachelor," Colton Underwood, came out as gay during an interview on “Good Morning America”. In the interview, he confesses that he has known he’s been “different”...

As finals are approaching for college students, the importance of sleep is reiterated.

The importance of sleep at the collegiate level

Story by Caitlyn Baker, Staff Writer May 7, 2021

It’s that time of the year again. With finals week approaching, students are pushed for deadlines and assignments that once felt like they had ample amount of time to be completed are now due before...

America faces another epidemic alongside COVID-19: gun violence.

America continues to face gun violence epidemic

Story by Emma Howard, Social Media Editor May 4, 2021

Trigger Warning: Gun Violence, mass shootings, suicide, domestic abuse, police brutality In 2020, the world confronted one of the toughest public health problems to date. COVID-19 uprooted nearly every...

Lil Nas X stirs up controversy with his new song and video “Montero (Call Me by Your Name).”

OpEd: Lil Nas X’s “Montero” controversy reflects historical conservative policing of music

Story by Nicholaus Pumphrey, Contributing Writer April 27, 2021

Lil Nas X stirred up controversy recently with his new song and video “Montero (Call Me by Your Name).” The critical response from conservative Christians, primarily white Evangelicals, not only...

OpEd: Luca Janssen on being an international student during the pandemic

OpEd: Luca Janssen on being an international student during the pandemic

Story by Luca Janssen, Contributing Writer April 25, 2021

Baker University is home to a number of international students. Most of them travel to the United States to attend college and play a sport. I am an international student from the Netherlands and am attending...

The 2 trillion-dollar infrastructure bill recently unveiled by the Biden administration failed to include the
development and implementation of high-speed railway in the US.

Infrastructure bill must include high-speed railways

Story by Jamie Pellikaan, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

The Biden administration recently unveiled a 2 trillion-dollar infrastructure bill that not only focuses on infrastructure, but a clean energy and jobs initiative as well. The bill grants money to much...

The United States issued new economic sanctions in hopes to stop genocide.

Economic sanctions unable to stop genocide

Story by Jamie Pellikaan, Staff Writer March 30, 2021

The United States, along with the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom and Canada issued new economic sanctions against China. The economic sanctions are a response to China’s internment of Uighur’s...

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