Gangs: An Explanation – Written October 24, 2000

Many people have speculated why youth join gangs. The definition of “gang” is, “1. A group of people, usually young, who associate regularly on a social basis. 2. A group of criminals who band together for mutual protection and profit.” Strangely enough, the gangs in the cities are usually a combination of the two definitions. […]

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The testing of animals has been a continuing issue for the last hundred years. Animal testing has been used for many things including learning the side affects of consumer products such as bleach, as well as helping to cure and treat diseases such as cancer and HIV/AIDS. Thousands of animals die every year due to […]

Sex Rules – Written February 27, 2001

It has been said by many that there are four main drives of man, “Fight, Flee, Feed, and Fornication.” Throughout history, there have been advancements in fighting, fleeing, and feeding. However, there is little advancement in fornication. Humans have made weapons, created vehicles for transportation, and devices to prepare and preserve food. Sex is still […]

Selective Service: A Feminist Perspective – Written February 15, 2001

Jodie Foster once said, “Ninety-five percent of women’s experiences are about being a victim. Or about an underdog, or having to survive…women didn’t go to Vietnam and blow things up.” Perhaps that is because women are not only not required to register for Selective Service, but they are also not allowed to register. Selective Service […]

Mutatus erat – Written March 29, 2001

After Jesus of Nazareth’s death, circa AD 0, everyone persecuted Christians. They were regarded as “New Jews” and were hated across the civilized world, better known as, “The Roman Empire.” (Kupstas) For 300 years after, Jesus’ followers were persecuted until Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal. Fortunately for the Christians, the real persecution did not begin […]

How MPAA Ratings Work – Written September 24, 2000

In the United States of America, there is a rating system for motion pictures that is becoming increasingly out of date. The Motion Picture Association of America (M.P.A.A.) rates every movie that is in the United States with one of six ratings: “G,” “PG,” “PG-13,” “R,” “NC-17,” and “X.” To learn what these ratings mean, […]

God Bless The Media (2000 Election Recount) – Written February 23, 2001

Geoffrey Chaucer, in his famous classic Canterbury Tales, wrote, “Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.” This quotation has an abundance of meaning in the current re-count of votes from the past election. As most people are aware, there was a controversy in Florida over who won the state’s electoral votes: George W. […]

Review: The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus – Written February 9, 2001

The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus is a tale of epic proportions. It is a classic tale of violence, lust, revenge, and evil. Although an amazing story, it is considered by many to be one of William Shakespeare’s worst plays. Poetically, the play is not a masterpiece, however the story and characters make up for any […]

The Spiritual Growth of Hester Prynne – Written April 17, 2001

Throughout The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is scorned, hated, humiliated, and ridiculed. However, towards the end of the novel, she is loved. Not only does Hester cahnge, but the community changes as well. Both the sin itself, Dimmesdale, Chillingworth, and the community played key roles in Hester’s development. She began the novel as a Puritan […]

Restoring A Sunfish Sailboat and Learning to Sail – Written January 14, 2000

In July of 1998, I was in Maine on vacation, which is when I thought up an idea to buy a sailboat. I remember exactly what happened. We were driving around Boothbay Harbor and I absentmindedly stated, “You know, I’d like to buy a sailboat.” Well, to that comment my father replied, “Yeah, well; you […]