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iBoss is not a catalyst for education; it’s a wall

Being a senior at UCAS, I have experienced both times with and without iBoss enabled on our school network. In my sophomore year, internet throughout UCAS was filtered indiscriminately, and students were often complaining about how they couldn’t access youtube or other sites they frequently visited. Then, throughout my junior year, the firewall seemed to have dissipated entirely. Now, I have witnessed the disturbing resurgence of iBoss’s reign over the UCAS school network.

I can understand the purpose of an internet filter at schools. The filter is a fantastic safety net to protect students from shadier parts of the web and can sometimes steer them away from legal trouble. The firewall also is a wonderful tool to help students stay focused on school work by blocking games and other such content. These two purposes I agree with entirely, as I have witnessed the beneficial effects of both. On my PC at home, I’ve installed software to achieve a similar purpose, and I can set hours for the software to block certain websites so that I can finish school work. read more

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The Stress of School: Is it only the Beginning?

Over the course of the past five, the number of children that claim to have experienced great levels of stress at the beginning of the school year has just about doubled. Yet, here at UCAS, everybody appeared to enter through the front doors of UCAS with high hopes and contagious optimistic attitudes, leaving several of us scratching our heads. Are the students of UCAS also experiencing the same levels of stress as the students of other schools around the country? If so, will the stress levels increase as the school days go by? Do college courses and early testing days have anything to do with the pressure placed upon our parting porcelain patience? read more

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Nuclear Energy, Yay or Nay?

There are many misconceptions about nuclear energy, and it’s understandable considering how the word “nuclear” is in the title, and many get spooked real quick. Even though anti-nuclear energy advocates, like Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein, say “nuclear energy is dirty, dangerous and expensive,” it’s proven to be the opposite. Unlike natural gas and coal, nuclear energy doesn’t give off any air pollution.

According to Jill Stein, “nuclear power would never survive on a free open market.” Really? Each nuclear energy plant creates more jobs than any other energy source individually: the Nuclear Energy Institute found that wind and gas create 50, coal creates 190, hydro creates anywhere from 100-450, solar creates 470, and nuclear energy creates 500. These numbers are approximate, but it shows that nuclear energy employs more people, making it better for the economy. Also, nuclear energy doesn’t give off any air pollution like natural gas or coal. Sorry, but that steam coming out of nuclear plants is just plain ol’ steam. Either way, I’m quite sure that Lindsey Graham lets off more steam than a nuclear energy plant. read more

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End of China’s One Child Policy

Li Mei, now forty-five years old, sells balloons on the street corner of China’s capital city, Beijing. Here she migrated from her small, rural town in Hunan — over a 10 hour bus ride. When told China’s one child policy has finally been lifted, a wide smile graces her face. She relates a story about how in her small of Hunan town, she paid hundreds of dollars in fines to have her three children, leaving her future and that of her children burdened with debt. She says, “Everyone wants to have a second child, but the fines are a burden on us. But that’s the policy, and we can’t fight it.” read more