Merkel has previously worked with the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations, despite their disparate political ideologies. courtesy Obama White House Archives

Merkel stepping down a threat to democracy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political apathy has caused the German government to fall into Trump-like populism. Recent electoral losses for her coalition over this past month in Hesse and Bavaria have caused Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany for 13 years, to step down in 2021 and resign as party leader next month. The move surprises […]

graphic by Conner Maggio

Madrid in Real trouble

Student writer Andrew Noland discusses the problems in the Real Madrid Football Club. What has happened to Real Madrid’s reign over the soccer world? Dropping games isn’t the issue: Real Madrid went on a long losing streak that nearly cost Zinedine Zidane his job last season, right before they won the Champions League for a […]

While the U.S. government has not made major progress toward renewable energy, fossil fuels have somewhat fallen out of vogue in popular culture. courtesy Wikipedia

UN climate report damning for US corporate culture

The UN climate change report predicts an environmental catastrophe that the U.S. won’t combat. Two weeks ago, the United Nations released a climate change report commissioned by the signers of the Paris Climate Accords. The report outlines a bleak future for the planet, predicting catastrophic changes as early as 2040. The commission originally sought to […]


Western League of Legends teams gaining ground

Esports expert Andrew Noland discusses the disappointing performance of the dominant Eastern teams as Korea underperforms in the World Championships. The world turned upside down this past weekend in the billion-dollar esports industry of “League of Legends.” Nearly all of the Eastern titans were felled at the hands of the West in the quarterfinals of […]

German national team in troubled waters

Soccer expert Andrew Noland delves into the recent turmoil facing the German national squad. On Saturday, Germany collapsed against the Netherlands 0-3, a record loss for the German national team, and Germany finds itself goalless in three games for the first time in its history. With the humiliating crash out of the World Cup in […]

Kavanaugh confirmation a Republican farce

Following Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Republicans can no longer paint themselves as the moral party. The Senate confirmed the embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite accusations of sexual assault from five sources. The debate raged across the nation as Americans questioned the validity of the rape claims, Kavanaugh’s behavior and the […]

Journalism hyperfocused, repetitive, uninformative

Partisan politics have pushed journalism to highlight Trump’s latest misadventures, blocking out other stories. One night at family dinner, over another argument about Trump, my little brother jokingly coined a phenomenon he called “Blitzer’s Law.” A variation of “Godwin’s Law,” the rudimentary theory states that as a conversation progresses, the chances of someone mentioning Donald […]

courtesy The Esports Observer

League of Legends preview

Esports expert Andrew Noland picks his favorites for the League of Legends World Championship. Group A: Flash Wolves (Taiwan 1st Seed) Afreeca Freecs (Korean 2nd Seed) Phong Vu Buffalo (Vietnam 1st Seed) G2 Esports (Europe 3rd Seed) Every group looks like a group of death this year, and Group A kicks things off with a […]