San Diego shooting continues the trend

Opinion

By Theodore Mattheiss Opinion Editor Another day, another shooting. On April 27, a man walked into the Chabad of Poway Synagogue, north of San Diego, and opened fire on the innocent people inside. His actions resulted in one dead and three wounded victims. The man responsible, 19-year-old John Earnest, reportedly barged into the synagogue yelling […]

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Massachusetts bans gay to straight conversion therapy

Opinion

By Jon Vitale Elm Staff Writer Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law new legislation that makes conversion therapy of minors illegal in the state of Massachusetts. The bill passed easily. According to the Boston Herald, it passed the State Senate by a margin of 34-0, following the Massachusetts House, which passed the legislation […]

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Saying goodbye to Washington College

Opinion

By Theodore Mattheiss Opinion Editor I’ve had an absolute blast being the Opinion Editor for The Elm this year. When I first looked into the possibility of working for The Elm I was only a freshman. I was interested in the opinion section, even back then, but it was particularly full at the time. I […]

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Flint water crisis still ongoing

Opinion

By Alaina Perdon Elm Staff Writer April 25 marks five full years that the residents of Flint, MI have been without clean water in their homes. The catastrophe was brought on by a money-saving switch of drinking water sources. For 1,826 days, Flint residents have been exposed to dangerous levels of lead each time they […]

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Shkreli put in solitary after running company from prison

Opinion

By Zachary Blackwell Elm Staff Writer Martin Shkreli, also known as the “Pharma Bro,” has been continuing to manage his pharmaceutical company Phoenixus AG behind bars at Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix, a low-security prison in New Jersey, using a contraband cell phone, according to CBS News. Despite the level of security that prisons in […]

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MN school bathrooms locked during class

Opinion

By Zachary Blackwell Elm Staff Writer   Minnesota students are outraged after their high school administrators implemented a new policy that limits their bathroom use. To limit vaping and vandalism in the bathrooms of Stillwater Area High School, its administrators have started to lock these areas during class time. But this new policy has received […]

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Three veteran suicides in five days point to VA shortcomings

Opinion

By Alaina Perdon Elm Staff Writer The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is a Cabinet-level agency founded to provide healthcare to military veterans in need at clinics across the country. Though it is a well-intentioned program, many find glaring faults in its operations. Three veterans have committed suicide within the past week in VA […]

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Colorado approves ‘red flag’ gun law

Opinion

By Jon Vitale Elm Staff Writer A controversial new bill has become law in Colorado. The new “Red Flag law” will allow for police officers to seize guns from individuals that they believe to be a threat to themselves or others for up to a year, or mandate a private transfer to a family member […]

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Patriots owner fighting prostitution charges

Opinion

By Zachary Blackwell Elm Staff Writer The controversy that has surrounded New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft over allegedly soliciting prostitution has reached a climax. Kraft, 77, was charged in February with two first-degree misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa parlor in Jupiter, Florida, as part of a large-scale […]

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Mueller’s report is out, could spell doom for the president

Opinion

By Theodore Mattheiss Opinion Editor After two years of waiting, the American public finally got a chance on April 18 to comb through all 448 partially redacted pages of Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report on links between President Donald Trump, his campaign, and the Russian government. On the question of collusion, Mueller answered that there was […]

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