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Roaa Alkhawaja

Roaa Alkhawaja
Junior and Opinions/Sunburn Editor, Ro'aa Alkhawaja, loves herself a good week of binge-watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and eating more Nutella sandwiches than should be humanly possible.

Stimulus Checks and the Rise of the New Poor

On March 12, 2021, Congress administered the second round of stimulus checks. With many Americans currently jobless and financially insecure, these checks were much needed. Congress decided on the amount $1400. All around, citizens are bowing on their knees at the country’s brave and generous leaders.  “With fourteen hundred dollars, …

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Can Wormholes Host Massive Objects?

According to Einstein’s general relativity, massive objects bend the fabric of spacetime, manipulating the gravitational force around them. Black holes are notorious for being so massive that they bend spacetime onto themselves, creating a gravitational pull so strong that not even light (the fastest moving thing in the universe) can …

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Hollywood is in a Remake Stage

Once in a while, the entertainment industry creates a masterpiece, a classic for the ages. Such successful developments include the Harry Potter franchise, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and arguably every Disney princess movie ever made. The fandoms grow strong, and the pockets of the industry grow full; it’s a …

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Reddit Financial Revolution

In late January, a financial revolution led by subreddit w/WallStreetBets made the highly improbable a reality. A union of millennial Reddit users collectively bought dying GameStop stocks in an attempt to interfere with Wall Street hedge funds. By the end of the month, investors saw GameStop stock price rise more …

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Cosmic Cannibalism: Spider Stars

With a tendency to devour their husbands, Red-backs and Black Widow spiders are notorious for their turbulent and violent love. Astronomers have spotted similar behavior in the cosmos amongst binary systems, or two stars gravitationally bound in orbit around a central mass, containing rapidly spinning neutron stars, also known as …

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Genius is Over-Rated

Nothing in life comes for free. This mantra can be extended to the acquirement of mastery or prowess in a given field. Whether it be mastering multivariable calculus or hyper-realistic art, no glory or success in life can be maintained through effortless means. Contrary to popular belief, being a genius …

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Guantanamo Bay Must Close Down

Following the national security attacks on September 11, 2001, former president George W. Bush launched a “War on Terror.”  The environment was similar to that of the Red Scare in the 1920s. Suspected Muslims and Brown ethnic groups were incarcerated in masses with the sole reason for their detainment being …

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A Historical Analysis of the Raid on the Capitol

The first amendment of the U.S constitution goes as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government …

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Here is Rudolph Now; Feel Old Yet?

The famous Christmas song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a classic, memorized and loved by Christmas enthusiasts everywhere. The story goes as follows: Rudolph’s peculiar red nose leads to bullying and harassment by Santa Clause’s other reindeer. When Mr. Clause notices, he promotes Rudolph to the head of the sleigh, …

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