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Dethrone the Loans: The Answer to Expensive Higher Education

By Markus Weinzinger

Opinion articles do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors, the Denobis staff, or Tri-City Prep.

It’s an inevitable problem faced by students entering the doors of higher education. The massive debt of student loans —over $1 trillion— continues to intimidate prospective students. Graduating with a pile of debt has become all too commonplace. Federal subsidy of student loans brews a toxic mix of good-intentioned theory and college greed that evaporates the hopes of college students along with their bank accounts. How did this happen?

The origins can be traced to the late twentieth century. According to Information Station, in 1980 the cost of attending a four-year college hovered around a comfortable $3,400 annually. Today, that figure has skyrocketed to $23,000 or more annually. More shocking, Bloomberg News reported that the cost of a college education since 1978 accelerated over 1000%, compared to the 265% increase in inflation. It’s now the norm to find a college student (graduate or drop-out) that owes five figures in student loan debt. Who’s responsible for these unprecedented prices? Continue reading

How to End Poverty

By Saiarchana Darira

This research paper was originally written for Ms. Mezeske’s Math Honors Class.

My eyes open, and it’s another day. Suddenly problems overwhelm me, and I start worrying – worrying about college, the ACTs, the SATs, and writing this paper in time. Thousands of mile away, a child in poverty opens his or her eyes. Worries plague their minds too – but these are different ones – about having enough to simply stay alive. The problems in a first world country seem like nothing in a third world country living in poverty. Poverty is one of this world’s greatest problems, and it affects millions of human beings on a daily basis. To an average human being, problems like poverty seem impossible to solve. But, can the solution to poverty actually be simpler than one thinks? Poverty is something that is solvable. Here is how to end poverty.

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The Freshman Experience

By Michael Staudt

Freshman year in high school can be very intimidating or amazing. In movies, freshman in high school usually are not treated well, or are simply bullied to extreme levels. However, I am going to test these theories of freshman year experiences, here at TCP.

Throughout interviews I conducted with several freshman, I got one result. Most of them enjoyed the school and would never want to go back to their previous school. Most of the freshman I interviewed were nervous about the homework they had heard about at the open house. However, once they started to work out the homework throughout the school year, most of them agreed that it was a decent amount.

“I love TCP! I feel like I fit in more here then at my old school,” said Isabel Garcia.

“I love the teachers and the people at TCP,” stated Arath Aguayo.

Many of the freshman interviewed also expressed a feeling of fascination with the experiences they had had this year. Many of them had gained more friends then they had at their old school and liked the teachers more here.

To conclude, many of the freshmen attending TCP have expressed fascination and happiness during their freshman year. Some of them are a bit anxious about the sophomore semester, but are excited about the new classes that are available. Personally being a freshman, I believe that my freshman year has been enthralling, electrifying, and joyful. I am glad that I am attending TCP and along with other freshman, will remember this year for decades to come.

How to Change the World

By Saiarchana Darira

 

Earth. We all live here. Yet we all view the planet in different ways. Some believe that this is a world filled with poverty, war, and bigotry, but others believe that this is a world that can be filled with light, love, and potential. It all depends on your perspective. There is bigotry, poverty, and war; there always has been. But you can be part of the light and love that is fighting the negative aspects of humankind.

How does one change a world that seems accustomed to its ways? It seems incredibly difficult, but it’s still possible. Only those who are willing to take the means to create change achieve it.

There are many ways to change the world, either by leaving a negative impact or a positive impact. This article will focus on leaving a positive impact. Right now, the world needs more positivity.

There is no set-in-stone way to catalyze change. This is only one method of the million ways.

Here is how to change the world.

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The Case for Stew

By Amanda Bertsch

 

It’s a familiar enough metaphor: America is either the melting pot of unity or the salad bowl of multiculturalism. Last Wednesday’s opinion piece dissected one view of the issue. Others strongly disagree. Yet there seems to be no good choice here.

In the melting pot, Americans have a strong sense of national identity. A shared cultural background unifies the wide country despite other (often political) differences. However, minorities may find themselves forced to assimilate, losing rich cultural histories in favor of a primarily white Christian narrative.

In the salad bowl, these different identities coexist peacefully. The juxtaposition between cultures enriches society. However, some may find themselves struggling to communicate with distinct and disparate areas of culture, so the country feels splintered.

Ironically, this debate about how to achieve national unity has become uniquely polarizing. Republicans tend to align with the melting pot model, while Democrats advocate the salad bowl. Many people in the middle offer some half-remembered explanation from eighth grade civics. Yet the truly impressive fact of this debate is society’s willingness to accept that narrative.

The melting pot vs. salad bowl debate is a false dichotomy. Continue reading