An Active Minds suicide prevention exhibit travels to campuses across the country. This exhibit features 1,100 backpacks representing the number of college students lost to suicide every year.

No Room for Judgment: The State of College Mental Health

The Active Minds suicide prevention exhibit shown above travels to campuses across the country. This exhibit features 1,100 backpacks representing the number of college students lost to suicide every year. By Melissa Florkowski One in five American adults suffer from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and addiction. These numbers are far beyond the point of dismissal:…


An Immigrant Education

“Minorities aren’t supposed to get an education…They’re supposed to be working for free or for very little pay.” This is what Dr. Emiko Soltis told her class of 15 stony-faced students on a recent Sunday afternoon. Soltis is the Executive Director of Freedom University (Freedom U), a nonprofit educational organization based in Atlanta. All of the…

Senator John "Johnny" Isakson, a Republican from Georgia, speaks during an interview in Washington D.C., U.S. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Isakson said the nomination of Representative Mel Watt, Democrat from North Carolina, to oversee the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator for the U.S.-owned mortgage financiers, was "in trouble". Photographer: Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Here’s Johnny: The Last Of Georgia’s Old Guard

For all the popular banter about “career politicians” serving as barriers to American progress, very few men and women are able to establish themselves as permanent fixtures in Washington. The average tenure for members of the U.S. House of Representative is 9.1 years, with Senators serving a slightly more lengthy 10.2 years before they succumb…


Standardized Testing and the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Trial

On April 1, educators from the Atlanta Public Schools were convicted of racketeering and various other crimes for cheating on standardized tests. Murmurs about corruption started well over a decade ago; journalistic reports led to state investigations which led to a blue ribbon commission specifically tasked with examining cheating at APS. The original indictment, handed…

Regulating medical marijuana

How A Blunt Becomes A Law

It appears the winds are shifting, and those winds just might be filled with smoke. The majority of the U.S. public is in favor of the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana for recreational use, and more states have moved to make marijuana accessible for medical and recreational purposes. Incidentally, one of the latest states to…


APUSH: A Thing of the Past?

By Jacquelyn Harms Winston Churchill once said “History is written by the victors.” That certainly seems to be the case for six Georgia state senators, who introduced a resolution in January stating their disapproval of the new Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) framework for the 2015-2016 academic year. Advanced Placement courses offer an outstanding…

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