Understanding the Relationship Between Children and Social Media

By Katelynn Rosa: We are in the age of technology, where concepts such as social media are part of our daily lives. With technology being as advanced as it is, we can access social media 24/7 with the mobile devices like tablets and cellphones. And, its not just adults who have access to this. Children …

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Worcester Public School’s Sex Education Debate Abstinence or Contraception?

By Leilah Bruno: The Worcester Public School committee recently had a meeting posing the question, "Should the Worcester Public Schools adopt a comprehensive model for sex education that explores contraception, the role of consent and the LGBTQ community or a more conservative sex education model that focuses on mainly abstinence?" This is a common issue …

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Vaccine Hesitancy Sees Nationwide Repercussions

By Erin Keating: A recent rise of measles is once again bringing the anti-vaccination movement to light. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 228 cases of measles have been recorded in the United States this year alone. Doctors and researchers are once again warning parents that choosing to not …

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Mental Health On College Campuses: Are We Doing Enough?

By: Anna Schroeder: According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, around 1 in 5 adults in America experience some form of mental illness each year. The extreme change of environment and added stress that college brings only increases mental health issues in students. The Active Minds website claims 39% of college students suffer from …

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Eating Disorders among College Students

By Gina Ledonne: Mental health awareness is a widely growing topic not only in the country, but worldwide. Depression, OCD, anxiety and so many more are being treated and recognized more exclusively, and the negative stigma surrounding them is greatly diminishing. However, one of the most common, yet disgustingly stigmatized mental illnesses are eating disorders. …

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Underage Drinking in Our Communities: Worcester Edition

By Macee Buckley: This month, Worcester Police's Alcohol Enforcement Unit conducted an underage drinking stings at various restaurants and businesses. They used underage college students as part of their operation The students went to local establishments to try to purchase alcohol. Of the 30 places visited, two provided alcohol to the underage students. Compared to past …

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