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Amazon’s Uprising During the Pandemic
ARTICLE BY JILLIAN RAGUSO
IMAGE BY ALYSSA FINK
Amazon’s sales are skyrocketing due to the global pandemic COVID-19. Amazon has recently become the most successful business; the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has become one of the top three richest people on earth as well.
Thanks to the pandemic, Bezos and Amazon have seen a drastic rise in sales and success of the world's biggest business.
COVID 19: The Death of Small Businesses?
ARTICLE BY SOPHIA GARRITANO
PHOTO BY VANESSA THERIAULT
In March 2020, prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, small businesses were thriving and consumers were able to go anywhere to shop. The economy was doing great and worldwide consumption was at its peak.
A year later, after all the Covid lockdowns, it has become increasingly more difficult for people to run to the store and do daily shopping. This has led to a worldwide change in consumption.
A Transformed Workplace: Will the Office Ever be the Same?
BY ELEANOR DEMPSEY
A decade ago, working from home effectively was unthinkable and there was seldom reason for it. Technology was not advanced enough; if coworkers needed to communicate, they would have to meet in person, call, or email.
Now, everyone knows someone who works from home, and it is likely that they experienced it themselves. It would be difficult to find someone under the age of 70 who has never heard of Zoom.
Making the Change to Full Time Schooling
ARTICLE BY EMMA DOUGHERTY
PHOTO BY ALEX GUAMAN
In Westchester, New York, and many neighboring areas, schools are going back full time. As Covid cases are going down, Governor Cuomo and the CDC Department of Health believe it is a safe option. The Mount Pleasant Central School District chooses to take part in this change.
It is important to look at many different perspectives when noticing this change, as it will affect all people differently.
COVID Cases Continue to Fall as Vaccines are Distributed Across the U.S.
ARTICLE BY JACOB CRUZ-MEDRANDA
PHOTO BY MEAGAN PAPAZIAN
In 2021, COVID-19 has continued to plague the United States, causing several deaths every day. On a good note, the cases have dropped tremendously due to the vigorous effort to find a vaccine, put forth by Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, and many more.
The reason for the rapid drop in cases: vaccines are undoubtedly being output at an exponential rate. Scientists across the world continue to research new strands and vaccinations to provide the easiest recovery to the global pandemic.
Online School Effects on Teachers
BY ALEXIS STRATIGAKIS
During the Covid-19 pandemic, schools had to find new ways to reopen their buildings; in order to do this, teachers had to begin teaching from their sofas. Teaching from home became a huge transition for faculty members. However, is working from home beginning to be overwhelming for teachers?
As teachers across the country have been switching to online learning, people have begun to question how it is truly impacting teachers and students.
Trending: Salon Suites on the Rise
ARTICLE BY ALEXA HUDD
PHOTO BY JULIE LOMURNO
The salon industry has introduced a new and efficient way to work. Professionals in the beauty industry are now recently opening their own businesses in salon suites. Salon suites are simply fully prepared rooms in which beauty professionals can own and manage their own businesses and clients. The main difference between a suite and a traditional salon is the ownership.
How is Texas?
BY JESSICA MOTTA
In the midst of a global pandemic, Texas governor Greg Abbott decided to reopen Texas fully, without masks. Now what does this mean for the state? How have they been coping with this change? How are their vaccine numbers and case numbers?
Importance of Photography
ARTICLE & PHOTO BY PETER MARDJONOVIC
Photography is a visual art form that creates images by recording light electronically through the means of the image sensor or through the means of a light-sensitive material, such as photographic film. Photography is important because it is a spark for change, tells a story, and is history through images.
Protests vs. Riots
BY AVA DISALVO
In this article I plan to not only state my thoughts on riots vs protests, but explain what they mean legally and why it is important that when reporting news, we properly characterize each as what they are.
By definition, a protest is ‘a statement or action expressing disapproval or objection to something’. What transpired during the months where BLM was expressed greatly in 2020 were largely protests.
Regardless of whether or not they remained peaceful, they (the vast majority) were quite literally not riots until an act of violence itself was committed. People described breaking and destroying businesses as a protest, and people holding up a sign on the side of the road as a riot or incitement.
In Person vs. Virtual Learning
BY KATHLEEN BENNETT
The quick switch from in person learning every day to virtual learning was a difficult transition for everyone, but it was for everyone’s safety. When September came, students were excited to hear that they would be returning to school on a hybrid model: two or three days in person a week, with alternating virtual days. Although this promised students and teachers alike the opportunity to have some normalcy in education, the question remains: is this model really sufficient?
COVID-19 Vaccine: Is it Safe?
BY KYLIE LYDEN
With the virus still lurking, we are about to enter the one year mark of the Covid 19 pandemic. It has been a hard year for everyone, and lots has happened. Most people probably thought by now everything would be back to normal; unfortunately, that's not the case. Although there is promise in the future, everyone still questions when the world will begin to rotate normally.
After months and months of having little progression, there has finally been a discovery for the Covid 19 vaccine. Many are skeptical about this vaccine and wonder if it is really the answer to end this pandemic.
COVID-19 Vaccine News
BY KATHLEEN BENNETT
The world is on its way back to normalcy with the approved COVID-19 vaccines. Three companies have worked hard to get high effective rates for these vaccines. The companies that have their vaccine approved are Pfizer, Moderna and BioNTech.
The government and the vaccine companies have and are continuing to distribute the vaccines to the states in the United States of America. All essential workers, which includes all hospital staff, are the first people to get vaccinated without being part of a trial.
The Endangerment of Sea Otters Burdened the Environment, Now They’re Back
BY ANASTASIA TCHERNIKOV
During the 18th and 19th century, and even into the 20th century, sea otters were nearly hunted to extinction for their luxuriant pelts. Other threats to the species include entrapment or entanglement in fishing gear, oil spills, and climate change, dwindling populations on the coasts of California and Mexico. As a result, southern sea otters have been recognized as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, until now, as conservation efforts attempt to reintroduce them to their coastal homes, according to Carswell.
Google Meet vs. Screencastify
BY JESSICA MOTTA
With the Coronavirus pandemic still among us, there have been many changes in the education system and the way in which we are educating the young people in our society, from kindergarten through college.
Obviously, there is the classic solution: Google Meet. The schools that are not fully back in person, which is many schools throughout America, have a hybrid system in place. This system employs the use of Google Classroom and Google Meets to educate and teach the curriculum when the students are not in school.
How to stay positive during quarantine
BY AVA DISALVO
2020 has been a difficult year for many. Quarantine and the coronavirus are topics we are new to, and had to adjust to in a short amount of time. As a result, many people are dissuaded and upset due to the sudden change in lifestyle. In this article, I hope to recommend information/techniques I found helpful to remain positive during quarantine.
THE LASTING IMPACTS OF LOCKDOWN
BY PETER MARDJONOVIC
As the country experiences another rise in cases and prepares for a potential shut down or lockdown again, many citizens start to question what impacts such an extensive lockdown could have on the population in both the short and long term.