Charming 17th century stone villas, sweltering summer heat and the luscious greenery of the countryside “somewhere in northern Italy”; such a scene is only fit for the most beautiful of summer romances. Luca Guadagnino’s "Call Me by Your Name," based on the novel by André Aciman, encapsulates that very fantasy.
The response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a disturbed man murdered 17 people, feels different. This surge in student-led activism is something new; something that could mark the end of the cynical passivity that has become the mindset of so many, and should serve as a call to action.
In the United States you are as likely to be killed by a gun as you are to be killed in a car accident. In South Korea, you are just as likely to be killed by a gun as being crushed between two objects. In Japan, the comparison is made with being killed by lightning and in New Zealand, with falling off of a ladder, according to the New York Times.
Recently, the Innovative Schedule Committee (ISC)—a collaborative group consisting of both students and staff—announced that it had narrowed its long search for a new schedule system and is strongly considering a certain type: one that has no C-days. Though the elimination of C-days may be cause for celebration for many students, we must not ignore the potential implications of switching to an alternating-type schedule.
Many students claim that it is more stressful to not know their grades, and that this stress impedes them from having fun. Have we become so intrinsically tied to our grades that we cannot go one moment without thinking about them? Maybe we have, and maybe that's why this policy should exist: to break that toxic bond.
On October 1, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States transpired in Las Vegas. The incident amplified the constant national debate about gun control. In 2017 alone, there have been over 11,000 deaths directly due to gun violence, according to an independent research group. The number of deaths due to gun violence is absolutely outrageous. The necessity for increased regulations against firearms is evident, especially firearms that accept "high capacity" magazines.