An op-ed by Jonah Pierce "Gentrification— It is a word that is tossed around venomously at the first sign of development...
Poem by Alaina Nesby: "To live in a world where kings don’t care about our future. They fill their ears with cement, thick and viscous like the muggy air that gets hotter every year, Their voices vile like a slug slipping through my lips and down my throat, Only to arise again through tears."
A poem by Ellie Greer on feminism: "Toxic words. False representations. They permeate the depths of society, tainting the image of 'feminist.' Equivalent to the cruelest of words. The harshest of insults. Media has twisted the very foundation of gender equality so that it amounts to nothing more than man-hating radicals."
A poem by Kate Hirschfeld: "I went through a period of time where a lot of the poetry I wrote had a nostalgic tone. This is one of those poems, but rather than writing nostalgically about the past it’s about the present moment."
A poem by Kate Hirschfeld: "This poem was inspired by the moment right after the end of the movie Lady Bird. It just felt like time stopped and it kinda took my breath away for a second."
A poem by Kate Hirschfeld. "This poem was inspired by an instance when I dropped a glass in my kitchen and my entire family (and all of my pets) came from across the house to see what happened and if everything was okay. It was a weird moment but I thought it was beautiful in how it showed the innate instinctual compassion and care in people."
An op-ed by Gaya Rajamony. "My experience with sex ed in public school was terrible. It was held in the worst-smelling gym imaginable, and every five minutes during the uncomfortable presentation, someone would giggle or groan. But the worst part is that it taught me nothing about sex. Sure, I learned what a uterus looks like, but I didn’t know the mechanics of sex, how to prevent disease or how to avoid teen pregnancy. In fact, most of my sex education came from the internet, as I googled terms the kids at my middle school threw around."
An Op-Ed by McCallum student Elyjah Johnson: "I’m black, 16, and have lived in Austin my entire life. Everyday, my neighborhood in South Austin becomes more gentrified, and in the 2000s, Beto O’Rourke would have torn down my home."
An op-ed about an emerging threat to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. By Thomas Goldstein, senior at Westlake High School, Lead-Editor of AYAU Journalism.
On the afternoon of September 20, throngs of protestors filled the steps of the Capitol, braving the sweltering heat. Among the crowd were high school students from across the city, various environmental groups, and University of Texas (UT) students.