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Creek Connections hosts 25th Research Symposium

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor May 7, 2021

Creek Connections, an outreach program of Allegheny College which works with Middle and High Schools to study their local waterways, hosted the 2021 Student Research Symposium in partnership with 16 Middle...

United States and Russia face increased diplomatic tensions

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor April 30, 2021

Earlier this year, large protests occurred across Russia in response to the jailing of opposition activist Alexei Navalny. Since then, Navalny has been convicted of parole violations and sent to prison...

How COVID-19 vaccines work: mRNA and vectors

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor April 23, 2021

Over 131 million American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and this number is expected to grow as eligibility is...

Repression of Myanmar anti-coup protests intensifies

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor April 9, 2021

Repression of protests against a military-backed coup in Myanmar have been escalating over the past months, according to reports from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. Since the coup...

Students stand in solidarity for the victims of the mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia.

‘Stop Asian Hate’

George Ackerman and Sami Mirza March 26, 2021

In the wake of the Atlanta spa shootings which killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, the Association for Asian and Asian American Awareness and the South Asian Student Society hosted a vigil...

Understanding the risk posed by COVID-19 variants

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor March 26, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, there have been mutations to the virus which have caused variants of the disease, and scientists are racing to better understand these mutations and how they affect...

Outloud — Season 1, Episode 15: Atlanta Vigil

George Ackerman and Sami Mirza March 24, 2021

To honor the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings and stand against anti-Asian racism, students gathered in the Gator Quad Tuesday evening. Story by George Ackerman and Sami Mirza

Withdraw from war in Afghanistan may face delays

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor March 18, 2021

Under an agreement put in place by the Trump administration, the United States was to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by May 1, but it no longer seems likely that this commitment will be met...

Perseverance rover has safely landed on Mars

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor March 12, 2021

A new rover has landed in Jezero Crater on Mars as part of the Mars 2020 mission. The rover, named “Perseverance,” is on a mission to gain information about the geology of Mars, and look for signs...

Global vaccine distribution faces challenges

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor March 4, 2021

Worldwide, less than one percent of people have received the full dosage of any version of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data provided by Our World in Data.  This number is sure to increase in the...

Wave of global protests: why now?

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor March 4, 2021

Across the world, protests have erupted due to a variety of reasons, including many demonstrations intended to voice opposition to national policy or change in government. In India, protests in response...

COVID-19 testing: exploring antigen and molecular tests

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor February 26, 2021

Allegheny students have once again returned to on-campus classes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and with this return has come thousands of diagnostic tests. Diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus...

Anti-government protests sweep Russia: what’s happening and why?

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor February 4, 2021

Anti-government protests have been organized the past two weekends in cities across Russia. From St. Petersburg to cities in Siberia, protestors gathered in response to the Jan. 17 arrest of Alexei...

NASA estimate finds 2020 as tied for hottest year

George Ackerman, Science/International Editor January 28, 2021

2020 tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record according to a press release from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. 2019 was the second hottest year on record, and the 2010s was the hottest...

Clubs make preparations for spring

George Ackerman, Features Writer November 13, 2020

As the in-person portion of the fall semester comes to an end, clubs and organizations are looking forward to the spring semester. “We have had a lot of time to prep and think about opening,” said...

College mandates two week furlough for all employees

Bree Gray and George Ackerman November 6, 2020

Allegheny College faces financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The senior administration and the Board of Trustees held a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28 to discuss the costs associated...

The alumni who call Meadville home

George Ackerman, Features Writer November 6, 2020

On Allegheny College’s website there is a page called, “Meadville is… Home.” For many students it plays the role of a temporary home, but for some alumni Meadville becomes a permanent home. “I...

In addition to housing the two preschools, Oddfellows also hosts the English and Philosophy and Religious Sciences Departments

Despite pandemic, on-campus childcare and preschool continues operations

George Ackerman, Features Writer October 29, 2020

The return of students has also brought the return of Meadville Cooperative Preschool, located on campus in Oddfellows. As with many educational institutions, the preschool has had to make major adjustments...

Outing Club Returns with Safe and Accessible Trips

George Ackerman, Features Editor October 22, 2020

Allegheny’s Outing Club, which gives students the opportunity to go on a variety of safe, educational, and challenging adventures and trips, has been dormant until recently. On Saturday, Oct. 17, the...

Public safety incident escalates, local police get involved

Makayla Alicea and George Ackerman October 9, 2020

Adrean Velez, ’21, was walking to visit his friends on Loomis Street just after midnight, Friday, Sept. 18, when an incident between him and two public safety officers escalated into both officers pinning...

Western wildfires: A foreshadowing of what is to come?

George Ackerman, Contributing writer September 26, 2020

Throughout last week, hazy skies descended across the North American continent as record-breaking wildfires continued to burn throughout the West Coast. The wildfires have caused activists, scientists...

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