Torben Karl

Hello, 

I haven’t thought about what to write in this article at all. Partly due to the fact that I haven’t quite acknowledged that this is my last week of school here. Wonder why…(maybe because of the six projects that have been assigned in the last couple of weeks, leaving me with no time to bask in the sunny glory of almost being done)…

Alex Chen

When Cristiano Ronaldo was a child, he was sharing a room with his three siblings and begging the local McDonald’s for food (Maloney). He later went on to be one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Many of the world’s greatest soccer players from around the world were born into poor families and lived in poverty before their rise to fame; however, in the United States, that is not the case. In 2015, journalist Roger Bennett and University of Chicago professor Greg Kaplan conducted a study on the backgrounds of the players on the US men’s soccer national team, comparing them with the backgrounds of players from other professional sports in the US. They found that the players on the US men’s soccer national team came from communities with higher income, education levels, and white populations than average in the United States, whereas NBA All-Star players and NFL Pro-Bowl players were below the national average in the same categories (Solomon). Why is it that soccer in America is played by athletes that tend to be wealthier and whiter? Well, it all starts at the youth level.

Ani Hamm

During the lockdown, running became my respite. Every afternoon after my online classes, I would slip into my running shoes and jog through my neighborhood. Eventually I developed a route that I followed religiously: I jogged to Sabin Elementary, turned onto Failing, and headed towards I-5. I’d turn and pass Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Dawson park, and then follow Stanton Street back to my house. As I ran the route more and more, I began to notice something curious about the scenery: after maybe NE 15th Avenue the houses started to change. They went from well-kept bungalows with trimmed lawns and energy efficient cars in the driveways, to smaller houses with peeling paint and chain link fences. Some lots were even just empty: weedy plots of dirt littered with trash. 

Alia Raslan

 Going to a thrift store is uniquely thrilling in a way shopping at the mall just isn’t. It’s never truly knowing what you’re going to find until you get there, looking at a piece that would be perfect if only it were your size, coming back a few weeks later with completely different clothing on the racks. It hasn’t taken long for “thrifting” – a new verb that signifies the act of purchasing things from a thrift store – to become a cultural phenomenon. Although going to thrift stores has always been fairly common in the United States, especially among lower-income families, in recent years, it has shifted from an act of necessity to an act of leisure, especially among Generation Z. According to ThredUp’s (an online consignment company) 2019 resale report, more than one in three members of my generation will buy secondhand in the next five years – and 51% of all consumers plan to spend more on secondhand clothing. The report also indicated that 74% of 18 to 29 year olds prefer to buy from more sustainable brands. The Internet is overflowing with hours upon hours of video footage of “thrift hauls” – where popular YouTube creators make videos showing off the immense amounts of clothing they’ve bought from thrift stores. In fact, typing in the phrase “thrift haul” on YouTube returns hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of results, with titles such as “I flew 7,000 miles to go THRIFTING”, “MASSIVE thrift haul”, and “Thrift with me for 2022 trends.”