Funding the Rising Costs of Higher Education: Comparisons Between the Illinoisan and Californian Systems

Seemingly both the routes of dependence on state-appropriated funds or on out-of-state tuition to fund the growing cost of education are erroneous. On one hand, universities lie more vulnerable to dips in economic activity and budgetary spending; on the other, in-state students feel unwelcome at colleges that pledge to serve them first. Further, both of these means of grant procurement widen the racial and socioeconomic divide that access to higher education ideally aims to bridge.

The Death of Free Press in Mexico

The threat of death and increased government vigilance have triggered fear and self-censorship, discouraging journalists from speaking out against corruption. The recent murder of a journalist is a disturbing reminder of the risks faced by those who dare to report misconduct. As trepidation accompanies journalists in Mexico, an important pillar of democracy further disintegrates.

Pride and Politics: A Truth Not Yet Universally Acknowledged

Leaders like Prime Minister Bettel and First Gentleman Destenay are still pioneers as LGBTQ+ persons openly occupying positions of power worldwide. The treatment and visibility of individuals expressing a diversity of gender identities and sexualities vary widely across states. Particularly this month, it is imperative to recognize the progress that still must be made to guarantee the mental and physical health, safety, and justice accorded to LGBTQ+ individuals both in the United States and across the globe.