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By Sung Min Cho '22
In so many ways, the upcoming spring season will be unprecedented. As a Fifth Former who is well aware that his Sixth Form year is just several months away (time flies), it comes as a bit of an anomaly that the Class of 2022 has had the experience of just one spring term at Westminster. For the Fourth Form, who now approach upperclassmen age, and are at a point to begin considering “the next step” in their academic career, these upcoming months will be their first spring semester that remotely resembles the pre-pandemic era. A lot has certainly been lost, but what really? Is there a hole in our collective memories? What is spring at Westminster even like?
By Alice Liu ’23
Martlets around the world, who have been joining Westminster via Zoom for the past six months, are looking forward to returning to campus.
By Heather Zhu ’23
(Image Credit: Anti-Asian Violence Source_ New Yorker)
The recent March 16, 2021 shooting in Atlanta has brought a new wave of anti-Asian violence into the public eye. Although it is true that the pandemic led to an upsurge of Asian targeted hate crimes, COVID-19 was certainly not the only culprit in creating a platform for this violence.
By Sydney Schuster ’21
(Image Credit: Sarah Everard Source_ Daily Post USA)
She did everything “right.” She wore bright clothing and sensible shoes. She walked on heavily populated and well-lit roads. She called her boyfriend while she walked. At around 9 p.m. on March 3, Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, left a friend’s house in Clapman Junction, South London to walk home. One week later, her remains were discovered in a large builder’s bag in Hoad’s Wood, Kent, more than fifty miles from where she was last seen.
By Grace Yuan '23
(Image Credit: Dutch Government quits Source_dw)
Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, and his entire cabinet resigned after accepting the responsibility for criminal allegations by the national tax authority on fraud which brought a financial crisis to thousands of families on the basis of ethnicity. The cabinet is still to be placed to help manage the coronavirus pandemic in the country, though the prime minister went to The Hague to discuss the terms of his resignation. He argued that it was about the thousands of citizens who had been crumpled under the nation's wheels (Hooligan, 2021). Many families had been forced to repay thousands of euros which led to bankruptcies and unemployment. The tax officials had wrongly accused families over childcare subsidies, but, even worse, most of the families had been targeted based on their ethnic origin and nationality. This discrimination-based intent comes as a major moral violation in the political sphere.