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By Alex Shao ’22
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Recently, students experienced a boundaries training course, which talked about inappropriate deeds including being a bystander. After the course, I contemplated this topic and realized its relevance in the context of a movie I had recently watched. Titled “Judgement at Nuremberg,” this movie depicts a post-World War II trial of German judges. During the trial, the German defense attorney, Hans Rolfe, says the famous line: “Ernst Janning’s guilt is the world’s guilt — no more and no less.” He argues that one cannot simply decide someone’s guilt because it is always an “easy thing to condemn one man in the dock.” Instead, everyone involved in the condemned actions has to bear responsibility for the damage caused; however, the responsibility of the entire collective, in this case the Nazi party, is diffused among so many individuals that one cannot easily decide who is guilty based on their actions.
By Serin Lee ’22
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Plastic is used everywhere by everyone, and it is no secret that plasticware is moving into the seas instead of being recycled. More than 8 million metric tons of plastic enter oceans each year, and scientists all-around the world are working on a solution to plastic pollution. The latest breakthrough is the discovery of a highly efficient plastic-eating enzyme.
By Jonah Prentiss ’22
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With the recent passing of supreme court justice, vanguard of gender equality and political icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the replacement to her supreme court seat in Amy Coney Barrett has garnered widespread attention, both due to her originalist ideology as well as the controversial timing of her nomination. Opinions of Barrett’s nomination, similar to most recent political matters, are simply another example of the sharp division of the U.S. population along the partisan lines that have been carved deeper into American politics during recent years.
By Aleyna Baki ’21 and Alice Liu ’23
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Dead civilians in flag-draped body bags, young boy-conscripts with rifles, churches turned into shelters, streets carpeted with glass, cars opened like tin cans — this is the current state of Nagorno-Karabakh’s 30 years of conflict.