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The Evolution of Opulence: From Gilded Age Excess to TikTok Trends

      By Nicole Chakhalian

In the digital age, conspicuous consumption, as theorized by Thorstein Veblen in “The Theory of the Leisure Class,” has metamorphosed into social media platforms, such as TikTok and Instagram.

Dirty Politics: How Roger Stone Gave Rise to the Partisan Divide of Today

By Tejas Sinha 

As political polarization in the United States has risen over the last few decades, the American people have become more and more divided. To understand the polarization that America experiences today, we must first understand one of the pioneers of corruption and dirty politics in Washington: Roger Stone.



The Sparks of Change: Why the Protests of George Floyd are a Turning Point in American History

By Anniyah Shelton 

The diversity and size of the 2020 protests, the media’s focus during the protests, and the COVID-19 pandemic were all factors in amplifying the 2020 protests for George Floyd and transforming this social movement into a turning point in U.S. history.