As publishers make strides to increase diversity in books, other parts of the industry still lag behind

By Lauren Patetta Growing up, Caroline Richmond never saw herself represented in the books she read.  As an Asian-American woman, Richmond never encountered a book that reflected her own experiences, even though she was an avid bookworm. At least, she hadn’t until her freshman year of high school, when Richmond’s English teacher assigned “The JoyContinue reading “As publishers make strides to increase diversity in books, other parts of the industry still lag behind”

Social media is overwhelmed with election posts, but they are not changing most voters’ minds

By Lauren Patetta Throughout the 2020 election season, social media has been inundated with political issue posts, campaign ads and constant encouragements to get out and vote. But despite the host of political content online, the most Americans are not swayed by what they see. “I don’t think (social media) are really impacting how I’mContinue reading “Social media is overwhelmed with election posts, but they are not changing most voters’ minds”

Independent bookstores struggle to find their footing amid a pandemic – Updated

By Lauren Patetta  Local bookstores have long been integral parts of their neighborhoods. Whether they’ve been around for decades or opened their doors recently, they are important places for cultural discussions and community building. But COVID-19 has presented new and unprecedented challenges for these bookstores, and many have struggled to adapt to the difficulties.   InContinue reading “Independent bookstores struggle to find their footing amid a pandemic – Updated”

House Administration Subcommittee on Elections discusses ways to combat voter misinformation

By Lauren Patetta With the chaos of the 2020 election season mounting, the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections met Tuesday to consider ways Congress can combat the spread of misinformation among voters. Led by subcommittee Chairperson Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio) and featuring various voting rights advocates, the hearing discussed ways false information spreads and whatContinue reading “House Administration Subcommittee on Elections discusses ways to combat voter misinformation”

Independent bookstores struggle to find their footing amidst a pandemic

By Lauren Patetta  Quarantine may have given people a chance to catch up on their reading, but that doesn’t mean it has been easy on independent booksellers. Bookstores, especially local ones, have not escaped the blows COVID-19 has dealt to local businesses. In April, the National Federation of Independent Businesses found that 92 percent ofContinue reading “Independent bookstores struggle to find their footing amidst a pandemic”

Former president of AU’s Methodist community Corie Maguigad says church must help mitigate current issues

by Lauren Patetta Corie Maguigad, former president of the American University United Methodist Protestant Community, believes that the church has a major role to play in dealing with key political issues. A senior studying international relations and arabic language, Maguigad has been a member of the community since her freshman year, and her experiences haveContinue reading “Former president of AU’s Methodist community Corie Maguigad says church must help mitigate current issues”

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