Looking Back

By Ben Wynd It’s hard to believe my freshman year and senior year were even at the same school. The first semester of freshman year feels completely foreign to me now. The next four years seemed so overwhelming and I remember thinking it was going to be an eternity until I started applying to colleges.Continue reading “Looking Back”

The Complexity of HR1

By Ben Wynd After the American Rescue Plan was passed, there was commotion among political commentators and the media about what was next on the Democrats’ legislative agenda. One of these pieces of legislation is House Resolution 1 (HR1). HR1 may be more commonly known as the For the People Act, and is a comprehensiveContinue reading “The Complexity of HR1”

Life Without Merkel

By Ben Wynd Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005, making a whole generation of Germans unable to imagine a world where she is not their leader. She generates sky-high approval numbers, which is why she has won reelection, even as society has changed so rapidly. On October 19th, 2018, Merkel chose notContinue reading “Life Without Merkel”

Goodbye Gavin?

By Ben Wynd At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, California Governor Gavin Newsom was praised for his swift and decisive actions to prevent the spread of the virus. After a few months however, Governor Newsom’s shine began to wear off as people grew tired of strict lockdown rules. This was exacerbated by Newsom’s attendanceContinue reading “Goodbye Gavin?”

Bojack Horseman

By Ben Wynd Per the recommendation of fellow Westmont student, Faith Lucas, I recently watched the Netflix Original, Bojack Horseman. The show lasted from 2014 – 2020 and tells the story of a washed up TV star named BoJack Horseman (yes, he is a horse) who plans to return to relevance by writing an autobiographyContinue reading “Bojack Horseman”

Polar Bears

By Ben Wynd Polar bears have been one of my favorite animals since I was 5 years old, and they happen to be one of the most interesting animals in the animal kingdom. At seven to eight feet long and weighing up to 1,700 pounds, they are the largest carnivorous land mammals in the world.Continue reading “Polar Bears”

All Eyes on Georgia

By Ben Wynd With the swearing in of Mark Kelly on December 2nd, 2020, the composition of the United States Senate is now 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats. Mark Kelly was elected to finish out the late John McCain’s term. On election day, Democrat John Hickenlooper ousted Republican Cory Gardner in Colorado, and Republican TommyContinue reading “All Eyes on Georgia”