Catholic Cremation Gets New Guidelines

Wendy Parkulo / News Team On Tuesday the Vatican released an updated statement of guidelines regarding the practice of cremation upon one’s death for Catholics. The new rules state that Catholics may be cremated but that their ashes must not be scattered, kept by family members as mementos, or kept in private residences. Instead cremated…

Medical Marijuana On Florida Ballot (Again)

By WENDY PARKULO / Staff Writer On November 8th an important issue will be on the ballot for a second time in Florida: the legalization of medical marijuana. This endeavor was nearly accomplished two years ago in 2014 but missed the 60% approval necessary to be made law by just over two percent. The group,…

Chemical Castration In Indonesia

By GARRETT EICHER / News Editor Indonesia has recently adopted a new law legalizing chemical castration among pedophiles. President Joko Widodo believes that the law could wipe out pedophilia, and that it would have immediate effects to limit sexual assault against minors,  expecting that it will only take a couple years until the problems of…

Chaos in Ethiopia

By ADAM WOOD / Staff Writer Ethiopia is a country of deep divisions; recently there has been a series of violent demonstrations against the government stretching back to November of last year, revealing a sharp disconnect between the government and the people it governs. Many allege that the Tigray, one of the many ethnic groups…

Poetry: I Tie My Shoes For The Olympics

By RODRIGO PAREDES / Staff Writer When I first glanced at you, breathed you, in seconds I was attracted to the entertaining thought of my Nikes marking their presence on your garnet-desert surface. I wasn’t ready for you. For a couple of weeks, I began prepping my engine, my vessel, with basic exercises – pushups,…

An Open Letter To Donald Trump

To my Dearest Pawn Mr. Drumpf, I hear you’ve been in the news lately and I just wanted to say, so what? Big deal. You really are a lump of orange flesh who takes up too much time and space, you know it, I know it, everybody knows it. They’re just too polite for some…

Shooting of Judge Zacharias

ANGIE STEVENS / NEWS TEAM Judge Vicente Bermudez Zacarias was fatally shot in front of his home on Monday. Judge Zacarias, 37, is best known for his involvement with the “El Chapo” case, though he has presided over many cases specifically involving drug and cartel related incidents. Judge Zacarias was shot at close range in…

Record High For High School Graduation Rates

WENDY PARKULO / NEWS TEAM New federal data released Monday reveals the fact that the United States’ high school graduation rate has climbed to a record 83.2 percent. This increase is reflected across all racial groups, even low-income households and students with disabilities. Although these new results are promising, test scores have been declining and…

FSU Versus Wake Forest Review

By AMANDA NEPPL / Staff Writer Saturday’s game proved to be a much-needed self-confidence booster for our Seminoles. With a 17-6 win over the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest, the homecoming game was without-a-doubt a success. The first half held multiple surprises, including what could have been an additional touchdown for the Seminoles, a fumble…