Margaret Atwood prophetically wrote Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth just before the 2008 economic crash which had been ushered in by irresponsible lending. I was in middle school during that recession, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to grasp how previous generations understood debt, but I understood from a young age that my generation would be defined by it.

Payback is just as relevant post-2020 as it was in 2008. We are experiencing, yet again, a cruel economic recession, but our current confrontation with debt goes deeper. Atwood asserts that humans share an innate…


High school English made me think that a truly well-read intellectual would know the ins-and-outs of all the great literary works before moving on to more modern pieces. This meant trapping myself in a genre that was inherently not-new and almost entirely written by a single identity type. So, shocker… things got repetitive. I struggled relating to Hemingway’s writing. I read Camus’ The Stranger and my takeaway was just “well, ok.” And when my partner caught me snoozing with Catch-22, barely opened, still in my hands, I finally reflected. Each of these books took me forever to read because I…


Last year, I had a hunch that Alachua County — home to the University of Florida — had not provided stellar early voting access in the 2016 General Election. After crunching some numbers, I found my hunch correct. I posed that while some counties had a lot of catching up to do, every county would benefit from providing more early voting sites.

A lawsuit was filed shortly after by six students (myself included), The Andrew Goodman Foundation, and the League of Women Voters of Florida, on the grounds that banning college campuses from hosting early voting sites in Florida was…


Below are my personal recommendations for the Florida Democratic Primary and my brief reasoning around them. I am really glad to say that, for all of these picks, I did not make my choice simply in opposition to another! Every single one of these races is a tough decision. These are just the candidates who stood out the most to me and I feel have earned my Primary vote.

FL Governor: Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum has roots all across the state, having spent his childhood in the Miami and Gainesville areas as well as attending college in Tallahassee. He has…


West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona.

Teachers in these five states have made waves since February 22 demanding greater respect for their positions from legislators and the public. Four of these states have right-to-work laws and weak union presence. Most walkout initiatives were grassroot movements started by teachers rallying support on social media, relying on their own networks to convince legislators to raise their salaries, spend more per student, improve pension plans, and invest in education long-term.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. https://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/a-punishing-decade-for-school-funding

Florida shares many of these states’ education problems, ranking 45th nationally in teacher pay and 40th in dollars spent per student. Florida has…


Alachua County — home to the city of Gainesville, the University of Florida, and currently myself — had only three early voting locations during the 2016 general election. In contrast, my hometown of Jacksonville had eighteen. I was unsure which case was more “normal.” So, I ran the data.

Using public data, I found the number of registered voters for every county in Florida at the time of the 2016 general election. I then tallied the number of early voting locations every county had for the same election. …


“Rights” have their power from a government structure then that’s enforced by us, the people. But the rights we choose to keep ordained by law should still, at the core, be as close to “natural” human rights as we can get. Things like freedom of speech and religion, for instance, make total sense. By nature of being human, everyone is entitled to diversity in opinion and belief. …


Disclaimer: I tried to write this piece without ruining the show for new viewers, but I found some spoilers were simply necessary. Sorry about that.

Content/trigger warning: While never graphic, this piece deals with shootings and violence.

The growing Netflix favorite, The End of the F***ing World, is as delightful as it is depressing. The coming-of-age theme combines with soft, pleasant aesthetics which sent me back to seeing Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom over five years ago, when I exchanged my first kiss with the partner I’m grateful to still have by my side. …


Megan Newsome registering students to vote on National Voter Registration Day (Shelbie Eakins, 2017).

Gainesville, Florida has consistently had three early voting locations in the last few elections: one on the southwest side of town, one northwest, and one downtown, at the Supervisor of Elections office. Many longtime residents may consider this an improvement from when the town only had two locations. A somewhat obvious choice for one of these locations, however, has never had the chance — no building at the University of Florida (UF) can be used as a polling site during early voting periods. …

Megan Newsome

Astrophysics PhD student at UC Santa Barbara; NSF Graduate Research Fellow

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