Working Dignity: The Minimum Wage in Virginia

By: Parker Allen, Staff Editor While millions of Americans enjoy increased minimum wages, Virginians are being left out. The current minimum wage in Virginia is $7.25 an hour.[1] While Virginia’s minimum wage is tied to the federal minimum wage, many other states have decided to introduce their own laws.[2] Some states have also taken increased Read more about Working Dignity: The Minimum Wage in Virginia[…]

Change is Coming– and Bringing Security Threats With It to the Artic

[1] By Samantha E. Teets, staff editor   Regardless of what you believe causes climate change, we can all agree – it’s getting hot out here. The Earth’s temperature increased from 1.1 to 1.6-degree Fahrenheit between 1906 and 2005.[2] That statistic alone may not mean much to you, but couple it with the fact that Read more about Change is Coming– and Bringing Security Threats With It to the Artic[…]

The Risky Business of DNA At-Home Test Kits

By Lindsey Sweetgall-Brock, Staff Editor As at-home DNA test kits grow in popularity, consumers need to be aware of what is happening to their genetic information after sharing it with the company. Some answers may lie in the consent forms and privacy information, but what about privacy risks that are not shared with the consumer? Read more about The Risky Business of DNA At-Home Test Kits[…]

The Bijan Ghaisar Case: Should the Officers Have Approached Bijan’s Vehicle with their Firearms Out? Short Answer: Absolutely Not.

By: Sahba Taslim Saravi, Managing Editor On November 17, 2017, U.S. Park Police Officers Alejandro Amaya and Lucas Vineyard murdered my friend Bijan Ghaisar on George Washington Parkway in Northern Virginia.[1] The case was immediately handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigations and all information was quickly sealed, blocking access not only to the Read more about The Bijan Ghaisar Case: Should the Officers Have Approached Bijan’s Vehicle with their Firearms Out? Short Answer: Absolutely Not.[…]

As Virginia’s Hospitals Cut Back on Suing Patients, the Focus Needs to Shift to Transparent Billing.

By Edward Lebar, senior staff editor In October of this year, VCU Health, a health services network with seventy locations in the state of Virginia,[1] announced that they would no longer be filing suits against patients that failed to pay their medical bills in a timely manner.[2] Over the last seven years, over fifty-one thousand suits Read more about As Virginia’s Hospitals Cut Back on Suing Patients, the Focus Needs to Shift to Transparent Billing.[…]

The 10-Letter Word: Pursuing Happiness Through Bankruptcy

By: Dorie Arthur, staff editor Bankruptcy is a bad word. Those in bankruptcy often keep it a secret from their friends and colleagues. After all, the idea of an individual declaring bankruptcy is often used as a tool to shame or otherwise undermine the confidence we should be vesting in that person. To be sure, Read more about The 10-Letter Word: Pursuing Happiness Through Bankruptcy[…]

Defining “Affordability” and Why it Matters in Navy Hill

  By: Samantha VanWinter, staff editor   According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), “families who pay more than thirty percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation, and medical care.”[1] However, millions of Americans divert a much higher Read more about Defining “Affordability” and Why it Matters in Navy Hill[…]

The “Age Out” Crisis: Supporting Foster Youth Beyond the Age of Majority

By: Olivia Seksinsky, staff editor Every year, 23,000 youth age out of the foster care system, often unprepared for independence.[1] The consequences of aging out of foster care include high rates of homelessness, unemployment, lack of educational achievement, and involvement in criminal activity. Twenty-five percent of foster youth who age out will experience homelessness within their Read more about The “Age Out” Crisis: Supporting Foster Youth Beyond the Age of Majority[…]

An Uncertain Future for DACA Recipients

By Brianne Donovan, Staff Editor On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments for three consolidated cases regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).[1] The Supreme Court is tasked with deciding: “(1) [w]hether DHS’s decision to wind down the Read more about An Uncertain Future for DACA Recipients[…]

Psychology License Exemptions in Virginia

By: Chris Roberson, staff editor Currently VA code §54.1-3606(A) requires that anyone who wants to “engage in the practice of applied psychology, school psychology, or clinical psychology” in Virginia needs to “hold a license.” However, § 54.1-3601 states that: The requirements for licensure provided for in this chapter shall not be applicable to… [p]ersons employed Read more about Psychology License Exemptions in Virginia[…]

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