Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, I worked in the Fillmore Auditorium, a popular music venue in the heart of downtown Denver. Watching the Fillmore close its doors was one of the hardest points in the pandemic for me. Not just because of the special place it has in my heart…

The Dire Consequences of Choosing to Reopen US Venues this Summer

In the Fall of 2019, I was invited to work in the Fillmore Auditorium, a popular music venue in the heart of downtown Denver. It was an unusual job for a high schooler, but I worked hard to get…

As Americans, we struggle with what reopening looks like. Partially because many of us never really experienced a full “lockdown” like those in European countries faced. Partially because we all have state governments telling us different versions of what’s “right.” Partially because of the increased polarization of our politics. The…

My local issue is the threat Covid-19 has posed to Denver’s independent music venues. The debate on my issue is less focused on if we should reopen music venues, and more centered on when to open venues. Although most everyone is eager for reopening, venues can only reopen when it’s…

Safe Reopening and Preserving Denver’s Music Scene Go Hand in Hand

Bluebird Theater — Denver, Colorado

The debate surrounding my topic is less focused on the importance of independent music venues and more so focused on reopening in general. I tend toward the side that ensures the safest and most promising reopening of Denver’s local…

Matcha’s boost in popularity this summer was hard to miss. Whether it was through a Starbucks advertisement on the newly introduced beverage, or an Instagram story of an influencer off to get their Matcha fix, chances are, you heard about it. I myself have been an avid green tea drinker…

Matcha’s boost in popularity this summer was hard to miss. Whether it through a Starbucks ad on the newly introduced beverage, or an Instagram story of an influencer off to get their Matcha fix, the Matcha trend was hard to miss. I myself have been an avid green tea drinker…

When your coming of age involves consistently hearing phrases like “Build the Wall!” and watching the soon to be president-elect mock disabled individuals, you quickly become hesitant to take pride in what it is your country is fighting for. As a child, I was raised to believe that the United…

Global Citizenship vs. White Supremacy

When your coming of age involves consistently hearing phrases like “Build the Wall!” and watching the soon to be president-elect mock disabled individuals, you quickly become hesitant to take pride in what it is your country is fighting for. As a child, I was raised…

This question of whether one identifies nationally, ethnically, or globally really depends on how it is interpreted. When I first read the question, I immediately knew I considered myself a global citizen, but that is because of the associations I made with the phrase. A global citizen to me is…

Kiya Arnold

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