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Alexander Chang

Alexander Chang (’23) is the Vol. 58 and Vol. 59 Features Editor and an Opinions Columnist who currently authors “On the Frontlines” and authored “The Policy Proposition” for Vol. 58. He was a Contributing Writer for Vol. 57 of The Lancer, and he also contributes photography.

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On the Frontlines: A nation in the pocket of twenty-four families

by Alexander Chang (’23) | February 3, 2023 Weighed down by the ashes of the Korean War, the largely agrarian South Korean economy entering the 1960s was anything but successful. Nearly eighty percent of the Korean populace lived below the poverty line, and literacy barely reached twenty-two percent.  But after the ironically anti-democratic May 16th…

On the Frontlines: how social media decided a Philippine election

by Alexander Chang (’23) | November 21, 2022 On May 9th, 2022, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (PBBM) won a landslide victory in the 2022 Philippine presidential election, securing roughly fifty-nine percent of the votes. However, the success of his candidacy only speaks to the ever-increasing illiberalism of the political leadership in the Philippines.  The Marcos…

On the Frontlines: LGBTQ+ Erasure in Uganda

by Alexander Chang (’23) | October 7, 2022 On August 7, 2022, Ugandan officials shut down the Sexual Minorities Uganda Group (SMUG), claiming that the group had failed to register with the National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organizations. This decision comes at a concerning time, as government crackdowns have led to the ban of over a…

Faculty reflections on Gen Z

by Alexander Chang (’23) | October 7, 2022 Portions of interviews have been lightly edited for length and clarity. Every generation has its quirks, but educational institutions like Saint Francis are one of the few places where generations intermingle on a daily basis. The Lancer decided to take to the classrooms and interview a few…

The Policy Proposition: saving America’s only universal healthcare program

by Alexander Chang (’23) | April 8, 2022 President Richard Nixon signed the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program into law on July 1, 1973 to cover some ten thousand patients who lacked access to proper dialysis treatment. Fifty years later, more than five hundred thousand Americans out of an estimated thirty-seven million Americans currently suffering…

The Policy Proposition: reforming political partisanship

by Alexander Chang (’23) | March 21, 2022 In an age of fervently partisan politics, polarization has made its way into all aspects of American life. Today’s hyperfixation on the latest partisan battle, however, hinders us from taking a step back and evaluating a core pillar of democracy: the judicial branch. The primary source of…

Broadway Showcase returns to campus

by Kasper Halevy (’24) and Alexander Chang (’23) | March 21, 2022 The Broadway Showcase finally returned to the Performing Arts Center at 6 P.M. on February 16.  “The Broadway Showcase is a collection of songs, dances, and just general routines all relevant to the world of Broadway,” explained Ajay Krishnan (’23), who sang “Razzle…

The Policy Proposition: putting charter schools to the test

by Alexander Chang (’23) | February 14th, 2022 Charter schools have come a long way since City Academy, the first publicly funded, privately run institution in the United States, opened its doors in 1992. Just three decades later, more than 7500 charter schools across the country provide instruction for nearly three and a half million…

The Policy Proposition: the gritty reality behind America’s opioid crisis

By Alexander Chang (’23) | November 19, 2021 Last October, Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the highly addictive opioid OxyContin, faced a public lawsuit and settled for eight billion dollars. OxyContin played a key role in the ongoing opioid crisis and will face complete dissolution within upcoming months. While the sun may be setting on…

Humans of Saint Francis: Lily Arangio

by Arhana Aatresh (’23), Alexander Chang (’23), Will Li (’23), Elsa Ying (’23), Da Hee Yang (’23), Kasper Halevy (’24), and Anika Bastin (’23) | October 11, 2021 Many teenagers perceive politics as either a stream of intangible Instagram stories or an abstract mess reserved for adults. However, Lily Arangio (’23) actively combats this perception…

The Policy Proposition: our failure to provide for the elderly

by Alexander Chang (’23) | October 11, 2021 Two million Americans currently reside in long-term care facilities, and that number is set to skyrocket as our population ages. Yet our current support systems for the elderly have failed to protect them from harm. The pandemic has only exacerbated these shortcomings with long-term care facilities making…

Behind the scenes of Mr. Ikezi’s Friday jam sessions

by Priyanka Francis (’23) and Alexander Chang (’23) | October 11, 2021 If you have stayed after school on Fridays, you have probably noticed a group of instrumentalists, mainly guitarists and drummers, playing music together in the Quad. This beloved Saint Francis tradition, known as Friday jam sessions, actually started as an accident nearly two…

Making amends: the American fascination with the Second Amendment

by Alexander Chang (’23) | May 10, 2021 As the country slowly returns to normalcy, many aspects of American life have been welcomed back with open arms after their rather abrupt hiatus. However, a reality of our everyday lives has reared its ugly head once more: rampant gun violence. From the Indianapolis FedEx shooting on…

How to reverse Trump’s effects on political polarization

by Alexander Chang (’23) | March 1, 2021 Four years of the Trump Administration have flown by without a hitch. That is, of course, excluding the inconclusive border wall, futile trade war, economic crisis, and pandemic among other things, but nevertheless, it went by as smoothly as sandpaper. However, the political and economic consequences of…

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