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OPINION: AP/IB Classes Cause Unneeded Stress

OPINION: AP/IB Classes Cause Unneeded Stress

Anna Chuo, Reporter
May 8, 2017
Filed under Voices

In freshman year, Fallon McDonald ‘18 realized that TAG Algebra II was not the class for her. Her pre-International Baccalaureate (IB) classes were already hard enough, and math wasn’t her strongest subject. “The environment was just so intense,” McDonald said. “Obviously everyone who was i...

OPINION: Underage Drinking is a Pressing Issue

OPINION: Underage Drinking is a Pressing Issue

Haley Haverda, Reporter
March 28, 2017
Filed under Voices

In 2015, 34.7 percent of 15 year olds admitted to having had a least one alcoholic drink -- a stat that doesn’t even include teens aged 16 to 20. As high school gets harder, students seek a release from the stress and anxiety that plagues their everyday life, and more often than not turn to parties ...

Many Faces of Bipartisan Politics

Many Faces of Bipartisan Politics

Kate Lee, Reporter
March 27, 2017
Filed under Politiculture, Showcase, Voices

With today’s tense political climate, it is becoming increasingly crucial for youth to be knowledgeable and involved. It is equally important to listen to different perspectives of political views. We talked to five students who felt strongly about their political identities. Their stories are set from more...

OPINION: YouTube’s Restricted Mode Censors Content For LGBTQ+ Community

OPINION: YouTube’s Restricted Mode Censors Content For LGBTQ+ Community

Emily Lu, Sports Editor
March 24, 2017
Filed under Voices

It’s as if the LGBTQ+ community needs another reminder that their mere existence is deemed inappropriate. Only weeks following the controversy surrounding Disney introducing their first gay character, YouTube this time is taking a blast by hiding a vast majority of the community’s content with thei...

International Day of Happiness: Five Ways to Become a Happier Person

International Day of Happiness: Five Ways to Become a Happier Person

Kate Lee, Reporter
March 20, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Voices

March 20 celebrates happiness, something we all seem to want but have a hard time finding. From books to speeches, pledges to clubs, every person has a different approach to becoming truly happy. Each solution is valid; the goal is to create a perfect combination of many ideas that works best for you. ...

OPINION: International Women’s Day Shows That Progress Must Be Made

OPINION: International Women’s Day Shows That Progress Must Be Made

Lizzie Deal and Mae Bruce
March 9, 2017
Filed under News, Voices, World News

Sixty-two million girls around the world are denied education. 30% of women in relationships report that they have been abused, both physically and sexually. Worldwide, only 22% of all national legislators are female. These statistics should not be true in 2017. We’ve become open to LGBTQA+ rights and justice for minorities, with protests and support for all. But...

OPINION: Lindsay Lohan Raises Awareness of Islamophobia

OPINION: Lindsay Lohan Raises Awareness of Islamophobia

Trevor Wyatt, Reporter
March 6, 2017
Filed under Voices

Lindsay Lohan, once known for playing insane characters in movies, has over the years faced backlash for everything she does. Arguably, some of this may have been warranted, however she was recently spotted wearing a headscarf in an airport, and was asked to remove it. She didn’t have an issue with...

Black History Month: Increasing Visibility for African Americans

Black History Month: Increasing Visibility for African Americans

Kate Lee, Reporter
February 23, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Voices

Since 1976, February has been designated as Black History Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the achievements of African Americans throughout U.S. history. With movies like Hidden Figures, artists like Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj advocating for greater exposure of African American culture, and the n...

OPINION: We Have the Right to Ask Questions

OPINION: We Have the Right to Ask Questions

Staff
February 23, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Voices

A free and independent press is the cornerstone of democracy, providing a watchdog for those in authority. This important profession is protected in the Bill of Rights, as part of the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exer...

Many Faces of Feminism

Many Faces of Feminism

Kate Lee, Reporter
January 27, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Voices

With feminism and women’s rights coming to the forefront of political and pop culture, we asked six students from various backgrounds and identities what feminism meant to them. Here’s what they had to say:  

An Open Letter: The Perpetual Ignorance of the Purple Ribbon

An Open Letter: The Perpetual Ignorance of the Purple Ribbon

Jasmine Milliger, Let's Talk About Editor
January 10, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Voices

To those who are unaware, Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disorder that affects the lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and digestive system. CF changes the cells that produce mucus, making them produce thicker, more sticky mucus that damaged critical bodily organs and systems. Some of the short ter...

OPINION: A Very Commercialized Christmas

OPINION: A Very Commercialized Christmas

Mae Bruce, Reporter
December 12, 2016
Filed under Voices

Christmas is quickly approaching and Christmas ads appear everywhere; on billboards, TV, and outside shops. Christmas used to be a time full of joy and family, where you ran downstairs to open gifts and watch some of your favorite Christmas movies. But each year, with the growing popularity of socia...