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Category 5 Hurricane Irma Slams Into Florida

Category 5 Hurricane Irma Slams Into Florida

Sara Momin, Reporter

September 11, 2017


Filed under News, World News

Usain Bolt accomplished the fastest human run ever recorded, at 45 miles per hour. Hurricane Irma, on the other hand, is almost four times that, clocking in at about 185 mph; enough to completely blow away a house. It is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, predicted to cause catastrophic...

Hurricane Harvey Hits Home

Hurricane Harvey Hits Home

Sara Momin, Reporter

September 5, 2017


Filed under News, World News

The pastel yellow sky glows with happiness, starkly contrasting the sorrow infesting the waters. Families gather their courage as they retreat from the prison that was their neighbors’ flooded home. The fresh air is soon forgotten, destruction being the only thing on their minds. Flashbacks of rising...

Chemical Plant Near Houston Catches on Fire

Chemical Plant Near Houston Catches on Fire

Stephanie Shih, Reporter

September 1, 2017


Filed under Showcase, World News

Smoke and giant flames began pouring out of two trailers containing volatile organic peroxides used for making plastics and rubber at the Arkema chemical plant around around 7 p.m. in Crosby, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 1. Friday marks the third day since the plant was abandoned due to power loss caused by 6 feet of fl...

How to Actually Help Victims of Harvey

How to Actually Help Victims of Harvey

Kate Lee, Voices Editor

September 1, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, World News

Beginning on Friday night, Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas, destroying an unimaginable amount of property and throwing many lives into danger. In Houston, Rockport, and other cities, the death toll continues to climb as Harvey progresses. Many students and teachers have direct connections who were affected, a...

Austin Pride Festival Rescheduled

Austin Pride Festival Rescheduled

Mae Bruce, Producer

August 25, 2017


Filed under World News

Due to the development of Hurricane Harvey, the Austin Pride Festival and Parade, which was scheduled to happen on Saturday, Aug. 26, has been postponed to a later date. The festival was supposed to take place outside, but because of the dangerous winds and rain, the organizers decided to postpone th...

President Trump’s Nuanced Travel Ban Goes into Effect

President Trump’s Nuanced Travel Ban Goes into Effect

Sanika Nayak, News Editor

June 30, 2017


Filed under News, Politiculture, World News

After garnering much debate and controversy, the Supreme Court has approved an amended version of President Donald J. Trump’s original travel ban. Unlike the original ban, this is a more limited version of President Trump’s initial plan, which prohibited all citizens from seven Muslim-majority countri...

OPINION: Uber Continues Being Immature

OPINION: Uber Continues Being Immature

Arthur Wang, Reporter

May 26, 2017


Filed under World News

After their self-imposed exile a little over a year ago, Uber and Lyft are preparing to make their return to Austin with the approval of bill HB100. Yet, in spite of the passage of time in between the earlier legislative drama and the present bill, I can only wonder if anything has changed for any of the gro...

Protesters Rise Against Trump’s Environmental Agenda

Protesters Rise Against Trump’s Environmental Agenda

Nicole Dhar

May 5, 2017


Filed under World News

On April 29, the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, around 300,000 protesters resisted together across the United States. During his first 100 days in office Trump has reversed dozens of environmental regulations put in place by Barack Obama and other presidents before him. In the last eig...

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...

OUTsider Festival Coming to Austin

OUTsider Festival Coming to Austin

Simone Heim, News Editor

February 13, 2017


Filed under News, World News

To celebrate LGBTQ+ creativity, Austin will be holding the second annual OUTsider festival Feb. 15-19. The festival is built upon the idea that the queer community is in need of more opportunities to show their true colors and showcase their many talents. “We challenge traditional festival models ...

OPINION: Returning Extinct Species is Not an “Undo” Button

OPINION: Returning Extinct Species is Not an “Undo” Button

Arthur Wang, Reporter

January 31, 2017


Filed under Showcase, World News

Jurassic Park was all about bringing the dinos back to life -- and exploring the havoc such creatures would inevitably wreak. However, Europe’s ecologists are already preparing to do a resurrection of their own: Ronald Goderie’s TaurOs Programme intends to return the auroch, a long-extinct bovine, to the ...

Women’s March on Austin

Women’s March on Austin

Presley Glotfelty

January 24, 2017


Filed under News, Politiculture, Showcase, World News

President Donald Trump’s inauguration sparked a retaliation around the world. Thousands of people gathered around the capitol on Jan. 21 for the Women’s March on Austin in retaliation of Trump’s intended principles for the country. The 2016 election brought U.S. morals into question and built b...