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New Voices Texas Advocates to Stop Censorship of Student News

New Voices Texas is a student-led movement that strives to amplify the voices of student journalists and advocate for strengthened First Amendment rights for high school and collegiate level student journalists. Photo Courtesy of New Voices Texas

By Keana Saberi, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 18, 2020

In the preservation of democracy, we seek our knowledge from the press. We live in a  highly polarized climate, so we must be aware of biases in the news we consume. The exercise of the press is valuable, and when students use their abilities to produce quality journalism, we can witness the forming of t...

Despite the Negative Impacts, COVID-19 has also Drastically Improved the Environment

COVID-19 has caused pain around the world but conversely, has also helped the environment. The air has cleared in many places such as the US and China and animals are living healthier than they have been in recent years.

By Savannah Estabrook, Yearbooker

September 14, 2020

Ever since the global pandemic, COVID-19, there have been drastic indirect changes within the air. With motor vehicles, power plants, and other facilities slowing to a halt, the greenhouse gases they emit are decreasing rapidly. The top two countries with extreme carbon emission globally are the U.S.a...

The Trump Administration is Undermining LGBTQ+ Rights

A pride flag flies during pride month at a military base in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. As attitudes towards them shift in a positive direction, President Trump and his administration continue to undermine their rights.

By Amy Simon, Reporter

August 31, 2020

The Justice Department has supported discrimination against the LGBTQ community in a series of efforts led by the Trump administration to undermine basic rights of these Americans. Since Mr. Trump’s election, LGBTQ+ advocates have felt an infringement on their civil rights, including prohibited he...

Students Speak out About Race and Gender Discrimination

Recent discussions have brought issues with gender and racial discrimination to light.  Unfortunately, these problems seem to be present at Westwood High School as well, with students coming forward about the injustices they faced at this school. This can be fixed however, by promoting discussion and stricter disciplinary action against people who perpetuate a culture of hate.

By Dia Jain and Keya Sampat

August 23, 2020

This story includes mentions of suicide and sexual assault which may be triggering to some individuals. Please read with caution. With the current movement to educate ourselves and others, many students are speaking up against gender discrimination that they have faced. From degrading comments about th...

Racially Insensitive Issues in Bon Appétit are Part of a Larger Problem

The highly popular test kitchen staff is widely regarded for their Youtube channel. But the recent scandal regarding former Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport, has brought staffers to speak up about the discriminatory culture at Bon Appétit.

By Keana Saberi, Arts & Entertainment Editor

June 16, 2020

Bon Appétit has always stood as a testament to high editorial standards and exploring the rich culture of food. A highly acclaimed food magazine and richly regarded business based in New York City, Bon Appétit has held the place of an elegant guide to cooking, with it’s well articulated recipes and ey...

George Floyd’s Death Emphasizes the Need for Change in America’s Mindset

Protestors gather to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a cop. His death sparked a series of protests against the ongoing issue of police brutality and racism.

By Amoli Agarwal, Reporter

June 7, 2020

George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died on Monday, May 25 shortly after being detained and arrested for using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes. While this alleged forgery could have resulted in a few years of jail time and a fine, it certainly did not call for slow murder at the h...

Mental Health Needs More Awareness

Mental illness, despite its prevalence in the United States, doesn't have nearly as much awareness as it should. Especially during this pandemic, it is easy to neglect your mental health. Luckily, organizations such as Sophrosyne Mental Health and Plannr Counseling are here to help people learn about mental health and get help with coping.

By Srilekha Cherukuvada and Nivrithi Kuttuva

May 28, 2020

Anxiously turning on the TV, you dread watching the news that highlights the rising death tolls, the situation worsening day by day, and the apparent gloom seeping through everyone’s home. Time slips away as you lose count of how many days you have been in quarantine. You fear for yourself, your lov...

Reopening States Early is a Risk Due to the Spread of COVID-19

A sign hangs from a shop window, notifying customers that it is closed. Due to COVID-19, many governors had issued stay-at-home orders and shut down non-essential businesses. However, many states are seeking to open early, a dangerous move since the virus is still spreading rapidly and hospitals are ill-equipped to deal with the amount of people infected.

By Nashitha Azeez, Dreamcatcher Art & Photography Editor

May 16, 2020

The threat of COVID-19 has led many governors to issue stay-at-home orders to enforce quarantine and slow the spread of the virus. Many businesses deemed non-essential, such as retail and entertainment, have shut down. Lately, however, lots of states have planned to slowly reopen with some non-essential ...

Sexual Assault Allegations Against Joe Biden Need to be Scrutinized

Former Senate staffer Tara Reade has made sexual assault allegations against potential presidential nominee Joe Biden. Though her claims are serious, many of her allegations seem not to line up with other facts.

By Jake Schlanger, Community & World News Editor

April 27, 2020

Currently, the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party in the 2020 presidential race, Joe Biden, is facing new sexual assault allegations made by former Senate staffer Tara Reade. These are not the first accusations of misconduct that Biden has faced. Even so, Reade’s new claims are much more ...

When Facing Isolation, Social Media Helps Us Find Solace

In a time of such uncertainty, people around the world turn to social media not only as a source of information but as means of communication.

By Catharine Li, Reporter

April 20, 2020

Thousands of tweets, videos, and posts alike adorned with hashtags such as #FlattenTheCurve and #TogetherAtHome are just a small slice of an evergrowing conversation among social media users. It is evident that the coronavirus outbreak has gone viral: a pandemic swiftly unfolding in the face of a digital age, and...

The Houston Astros Should Forfeit Their 2017 World Series Title For Cheating

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series championship by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers. Two  years later, it was reported that the team had cheated by using a live camera feed to watch for opposing catchers' signs to the pitchers.

By Maya Gangadharan, Photographer

April 11, 2020

Back in 2017, many sports fans in Houston were extremely proud that the baseball team representing them, the Houston Astros, beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series championship. The victory brought the city great joy and did an especially good job cheering them up after Hurricane Harvey had h...

Hoarding Endangers Americans Further During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As a result of COVID-19 fears, panic-buying has left many stores with empty shelves. Medicine, food, and sanitary supplies are some of the biggest targets of this hoarding.

By Yunoo Kim and Nashitha Azeez

April 5, 2020

The recent coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has caused mass panic in the United States, resulting in bulk-buying at a multitude of department stores. People are buying sanitary supplies in excessive amounts and sweeping grocery store shelves in fear of a prolonged lockdown. This phenomenon has been capt...