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Jacksonville Shooting Emboldens Urgency For Gun Control

Jacksonville Shooting Emboldens Urgency For Gun Control

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

September 6, 2018


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The competitive video game industry, known as eSports, has gotten more and more popular over the last few years. The appeal of gaming and its ability to let players and spectators have fun and take a break from the harsh pressures of life, attracts hundreds of millions of people across the world. Unf...

Manafort Indictment Unlikely to Make Things Worse for Trump

Manafort Indictment Unlikely to Make Things Worse for Trump

By Clementine Larrouilh, Horizon Editor in Chief

September 4, 2018


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Last October, Paul Manafort, a chairman for the Trump campaign in 2016, turned himself into the FBI after he was accused of 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States. These accusations came under the umbrella of Robert Mueller’s investigation into the collusion between the Trump cam...

Romantic Comedies Glorify Toxic Relationships

Romantic Comedies Glorify Toxic Relationships

By Anouka Saha, Morale Officer

September 3, 2018


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Romantic comedies were supposedly a dead genre. They used to make up 7.4% of films released in 1998, but now only make up about 0.1%. Recently however, they’ve been making a comeback, with new ones being released and old ones being talked about more often. They are slowly starting to be seen everywhere ...

New Lunch Policy Restricts Student Freedom

New Lunch Policy Restricts Student Freedom

By Dia Jain, A&E Editor

September 2, 2018


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Westwood recently started a new policy of having the cafeteria on lockdown during both lunches. In previous years, there were teachers stationed at the exits to monitor the reasons for students leaving the cafeteria. However, it appears as if the administration believes this method wasn’t enough to ...

How Austin Should Reduce Plastic Bag Waste

How Austin Should Reduce Plastic Bag Waste

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

August 29, 2018


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To consumers, plastic bags are convenient. They’re easy to use when getting the shopping goods to the car, and disposing of them later is just as simple. But once they go in the trash, it becomes infinitely more complicated. Not only are plastic bags hard to recycle, but even when they are sent...

‘Insatiable’ Uses Humor to Counterattack Fat Shaming

‘Insatiable’ Uses Humor to Counterattack Fat Shaming

By Caera Learmonth, Managing Editor

August 24, 2018


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The new Netflix show Insatiable is not fat shaming.  In the past month, Netflix’s Original Series 'Insatiable' has taken the Twitter world by storm. After the trailer was released, a vicious frenzy of viewers started petitions to cancel it and flooded lead actress Debby Ryan’s Twitter. ...

OPINION: San Francisco’s $15 Minimum Wage Won’t Help the Housing Crisis

OPINION: San Francisco’s $15 Minimum Wage Won’t Help the Housing Crisis

By Jenny Xu, Executive Editor

July 14, 2018


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Over the years, San Francisco has accumulated a variety of nicknames: “The City by the Bay,” “The Golden City,” and now, “The City for the Rich.” The San Francisco Bay Area’s housing crisis has spiraled, pushing low-income earners and many other long-time residents out of the city due...

OPINION: When Appreciating Other Cultures, Proceed With Caution

OPINION: When Appreciating Other Cultures, Proceed With Caution

By Nisha Desai, Reporter

May 9, 2018


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Each spring, thousands of girls flock to dress shops on a quest to find the perfect prom dress.  Surrounded by displays of shiny fabric, glittering sequins, and sparkling jewels, they can’t help but hold their breaths, taking it all in along with the challenging task at hand: choosing just one amid...

Invisible Illness: ADHD

Invisible Illness: ADHD

By Haley Haverda, Reporter

May 4, 2018


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I was never a problem child or a bad student, I just was never the best. “You need to just try harder.” “Sit down and focus.” “Why did you only do half of your homework?” “Stop bouncing your leg.” I’ve heard every variation of these sentences throughout my life. Growing up, I was what...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Open Letters

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Open Letters

By Haley Haverda and Lindsey Thomas

May 2, 2018


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To close our Sexual Assault Awareness Month series, we collected a few personal letters and stories of direct experiences with sexual assault. These stories are all an act of courage, opening up the conversation to a present problem in our community. We'll let the words speak for themselves. Ally ...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: The Issue with ‘Boys will be Boys’

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: The Issue with ‘Boys will be Boys’

By Connor Cowman, Community & World Editor

April 23, 2018


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Brock Turner, a name now loathed by the majority of America. He was a three-time All-American swimmer who enrolled in Stanford University in 2014 on a full swimming scholarship. However, his accomplishments in the pool are not what Turner is known for nationwide. On Jan. 28, 2015, Brock Turner was indi...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: How to Deal with Rumors

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: How to Deal with Rumors

By Kate Lee, Voices Editor

April 19, 2018


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The rumors are everywhere. Cycling around the halls, whispered across desks, scattered over social media. Spoken from mouth after mouth into ear after ear. “Did you hear? He did that to her.” “She did that to him.” These word of mouth rumors, especially about sexual assault, can be difficul...