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Indonesia Failed Its Citizens

Indonesia Failed Its Citizens

By Sara Momin, Assistant Community & World News Editor

October 25, 2018

After last month's deadly earthquake and tsunami, Indonesian officials are calling off the search for victims. With over 1,754 dead and 2,549 injured, rescue workers are tiring, calling some sites “mass graves” due to the sheer amount of bodies in one area. Those who have not been found by Oct. 11 will be presumed missing or dead. As...

Net Neutrality Must Be Kept Safe As The Internet Expands

Net Neutrality Must Be Kept Safe As The Internet Expands

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

October 18, 2018

Nowadays, the majority of America has access to the internet. More people have been gaining the ability to use the network, and about 90 percent of American adults can now visit the internet, with 77 percent of Americans doing so on a daily basis.  As the internet’s accessibility and our dependence on it increase in the U.S., governmental policies regarding its usage are becoming more important to b...

Artificial Intelligence Needs Discussion Before Further Development

Artificial Intelligence Needs Discussion Before Further Development

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

September 27, 2018

Artificial intelligence are machines that can display intelligence similar to humans and have recently become more ubiquitous. Computer scientists and companies all over the world are pouring funds into developing the best technology to use in every possible field and in everyday life to use devices...

Ocean Plastic Cleanup Project Finds Possible Solution

Ocean Plastic Cleanup Project Finds Possible Solution

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

September 18, 2018

Plastic litter is all around us nowadays - whether on beaches, the grass patches near roads, or out in the middle of the ocean. It’s too easy to Google and find countless photos of fish, birds, and other wildlife entangled in bags carelessly left on the sand or washed away into the water. Marine lit...

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Student Voices

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Student Voices

By Dia Jain, A&E Editor

September 14, 2018

This story includes mentions of suicide/suicide attempts, self-harm, addiction, and depression, which may be triggering to some individuals. Please read with caution. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. To invite student voices on this sensitive topic, we sent out a survey to the...

Unqualified Driving Instructors Are Causing Potential Harm

Unqualified Driving Instructors Are Causing Potential Harm

By Dia Jain, A&E Editor

September 7, 2018

A few days ago, my friend and I had our third driving lesson with a local driving school. As we waited in the school building, we were unaware of who to expect as our instructor since we had different instructors each class. A couple minutes later, we noticed a man pacing in front of the building smokin...

Jacksonville Shooting Emboldens Urgency For Gun Control

Jacksonville Shooting Emboldens Urgency For Gun Control

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

September 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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. ...