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Actress Felicity Huffman was one of several parents arrested for fraud after bribing Rick Singer to manipulate her daughter's test scores.

The US Prison System Must Change

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Dreamcatcher Editor in Chief October 22, 2019

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman forked over $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT scores manipulated by Rick Singer, the mastermind behind a huge college admissions scandal consisting of over...

Along with several other symbols, the okay hand gesture was added to the ADL's Hate on Display database on Sept. 26. Photo courtesy of Peakpx.

Additions to the ADL’s Hate Symbol Database Highlight the Need to Combat Hate

By Jake Schlanger, Community & World News Editor October 17, 2019

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) continued the long-standing fight against hate on Thursday, Sept. 26 with the addition of several new hate symbols to its Hate on Display database, which tracks the use...

Cheerleaders perform at a pep rally on Sept. 9, 2019.

Cheerleaders Treated Unfairly

By Cynthia Ramirez '18 October 16, 2019

A Ninth Amendment Violation is in question at Westwood High School. [Editor's Note: The Ninth Amendment is not related to the current cheerleader situation. We believe the author meant to say "Title IX,"...

On Aug. 20, 2018, Greta Thunberg sat outside the Swedish Parliament building, holding a sign reading

Greta Thunberg Is An Inspiration To Young Climate Activists

By Keana Saberi, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 14, 2019

From leading the masses in striking against climate policy inaction to sailing across the Atlantic Ocean on a yacht to minimize travel impacts on the warming globe, plucky and strong 16-year-old Greta...

President Trump discusses replacing the Affordable Care Act on March 10, 2017.

The U.S. Healthcare System Must Be Fixed

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Dreamcatcher Editor in Chief October 8, 2019

Luca Palmiscino was born with alveolar capillary dysplasia, a rare congenital lung disease, and Hirschsprung's disease, a condition affecting the large intestine. At only five months old, he had to get...

Following the Stoneman Douglas shooting, hundreds of thousands gathered for the March for Our Lives rally to protest gun violence on March 24, 2018.

School Shooting Hoodie Designs Pollute the Conversation Around Gun Violence

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor October 4, 2019

Controversy emerged once again on the internet during New York Fashion Week from Sept. 6 to Sept. 14 when a label debuted its new line of hoodies online. Bstroy, a streetwear brand based in New York, released...

Senator Elizabeth Warren was one of the standout candidates overall at the Third Democratic debate.

Candidates Stand Out On Various Issues During the Third Democratic Debate

By Keana Saberi and Catharine Li October 1, 2019

The intensity between the Democratic candidates rose and particularly heated up in the Third Democratic debate on Sept. 12. From Julian Castro attacking Joe Biden on his personality rather than policies,...

Prior to the tragedy in Odessa, Texans mourn the first shooting of the same month on Aug. 6 in El Paso.

Odessa Shooting Emphasizes The Need For Reform

By Ayesha Middya, Reporter September 25, 2019

Mass shootings are occurring at exorbitant rates all across our nation. Over the weekend of Aug. 31, 22 lives were brutally taken in a shooting spree in Odessa, Texas. The West Texan gunman, identified...

If put in place, the adversity score would have been attached to students' SAT scores.

College Board Made The Right Decision In Removing Its ‘Adversity Score’

By Jake Schlanger, Community & World News Editor September 23, 2019

The College Board recently announced it would scrap its controversial adversity score after widespread public backlash. The adversity score, announced in May, would have been a number between one and 100...

National Suicide Prevention Month: How To Help

National Suicide Prevention Month: How To Help

By Kailey Foster, Reporter September 20, 2019

Do you ever notice the person in the back of the classroom with their head down or in their hands? Maybe they've been staring into space for a long time. The student who sits alone at lunch or the student...

Each day, Flex Time assigns students to a specific block unless they sign up for another classroom's session.

Flex Time Relieves Stress for Students

By Shawkin Kabir, Dreamcatcher Poetry & Prose Editor September 15, 2019

“I can’t do it. I’m so stressed out.” Quizzes, tests, projects, extracurriculars -- the list goes on for the endless papers that students work on throughout the day, and it becomes hard to balance....

NASA satellites showing smoke from the Amazon Rainforest fires drew international attention to the issue.

Amazon Rainforest Fires Severely Escalate Climate Change

By Nivrithi Kuttuva, Dreamcatcher Poetry & Prose Editor September 8, 2019

Smoke-smothered skies swallow the bright, sunny aura that had been beaming over the forest. The wind carries a melancholic whisper of all of the lives that have been claimed. The trees that could have...

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