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OPINION: Indian Journalist’s Murder Shines Light on Need for Free Press

OPINION: Indian Journalist’s Murder Shines Light on Need for Free Press

Kamille Galloway, Reporter

September 19, 2017


Filed under Voices

Tuesday evening, Sept. 4, Indian journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was killed outside of her home by three armed men. She was 55 years old. Lankesh, the daughter of a famous Indian journalist, was widely known throughout her hometown of Bangalore and respected across the spectrum for her gutsy ...

OPINION: We Need More Asian Representation in Hollywood

OPINION: We Need More Asian Representation in Hollywood

Sarah Wang, Reporter

September 13, 2017


Filed under Voices

After the recent release of Netflix’s remake of the popular anime Death Note, many people across the globe were angry with the lack of Asians on the screen. Death Note, a Japanese show, has mostly white actors playing the leads where Asian ones should be. The original story itself had a great deal of cultur...

OPINION: DACA Repeal, Best for Who?

OPINION: DACA Repeal, Best for Who?

Clementine Larrouilh, Reporter

September 7, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Voices

Many voters thought they were dreaming when Donald Trump ran for president, and many wished they could wake up when he won. But now coming into his ninth month as president, it’s clear to see that Americans have gotten used to the terror of the American president. For most of the population, the res...

OPINION: Transgender Military Members Should Be Allowed To Serve

OPINION: Transgender Military Members Should Be Allowed To Serve

Sara Momin, Reporter

August 31, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Voices

Almost one year ago, the sound of cheers, champagne, and crying echoed across the US as the Obama administration repealed an outdated policy that barred transgender military members from serving in the military. Now, the streets are deathly quiet, and a looming shadow, otherwise known as Donald Trump...

OPINION: Second Natural Disaster This Week Hits Texas

OPINION: Second Natural Disaster This Week Hits Texas

Haley Haverda, Reporter

August 30, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Voices

A Category 10 hurricane rolled into Austin, and it's not Harvey. President Donald Trump was confirmed to land in Austin around 2:25 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29. Much of the public is waiting to see how he will be handle the issue of this natural disaster. So far he has done nothing to relieve the ...

OPINION: Violence and Hatred Are Not the Answer

OPINION: Violence and Hatred Are Not the Answer

Kate Lee, Voices Editor

June 26, 2017


Filed under Voices

On May 22, Salman Abedi set off a hand-made bomb at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and injuring 116. The day after, the Islamic State group (IS) claimed the bombing as a purposeful attack. On June 14, James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter, shot four Repub...

OPINION: AP/IB Classes Cause Unneeded Stress

OPINION: AP/IB Classes Cause Unneeded Stress

Anna Chuo, Reporter

May 8, 2017


Filed under Voices

In freshman year, Fallon McDonald ‘18 realized that TAG Algebra II was not the class for her. Her pre-International Baccalaureate (IB) classes were already hard enough, and math wasn’t her strongest subject. “The environment was just so intense,” McDonald said. “Obviously everyone who was i...

OPINION: Underage Drinking is a Pressing Issue

OPINION: Underage Drinking is a Pressing Issue

Haley Haverda, Reporter

March 28, 2017


Filed under Voices

In 2015, 34.7 percent of 15 year olds admitted to having had a least one alcoholic drink -- a stat that doesn’t even include teens aged 16 to 20. As high school gets harder, students seek a release from the stress and anxiety that plagues their everyday life, and more often than not turn to parties ...

Many Faces of Bipartisan Politics

Many Faces of Bipartisan Politics

Kate Lee, Reporter

March 27, 2017


Filed under Politiculture, Showcase, Voices

With today’s tense political climate, it is becoming increasingly crucial for youth to be knowledgeable and involved. It is equally important to listen to different perspectives of political views. We talked to five students who felt strongly about their political identities. Their stories are set from more...

OPINION: YouTube’s Restricted Mode Censors Content For LGBTQ+ Community

OPINION: YouTube’s Restricted Mode Censors Content For LGBTQ+ Community

Emily Lu, Sports Editor

March 24, 2017


Filed under Voices

It’s as if the LGBTQ+ community needs another reminder that their mere existence is deemed inappropriate. Only weeks following the controversy surrounding Disney introducing their first gay character, YouTube this time is taking a blast by hiding a vast majority of the community’s content with thei...

International Day of Happiness: Five Ways to Become a Happier Person

International Day of Happiness: Five Ways to Become a Happier Person

Kate Lee, Reporter

March 20, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Voices

March 20 celebrates happiness, something we all seem to want but have a hard time finding. From books to speeches, pledges to clubs, every person has a different approach to becoming truly happy. Each solution is valid; the goal is to create a perfect combination of many ideas that works best for you. ...

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...