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Invisible Illness: Crohn’s Disease

Invisible Illness: Crohn’s Disease

Mae Bruce, Reporter

April 13, 2018


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Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that severely affects the digestive tract, usually inflaming the small intestine. It currently affects about 700,000 people in the United States. Autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease are known to be hereditary, passed down from generation to generation, ...

OPINION: Chemical Attack in Syria Kills Dozens

OPINION: Chemical Attack in Syria Kills Dozens

Nisha Desai, Reporter

April 12, 2018


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Sobbing children.  Blood streaming through fingers.  A child clutching an oxygen mask like a lifeboat in an ocean of violent currents.  These were the images that greeted me on the news Sunday evening, breaking my heart and shattering it into a million pieces.  I didn’t know what to say, or what to th...

OPINION: National Guard at Border Is Unnecessary

OPINION: National Guard at Border Is Unnecessary

Clemetine Larrouilh, Reporter

April 12, 2018


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All American citizens, no matter how clueless, are aware of President Trump’s thoughts and policies regarding the border between the United States and Mexico.  It was even clearer after his State of the Union speech, in which he outlined four steps to reduce immigration into the United States. His steps are to offer a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, secure the border, end ...

OPINION: Self-Driving Cars Shouldn’t Be On Our Streets

OPINION: Self-Driving Cars Shouldn’t Be On Our Streets

Kamille Galloway, Reporter

April 9, 2018


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It is the year 2020 and gender-roles have long been abolished, celebrities are governing our people and self-driving cars are flooding the streets of our mechanized society. …. Or maybe not. Sure, gender-roles may still be given to people who don’t want them, Kanye West may be the next Donald Tru...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: The Beginning

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: The Beginning

Alyssa Kamouie, Reporter

April 8, 2018


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Speaking out for our rights never gets easier. Some can argue otherwise, but when you think about it, it’s only because these conversations have been drawn out for years with no improvement. The only difference between the past and now is that, as of recently, people have been banding together to s...

OPINION : The Hidden Killer Inside American Hospitals

OPINION : The Hidden Killer Inside American Hospitals

Clementine Larrouilh, Reporter

March 28, 2018


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When people exit hospitals they expect the threat to their health to be over. However, for many that is not the case because of a common danger that lies in the very medication that numbs residual pain from surgeries. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, is classified legally as a schedule-two p...

Invisible Illness: Anosmia

Invisible Illness: Anosmia

Mae Bruce, Reporter

March 19, 2018


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When you think of a sense that is absolutely necessary to function, your mind immediately jumps to hearing or sight or touch. Not smell. And while smell may not be completely necessary for us to live, the loss of smell can have an incredible impact on how you live your day-to-day life. A student at W...

OPINION: How Missing Warning Signs Can Lead to a National Tragedy

OPINION:  How Missing Warning Signs Can Lead to a National Tragedy

Nisha Desai, Reporter

March 6, 2018


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I remember where I was when I first heard about the Florida high school shooting.  I got up from my chair during all-state choir rehearsal break and checked my phone, only to see a bright notification flashing on the screen.  I contemplated opening the article for a few seconds before just sighing...

OPINION: Winter Olympics, The Rise of the Teenager

OPINION: Winter Olympics, The Rise of the Teenager

Clementine Larrouilh, Reporter

March 6, 2018


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While most teenagers stress about doing well in school or getting into college, most won’t ever face the type of pressure that Team USA’s younger competitors face on a daily basis while competing in the 2018 Olympic Games at Pyeongchang. These athletes don’t buckle under the pressure, in fact, th...

OPINION: An Open Letter to Anti-Gun Control

OPINION: An Open Letter to Anti-Gun Control

Haley Haverda, Reporter

March 2, 2018


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This is for every one of you who hasn't stepped foot in a public high school in over 40 years, 30 years, 20 years, or even if you just graduated last year. You simply do not understand the fear that is instilled in everyone of us as we walk the halls day after day. You simply do not, and can not, bec...

OPINION: We Need to Talk About Depression

OPINION: We Need to Talk About Depression

Catherine Wiesehuegel and Alex Reece

February 28, 2018


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In the wake of Logan Paul’s awful attempt at “awareness”, suicide continues to be a crippling end result of depression around the world, but it is simultaneously the one thing that nobody seems to want to talk about in the depth that it requires. Especially in a time where certain terms such a...

Invisible Illness: Orthorexia

Invisible Illness: Orthorexia

Mae Bruce, Reporter

February 21, 2018


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Every 62 minutes, at least one person dies of a direct cause of an eating disorder. Modern culture romanticizes mental illness in a way never seen before, and people are dying as a direct result of this strive to be perfect. Being skinny has become the ultimate achievement for young girls and women, c...