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Implementing body positivity in media and stores today

Implementing body positivity in media and stores today

Katie Sullivan, Web Editor-In-Chief

April 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As prom quickly approaches, one thing has surfaced that has left me rather upset: body image. While scrolling through the depths of prom dress pictures, I found myself in the plus sized section, where the dresses are modeled by “plus sized” women. These women represented what I can only imagin...

Neurodiversity matters

Neurodiversity matters

Cailin O'Mara, Managing Editor

March 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Diversity has been on the minds of students, staff and community members for the last few months. This initiative to cherish our differences has had a wonderful impact in our schools, but we are far from being able to end the conversation. One demographic is consistently left out of our diversity talks...

‘Black Lives Matter’ aims to include, educate, not divide

‘Black Lives Matter’ aims to include, educate, not divide

Cara Bruce, Guest Columnist

March 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Black lives matter. It feels like I’ve been saying this all my life. This is often misconstrued with the idea that other lives matter less. But when I say this I mean black lives matter, too… or don’t they? When people say that black lives matter, they aren’t saying that they matter more. T...

Close friendships between boys and girls don’t require romance

Close friendships between boys and girls don’t require romance

Isaia Wilcoxen, Staff Writer

March 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

When I was in elementary school, most of my friends were girls. To this day that remains true. I hesitate saying that, not because I’m afraid to admit that my best friends are of the opposite sex, or because I’m ashamed of it, but because a vast majority would say that platonic relationships, such as mine,...

Gaining a new appreciation of sports

Gaining a new appreciation of sports

Lauren Textor, Copy Editor

March 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I remember the first time in my life that I was excited about sports like it was yesterday. Because it was yesterday. March 9, 2017 – the day I gained an appreciation, however tentative, for the effort put into the game. The girls’ basketball team’s first-round state tournament against Abilene...

Cheating in chemistry appears again

Cheating in chemistry appears again

Hannah Haworth, Staff Writer

March 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It’s that time of year again. The annual chemistry cheating scandal is upon us. The usual array of frustrated students are back, and they’re blaming science teacher Eric Mabie. Mabie called out students in chemistry this week for cheating on bookwork, and currently has a list of the cheating stu...

Inaccurate claims of fake news harm Constitutional rights

Inaccurate claims of fake news harm Constitutional rights

Abby Neal, Web Editor-In-Chief

February 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

During his first press conference as president, Donald Trump referred to the media, including press such as newspapers and news websites, as “the opposition party.” This comment from our new president is just one of the calculated and organized attacks the Trump administration has made against the news organ...

A voice against legalization

A voice against legalization

Jenna Asherman, Design Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

When people think of those against legalization of marijuana, they conjure images of crusading soccer moms who have a haircut à la mid 2000s Kate Gosselin, or a government official who hasn’t even smelled it. That’s why when people hear that I’m against legalization, I’m greeted with a dubiou...

Marijuana legalization not as detrimental as previously believed

Marijuana legalization not as detrimental as previously believed

Jalen Zwart, Print Editor-In-Chief

February 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

At the beginning of 2016, marijuana lovers had a laugh over the fact that D.A.R.E., a program that preached the evils of pot since elementary school, had surreptitiously removed marijuana from its list of “gateway drugs.” Since then, the program has issued many official statements claiming D.A.R.E.’s...

Spread the word to end the word

Spread the word to end the word

Katie Sullivan, Web Editor-In-Chief

December 12, 2016


Filed under Featured, Opinion

“That’s so gay. If you believe that you’re retarded.” Word for word, this is what was heard walking down the freshman hallway. This is simply unacceptable. In today’s time people so freely throw around disrespectful and inconsiderate insults that honestly do not make sense. Why is it seen ...

Ending frustration starts with respectful communication

Ending frustration starts with respectful communication

Scout Molder, Staff Writer

December 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Everyone gets frustrated. As we get older, we take on more responsibilities, which means that there are more opportunities for things to go wrong, and that in turn means more opportunities to become frustrated. Especially during this time of year, with finals looming just a week away, frustration i...

The unforeseen danger we all face

Raven Fletcher, Business Manager

December 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Going to the store, walking in a neighborhood, hanging out at the Plaza and sitting in school. These are all things I no longer feel safe doing, even in a generally safe community, due to the current gun laws in Kansas. Current gun control regulations in Kansas regarding who can purchase a firearm are ...

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