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Gratefulness is a must-have holiday trait

Gratefulness is a must-have holiday trait

Cailin O'Mara, Managing Editor

November 22, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

November is universally considered to be a time to reflect upon the things that make life great: family, friends and food. For generations, the Thanksgiving season has been characterized by reflection and giving back; however, as our society has become increasingly permeated by materialism we have witnesse...

Electoral College detracts from democracy

Electoral College detracts from democracy

Abby Neal, Web Editor-In-Chief

November 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion

In the early hours of Nov. 9, Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States, capping off an unprecedented election with a result almost no major news sources or polls saw coming. However, while Trump claimed the necessary 270 electoral votes to win (and there are yet to be any calls of a “...

When “it could never happen” happens

When “it could never happen” happens

Jenna Asherman, Design Editor

November 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion

It could never happen here. This is the broadest generality said in theaters, airports and especially schools. National tragedies are something that belong on the faces of television screens, not something that is splayed out in front of us. The last school shooting drill we had was two years a...

Sitting out with an injury is a pain

Sitting out with an injury is a pain

Katie Sullivan, Web Editor-In-Chief

November 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Sports

“Never take dance for granted,” alumna and guest choreographer Elizabeth Brown said during fall 2015. “You never know when it will be your last performance or practice.” Little did I know that nationals in June 2016 would be my last performance for three months. Or that I would only get one ...

Third Street Asylum meets fear factor, falls short on theme

Third Street Asylum meets fear factor, falls short on theme

Scout Molder, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Screams echoed from the open windows of the second floor. Creepy characters danced with fire outside the building while loud, ominous music plays. The “fight-or-flight” instinct inside of me leaned further and further towards the “flight” side. As I waited in line for the Third Street Asylum hau...

Race-based costumes perpetuate stereotypes

Race-based costumes perpetuate stereotypes

Abby Neal, Web Editor-In-Chief

November 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Sexy Native American. Muslim terrorist. Sexy Geisha. Illegal immigrant. While perusing the aisles for this year’s Halloween costume, these are a few that you should avoid. Costumes that perpetuate negative racial stereotypes or that inaccurately mimic cultures that are not your own are not a fun way...

Tuesday Advice: What your resume is and what it should be

Jenna Asherman, Design Editor

October 25, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Student Blogs, Tuesday Advice

Kids, I have recently been spun into the rank of soulless retail drone. And let me explain how that happened. This summer, my mother made me choose between getting Lucy, the cutest dog you’ve ever seen, or getting another tattoo on my ribs. It’s clear what decision I made, as currently I d...

Homework: Quality over quantity

Homework: Quality over quantity

Scout Molder, Staff Writer

October 21, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It is often misconstrued by adults that the consensus among high school students about homework is that “it’s stupid,” and students shouldn’t have to do it. This opinion, like every opinion, does not reflect everyone’s views. That’s right, not all high schoolers think homework is a complete wa...

The problem with I.S.A.

Jalen Zwart, Print Editor-In-Chief

September 22, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The regime of Michael Schumacher left a plethora of positive impacts on the student body as a whole. In the two years he was in charge, I saw an increase in student participation and overall satisfaction. For the most part, I’ve experienced a smooth carryover in the power switch where these positive...

Potential student voters should take advantage of opportunity

Potential student voters should take advantage of opportunity

Abby Neal, Web Editor-In-Chief

September 22, 2016


Filed under Opinion

In a little more than a month, 30 students will have their first experience influencing the future of our nation. Voting for president every four years is one of the most impactful ways citizens can participate in our nation’s politics. Unfortunately, however, many young people flout this key opp...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: An ‘R’ word to use

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: An ‘R’ word to use

Karli Trumbo

April 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The phrase “that’s retarded” is said too often, and it needs to stop. Students are exposed to inappropriate language often enough that it no longer registers as destructive. In today’s society, people have developed a numbness to what they are saying. When someone grows up in an environment...

Increasing awareness of mental illness

Increasing awareness of mental illness

Cailin O'Mara

April 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The burdens of high school students are underestimated: school, sports, jobs and social obligations compound into hectic lives. For some, however, the struggles of adolescence are exacerbated by mental illness. Speaking about mental illness in our school system is often considered taboo; students in ...

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