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Study suggests link between walk-up music and success

Study suggests link between walk-up music and success

Dirk Beashore

April 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion

When going to a sporting event music is typically played during the game, and while the athletes are warming up. People just assume that is more for the fans than it is for the athletes. Studies prove that isn’t true. A study done by British scientists suggests that music with a faster pace actuall...

Young adults support Sanders

Young adults support Sanders

Jalen Zwart, Web Editor

April 7, 2016


Filed under First Mate’s Opinion, Opinion

Heads are spinning at a new trend in American politics. The oldest presidential candidate, 74-year-old Senator Bernie Sanders has the highest support rating among younger voters. According to an Edison Research Iowa Entrance Poll, 84 percent of Iowa Democrats between the ages of 17-29 support Sanders...

Papa in the Kitchen: Eat your Zoodles

Papa in the Kitchen: Eat your Zoodles

Mikaela Papageorgiou, Managing Editor

March 22, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Papa in the Kitchen

  March 11, marks one of the best holidays I never even knew existed until this past week. It is national “eat your noodles" day. So what I decided to make for you was some delicious noodle stir fry. Correction; Zoodle stir fry. No, that is not a typo, I really meant to type Zoodles. Now honestly,I don...

Passion is displayed at the Bernie Sanders rally

Passion is displayed at the Bernie Sanders rally

Ravne Fletcher

March 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Something  rare for the Kansas City Metro area happened Feb. 24. The largely Republican states were visited by a Democratic presidential candidate. Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont held a rally at Bartle Hall. The doors opened at 11 a.m., and the rally started at 1 p.m. to allow everyone to get in....

Girls deserve support from students

Girls deserve support from students

Dirk Beashore

February 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Being undefeated through 12 games of a basketball season is something special, and to do it the way the Lady Pirates did was even more impressive. The girls won by an average of 31.1 points per game, and the most impressive statistic was their overall point differential of 417 during that stretch. Poi...

Advocating for people of color as a white person

Advocating for people of color as a white person

Lauren Klapper, Photo Editor

February 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I cannot be silent anymore. For too long I have made excuses for not speaking up. Something I have struggled with lately is how to advocate for people of color as someone who is not a person of color. I found solidarity in my dilemma in Macklemore’s new song “White Privilege II,” in which...

Striving for the perfect application leads to loss in crucial areas

Striving for the perfect application leads to loss in crucial areas

Abby Neal, Copy Editor

February 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion

From standardized test prep classes to bulletin boards covered in pamphlets and posters, high school students are constantly bombarded with getting into college. One of the primary purposes of high school is to explore and discover a wide variety of subjects and to develop the skills and knowledge n...

When is quitting an option to consider?

When is quitting an option to consider?

Bel Wilcoxen

February 11, 2016


Filed under Opinion

You are sitting on your bed at 10 p.m. with an infinite amount of schoolwork on your lap. You just got home from a three-hour practice and in eight hours you have to get up for school. What are you going to do: give up and quit, or push through and try to get things accomplished? Junior Weston Gardner defined quitting...

Find yourself before you love someone else

Find yourself before you love someone else

Bel Wilcoxen

January 14, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

You are sitting in your room, alone looking into your mirror. . . what do you see? Someone you like, someone you hate? Someone you are proud to be, or someone you can’t stand to look at? Looking at yourself may be a hard thing to do but something that needs to be done. High school can be eye op...

Higher standards spark stress for ever-evolving generations

Higher standards spark stress for ever-evolving generations

Keegan Sparks, Editor-In-Chief

November 17, 2015


Filed under Opinion

“Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary; they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness.” — Naomi Wolf We’ve all heard it. It seems like no matter where we turn, whether it be to a parent, a teacher or some other trusted adult, they all have...

Video game violence

Video game violence

Jenna Asherman

November 10, 2015


Filed under Opinion

In a time where we cannot go a few months without national tragedy, more and more scrutiny is placed on the causes and motives of those who display violent and aggressive behavior. A heavily criticized one is a $21.53 billion domestic industry, one of which we have all participated in (in one way or...

Legends mainstay has no problem staying afloat in a sea of new restaurants

Legends mainstay has no problem staying afloat in a sea of new restaurants

Karli Trumbo

November 5, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Restaurant Review

When I walked into Red Lobster, I immediately noticed two things. First, it had a relaxing and calm atmosphere. Second, I noticed was there was always a hostess on the phone. I overheard her making reservations. Luckily, as soon as we walked in, my companion and I were seated because they weren’t busy...

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