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TikTok remains inaccessible for deaf and hard of hearing users

Allison McElroy, Trends Editor

October 7, 2020

   Picture this: you get home from a long day of school, and pull out your phone. You sit on the couch and open TikTok, laughing as you scroll through the entertaining videos.      Now imagine doing all of this, but with the sound off. Would the experience be as enjoyable? How many of ...

Ted Lasso Review: The Power of Positivity

GOAAALLL! As American football coach Ted Lasso crosses the Atlantic to coach soccer he finds himself with stern opposition, due to the fact that he's never played nor coached the game. The Apple TV+ series

Jack Wolfe, Business Manager

October 2, 2020

   In a year where enduring optimism may seem futile, the surprising arrival of “Ted Lasso” saved my faith in positivity. The Apple tv + show “Ted Lasso” follows American football coach Ted Lasso as he crosses the pond to Coach AFC’s Richmond soccer team despite not ever playing or coaching so...

Nature Improves Homework and Health

NEW OFFICE To get a change of scenery, take advantage of the weather, and spend some much needed time outside after sitting in the same spot for six hours, junior staff member Charlotte Weiss has started to do her homework outside. Spending time outside has numerous health benefits including lowering blood pressure and stress levels. Creating a comfortable workspace that is beneficial to one’s learning is extremely important during these seemingly lonely times. Try going for a walk or doing homework outside if you need a change of pace or breath of fresh air.

Charlotte Weiss, Deputy Design Editor

September 24, 2020

The four walls of my so-called workspace seem to get closer and closer every class while my brain gets more and more tired. As a virtual student, I have found it difficult at times to begin my homework after more than six hours of Google Meets or fight the urge to stay off my phone while trying to complete...

Our Notorious R.B.G.

NOTORIOUS R.B.G. On Friday, September 18, 2020, we lost Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to ever be appointed to the United States Supreme Court bench and most recently a pop-culture icon among feminists and liberals alike. Thousands have already come together across the country to honor her memory in vigils and memorials, and yet thousands more are sharing their favorite quotes or memories of the wise woman herself. As we take the time to acknowledge her determination to fight for what she believed in on the Supreme Court and throughout her career, we will also dive into what’s happening next and the political turmoil her open seat has now left behind.

Serene Tarabishi, Copy Editor and Design Editor

September 22, 2020

On Friday, September 18, 2020, America lost one of the most prominent Supreme Court Justices we have ever had. We lost a trailblazer in feminist work for equality, a role model for young women across the country, and a firm moral leader in the Supreme Court during a time of controversy and disquiet....

History repeats itself

HISTORY REPEATS. This was not the first time the U.S has invaded the personal freedoms of american citizens during a crisis for the “greater good.” How has this compared to previous instances of civil liberty violation and how has this extended quarantine affected the workforce?

Jack Wolfe, PR Manager

May 4, 2020

   In our country's history in times of crisis, we have often given up personal freedoms in order to serve the greater good. This has happened before and it is happening now.    In 1942 during World War II, people of Japanese descent were interred into isolated camps despite their constitutional ...

Summer plans unknown


SUMMER. This is capturing one of the best moments of all summer at sleepaway camp.  There might not be any new photographs at camp this summer, or for that matter anywhere.  “This was going to be my seventh year at camp, and I haven't spent a whole summer in Cincinnati since 2013.  I am not ready for this to happen because camp is like my other home,” said Peter Brownell, 9.

Lindsay Ruskin, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

   Summer. The one thing everyone looks forward to from the first day of school.  For me specifically, I look forward to camp the day it ends.      This year may be the first since 2015 that I will not be attending camp due to the coronavirus. There is a very high chance that it will be ca...

Joe Burrow to the Bengals & what it means for Andy Dalton

NFL DRAFT. The Bengals select quarterback Joe Burrow out of LSU with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. What does drafting Joe Burrow mean not only for the Bengals but for Andy Dalton's future with the team.

Drew Berke, staff writer

April 23, 2020

   Shocker! Not. Quarterback Joe Burrow out of LSU, is officially a Cincinnati Bengal. Burrow remains a tiger. This pick was widely expected to be made. All signs were pointing to this pick and head coach Zac Tayor never tried to shy away from praising Burrow.  On the Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals Bea...

Lockdown sparks emotions

Although we have to do online school for the rest of the school year, there are some upsides to having time to yourself or even free time at all. All grades are affected by the shelter in place order, but some more than others. Try to make the most of your time and not spend hours on end on TikTok. Read ahead for a sophomore’s perspective on COVID-19. Stay safe!

Charlotte Weiss, Feature Chief

April 22, 2020

   Throughout the past few weeks, new information has come out almost every day concerning the severity of COVID-19 as well as new information about the various events that have been canceled. Since Mike DeWine, the governor of Ohio, has decided to keep all public schools closed through the end of the...

Celebrity complaints during COVID-19

WHILE THE WORLD is suffering through a global pandemic, Celebrities become criticized for expressing their problems with quarantine despite their privileged lifestyle.

Jack Wolfe, PR manager

April 14, 2020

   The COVID-19 virus is revealing a great deal of truths, as does any global event to this scale. Revealing how much the U.S relies on China, how our fellow Americans react during a crisis and the dismantling mirage of celebrity relatability.    Unlike the first two, the spinning web of relatability tha...

Keeping up with the coronavirus

CAPTION: FAKE NEWS. As social media progresses and expands, teenagers are more exposed to fake news than ever. And in the current COVID-19 era, this could mean a lot of trouble.

Linya Guo, Arts and Entertainment Chief

April 12, 2020

   It’s no secret that formerly print news has started spreading onto social media. From the New York Times to the Washington Post, all the publication giants have gradually migrated to promoting on various social platforms.    With this change, teenagers have started becoming more exposed to current e...

The frontline

LIFE IN QUARANTINE. Over the past weeks, society has greatly transformed. While the majority of people are staying at home protecting themselves from the virus, there are still people who are sacrificing their lives each and every day to provide for their communities. Whether it be health care providers, grocery store workers, delivery workers, restaurant workers, etc. there are incredible people who are doing all they can to look out for us, many at the expense of their own lives.

Gaby Pereda, Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

   Health care providers. Those who are doctors. Those who are nurses. Those who are physician assistants. Those who answer our 911 calls. Those who check in patients into hospitals. It goes without saying that the world around us is coming together to commemorate and honor those in the medical fiel...

What quarantine has taught me about setting boundaries

DO NOT DISTURB. COVID-19 has impacted all of us in different ways. It’s safe to say we are all feeling the mental burden of being quarantined in our homes. With our lives being flipped upside down, it’s important to set limits to protect your physical and mental wellbeing. Read to learn some tips that will help you set boundaries at home.

Harsitha Kalaiarasan, Design Editor

April 8, 2020

 Setting boundaries is a new concept for me. I have heard it thrown around on social media a lot and disregarded the obscure notion. But, in quarantine, I have truly understood the need for such a practice in our daily lives.  Essentially, boundaries are mental, physical, and emotional limits we put int...

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