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Less than inclement weather causes snow day

Less than inclement weather causes snow day

Taylor Evans
February 12, 2014
Filed under Opinion

While waking up at 6:30 a.m. and being told that you can go back to sleep because it is a snow day is arguably the greatest feeling ever, it should be saved for the appropriate time. Many of us were more than confused to find that school was cancelled on Dec. 10, seeing as a little less than t...

‘1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…’ so what

‘1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…’ so what

Maddie Marsh
February 12, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Columbus Day is the day the great Portuguese explorer Christopher Columbus 'found' the Americas. When one was younger, teachers had students make Indian feather headdresses and tomahawks, pilgrim hats, and taught them the famous ‘in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.’ Columbus was a hero. ...

Excluding exclusion

Excluding exclusion

Eli Zawatsky
February 12, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Imagine walking into the commons on any normal day and seeing a student sitting by him or herself. Like any other day, you go straight to the table you always sit at and start talking to your friends. But the sight of the student sitting alone bugs you for the rest of the day. What could you have ...

Why an outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl deserves more credit

Why an outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl deserves more credit

Zach Fritzhand
February 1, 2014
Filed under Opinion

On Feb.2, the Denver Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in the first ever outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The forecast calls for a high of 46 degrees with a 10% chance of precipitation according to Weather.com.  Last week, the forecast called for snow s...

Killer cold

Killer cold

Elijah Zawatsky
January 30, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Unassigned

The letter to the editor writer in question pointed out that classes are not outside, and that if students would “go put a scarf on and do what you’re supposed to” then they would have no problem with the cold weather. This writer so blindly overlooks the many issues that can still arise from...

Barnes and Noble closes a chapter

Emily Tyler
January 29, 2014
Filed under Opinion

The smell of walking into Barnes and Noble is a comforting mixture of ink, paper, and coffee. It is a place for people to find new love in a book, or take their kids to teach them the importance of reading. However, the stores across the country are struggling to keep up with the book and Kindle sale...

Act of respect becomes offensive

Act of respect becomes offensive

Emily Tyler
January 10, 2014
Filed under Opinion

It is the act of a gentleman, an action performed by the princes of Disney. It is a sign of respect and adoration. It is a gentle kiss on the hand. For Hunter Yelton, however, it was a crime. The six-year-old boy has been accused of “sexual harassment” for kissing a girl on the hand and it w...

Wisdom teeth: Painful, glorious, necessary

Wisdom teeth: Painful, glorious, necessary

Victoria Swart
November 18, 2013
Filed under Opinion

Getting your wisdom teeth pulled hurts. Not during the surgery itself- they supply enough Novocain to numb your mouth for a week. When that numbness wears off, however, that’s when you get the “full experience.” Ice packs, heating pads, pain killers four times a day, rinsing your mouth out...

Bestsellers reach outside the ‘norm’

Bestsellers reach outside the ‘norm’

Maddie Marsh
November 1, 2013
Filed under Opinion

Sometimes one worries about this generation. We need instant gratification, we need entertainment, we need adventure and romance and we need it now. Lately, it seems the New York Times Bestseller List has been full of futuristic sci-fi and fantasy romance. A book like Twilight comes out, and makes...

Final race for cross country

Final race for cross country

Jordan Baker
October 29, 2013
Filed under Opinion

As the season ended on Oct. 12 with the GMC's, the cross country teams performed well. The boys finished second overall while the girls finished fourth. They had the second highest score behind Mason. “It is never a good feeling to be so close to first place and end up coming in second. Espec...

‘Estamos tristes’ to read Cajas de Cartón

‘Estamos tristes’ to read Cajas de Cartón

Emily Tyler
October 23, 2013
Filed under Opinion

In order to become accustomed to reading and understanding another language, Spanish Intermediate three classes are required to read a novel completely in Spanish. Cajas de Cartón by Francisco Jiménez is an autobiography describing the life of a young illegal immigrant. “While reading, ...

Freshman hazing, harmful or harmless: opinions from underclassmen

Freshman hazing, harmful or harmless: opinions from underclassmen

Joseph Ahn
September 6, 2013
Filed under Opinion

Freshman “hazing” is something that graduating eight graders hear left and right as they journey on to the high school. There are numerous cases in the news in which hazing has led to disastrous consequences; however, students at SHS believe that this practice is, and never was, harmful. ...

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