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Breed ban boils over

Breed ban boils over

Anne Marsh, Copy Editor
November 2, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Due to recent attacks, Montreal has enacted breed-specific laws to ban pit bulls. This means that pit bulls in shelters face euthanization (the intentional ending of a life via a drug) and all current pit bull owners must purchase a $115 permit and walk their muzzled dogs on leashes no longer than...

Louisiana losing league

Louisiana losing league

Lauren Kurtzer, Creative Projects Director
November 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion

I hate the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Big Ten and the Midwest are where my allegiances lie. I am a born and breed Midwestern girl. Where I come from, you work hard for what you get. Recently, Louisiana State University (LSU) made me hate the SEC, the most arrogant conference in the NCAA (National...

October Staff Editorial: Voicing opinions in election

October Staff Editorial: Voicing opinions in election

October 31, 2016
Filed under Staff Editorial

As this election cycle comes to a close, the historical ramifications cannot be understated. This is a political shift that is rarely seen in a democracy, much less one as vetted as ours. We have an election that is polarized between two extremes, and whichever choice we make will affect the following...

Clowns creep up Cincinnati

Clowns creep up Cincinnati

Elizabeth Arveladze, Staff Writer
October 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion

You have probably heard about the clown craze going around all of the United States. In fact three of the schools in Cincinnati were closed and five students were taken by the police because they sent out tweets asking the clowns to come to Cincinnati schools. At first, most kids thought it was a...

Protect people, not pride: Anthem protest spreads to high schools

Protect people, not pride: Anthem protest spreads to high schools

Jenna Bao, Associate Editor
October 12, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In the weeks since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting at sporting events by kneeling during the national anthem, his controversial actions have inspired other athletes, including high school students across the country. His protest is related to the Black Lives Matter mov...

New shootings ask the same old questions

New shootings ask the same old questions

Joshua Patterson, Opinion Chief
October 12, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It seems like every other week there is a new shooting. A new story of police shooting an unarmed person of color. Another frantic justification by members of the public and media to try and brand whoever was shot as a “thug” or “criminal”. It is a distressing sign that this is becoming a...

September Columns: Airpods, Kaepernick, athletes making a difference

September Columns: Airpods, Kaepernick, athletes making a difference

Max Torem, Joshua Patterson, and Lauren Kurtzer
October 12, 2016
Filed under Columns

OPINION: Earlier this month, Apple released two major products. They are the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2. There is one key component that has sent Apple users, specifically iPhone users, and the Internet into a craze. It was revealed at the keynote event, where Apple showed off its n...

EpiPens cost more than just money

EpiPens cost more than just money

Harsimran Makkad, Web Editor-in-Chief
October 10, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Why athletes need to be involved in politics

Why athletes need to be involved in politics

Lauren Kurtzer, Creative Projects Director
October 10, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Sports is not just sports. Politics are for the people. Athletes have become major figures in America and across the world; their names and faces are everywhere. People like LeBron James and Aaron Rodgers are names known globally. They have the ability to impact the nation in a positive way. They...

Many murdered at mall

Many murdered at mall

Anne Marsh, Copy Editor
September 30, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Imagine driving past Kenwood Towne Center or standing in a store and being shot by a fellow shopper. This nightmare has become a common reality; within the past 10 days, two shootings have occurred in and around American shopping centers. Most recently, the morning of September 26, a man in a vintage...

September Staff Editorial: Combating heroin

September Staff Editorial: Combating heroin

September 30, 2016
Filed under Staff Editorial

Ohio broke the record for the most deaths due to drug overdoses in 2015 with 3,050 people. One-third of those deaths were caused by fentanyl, an opiate that is often mixed with heroin. The heroin epidemic is painfully obvious and evident in our community. That being said, we must consider how the...

Fast fashion affects students

Fast fashion affects students

Anne Marsh, Copy Editor
September 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

We all have those shirts that we bought from Forever 21 because they were cheap, or the dress we got at Zara that went out of style within a matter of weeks. The problem is: these mass-produced, trendy articles of clothing are feeding the consumerist culture and consequential environmental waste that...

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