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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...

Standing for respect

Standing for respect

Lauren Kurtzer, Creative Project Director
September 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It is the fifteenth anniversary of the worst and bloodiest day in recent American history. A day where everyone unites in red, white and blue to celebrate their patriotism to be from this great nation. 9/11 also happened to be the first Sunday of the National Football League (NFL). It has happened...

Politics of fear

Politics of fear

Adhiti Chundur, Print Editor-in-Chief
September 19, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Fear is a powerful motivator. In the 2016 presidential election, fear takes a pivotal role in the contest for votes. Namely, Republican nominee Donald Trump has taken fear mongering to a different level. “Trump is someone who uses emotion to manipulate his audience because he doesn’t have any political experience or logical ar...

What is freedom?

What is freedom?

Joshua Patternson, Opinion Chief
September 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Normally at the beginning of the National Football League seasons sports fans are talking about fantasy football or giving ludicrous predictions for their own personal team. Instead, the sports world is divided on the protest taken by Colin Kaepernick, the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49...

August Columns: Welcoming back students, looking at Dance Team, reflecting on death of Courtney Fisher

August Columns: Welcoming back students, looking at Dance Team, reflecting on death of Courtney Fisher

Max Torem, Lauren Kurtzer, and Joshua Patterson
September 14, 2016
Filed under Columns

OPINION: Welcome back Aviators! The 2016-17 year has officially begun, and hopefully you are feeling as refreshed as the school is. That is right, the school has undergone changes that will make a huge difference for this year and in years to come. Perhaps the most noticeable and effective change...

Brock Turner release, Ryan Lochte incident shows white privilege

Brock Turner release, Ryan Lochte incident shows white privilege

Joshua Patterson, Opinion Chief
September 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion

This summer should have been a reminder about how great sports are, with the world wide spectacle that is the Olympic games. Instead, this summer has served as a reminder that white privilege is still a persistent theme in America today. It started when Ryan Lochte and three teammates lied about being...

August Staff Editorial: Reflecting on 9/11

August Staff Editorial: Reflecting on 9/11

August 31, 2016
Filed under Staff Editorial

The effects of 9/11. The options presented when one considers such a prompt are practically endless. Yet upon a bit of reflection, it occurred to us that, as students born between the years of 1998-2002, we may not be in the most suitable positions to determine how this tragedy has changed the world....

Faking humanity

Faking humanity

Harsimran Makkad, Web Editor-in-Chief
May 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

“How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.” Romantic writer Mary Shelley’s sentiment in her novel Frankenstein, although against the science of he...

‘Monument’-al mayhem

‘Monument’-al mayhem

Adhiti Chundur, Co Print-Editor-in-Chief
May 10, 2016
Filed under Opinion

 As the Confederate flag was slowly lowered to the ground in South Carolina last year, the cheers and jubilation marked a turning point in our country’s history. The end of the flag’s 50-year reign was precipitated by the mass shooting in Charleston earlier that month. However, there is still ...

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