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Oscars so white, also not the point

Oscars so white, also not the point

Jenna Bao, Associate Editor
February 2, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Awards season- an annual recognition of art, red carpet best-dressed lists, and of course, racial controversy. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released its 2016 Oscar nominations on Thurs. Jan. 14, spurring immediate backlash over the lack of diversity among the potential winners. For...

downGRADE

downGRADE

Yasmine Guedira, Staff Writer
February 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Let's take a quick trip down memory lane and glance back at our childhoods. Unrestricted curiosity ran rampant, and there were millions of questions to be asked. Every school day was a new adventure with new discoveries. Flash-forward to high school, students are drowning in work. Exhausted, overworked...

Cruzed or Trumped?

Cruzed or Trumped?

Harsimran Makkad, Web Editor-in-Chief
February 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

All across the internet, media, and news reports, there has been so much buzz about the upcoming Iowa caucuses (and yes, the nationwide primaries as well), especially with Republican candidates still dropping out of the race. So, who is going to come out on top on the Republican side? Donald Trump o...

To be politically correct

To be politically correct

Claire Lefton, A&E Chief
January 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Everyone from politicians to news pundits rants and raves about it. Some presidential candidates actively disparage it. The real question is... what is it? What is political correctness? Merriam-Webster defined “politically correct” as “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to...

How supplements harm body

How supplements harm body

Hajime Minoguchi, Staff Writer
January 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion

People are constantly self- conscious about their health. To parallel this, Consumer Reports has stated that Americans spend an average of 33.9 billion dollars on dietary, vitamin, and herbal supplements. Supplements are thought to give health benefits or treat diseases, but this conception is inacc...

Saying thank you

Saying thank you

Brooke Landrum, Print Editor-in-Chief
January 21, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As with any State of the Union address, there were many things to be taken away. Points were make about security and discrimination, poverty and foreign affairs. Of course these points are important and stuck with me, but there were a few other points I noticed throughout the speech. The way Vice President...

‘Then they came for me’

‘Then they came for me’

Adhiti Chundur, Beats Editor
January 19, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In response to the rise of Nazi  Germany, German pastor Martin Niemoller once said: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.     The...

Moving forward

Moving forward

Brooke Landrum, Print Editor-in-Chief
January 19, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Going to the doctor is nerve wracking, especially when you know something is wrong. However, there are things you never want or expect to hear at the age of 15; including, ‘you’ll live with this for the rest of your life.’ When, my doctor told me this I felt as though my world was coming crashing...

World travel changes perspective

World travel changes perspective

Emily Chien, Leaflet Designer/Writer
January 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Over a lifetime, being stuck in the same town with the same people and the same routine can become dull and unsatisfying for those seeking adventure. To break free from this, people oftentimes travel to other countries for the experience. When the words ‘me’ and ‘I’ become abundant, the importance...

Councious Costuming

Councious Costuming

Brooke Landrum, Print Editor-in-chief
December 17, 2015
Filed under Opinion

The over- sexualized children’s Halloween costumes available for children today is one of the most confusing and disturbing problems facing modern society. I am a devout and avid feminist; I fully support women accepting their bodies and exploring their sexuality. However, I think that age 10 is too...

Why canned food drives should not be promoted

Why canned food drives should not be promoted

Hajime Minoguchi, Staff Writer
December 11, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Hunger is a significant problem in countries all around the world. The United States often tries to solve this problem with canned food drives, but this is a terrible solution. There is a reason why out of 196 countries around the world, only the U.S. is the one so enthusiastic about canned food drives....

Nations should still welcome Syrian refugees

Nations should still welcome Syrian refugees

Hajime Minoguchi, Staff Writer
December 8, 2015
Filed under Opinion

On the evening of Nov. 13. 2015, Paris experienced an organized terrorist attack that was claimed to be done by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS. On Nov. 15., one of the eight terrorists were found with a passport linked to Syrian refugees. People are now aware and afraid ...

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