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Ace Bell meeting proves failure

Lila Englander, Assignment Editor

November 6, 2014


Filed under Opinion

It’s easy to criticize efforts to discuss diversity in a meaningful manner. It’s not an easy topic to handle. But what transpired in today’s Ace Bell was unacceptable. Diversity is not about difference in favorite foods. Diversity is not eating Chipotle. Seeking a token black friend does not...

Weekend in ‘the real world’ of business

Weekend in ‘the real world’ of business

Tori Swart

November 5, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

When my mom told me about the URAssociation (URA) business conference she would attend in Washington, D.C., I immediately asked if I could accompany her for the sole reason of traveling for a weekend. I expected to tag along in the car, sleep many hours and maybe join my mom for one boring, monotonic...

Baseball’s playoffs fading fast

Baseball’s playoffs fading fast

Joshua Patterson, Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Sports

Major League Baseball has captivated fans since 1869 and grown into a billion dollar business. Unlucky for them it has started going in the opposite direction. In 2003, baseball viewership for Fox was above 3.37 million viewers; that number has dropped to 2.5 million viewers in 2012. The same for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball ...

NFL scandal asks what counts as child abuse

NFL scandal asks what counts as child abuse

Joshua Patterson, Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Sports

Adrian Peterson has recently come under extreme scrutiny from the public and national media about the incident involving his four-year-old son, in which he hit the child with a switch. a small tree branch, leaving bruises and scars across the child’s lower body. He has since been indicted by a gr...

Bill Simmons suspended for calling Goodell a liar

Bill Simmons suspended for calling Goodell a liar

Joshua Patterson, Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Bill Simmons is an ESPN columnist, podcast host, NBA analyst and editor-in-chief of ESPN-owned Grantland.com who was suspended on Sept. 24, 2014 for comments he made on his podcast calling Roger Goodell a liar. “Goodell, if he didn't know what was on that tape, he's a liar, I'm just saying it. He is lying...

Pep rally returns spirit to Sycamore

Pep rally returns spirit to Sycamore

Madeline Schramm, Staff Writer

October 20, 2014


Filed under Opinion

A new school year and principal has brought banned spirit events back to life. And Friday’s pep rally was proof of this change. With grade competition events throughout the week and fun ways to donate money for the school, the old ways are being thrown out and replaced or welcomed back by new ones. Before...

Guide to non-offensive Halloween costumes

Guide to non-offensive Halloween costumes

Anthony Popenoe

October 20, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Celebrities and ordinary people are criticized every year for offensive costume choices. It is an issue that comes up yearly around Halloween. Last year, Julianne Hough made news for her "Orange Is The New Black" costume, which featured her wearing blackface—black face paint imitating the skin of blac...

Attack of flu season

Attack of flu season

Melinda Looney Ho

October 15, 2014


Filed under Opinion

The windows start to frost over and you get the sniffles. Do you know what time of year it is? It is the flu season. Flu season starts early Oct. and can last as late as May. Despite this, we may be questioning why to get a flu shot. “I believe the flu shot is important so you can prevent getting...

Accelerating too quickly ?

Accelerating too quickly ?

Emily Tyler, Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Opinion

A fast-paced read is a common characteristic of Advanced Placement and accelerated classes. Reading a book slowly is considered an academic learning environment by the upper level teachers and students. However, as the students learn to look for more things in literature such as symbolism, figurative...

Social media, school amping up blockage

Social media, school amping up blockage

Max Fritzhand, Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Opinion

SHS has made new adjustments to the internet. The Administration blocked a very large array of websites such as: Pandora, Netflix, and Facebook. This is not right for the school to do this. Students actually use the blocked websites for educational purposes and even schoolwork. Lets face it, students...

Ray Rice case crosses a line

Ray Rice case crosses a line

Joshua Patterson, Staff Writer

September 19, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

There are certain things no man should ever do and one of those is lay their hands on a woman. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punched through that line on Feb. 15, 2013, when he hit his then fiancée, Janay Palmer, in the head, knocking her unconscious in an elevator at an Atlantic City casi...

Sophomores ‘don’t put a ring on it’

Sophomores ‘don’t put a ring on it’

Emily Tyler

September 19, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Class rings were one of the most important high school mementos to our parents. They are more important than the prom dresses moms have sealed in boxes in the attic or the leather jackets dads wore with pride. However, traditions have drastically changed. As the opportunity has rolled around to order...

The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
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