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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...

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...

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