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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


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 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 ...

Favorites for reading about past

Favorites for reading about past

Allyson Bonhaus, Feature Chief

May 4, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Here is a list of (in my opinion) great historical fiction books. However, some of these books were recommended from friends and I have not read them yet. Warning: the books are varying levels of difficulty and require different levels of maturity due to the seriousness of some of the grave situations...

New money, no problems

New money, no problems

Adhiti Chundur, Beats Editor

April 27, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced on Apr. 20 that former president Andrew Jackson will be replaced on the $20 by Harriet Tubman. Tubman will be the first person of color- male or female- on US currency. This representation is a significant step forward for our country. The irony is not lost. A...

Pushing limit on dress code

Pushing limit on dress code

Alex Karev, Opinion Editor

April 25, 2016


Filed under Opinion

As we begin to move into the warmer months, a prevailing question is that of what to wear. During winter we do not have as many choices as we currently do. Typically during the cooler months, students dress with more layers of clothing to keep warm. Boys, usually, will wear jeans, khakis, or sweatpants...

Hamilton turns tide

Hamilton turns tide

Yasmine Guedira, News Chief

April 22, 2016


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Music is a powerful force in our world. It can influence people and spread a message like nothing else can. The new Broadway musical Hamilton fits this description perfectly. Recently, Hamilton has released a casting information notice confirming that they will only accept non-white actors for auditi...

Are ‘Bernie-bros’ bad for democracy?

Are ‘Bernie-bros’ bad for democracy?

Claire Lefton, A&E Chief

April 21, 2016


Filed under Opinion

All politicians are human beings. Be they scientists, teachers, or presidential candidates, all people are imperfect. Why are so many political activists forgetting that? Before supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders are directly addressed, it is important to note that advocacy for him is understan...

Risk of doing nothing

Risk of doing nothing

Sarah Horne, Broadcast Editor in Chief

March 18, 2016


Filed under Opinion

  According to CNN, more than three million people die prematurely each year due to overexposure to air pollution. The burning of fossil fuel is the largest contributor to the world’s threatening climate change.   The negative impacts of burning fossil fuels instead of using alternate reusable...

Daycare or presidential debate?

Daycare or presidential debate?

Claire Lefton, A&E Chief

March 11, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Politics have never been the most wholesome or friendly practice, but the 2016 presidential race has really pushed the limits on how unwholesome and unfriendly politics can really be. In the most recent Republican debate on March 3, the candidates bragged about the size of their genitalia, shamelessly...

Athletes proving bad role models

Athletes proving bad role models

Lauren Kurtzer, Associate Editor

March 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The drama of Peyton Manning’s alleged sexual assault shows just how little we know about athletes and why we should not look up to them as role models. Even though there is social media and up-to-date news with the Internet, athletes that we love can and do hide part of their lives from the publi...

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