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The teachers’ dilemma: should they express their own viewpoints?

Sabrina Suen, Staff Writer
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The teacher’s dilemma: should they express their own viewpoints? It’s not surprising that most teachers tiptoe around sensitive topics. Whether it is the wrath of parents or the fear of offending the students or perhaps even the beady eyes of administration that holds them back, teachers generally...

Keep homework out of elementary schools

McKenzie Fysh, Staff Writer
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Multiplication tables in preschool? AP Chemistry textbooks in lieu of Barney storybooks? Not quite, but this type of high pressure attitude seems to be the direction in which our schools are heading. When I look back on my childhood, I recall fond memories of going on playdates, discovering my love of...

I tried the SNAP challenge; it’s not a snap

Christina Tuttle, Staff Writer
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

For $28, you can purchase two movie tickets, five Starbucks Frappuccinos, or three combo meals from Ezell’s. But an entire week’s worth of food? I was skeptical. So, I tried it: I lived off the same amount of money that I would receive for food if I were eligible for SNAP benefits. First of all,...

Winter, we want snow!

Tyra Christopherson, Opinion Editor
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s all over the news: a HUGE blizzard has swept through town, leaving four and a half feet of snow piled up in fluffy pillow-like mounds. The white sparkling powder cushions the landscape in a thick blanket of tranquility, covering rooftops and treetops. School was oh-so-tragically cancelled, leaving...

Liberty students deserve a lit stage to rehearse on

William Wick, Staff Writer
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s fourth period and Chamber Strings is in the midst of a fermata: bow arms are outstretched, the volume is at a forté, and everyone on stage looks to Dalpez for when to end the chord. Suddenly, the lights in the PAC shut off, as musicians are left in a sea of black penetrated only by a lone ghost...

Running Start is not for everyone

William Wick, Staff Writer
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Amidst concerns for the growing cost of college, the Bellevue College Running Start program has seen impressive growth. In fact, 129 students at Liberty enrolled in it this year, a 42% rise from last year. While this program is clearly popular, it is likely not the best decision for college bound juniors...

Exercise your right to vote this season–or else

Lorrin Johnson, Editor-in-chief
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

We can all agree that teenagers think a bit differently than our grandparents, correct? While our grandparents may be concerned about retirement, many of us are trying to scrape together the money to attend college. So if we know that as teens we have different priorities than the older population, why...

Should the Pledge of Allegiance be in schools?

Tyra Christopherson and Sabrina Suen
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Pro-Pledge: For most American students, the Pledge of Allegiance is as second nature as brushing their teeth or saying their name. This honorary gesture to this nation we call home has become a familiar and often times tedious morning routine that is drilled into us from the time we’re kindergartners....

Steve Harvey is only human

Sean Bates, Senior Writer
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s finally the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Eighty women have been working hard to reach the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, and the competition came down to two distinct finalists, Miss Columbia and Miss Philippines. The glorious competition had reached its climax, as host Steve Harvey was to...

I found the happiest people living in poverty

McKenzie Fysh, Staff Writer
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

This Christmas, I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa with my family and see the land where my dad’s side of the family grew up. Throughout the fun-filled three weeks, I never guessed that I would visit a place that would impact me so significantly. I learned that I needed to count my blessings...

Your annoying vegan friend is probably onto something

Lorrin Johnson, Editor-in-chief
February 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

“Don’t you miss meat?” “How are you going to get enough protein?” For the past ten years, I have faced a barrage of questions—and dirty looks— each time I inform someone that I don’t eat meat. Recently I’ve had the joy of facing even more questioning as I’ve made the switch from...

Tania Nambo: flying high over the stress of life

Wyatt Waters, Staff Writer
February 26, 2016
Filed under Focus

Imagine standing high above a sea of people, with blindingly bright lights focused on you. You take a deep breathe to appease your ever-mounting nerves, and present a jubilant smile to the crowd. Then, without further ado, you leap from the platform with trapeze in hand, and quickly those countless hours...

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