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The ongoing war over trans bathroom rights

Wyatt Waters, Opinion Editor
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Bathrooms, for most people, serve only to satiate a very specific need, and little more. They are not battlegrounds, warzones, nor points of contention. For transgender individuals, however, the opposite is true, for the right of these individuals to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with...

Beef: Touchy-feely people

Chloe Winn, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

You are sitting at the lunch table when all of a sudden you feel a pair of arms constrict you and a voice say, “Guess who?”. You muster the inner strength to not slap their arms away and remind them for the umpteenth time that you do not want a hug. Another time you are talking to someone, and they...

Beef: Unhooked on desk hooks

Tatum Lindquist, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

You make your way to your desk, stressing over the loads of homework looming over you. You go to sit down and hang up your backpack on the desk’s fabulous desk hooks, but inevitably your backpack plummets to the filthy floor. No, you did not drop your backpack, but rather it appears your teacher has...

Credit for creativity: athletes of the arts

Soraya Marashi, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

A rigorous audition process, competitive call backs, and four grueling months of blood, sweat, and hoarse voices – all in the name of the arts. The students in the Drama department, namely, those who participate in the fall play or spring musical, spend about 15 hours or so a week rehearsing, not...

The importance of asking for help

Mehul Krishna, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Imagine sitting there stuck on your Of Mice and Men essay. You are confused with Steinbeck’s deeper meaning and unsure how accurate your analysis is. You just feel that your essay is a mess. You want to ask for help, but you know you need to master these skills on your own. If you ask for help, you...

What’s good: lockers relieve our load

Mehul Krishna, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

High school students have basically become camels. We are bogged down, carrying so many items, that we have become beasts of burden. First, we have our backpacks. Then we have our heavy textbooks to cram for next test. Then you have your sports clothes and equipment for your after-school sports. Only,...

Valuing the freedom of the press

Tatum Lindquist, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Horror stories of the Orwellian Ministry of Truth may seem unrealistic, but with communication technology on the rise, information—true and false—overwhelms our thoughts and inboxes. How many of us stop to appreciate the freedom of press? Does the public even recognize journalism’s importance anymore? Whether...

What’s good: Kahoot-making reviewing fun

Bridget Ury, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Your shaky finger hovers over your phone waiting for the choices to appear on the screen. The apprehensive music fills your soul and makes your heart beat faster. You read the question and know you know the answer. The second the shapes appear on screen you tap the triangle, confident in your choice....

How our heroes change

Chloe Winn, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Admit it, you were a pretty shallow kid; we all were. Unfortunately, some of us still are. As young children a lot of us valued much different things than we do now. A prime example is who we looked up to, people we thought were heroes. Not the ones in capes, but the ones you wanted to grow up and be...

What is it like to be a conservative at Liberty?

Sabrina Suen, Opinion Editor
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I’ll be honest, I’m not a conservative. I’m not even a moderate. I’m a bleeding-heart liberal, and anyone who’s ever had a conversation about politics with me, or read one of my articles can attest to that. In my 12 years of public education, the only time I’ve ever cried in front of my peers...

From grassroots to government

Nicole Leung, Creative Director
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Billionaires, multinational corporations, mega interest groups, and high-powered executives: these are the quintessential sources of political corruption. They employ arguably one of the most demonized professions in politics: lobbyists. And I’m one of them. Except I’m the unpaid kind, an average...

Cheating: why do we do it?

Soraya Marashi, Senior Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

We all know the routine. One daring student sneaks a picture of the anxiously awaited-for exam after the teacher does phone checks. After the test, that student then sends it off to every person in their contact list, who then all get As after finding a Quizlet with the correct answers to it online -...

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