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BP Profile: Too hyped for Christmas Kid

March 27, 2017


Filed under Backpage, Backpage Profile

They smell you before they see you walking in the hallway. Wearing your grandma’s ugly sweater that survived in the closet three generations too long and exerting the light scent of peppermint, you pass them by. When they turn their heads around ready to shush the annoying noise behind them during...

BP Profile: Never Actually Awake Kid

March 27, 2017


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New Years is a time to make resolutions for the upcoming year, but many people don’t end up following through. Here at the Backpage we have predicted how Liberty student’s resolutions will go: I want to save my money: On January 1, looking at the grand total of $26.31 in your wallet, you vow...

Predictions for 2017 Resolutions

Adam Flash, Backpage Editor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Backpage

New Years is a time to make resolutions for the upcoming year, but many people don’t end up following through. Here at the Backpage we have predicted how Liberty student’s resolutions will go: I want to save my money: On January 1, looking at the grand total of $26.31 in your wallet, you vow...

Political protests surge as the election sweeps through America

Press Perspective, Opinion Editor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

The Situation So Far On November 9, a change of colossal proportions struck The United States. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in what has been called the greatest upset in modern political history, won enough electoral votes to secure the presidency instead of the expected winner,...

How to participate in serious class discussion: with empathy

Annabelle Smith, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Racism. Religious beliefs. Sexual assault. Depression. Suicide. Over the course of high school, the books we read in English classes expose us to some heavy topics. From the tense discussions of the realities of racism with To Kill a Mockingbird freshman year to Holden Caulfield’s traumatic past in...

Marijuana: a crucial matter of the mind

Wyatt Waters, Opinion Editor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Everyone’s heard something outlandish about marijuana before. “You can’t get addicted to it,” someone might claim, or “It’s safe because it’s legalized.” Regardless of the specific myth, many teens buy into gross misconceptions about using and consuming marijuana or other cannabis products....

Sibling preferences create an unequal learning environment

Annabelle Smith, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I used to have a brother. Before he moved schools, teachers and older students would look at me with a knowing eye, saying, “You’re Ben’s sister?” I reveled in how my older brother’s friends knew my name, and I was blessed to know the truth about future teachers, classes and what school would...

How my brother gave me a headstart

Karinn Sytsma, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Oh, are you Trevor’s sister?” or “Sytsma? You must be Trevor’s little sister,” are the most common phrases I hear every year as teachers take roll for the first time. But these questions and comments don’t bring me down or make me angry like you might expect, because my brother’s attendance...

Beef: the diagonal speed bump of doom

Reegan Weber, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The diagonal speed bump in the front parking lot causes nothing but misery for all drivers who notice their car rocketing into the sky four times instead of twice, as each individual wheel clunks into the bump. Although the intention of a school speed bump is safety, I can only wonder why on earth a...

Beef: It’s Wednesday, sigh and cry

Jency Clement, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In the middle of a long, boring class, you glance at the clock. It’s 2:15 p.m. Almost time to go home. You begin to pack up. Then your friend says, “What are you doing? School ends at 3:35. It’s a Wednesday.” You groan; you have more than a hour left until you can go home. And then, you realize...

Thank you, Madame President

Sabrina Suen, Opinion Editor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I was in the fourth grade when you lost the Democratic nomination in 2008. At the time, I was still too young to understand the magnitude of your accomplishment, how you had gotten closer to the highest office in the world than any woman before you. I didn’t understand the boundaries that you broke...

What’s good: the printer that deserves our praise

Annabelle Smith, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It is black, plastic, and incredibly chunky. It is a sturdy collection of innumerable sheets of paper, bottomless pots of ink, and smooth, lustrous edges. It is faster than a speeding racecar, more trustworthy than gravity, and has been used more frequently than you use Snapchat while “studying.”...

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