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Better never than late

Jake Hopkins, Opinion Editor

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Every morning before school, I wake up around 5:50 am, sit in bed for a few minutes, then roll over and turn off my six o’clock alarm before it goes off. That has been my schedule, my routine since sixth grade. Even on the weekends, I often find myself waking up around 6 a.m. and just laying in bed....

Liberty’s culture has a dark side

Nathan Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 19, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Liberty’s culture has an underlying competitiveness—both academically and athletically—that leads to people to overextend themselves and put them in a harmful situation (mentally, physically, or both). This needs to change, for the sake of every student. Liberty may have a reputation within the...

Loud test takers testing our patience

Alex Diamond, Senior Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Deep breath in, deep breath out. You got this. This timed write has nothing on you. You’re sure you understand everything Bradbury is saying in Fahrenheit 451. All you have to do is focus. Which would be easy if only the guy next to you would stop tapping out a beat with his pen like he’s Ringo Starr....

Studying with LibertyMathandStuff

Nathan Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 15, 2019


Filed under Opinion, What's Good?

The night before a big test can be a stressful one. You have no idea what’s going on and the clock is ticking. For most, they simply give up and go to bed. But those who study within the hallowed halls of room 5235, this is only the beginning. For Thomas Kennedy has a humble little Youtube channel (aptly named LibertyMathandStuff) that serves to help students revi...

Teach students to love learning, not testing

Allison Rafert, Opinion Editor

March 15, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Acquiring college credits, developing an overwhelming portfolio of advanced classes, and preparing for our post-high school lives are presented to us as the essential goals of our education from the minute we walk through Liberty’s doors as freshmen. We live in a very forward-thinking society, and...

Electives are just as important as core classes

Matthew Rubenstein, Online Editor

March 15, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Throughout our 12 years of mandatory school, our days have four constants: language arts, math, science, and social studies. They are called our core classes because they are what all our other classes build upon. But just because these “core” classes are seen as more important than all others doesn’t...

Starving for change: give science classes first lunch

Alex Diamond, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under Opinion

A brief apology to my seventh-period physics teacher, Mrs. Lin: I appreciate the work you do for me and my classmates, and I sincerely apologize for attempting to inhale a Nature Valley Oats and Honey granola bar while you were teaching about inertia. I understand that choking on oats in the back of...

Finding a middle ground for Liberty’s late work policy

Daniel Noble, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Finding the middle ground on late work policy A perfect formula exists, somewhere out there in the universe, for a late work policy. Teachers don’t have an endless pile of homework to grade, students get consistent feedback, and the homework load is predictable. This balance, however, eludes most...

Why learning music should matter

Lilianne Harris, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under Opinion

A lot of people I know have looked back on learning the recorder in fifth grade, and they’ve wondered why we all had that unit in the first place. It turns out, the reason why is because learning an instrument increases your mental capabilities across the board. Studies have demonstrated that learning...

Analyzing Amazon’s Actions

Analyzing Amazon’s Actions

December 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

Amazon’s recently exposed questionable practices have once again put them in public crosshairs. Their actions regarding the treatment of employees, overall corporate practices, and the effects of those actions have reignited the debate on whether their actions are justified or not.

Creating a sea of spirit

Creating a sea of spirit

Ashtyn Sakamoto, Staff Writer

December 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Painted faces. The victory cry. Patriots decked out in all their Liberty gear. There’s no feeling quite like being in the home stands at a Friday night football game, surrounded by a sea of blue. Why can’t we create this same feeling of unity at school? Spirit assemblies and spirit days are great...

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