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Families on their phones

Aria Soeprono, Opinion Editor

June 2, 2017


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Heads down, earbuds in, voices off. Walking into your favorite restaurant, there is no cacophony of voices and conversations; it is silent. The only sound reaching your ear is the clang of dishes in the back and the sound of the restaurant staff calling orders. The strangers posing as families surrounding...

Bathroom passes should not be extra credit

Aria Soeprono, Opinion Editor

June 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It’s nearing the end of the semester, and your grade is teetering dangerously close to the edge. It seems hopeless! What will you do if you can’t get your grade up by 0.01%? Suddenly, you realize that you have held in your pee the entire year and your valiant efforts have finally paid off! You can...

The art of Creative Writing

Tatum Lindquist, Opinion Editor

June 2, 2017


Filed under What's Good?

Art—the expression of emotion through creative mediums. Traditionally, the word “art” triggers images of painters, dancers, photographers, and musicians, but one artist tends to remain forgotten: the writer. The idea, the style, the voice—all components of a story must interact in order for...

Teachers who hole-punch your papers

Aria Soeprono, Opinion Editor

June 2, 2017


Filed under What's Good?

When did your teachers stop handing out pre-hole punched assignments? Maybe for you this significant milestone of life has not yet been reached. If that is the case, take some time today to appreciate your papers that can be immediately put into your binder with no extra effort of using the 3-hole punch....

Eight periods are better than six

Aria Soeprono, Opinion Editor

June 2, 2017


Filed under What's Good?

Patriots rejoice! Although many people are quick to criticize the A/B schedule with eight classes a year, it actually provides a distinct advantage to us students. Yes, it can be overwhelming at times, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. It gives us a chance to explore our interests through more...

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...

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