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Managing Editor Karen Zhang gives advice to underclassmen about high school

Managing Editor Karen Zhang gives advice to underclassmen about high school

Karen Zhang

May 21, 2020

Dear underclassmen, I’m a senior, and as you probably all know, the last two months of my high school career have disappeared, just like that. There are a couple of things I regret not doing—going to prom, watching Holiday Spectacular, being in the pit for the spring musical—but really, I c...

Biggest takeaways from COVID-19 pandemic as a high school senior

Biggest takeaways from COVID-19 pandemic as a high school senior

Angela Li

April 25, 2020

I can’t believe it’s been over six weeks since our last day of school, as this whole situation still seems so surreal at times.  I’ve been wanting to write this for weeks now, but honestly, was never able to form a cohesive message. It is truly hard to believe in the matter of weeks, COVID-19 ...

“Essential workers” continually put their lives at risk during current pandemic

“Essential workers” continually put their lives at risk during current pandemic

Tessa Collinson

April 11, 2020

After my workplace, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, closed the dining room, my first shift back was beyond weird. Everything seemed normal. I walked in to work and everyone continued to act as per usual: joking with each other and trading stories from the past few days. We all got a go...

New AP exams designed in light of COVID-19 too short to effectively test material

New AP exams designed in light of COVID-19 too short to effectively test material

Rhea Acharya

April 9, 2020

In the past month, so many aspects of my life have changed.  The latest change? A few days ago I got more information on how my 6 AP exams would look this year. Instead of seeing information about multiple short answer questions for each subject that would aim to test both depth and breadth of unde...

Big cat owners in Netflix series “Tiger King” don’t have resources to care for animals, let drama in way of operations

Big cat owners in Netflix series

Maddie Kosc

April 5, 2020

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve been spending your quarantine keeping up with the latest Netflix releases and enjoying them with friends on Netflix Party. After scrolling through countless social media posts tagged #freeJoeExotic, I finally caved and decided to watch what had been the #1 r...

COVID-19 proves how fluid life is, how much we take for granted

COVID-19 proves how fluid life is, how much we take for granted

Natalie Khamis

March 26, 2020

There were a lot of things I looked forward to my senior year of high school: making every day seem like the weekend, dancing at prom, playing my heart out on the ISSMA competition stage and wearing the blue cap and gown. I had spent the first three years of high school strung up about academics, wi...

In light of local, global outbreaks, administration must take steps to make school safer

In light of local, global outbreaks, administration must take steps to make school safer

March 20, 2020

The information in this issue—originally scheduled for publication on March 20—was written and produced prior to news regarding school cancellation from the COVID-19 virus. Some information may be outdated or inaccurate as a result. Student staff members worked hard to produce this content and,...

COVID-19 is a nightmare and I can’t wake up

Editor in Chief Da-Hyun Hong (second from left) spends time with her friends before the COVID-19 situation.

Da-Hyun Hong

March 19, 2020

I’m writing this at 1:36 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, and I’ve just gotten news that Gov. Holcomb declared all Indiana schools to remain closed until May 1. Maybe I’m just emotional, but my heart is broken. We all made jokes last Friday, telling each other “Enjoy your coronacation!” and “I...

People should take COVID-19 situation seriously by practicing social distancing

People should take COVID-19 situation seriously by practicing social distancing

Wendy Zhu

March 18, 2020

For the past few days, my social media feed has been completely flooded with posts about COVID-19. From people joking about cheap flight prices to memes about online classes, it’s clear that humor has been an important coping mechanism for many—including myself—who are dealing with these less tha...

Spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) does not excuse increased racist behaviors, anti-Chinese sentiment

Spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) does not excuse increased racist behaviors, anti-Chinese sentiment

Karen Zhang

February 21, 2020

As an introvert, I have always been aware of the times when I have cleared my throat in a silent room or coughed more than two times in a single class period. But now, as a person of Chinese descent, I have been even more aware of every sneeze, cleared throat or cough in a public setting. While here at this s...

Continued presence of skinny mirrors in clothing stores is inconsistent with body positivity movement

Continued presence of skinny mirrors in clothing stores is inconsistent with body positivity movement

Rhea Acharya

February 21, 2020

As a teenage girl, I’ve experienced varying levels of comfort in my own skin. But for the most part, through the positive rhetoric circulating beauty standards in today’s world, I’ve grown to love how I look and be happy with who I am. Recently I was shopping for clothes at Clay Terrace, and I no...