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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 Some information may be outdated or inaccurate as a result.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,...

Students should receive weight of class if changed for following year’s class

Students should receive weight of class if changed for following year’s class

Kiersten Riedford

March 20, 2020

Disheartened. That was the emotion the students in my Accounting I class and I felt last year after we were told the following year’s (this year’s) class would be counted as a dual-credit course. I can still remember the students in the class immediately asking, “Why can’t we get the credit ...

It’s past time to retire word ‘retard,’ embrace those with differences

It’s past time to retire word ‘retard,’ embrace those with differences

Emily Sandy

March 20, 2020

In seventh grade, I came home to the yells of my sister who was screaming to my mom that someone at school called her a “retard.” My sister, who has special needs, was clearly upset by the fact that someone said that and it affected her day at school and how she would continue to lead her life. Thi...

Restrictive bathroom policies are inhumane, should be reconsidered for student benefit

Restrictive bathroom policies are inhumane, should be reconsidered for student benefit

Hannah Gretz

March 20, 2020

There are two words every student loves to hear: extra credit. Whether it be in the form of an activity, a worksheet or consistent attendance, I’ve never come across a classmate who does not appreciate it. However, I find myself confused and frustrated at one particular policy many teachers implement...

General public should treat celebrities as humans, should not subject them to bullying

General public should treat celebrities as humans, should not subject them to bullying

Wendy Zhu

March 20, 2020

Earlier this year, Taylor Swift released the documentary “Miss Americana,” a film detailing her life over the past few years. In the documentary, Swift opens up about the hate she received in 2016 following a feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. “#TaylorSwiftIsOverParty was the number one trend...

Family vacations create lasting memories, bring families closer together

Family vacations create lasting memories, bring families closer together

Kris Otten

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,...

With March recognized as Music in Our Schools Month, students should appreciate music educators’ efforts of maintaining developed performing arts programs

With March recognized as Music in Our Schools Month, students should appreciate music educators’ efforts of maintaining developed performing arts programs

Natalie Khamis

February 21, 2020

Within the realm of music education, March is known as Music in Our Schools Month. According to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), this month-long initiative is dedicated to raise awareness for the importance of performing arts education in schools across the country. As a member of the orchest...

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...

Confrontation is oftentimes unnecessary, people should reassess conflict before being upfront

Confrontation is oftentimes unnecessary, people should reassess conflict before being upfront

Leah Tan

February 21, 2020

When in an argument with a friend, I always make a conscious decision to take a step back and reassess the situation. In doing so, I often find many of the issues I was concerned over were small and petty, making me ask myself the following question: how much messier would the situation be if I confront...

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...

Conflict, confrontation are healthy, allow people to stand up for themselves

Conflict, confrontation are healthy, allow people to stand up for themselves

Sowmya Chundi

February 21, 2020

Growing up, I always thought the right thing to do in any argument was to be diplomatic and maintain the peace. I was shy and quiet and avoided any sort of argument like the plague. Honestly, I remember feeling neglected and ignored by people, but rather than voicing my concerns, I kept letting it slide...