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Mascots: Friend or Foe

Mascots: Friend or Foe

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 25, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Some people say to grab life by the horn, but for the University of Texas at Austin’s mascot, longhorn Bevo XV, that is not a wise idea. At the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, Bevo tried to attack the University of Georgia’s mascot, a bulldog named UGA, during a photo opportunity. Besides hooking a photographer ...

Trump’s Effect On Schools

Trump’s Effect On Schools

Gelila Negesse, Reporter

January 23, 2019


Filed under Opinion

It seems that almost every day President Trump says something completely outrageous that catches daily news feeds. However, after the constant hate crimes and attempted attacks that seemed to be fueled by his hate speech, there has been a shift in politics and even in how Americans interact with eac...

The Moral Obligation to Give Gifts This Christmas

The Moral Obligation to Give Gifts This Christmas

Gabriella Rodriguez-Sanchez, Reporter

November 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Giving gifts to my family is a dilemma for me. I have a family split by literal barriers like oceans and emotional ones like divorce. Although the moral of gift-giving may not be what many people usually think about when the holidays come around, I feel like it’s a worthy topic that impacts many people ...

Picturing New Achievements

Picturing New Achievements

Litzy Casas, Reporter

November 1, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Music, News, Showcase

Vogue is a fashion and lifestyle magazine that began as a weekly newspaper in 1892, and became a monthly publication in 1973.  Photographers and models are selected for every monthly issue, but it was not until September 2018 that Vogue had a black photographer shoot the cover featuring the star, B...

The Skinny on Diet Culture

The Skinny on Diet Culture

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Social media platforms have played a big part in spreading new diet trends. Some diets claim a certain outcome and advertise their diet as a solution for weight loss. Some celebrities even endorse them and promote their results. However, many of these diets don’t promote well-balanced eating. People...

The Marginal Cost of iPads

The Marginal Cost of iPads

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It’s the beginning of the school year, which means new teachers, new classes and new rules. This year, it also means students are required to pay $25 for their iPads. According to the district’s website, this fee is used for program costs, like iPad repairs. However, if students break or lose...

The Drawbacks of Standardized Testing

The Drawbacks of Standardized Testing

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

One of the first steps of a college application is a student’s submission of their SAT or ACT tests. Both the SAT and ACT are designed to test students’ knowledge over skills that colleges deem useful. Though colleges claim the tests even out the playing field for applicants, there have been deb...

The New Face of Royalty

The New Face of Royalty

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding took place on May 19, in the United Kingdom. This union was a sign of change for the royal family due to factors like Markle’s nationality, race and former marital status, which contrast from past royals. The couple, however, has been praised for choosing l...

Representation for the People

Representation for the People

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

President Trump has been in office for more than a year, but we are still hearing about more scandals in the White House. As the Supreme Court calls in members of Trump’s campaign, it leaves the public wondering how many secrets are going to spill out of the White House. How can we trust the government...

Unmasking Terrorism Fears

Unmasking Terrorism Fears

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In the wake of numerous terrorist attacks, some people are having a hard time enjoying public activities and travel out of fear that they will be in a unsafe situation. This even has some questioning if they should partake in these activities. However, they should not be scared to enjoy themselves because...

Brewing up a Ruling

Brewing up a Ruling

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As a result of recent studies linking acrylamide, a chemical produced when coffee beans are roasted, to cancer, a California judge ruled on March 29, that coffee must come with a cancer warning label. The ruling comes from a lawsuit filed by the Council for Education and Research on Toxics in 2010. Sta...

The Myths of Fake News

The Myths of Fake News

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Over the past year, the phrase fake news has been heard time and time again. President Donald Trump first used this phrase in his campaign as a response to deny claims about him that the press released, the most notable ones about his relations with Russia. It seems as if today’s society believes it’s...