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Birth control’s reputation isn’t always right

By: Alexia Orosco, Executive editor

May 19, 2014

We all know the girl who likes to party, drink every weekend and has a tendency of getting a little carried away with guys that don’t typically care for anything more than a one night stand. As if you don’t already think lowly of her, you find out she’s on birth control. Your immediate reaction...

Is reality really reality?

By: Alexia Orosco, Executive editor

May 19, 2014

    We all know and love the famous television shows where the drama and the relationships throughout each episode are what keeps us so intrigued. Reality T.V. is typically known for presenting unscripted situations, but some people are starting to believe that their life should be just like what the...

The abhorrent hand of domestic violence

The abhorrent hand of domestic violence

By: McKayla Helm, Executive editor

April 22, 2014

On Earth right now, there are about 62 million women who have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. According to a survey by European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), that’s about 33 percent of women who have had to suffer through some sort of bodily pain. I’m ...

Self worth decreasing throughout the years

By: Katrina Paulick, Editor

March 27, 2014

Morality was once held to such a standard that unethical actions weren’t accepted. Repercussions were taken more serious, and self worth was the way of one’s future. Over the years, these values have been lost. In a society where temptation is held above every teenagers head, staying on the “right”...

Is being “hovered” over a negative tactic?

Is being “hovered” over a negative tactic?

By: Austin Kintz, Editor

March 27, 2014

Parents should be there for their children. They transport them, provide food, take care of them and protect them. That is fine since the parents feel their child cannot handle responsibilities at a young age. Until the child becomes trustworthy enough, that parent will be heavily involved in their life. But...

The greatest American novels and why we hate them

The greatest American novels and why we hate them

By: Jack Coyle, Editor

March 14, 2014

According to Read Faster Reading Statistics, more than 1/3 of adults will never read another book after high school. Walk around any American high school and chances are that  complaints about the novels being read in English class will come from the mouths of students. Looking at an average high school’...

Effects of divorce on teenagers

By: McKayla Helm, Executive editor

March 14, 2014

In June 2013, it was discovered that divorce could affect children at young ages and inhibit them from developing secure relationships with their parents later in life, according to the Huffington Post. It’s long been discussed what the effects are that separation has on kids, ranging from depress...

Friend-zoned: the end of your relationship (Guy perspective)

Friend-zoned: the end of your relationship (Guy perspective)

By: Jack Coyle, Editor

March 13, 2014

The biggest relationship issue of our generation, covered on major sites such as Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary and even MTV’s Girl Code, is getting friend-zoned, and is something most teens try to avoid. According to Urban Dictionary, getting friendzoned is “What you attain after you fail to impress...

Friend-zoned: the end of your relationship (Girl perspective)

Friend-zoned: the end of your relationship (Girl perspective)

By: Alexia Orosco, Executive Editor

March 13, 2014

“He’s like a brother to me!” That is the infamous, dreadful phrase that no guy wants to hear a girl say. All the signs are there: she’s constantly flirty using googly eyed faces and heart emojis when she texts you, wants to hangout all the time and acts as if you’re more than friends, and...

Chicago Gang Violence Fueled by Rap Music and Social Media

By: Jack Coyle, Editor

March 4, 2014

   Chicago is known to all by many nicknames, including The Second City, The Windy City, and most recently Chiraq. The nickname was given to the infamous city after an astonishing statement was released stating that in 2013, Chicago had 419 gang related deaths, which was more than the total number...

The business behind Christmas

By: Krisitn Staub, Executive editor

January 24, 2014

With the holiday season upon us once again, festive morale is at an all time high. Children are eagerly composing their lists for Santa and lulling off with the sweet thought of waking up on Christmas morning to find their wishes granted and the sparkle in their eye resembles that of the new fallen snow. Parents...

Our view: homework

By: Jarod Erlandson, Editor

January 24, 2014

  Over the years, the debate of whether or not homework has a positive or negative affect towards students has intensified. Even with the positives of having homework, the downfall is too great to be ignored. The nights where teenagers stay up too late and become stressed over homework has...

Is the United States still the greatest nation? Pros

Is the United States still the greatest nation? Pros

By: Michelle McCracken, Executive Editor

January 24, 2014

America: The land of free, home of the brave. There could not be a more accurate description of the country. From the powerful Maine waves to the sweltering summers in Phoenix, it’s safe to say that the US has a culture full of the diversity that makes America what the Founding Fathers had in mind. But...

Is the United States still the greatest nation? Cons

Is the United States still the greatest nation? Cons

By: Jack Coyle, Editor

January 24, 2014

The red, white and blue are proud and noble people, but is that justified? With our continually declining academic, political, environmental and military standards, what do we as Americans really have to be proud of anymore? There is almost no fact to claim that we are the greatest country in the world. Americans...

Hannah Montana to the “Queen of Twerk”

By: By Courtney Diddell, Executive Editor

November 1, 2013

After cutting her hair to feel more like herself, reporters, blogs such as Global Grind and fans related Miley Cyrus to Britney Spears. Why is society looking up to celebrities as idols when they are just regular individuals with a known talent? Miley Cyrus is not Hannah Montana anymore. She hasn’t...