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How America’s ‘fear culture’ disrupts the transition into adulthood

Jules Pung, Associate Editor April 7, 2021

I could still hear the distant boom of fireworks long after my parents had gone to bed. Despite the tensions surrounding the pandemic, my family’s New Year’s celebration was still filled with copious...

Dr. Suess, a beloved children’s author, has come under increased scrutiny for insensitive racial depictions.

Oh the Things That You’ll Find: Seuss scrutiny rocks Culture War

Jackson Nealis, Staff Writer March 23, 2021

When you opened up a classic Dr. Suess book as a kid, you probably were transported to a fun, wacky world where cats in hats turn up on rainy days and characters dine on green eggs and ham. However, Americans...

Art by: Evanthia Stirou.
Depicts the two main parties and a meek third party.

Third party voting is a waste

Caroline Pope, Staff Writer March 19, 2021

Voting for a third party candidate is throwing away your vote, but that’s only because the political climate in America has made it that way. Throughout American history, you can see party after party...

More time between the bells would mean more time to use the restroom, meet with friends, take a walk, and decompress.

Is the five-minute break between periods enough?

Joseph Salu, Staff Writer March 18, 2021

Picture this: It’s 8:45 AM and the bell just rang. You finish up your marine science class (yes, all the way by the McLewis Bayou), and you’re now expected to trek back to the far end of the upper...

An illustration of said chairs. As you can see, strands of hair get irksomely stuck in the bolts.

To all the hairs I’ve lost before

Evanthia Stirou, Creative Director February 2, 2021

You’re in Pre-Calculus. You sit down and recline against your chair, listening to Mrs. Springstead as she gives her lecture on logarithmic functions. Then, you lean forward to jot down something important...

Brady's Bucs faced the Washington Football Team in this year's Wild Card round.

Bring back late start for Super Bowl Monday

Sully Maley, Editor in Chief January 27, 2021

Every February, football fans across America spend the month’s first Sunday glued to their television screens taking in the year’s biggest game. Most fans watch out of appreciation for the game, but...

Jules Pung and Torin Culp earnestly studying for AP Exams.

Dear College Board

Lina Graf, Social Media Manager January 26, 2021

Dear College Board, Just to remind you: we became acquaintances in the eighth grade, friends in ninth and tenth, foes in eleventh, and I cut off our relationship in twelfth (no more SAT!) because...

This artwork by Evanthia Stirou depicts a potential campus pet!

Let’s get a campus pet

Joseph Salu, Staff Writer January 20, 2021

School is stressful, but it can be especially stressful during a worldwide pandemic. Although it can’t be done this year, I think there’s an easy solution to lower this pressure on students in the...

Perfection is stagnation: true or false? Let's talk about it.

The problem with perfectionism

Caroline Gans, Associate Editor January 19, 2021

High School promotes a certain sense of perfectionism. It's an environment where success is measured through concrete metrics: an A is good, an F is not. Therefore, for those who value success, grades...

Even though Christmas is the majority of Americans' favorite holiday, it might not actually be all it's cracked up to be.

Is Christmas overrated?

Caroline Gans, Associate Editor December 8, 2020

“This is what you do on your very first day in Paris. You get yourself some rain, not just a drizzle, but some honest-to-goodness rain. Then you find yourself someone really nice and drive her through...

Despite the popular opinion, what if 2020 was really a blessing in disguise?

2020 was a blessing, not a curse

Caroline Gans, Associate Editor November 16, 2020

The general consensus on the year of 2020 seems to be fairly straightforward: it hasn’t been good. In fact, so many bad things happened this year that it’s hard to remember them all. Aside from the...

English compared to then and now.  Art by Evanthia Stirou.

Ansley’s Column: Is English a dying language?

Ansley Morris, Senior Writer November 11, 2020

The English language is a beautiful thing. Or at least it was. Comparing my education experience from the early years (when we mostly learned from books and worksheets) to what's now a much more tech-centered...

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