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The Stranglehold of Social Media

The Stranglehold of Social Media

Markus Albihn, Front Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Columns, Showcase

Within the age of likes, friends, followers, and favorites, social media has developed an uncompromising grasp upon news, opinion, and any semblance of individuality. One attends the assembly of opinion within the Twitterverse and logs off attaining an amalgamated view upon the world.   Not on...

Sherlock Returns For The Last Time

Sherlock Returns For The Last Time

Melissa Rodriguez
January 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, Media&Arts, Showcase

Sherlock welcomes the new year with a new season. Previously elongating the wait for season 4 past a year, the series is finally back on our screens, and possibly for the last time. Returning a year after their Christmas special, "The Abominable Bride," the new season includes new mysteries, new clu...

Voting for the first time

Voting for the first time

Zach Saldivar, Online Manager
November 17, 2016
Filed under Columns, Showcase

As a first-time voter, there is some uncertainty as to what voting is like. Is it glamorous? Does it fill you with patriotism? I would say no to the former, and yes to the latter. I voted at a local elementary school, it was around 4:00 PM, a quiet afternoon, there was only one other man voting there...

Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Change?

Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Change?

Markus Albihn, Front Page Editor
November 3, 2016
Filed under Columns, Editor's Picks, Uncategorized

Change, by definition, is "the act or instance of making or becoming different." The biggest fear for a lot of people is change (the fear of change is called "Metathesiophobia"). These people are otherwise comfortable in their concurrent lives of incessant drollness. I was one of these people for quite...

The Courage it Takes to Follow Your Heart

The Courage it Takes to Follow Your Heart

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor
June 7, 2016
Filed under Columns, Feature, Showcase

  The most important lessons we learn in life are often in the beginning, rather than the end.   We learn about ourselves and who we want to become.  We also learn that who we want to become isn’t always how we will end up, and we don’t have to be the same as those around us.  We are all ...

Lessons Learned from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”

Lessons Learned from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor
April 8, 2016
Filed under Columns, Media&Arts, Showcase

Every family is unique in its own ridiculous ways.  That ridiculousness was captured perfectly in the 2002 romantic comedy, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”  Even if you’re not Greek, you will still laugh at the exaggerated story of a Greek family’s interference when Toula Portokalos marries the...

In Defense of Fear

In Defense of Fear

Sarah Davenport, Staff Writer
March 29, 2016
Filed under Columns, Showcase

While fear at times can awaken one's senses and cause a person to perform amazing feats, most would agree that the feeling fear brings is quite unpleasant. Certain people fear specific things and cope with it differently, but one factor remains universal: people want to avoid fear at all costs. Fear...

Memoirs of a Coffee Night Performer

Michael Hill, Music Editor
March 12, 2016
Filed under Columns, Music, Showcase

  I walk in to Coffee Night and scanned the crowd. It was as hectic and enthralling as ever; nothing has changed. The crew to Coffee Night are still scattered across the cafeteria, borderline talking to other crew members. You can never get a full sentence out of them because of how fast they...

Sweet Seventeen

Sweet Seventeen

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor
March 10, 2016
Filed under Columns, Showcase

In twenty-two states, seventeen-year-old citizens can vote in primaries, provided that they will be eighteen by the general election in November.  California is not one of those states. Of course, this election differs substantially from previous years.  Many would argue that there are no strong...

Suit Up

Suit Up

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor
February 3, 2016
Filed under Columns, Style

I have a Speech and Debate tournament on the same day as Winter Formal. This means I will be in a hurry to get ready for the dance.  Speech and Debate tournaments can last all day, depending on how far you move on in the competition.  Also, everyone is required to dress professionally (i.e. wear...

Stop Counting the Stars

Stop Counting the Stars

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor
January 27, 2016
Filed under Columns, Showcase

By the time we are teenagers, we realize that we have grown up.  Our interests have changed from fairy tales to fashion magazines and from Webkinz to Call of Duty.  Growing up is a strange feeling and it often goes by unnoticed.  We don’t realize exactly when we lose interest in playing on the playground...

Advice From a Senior

Advice From a Senior

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor
December 16, 2015
Filed under Columns, Showcase

High school is stressful for everyone.  We have to worry about ACTs, SATs, APs, final exams, projects, clubs, and college applications.  However, the greatest pressure we face is social pressure.  According to psychologist Erik Erikson, we struggle with identity and role confusion.  We are simultaneously...

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