Review: ‘Freakonomics’

George Yu

May 4, 2010

Buy stock in Monsanto. Invest in solid gold. Sell Microsoft shares. This sounds like advice from a typical economist, but economist and author Steven Levitt is far from orthodox. In each chapter of "Freakonomics," Levitt brings meaning and connections to two seemingly unrelated concepts. Levitt does this by using economics to analyze the demands and motivations of different...

Earthquakes could hit home

George Yu

April 9, 2010

The 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile killed more than 300 people. A few hours later, a 7.0 earthquake hit Japan. Another 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti; 230,000 have been confirmed dead, as reported by CNN. The recent series of earthquakes has brought aid and attention to the affected countries. Two years ago...

Color guard and drumline place in state competition

George Yu

April 1, 2010

This past weekend, both the winter color guard and drumline scored high at a competition in Springfield, Missouri. Guard took first in the state while, drumline placed fifth. There were 13 other schools in guard's division, and many more performed throughout the entire day. Senior guard Heather Hight felt...

Vocalist qualifies for MOFAA

George Yu

February 25, 2010

Sophomore Margaret Borgmeyer will attend the Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MOFAA) as a vocalist this summer. "There are 150 students going, probably 30 or so for vocals," said Borgmeyer. "To apply, I had to video-record myself singing an Italian aria and a Broadway tune." MOFAA recommends that vocalist nominees...

Blue and silver day completes lethargic week

George Yu

February 16, 2010

Participation was sparse. Blue and silver day was the final day of the winter spirit week; students are supposed to wear clothes promoting the school and its various clubs, organizations and sports. There were no more than three participants in many classes. Two of the five spirit days were canceled ...

2010 sparks new debates

George Yu

January 29, 2010

In less than a year's time, elections and their campaigns will surface across the nation. Familiar again will be the debates, excitement, and tension leading up to the 2010 midterm elections. The candidates will engage their opponents on issues of national concern. "The economy is the most important...

Harvester Road closes

George Yu

October 23, 2009

Harvester Road will be closed by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) this weekend, Oct. 23-26. The MoDOT website announced that construction is contracted to Fred Weber Inc. From 8:00 p.m. Friday until 2:00 p.m. Monday, concrete will be poured to join Harvester Road with Harvester Bri...

Unscheduled fire drill disrupts day

George Yu

October 16, 2009

The end of 4th hour this past Wednesday (Oct. 14) was not accompanied by the normal school bell, but by the fire alarm. This fire drill was not scheduled. "The alarm company was in our building today testing and did not disable the alarm," said Principal Sonny Arnel. "I apologize for the interruption." Th...

Proposition B updates school district

George Yu

October 4, 2009

Last November, voters decided to give $78.5 million to Howell, Howell North and Daniel Boone Elementary. This proposition was approved by 65% of voters. This large sum of money will be supported by general obligation bonds. These are loans that the Francis Howell school district is obligated to pay ba...

Blue and silver end spirit week

September 26, 2009

The best display of school spirit is on the last day of homecoming spirit week, Blue and Silver Day. Students and teachers celebrate their school by wearing the school colors. Participants wore Areté, clubs, sports or class shirts. Students also demonstrated spirit through either dyeing or wearin...

Missouri law bans texting while driving

George Yu

September 1, 2009

As of August 28, a Missouri law banning texting while driving is effective. Specifically, drivers under the age of 21 cannot text unless they are reporting illegal activities or emergencies. Those caught will be fined $200 and receive 2 points on their driving record. 38 other states have enacted s...

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