If Black Lives Really Matter, the Justice System Must Change

A poster with names of Black people killed by the police and a Black power fist, captioned “say their names.” Signs such as this have been used at protests to express dissatisfaction with police brutality and systemic racism in the justice system.

Kayla Reyes, Print Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2020

In the middle of the night on March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician, lay in her bed. As she slept, three plainclothes police officers carried out a no-knock search warrant, barging into Taylor’s home as part of a drug investigation. Believing the officers were intruders, Ta...

Volunteering During a Pandemic

A volunteer is pictured packing food into grocery bags to go to a

Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2020

To be honest, when my mom first asked me if I would be interested in helping out with packing food bags with Calvary Church (the church I’ve been going to since birth), I was kind of confused. Weren’t we supposed to be social distancing? This cannot be sanitary. The more I thought about it, howeve...

Don’t Equate Emotions

Every brain is different. This causes us to receive and process events and emotions differently than others.

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2020

Everybody has their own personal struggles and flaws; that’s the human condition. Not everybody feels as though they can express the emotions associated with those struggles and flaws; that’s human nature. People excuse themselves from their true emotions for a plethora of ridiculous reasons, and one ...

Bullet Journals and Why Anyone Can Use Them

Honey, Honey: this is the May cover page with the bees and honeycombs design

Morgan Kromer, Staff Reporter

April 29, 2020

We all have habits: good ones we want to keep, and bad ones we want to eliminate. For pretty much forever, people have been trying to fix themselves, and of course, I of all people don’t fall short of that human imperfection, because we must all do something for the betterment of ourselves. And wh...

College Board Con

“Mr. Moneybags” greedily grasps a bag of cash. Similarly, the College Board takes as much money from students as possible, doing everything from overcharging students in the first place to instituting fees for students who don’t have the financial resources to pay for exams in November.

Kayla Reyes, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 27, 2020

In early November, I sat in Ms. Fay’s classroom as she gave the class a casual reminder for us to sign up for our AP exams. A few days later, I noticed my peers carefully checking over their forms and counting their money, making sure everything was in perfect order for the tests they wouldn’t b...

Just The Essentials

ESSENTIAL: Morgan Kromer checks out a customer behind a plexi-glass wall, wearing a mask, and covered in hand sanitizer.

Morgan Kromer, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2020

The hardest and maybe weirdest day of my job at Dierbergs Markets was not Thanksgiving or Christmas, or simply a day I was in a bad mood. In fact, I was in a fine mood. March 13 of this year we had more sales than Thanksgiving or Christmas. It was a difficult day to work for anyone. It was one of the f...

Aesthetics Confine Creativity

During the rise in the popularity of aesthetics, so called

Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2020

With just one quick search for the word “aesthetic” on YouTube, Instagram, or Pinterest, millions of posts and images pop up of nicely decorated rooms, stylish outfits, and photoshoots done by young influencers. However, after scrolling through these photos for a while a person can’t help but notic...

A Life Worth Living

Some people use bucket lists to keep track of the goals they want to accomplish before they die. This is can help make sure they live a life they will be proud of in the end.

Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter

April 18, 2020

I’m just going to be very blunt about this: I have a fear of death. There’s no need to make it all flowery and profound because death itself is a very plain and straightforward concept. Like many people, it’s something that has consumed my thoughts ever since I first learned what it meant. It all b...

The Fallacy of the Friendzone

Many harmful interactions are had online via text messages and social media. People on the other side of the screen have feelings too.

Zoe Michals, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2020

Receiving a text message has the effect on people of a euphoric release of dopamine. Which makes it even more disheartening to open a message and have “Ur such a b****, I thought u cared about me. Why would u lead me on like that?” glowing across the screen. And just for a moment your heart breaks....

Standardized stress

Do standardized tests serve as the measure of college preparedness they're supposed to?

Sam Chen, Staff reporter

April 2, 2020

Validity: the extent to which a test’s measures or predicts what it is supposed to. Standardized tests determine how most of our life will go: whether we get into college, how much money we can get and how much we have to pay to go, and the like. They place a single number on what we’ve achieved...

Tribulation with Toilets and Tangents

Disgusted by the disorder

Ty Nedungadi, Staff Reporter

March 16, 2020

I like to think that I clean myself and my messes nicely after I'm done using the toilet, but apparently not everyone is like this. Ever since I witnessed a severely disgusting event at the Mexico Road 7-11 bathroom, I've given up hope in humanity. I would rather hold in my number 2 for twelve hours...

Analyzing the Errors of Our Ancestors

The Founding Fathers on Mount Rushmore.

Faith Jacoby, Staff Reporter

March 13, 2020

  Patriotic Americans tend to put our founding fathers on some type of pedestal. We view the men that brought our nation to life as demigods sent from heaven. From a young age, we are taught that the ‘good guys’ in history (the history we are made aware of, that is) could do no wrong- tha...

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