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Finally Pulling the Trigger on Gun Violence

President Biden's new gun control plan ensures new protections on American freedom
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter April 27, 2021

Across America, there has been a widespread fear instilled in the youth without many adults even realizing it. From the time children as young as five are placed into school, they receive instruction on...

Protestors outside of Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the first day of the Derek Chauvin Trial.

He’s Guilty. Now What?

A verdict can only do so much; real progress arises from structural change.
Hannah Bernard, Video Editor April 21, 2021

Thousands of eyes turned to the city of Minneapolis as they awaited the fate of Derek Chauvin. The streets of Minneapolis had been boarded up for weeks. People crowded outside the courthouse, prepared...

A Juul and Juul pods sits still in an open space. A Juul is a vaping device used to intake nicotine filled pods, those pods are known as Juul pods.

7,000 Reasons

The consequences to vaping are much greater than some believe
Elisa Carter, Staff Reporter April 15, 2021

Imagine taking a drive over to a vape shop, but you're still a minor, no issues here. You can walk in without being 21 and purchase any vape from the shop that you’d like. That's how easy it is for teens...

A necklace that bears the religious image of a cross is dangling, ready to drop. Letting go of something that was once so personal is very difficult no matter the circumstances; however, with religion there's a little more. The massive stigma around this act only accentuates these feelings.

Trapped in Religion

The unseen reality of coping with religious trauma and leaving an organized religion
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter April 7, 2021

Religion is something that is very personal to a lot of people. It starts as a seed implemented into the minds of infants by their loving family. Then it blossoms into the core of human existence. From...

A young asian woman, put into a box labeled

I Am Not Your “Kim Doll”

Sydney Tran, Staff Reporter March 20, 2021

I am a 17-year-old Vietnamese girl, and racial comments aren’t uncommon to me. The ones I never expected were the comments that had sexualized me. Yeah, sexualize. Do you feel uncomfortable yet? I have...

A figure stands with a mountain of insecurities looming over them. The high stakes many gifted kids put on themselves can create tough hurdles to overcome.

Aptitude Sickness

Tea Perez, Web Editor-in-Chief February 1, 2021

School is hard. Anyone can admit that, and just about every student can agree. Of course there’s varying degrees of struggle. Some students excel in STEM-based subjects, others in literature and social...

Untying Myself

Untying Myself

First jobs help build confidence, shed introversion
Faith Beckmann, Staff Reporter January 29, 2021

My mom made one thing very clear to me when I reached high school: the moment I turned 16 I would go and get a job. It was the same plan she had used and perfected for my two older sisters before me and...

The red polish spilt on the floor represents the way businesses have been hemorrhaging money like blood.

A Nail in the Coffin

Small businesses are suffering more than ever due to closures.
Sydney Tran, Staff Reporter January 28, 2021

Every once in a while, I get the common question of “What do your parents do for a living?” Keeping in mind I do fairly well in school, many people assume my parents are doctors or scientists. But...

Donald Trump faces off with Uncle Sam as the Capitol building serves as their ring. The fight to maintain democracy persists after the attack on the Capitol.

A Failed Attempt at Trumping Democracy

A head to head battle against Trump and Democracy: Democracy wins.
Tea Perez, Web Editor-in-Chief January 11, 2021

Stand back and stand by. These words so famously uttered by President Donald Trump at the first presidential debate last year have viciously reverberated back after last wednesday’s occurrences. After...

The Capitol building burning in a metaphorical Trump flag flame. Although the building was not burned down during the riot, there is a lot of damage done to the building and the nation's reputation.

The Capitol Has Fallen

A real-life "Olympus Has Fallen" attack has occurred, but not from highly trained terrorists, but people with Trump flags.
Sydney Tran, Staff Reporter January 8, 2021

I remember the day Biden won. It felt like a weight was taken off my shoulders. I felt relief seeing people dancing on the streets rejoicing, banging pots and pans from their homes, shouting to the world:...

Elisa Carter stands, at first covering her midriff and eventually embracing it. As Carter has learned to reject beauty standards, she has grown more comfortable with her body.

Battling Beauty Standards

Societal expectations for beauty can impact self-esteem
Elisa Carter, Staff-Reporter December 2, 2020

In today’s world you are taught to hide the “ugly” parts about you. Now, your parents didn’t sit you down and tell you to cover and change everything about you, at least mine didn’t. I learned...

A woman stares at a screen in monochromatic shades. As technology grows more important in our daily lives, it becomes harder and harder to find life outside of its addictive grasp.

All Too Easy

Exposing our regression when we allow social media to overtake our lives
Maddy Mabray, Staff Reporter November 20, 2020

When our normal lives closed for months on end, a new life opened, one of social media. And though it had been used for decades prior to COVID, the long hours at home passing in monotony led to an increase...

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