Crossed Sabres

Laugh more, stress less

Jordi Kassa, News Editor

June 21, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The common belief among adults is that high school is supposed to help students prepare for the rigorous studies of college. While this may be true, the pressure and expectations, constantly put on students increase the amount of stress students experience. With my junior year finally coming to a...

College Board cartel

College Board cartel

Matthew Herrity, Online Editor

June 14, 2016


Filed under Opinion

John F. Kennedy once said in a speech on the American Press, “the very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society, and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.” When I heard this quote in freshman year it ...

Community takes aim at new gun store

Community takes aim at new gun store

Matthew Herrity, Online Editor

May 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion

There’s a heated debate going on in the “People’s Republic of Arlington” a name given our county for it’s overwhelmingly liberal citizenry. On one side, there is the gun-selling father daughter management team of Lauren and Dennis Pratte; on the other, a petition-wielding community of activists from Lyo...

Crippling stress of the high school student

Crippling stress of the high school student

Jordi Kassa, News Editor

May 2, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

“High school is supposed to help students prepare for college, not hurt them!” Goes the saying in modern society. However, it seems as though the pressure and expectations that are constantly put on students hurt more them than help. From my experience, school can become so overwhelming to the point...

Hit snooze, it’s healthier: The controversy over AM classes

Hit snooze, it’s healthier: The controversy over AM classes

Alice Bell, Features Editor

April 27, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

The majority of students’ days extend from 8:19 a.m. to 3:01 p.m. However, four classes, known as A.M. classes, meet beginning at 7:30 a.m., and allow their students out a full period early every other day. Those students make a trade off, promising to secure their own transportation and arrive at...

God’s not dead. Or is He?

God’s not dead. Or is He?

Hannah Rosman, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

A sequel to the 2014 film God's Not Dead has aired a sequel. God's Not Dead 2 came to theaters on April 1. The earlier movie invoked a lot of controversy because of its anti-Islam, anti-Atheist and very pro-Christian messages. The second movie created the same buzz as well. Both films were headed by dire...

CIA torture program under debate

CIA torture program under debate

Matthew Herrity

April 13, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Pulled fingernails, cuts with acid, tooth wrenching, when discussing torture, many of these infamous methods come to mind. For many Americans, torture is not something that should be debated about. However, like many other things that people have objected to torture is now back into debate among the ...

Religious freedom laws spark outrage

Religious freedom laws spark outrage

Alice Naland, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 11, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Last June, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of gay marriage across the nation. The landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, was a breakthrough for the LGBT community. Since then, however, they have faced major setbacks, such as multiple states’ refusal to comply with the ruling an...

Social media drives societal pressures

Social media drives societal pressures

Olivia Sklenka, Staff Writer

April 11, 2016


Filed under Opinion

With our generation having easy access to social media, societal pressures have grown tremendously. Media outlets such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Tumblr create an image of what the ‘ideal’ body should look like by having models of similar body types pose for pictures.  The photos, in turn, are maki...

Reign of terror wreaks havoc on the world

Reign of terror wreaks havoc on the world

Olivia Sklenka, Staff Writer

March 28, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Terrorism has been present throughout history, and it has become the biggest threat toward the safety of Americans. Growing up in a military family, I may be more bias on the issues surrounding terrorism, especially having been exposed to one side of the issue my entire life. That being said, I reache...

The justice system has let us down #FreeKesha

The justice system has let us down #FreeKesha

Callie Randall, Lifestyles Editor

February 29, 2016


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The #FreeKesha online movement has spread across social media, the news and by word of mouth due to the February 19 New York Supreme Court ruling that prevented American singer and songwriter Kesha from receiving a preliminary injunction that would release her from her binding contract with her alleged...

Oscar Isaac’s cold welcome into Tumblrland

Oscar Isaac’s cold welcome into Tumblrland

Will LeHardy, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Oscar Isaac’s career has taken a Cinderella twist. Previously a lesser known actor appearing in minorly successful films, such as the title role in the Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, his major breakthrough has finally come with his portrayal of pilot Poe Dameron in the box office record bre...

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