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

Mr. Jacobs teaches A.M. AP US History. Students arrive at 7:30 a.m. and are dismissed at 8:12 a.m. for their regular classes.

Alice Bell, Features Editor

April 27, 2016

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?

Freshman Lea Edgar looks at a Disciples of Christ club poster

Hannah Rosman, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2016

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

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

LGBT supporters celebrate the Obergefell vs Hodges Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage legal last June, but not much progress for LGBT rights has been made since then.

Alice Naland, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 11, 2016

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

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Olivia Sklenka, Staff Writer

April 11, 2016

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

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

Singer and songwriter Kesha sits in the back of courtroom as Justice Shirley Kornreich rules against her.

Callie Randall, Lifestyles Editor

February 29, 2016

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 plays pilot Poe Dameron in the Star Wars franchise. He was recently discovered in a 2009 photo wearing an Atlas Shrugged t-shirt.

Will LeHardy, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2016

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...

Golden Globes deliver shock and awe

Golden Globes deliver shock and awe

Hannah Rosman, Staff Reporter

January 15, 2016

Hundreds of stars gathered for the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills Sunday January 10. The show was hosted by Ricky Gervais for the fourth time, who came back from a three-year hiatus due to criticisms of his hosting style. His jokes have been called rude and unfunny ...

Food for thought

Sophomore Cara Ford enjoys her lunch of a chicken sandwich, cucumbers, an apple and milk while talking to her friends

Will LeHardy, Staff Reporter

January 11, 2016

Every day the cafeteria is crowded with hungry students. Many of them flock to the lunch lines to buy their meals, complete with healthy food options of fruit, vegetables, milk and whole grain bread items. Some students, however, buy their lunch with reluctance. Sophomore Cory Dudka is one of these dissati...

King of the Fall; The rise of The Weeknd

The Weeknd performs at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Jordi Kassa, Online Editor

December 14, 2015

Four years ago, Canadian-born Ethiopian Abel Tesfaye, otherwise known as The Weeknd, was randomly releasing mixtapes with a couple of his friends and as over 18,000 people filled the Verizon Center on November 15th, I wondered as to how this came about. As someone who has listened to his music since...

The Facebook status quo

Junior Carolyn Bradley uses her iPhone to take a selfie and post it on her Snapchat story

Fiona Turner, Opinion Editor

November 16, 2015

People use the Internet for so many different things, causing responses to vary greatly on what should be a simple question: what is the original use for social media? Parents and older people will claim that social media is a distraction for the younger generation, whereas the younger generations are use...

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