Crossed Sabres

The modern world’s love of science fiction

Alice Bell, Features Editor

March 28, 2016

Eighty years ago, color television had it debut. Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong took a small step into a bright and strange new world. Forty years ago, Luke and Leia met for the first time. Twenty years ago, pocket-sized computers were fictional. Today, however, the boundaries between science fiction...

Boys basketball ends the season on a high note

Boys basketball ends the season on a high note

Will Siegal, Sports and Managing Editor

March 7, 2016

The boys basketball team had already accomplished more than they had in previous seasons going into their regional first round game at Chantilly. While the loss was a disappointing end to the season, a season full of accomplishments allows the team to hold their heads high. The boys team finishe...

The justice system has let us down #FreeKesha

The justice system has let us down #FreeKesha

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...

A decline in vocational education

A decline in vocational education

Matthew Herrity, Staff writer

February 18, 2016

The United States losing manufacturing jobs has been a common theme of twenty-first century American Politics with an estimated 3.2 million jobs lost to outsourcing. When Tim Cook, CEO of Apple who has come under fire for manufacturing their products with low-wage workers overseas, was asked why he manufactured...

Arlington Public Schools student growth

Arlington Public Schools student growth

Jasmine Ben Hamed and Marisa Sydnor, Staff Reporter

February 17, 2016

With a substantial rise in enrollment numbers of students in Arlington Public Schools (APS), the number of K-12 students is set to surpass 30,000 by 2020. As of September 2015 there were 25,238 students enrolled in APS, passing the 25,000 mark that was left untouched since 1969. With an expected grow...

Zika: New scourge?

Zika: New scourge?

Alice Bell, Features Editor

February 15, 2016

In 1947, in the Zika Forest of Uganda, a feverish rhesus monkey was discovered. Over the next 60 years, only 17 humans ever contracted the disease the monkey had been ill with, a virus termed Zika after the forest in which it was discovered. Originally believed to be spread only through mosquito bites,...

Gambling with the fate of the country

Gambling with the fate of the country

Matthew Herrity, staff writer

February 2, 2016

With the 2016 election season in full-swing and many oddball candidates rising to prominence many Americans wonder, what are the odds one of these candidates actually wins? According to University of Pennsylvania professor John Tetlock, a random guess is about as accurate as professionals. In a study...

A starman in the sky once more

A starman in the sky once more

Alice Bell, Features Editor

February 2, 2016

For more than 40 years, the voice of David Bowie has been a cultural constant around the world, as a husband, a father, a beacon, a card-carrying mime, an electrician, Ziggy Stardust and a thousand and one other things. Born David Jones in Brixton in 1947, he became an electrician’s mate after finishing...

Oscar Isaac’s cold welcome into Tumblrland

Oscar Isaac’s cold welcome into Tumblrland

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...

Mostly favorable reviews on President’s last State of the Union

Mostly favorable reviews on President’s last State of the Union

Hannah Rosman, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2016

President Barack Obama delivered his eighth and last State of the Union address at the chamber of the United States House of Representatives on January 12. The address was broadcast live on the White House YouTube channel, as well as the White House website. A written copy of the speech was also posted on th...

Evelyn Smith: Taking her gridiron

Evelyn Smith: Taking her gridiron

Will LeHardy, Staff Reporter

January 28, 2016

The football field is brightly lit for the night’s JV game. The Generals, boys dressed in heavy padding and helmets, are clumped on the sideline, ready to take the field. Yet as the players jog into the bright lights, coming out with them is sophomore Evelyn Smith, taking to the gridiron. Smith is th...

Invention success straight out of Arlington

Invention success straight out of Arlington

Jasmine Ben Hamed

January 27, 2016

Many of the popular innovations of the past year have come from Arlington entrepreneurs. DrinkMate, Notify AnyWhere, Snagajob, ValueCrates and Athlights are some of the major inventions that have gained popularity throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV), and around the world. ...

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