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If a pandemic won’t stop police brutality, what will?

Despite being in the midst of a pandemic ravaging the globe, we still find ourselves watching innocent African Americans tortured and killed by police officers every day.

Yasmine Pascal, Features Editor

May 29, 2020

There has been a long history of police brutality against black people in America, from shooting unarmed black men, like Greg Gunn in the street or Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s backyard - and most recently the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. During this global pandemic, politicians have call...

Prisoners deserve better during COVID

Prisoners are not being adequately protected during the coronavirus, because they are unable to practice social distancing.

Sophia Van Beek, Copy-Editor

May 21, 2020

In an Alabama state prison, an anonymous man is hunched over a camera pleading for his life; another inmate claims that “death is imminent” according to a CNN report. One hundred inmates rioted for their lives when six people at the Washington State Penitentiary tested positive for COVID-19, accordin...

Worth more lives, now, lives worth more

Andrew Mitchell, Contributing Writer

May 5, 2020

100 years ago, soldiers were marched into battle as pawns, in a greater international chess game. Human lives were deemed expendable, with the greater goal of victory dictating the death count. Almost 20 million soldiers in WWI, and over 50 million soldiers in WW2, were classified as casualties; they were a si...

COVID-19 gives us the perfect opportunity to change our environmentalist attitude

During the past few months, over-purchasing has become more and more popular, as shoppers let paranoia change their buying habits. Over-purchasing is linked to multiple environmental problems; M. Brody Leo fears that these harmful habits could stick around post-lockdown.

M. Brody Leo, News Editor

May 1, 2020

A few days ago, a picture of a crystal-clear Venice canal popped onto my Instagram feed with a caption explaining that with no boats stirring up sediment, the waterways have become hospitable to all sorts of creatures. Of course, my face lit up when I saw that bright post after a couple of dark weeks i...

Embracing ‘little’ distractions in times of disorder

If Stone's free periods line up with her sister's nap time, she will usually join her for the nap.

Mattilynn Stone, Photographer and Illustration Editor

May 1, 2020

In the midst of our world’s current pandemic, life has been uprooted in every way possible, from online school to stay-at-home orders. After the dorms were closed, I moved back in with my family. Little did I know that I would be worrying about things like child care as a high schooler.  In...

Supporting survivors should not be partisan

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is likely to be the Democratic nominee against Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. https://flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/

Nora Fellas, Opinion Lead Editor

April 24, 2020

Amidst allegations of sexual assault and a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court with 50-48 votes, the narrowest margin in modern history.  Only one Republican senator voted against the conservative justice, and only one Democrat ...

‘Don’t be a cutie pie,’ President Trump; act like a leader!

On Friday, President Donald Trump (middle) was highly critical of state governors, specifically Washington's Jay Inslee (left) and Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer (right), He has said they need to be

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2020

You would never see a high school principal talk about how much they hate the geometry teacher at a school-wide assembly. But President Trump has been bringing his schoolyard beef to the national stage daily, amidst a crisis that has seen over 1,500 American lives lost. He is wasting time fighting wit...

What the coronavirus teaches us about climate change

The coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, China has spread to nearly every country on the planet.

Nora Fellas, Opinion Lead Editor

March 24, 2020

If you had told me in February that I would have been in self-quarantine for the last two weeks and stuck in my house for the foreseeable future, I wouldn’t have believed you. Despite the headlines about the coronavirus in China, which has been reporting cases since December 2019, most Americans con...

Second semester should be pass/fail to relieve student stress during coronavirus pandemic

Graphic weighing the positive and negative aspects of implementing a second semester pass/fail grading system.

Sophie Grand, Opinion Editor

March 23, 2020

With remote learning replacing classroom teaching during the coronavirus pandemic, teachers and students are attempting to navigate their way through new online learning platforms such as Zoom and Google Meet. During this unprecedented and chaotic time, students cannot just be expected to go along wi...

The coronavirus is not a meme; it’s serious

For those who can afford to do so, supporting a local food bank or donating to a medical organization is an affective response to the coronavirus pandemic

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief

March 22, 2020

While people across the country appear to be respecting guidelines to stay at home and “social distance,” this practice is understandably not all that much fun. With people getting bored in the past few days, many challenges have spread across Instagram – much like the virus – in an attempt to ...

Should I stay or should I go?

Sophomore Ella Mathas disinfects packages that were delivered to her home, to ensure the safety of her family. Her grandparents are currently living with her, and are considered to be high-risk under CDC guidelines for COVID-19.

Tim Mathas, Opinion Editor

March 22, 2020

I have been practicing social distancing for over two weeks, starting on Friday, March 6. Not a single member of my family has left my house since then, and we now know that nobody in my family has contracted COVID-19 as the two-week incubation period has already passed. That said, we still are going t...

America needs a strong, centralized government in this national emergency

Vice President Mike Pence holds a press conference with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx Monday, March 2, 2020, in the White House Press Briefing Room.

M. Brody Leo, News Editor

March 18, 2020

The United States prides itself on upholding democratic principles in all facets of daily life – among them are individual liberty, self-rule and self-determination. But in times of crisis, like the pandemic we face today, the hands-off approach of the federal government does more harm than good. Th...

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