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Does Finland Have it Right?: Cutting Down on Homework

Does Finland Have it Right?: Cutting Down on Homework

December 21, 2017


Filed under Editorial/Opinion, Showcase

After a grueling eight hours of schoolwork and learning, students should be able to go home and relax, right? Wrong. Instead, they have to spend what should be free time doing homework. On average, high school students have about 3.5 hours of homework every night. This means that students spend 11.5...

Real Versus Artificial Christmas Trees: Which Are You?

Real Versus Artificial Christmas Trees: Which Are You?

Bella Angell, Features and Opinion Editor

December 20, 2017


Filed under Editorial/Opinion, Showcase

Are you a real Christmas tree person or an artificial tree person? Most people have a definite opinion on this subject, and it usually stems from what kind of tree their families have. There are many thoughts and opinions on Christmas trees based on different benefits. “Real trees smell good and...

A Postmortem for Vine

A Postmortem for Vine

Noah Smith, Lit Mag Editor

December 20, 2017


Filed under Editorial/Opinion, Showcase

The year 2012 brought the news of a death total of 2,000 in the Afghan war, the reelection of Barack Obama and the birth of the social media platform Vine. Vine was founded in the summery sweet June heat of 2012 with one simple idea: six second looping videos. Users would have the ability to film anything...

Don’t Call Millennials Lazy

Don’t Call Millennials Lazy

Ramya Raja, News and Sports Editor

November 2, 2017


Filed under Editorial/Opinion

Teachers, parents and pretty much any generation born prior to the 1990’s tend to come to the general assumption that millennials and the children of this generation are lacking in work ethic, are unreliable, and above all, down right lazy. However, many, not only the millennials, will disagree with...

Alternatives to Chemo Could Save a Life; Maybe Even Yours

Alternatives to Chemo Could Save a Life; Maybe Even Yours

Peyton Moore, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Editorial/Opinion, Showcase

As fall approaches, many people stop to recognize that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month; a time that shines light on the fact that child cancer patients often go through chemo. Chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatments are widely used around the world- each year, about 650,000 cancer...

Chasing Mental Health

Chasing Mental Health

Jennifer Arena, Staff Writer

May 19, 2017


Filed under Editorial/Opinion

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S. age 18 and older, or 18% of the population and are the most common mental illness in the United States.   Major Depressive Disorder affects more than 15 million American adults, or abo...

Lady Raider Opinions of Women’s Lacrosse

Lady Raider Opinions of Women’s Lacrosse

Kristin Iler, Sports Editor

May 19, 2017


Filed under Editorial/Opinion, Showcase, Sports

If you have ever watched men’s lacrosse and then watched a women’s game, it is safe to assume that the male version of this sport is a lot more of a contact sport than that of women’s. It requires a lot more equipment and gear than women’s lacrosse does, but does that mean that it is necessaril...

Why Pay for College?

Why Pay for College?

Ramya Raja, Staff Writer

May 19, 2017


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For thirteen years of their lives, most children who go to school are blessed enough to not have to pay a penny for their education. Public elementary, middle, and high schools cost nothing directly to parents who seek to give their children an education. If this is the case for most childrens’ thirteen...

Answers From a Vegan

Answers From a Vegan

Leilani Gibbons, Features Editor

May 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial/Opinion, Showcase

After being vegan for over a year, I have had my fair share of confused and curious strangers. Whenever the topic is brought up I am often asked a series of identical questions: “Why?” “Do you get protein?” “Is your family vegan?” and lastly, the ever looming “So what can you eat?...

Pathways: Which Direction Should You Take?

Pathways: Which Direction Should You Take?

Bella Angell, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial/Opinion, Showcase

A word that students start hearing in 8th grade is “Pathway.” Most relate it to the “Connections” classes taught in middle school. It is more than that in high school. It has the potential to be the door opening to your future. A “Pathway” can also help you decide if you do not like a par...

Solange is Better Than Beyoncé

Solange is Better Than Beyoncé

Noah Smith, Opinion Editor

May 15, 2017


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Beyoncé Knowles needs literally no introduction, as you already know exactly who she is. The world loves her and acknowledges her voice as the definitive one of this generation. She has ascended popular culture and is not even on the same plane as any other modern celebrity. Her performances are...

Why Books Make Better Companions Than People

Why Books Make Better Companions Than People

Sydney Martin, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial/Opinion, Showcase

For those of us who are wallflowers and introverts, exuberant groups of high school students can become tiring to hang around for any long period of time. I often hear others’ conversation several occasions throughout the average school day and it dawns on me how unimportant, unnecessary and somewhat...

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