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The darkness of Black Friday

The darkness of Black Friday

Jake Hillermann, Reporter

November 17, 2016


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Mobs, murders, fights, kicking and screaming. It’s the start of the holidays. Everyone across the U.S. surely looks forward to stuffing their stomachs with food this Thanksgiving and meeting with family members once again. But for some parents, couponers or bargainers, the day after is more excit...

What in the world are we doing?

What in the world are we doing?

Sophie Koritz, Reporter

November 8, 2016


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On a late Wednesday night, the documentary “Before the Flood” aired on television. The Leonardo DiCaprio narrated film focused on how climate change is affecting the countries and oceans of the world. The critically acclaimed documentary made me stop and think about how I’m living my life. As a...

Decline in bee population raises questions

Decline in bee population raises questions

Danielle Scharfenberg, Editorials Editor

November 1, 2016


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What comes to mind when you think of honey bees? Beeswax and honey? Flowers? Fruits and vegetables? A new study has found that America’s bee population is on the decline for reasons we do not yet understand but should be highly concerned about. Scientists have known that these insects were in trouble for som...

YouTube doesn’t make any money

YouTube doesn’t make any money

Loraine O'Brien, Reporter

October 31, 2016


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One of the biggest, most well-known video sharing websites since its 2005 release has yet to make a profit. According to CBS News, YouTube makes about $4 billion annually, has over a billion users and is owned by Google, yet it still spends as much as it makes. Felix Kjellberg—a.k.a. Pewdiepie—is the ...

I can’t bottle it up anymore

I can’t bottle it up anymore

Madilynn Kipp, Reporter

October 31, 2016


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Everyday, I walk down the hallway passing at least five of the seven water bottle fillers in WHS. Since the middle of September, the filter lights have been red. How are we supposed to drink water out of the filter unit when it isn’t good to drink? Being an athlete, I am constantly trying to stay ...

In parenting, to hover is to hurt

In parenting, to hover is to hurt

Cecilia Manzanilla, Reporter

October 31, 2016


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“Helicopter Parenting: a style of child rearing in which an overprotective mother or father discourages a child's independence by being too involved in the child's life.” Helicopter parenting is a plague in which the autonomy of a child is afflicted. Parents everywhere are killing their kids with ...

Concerned citizens remain in Flint water crisis

Concerned citizens remain in Flint water crisis

Elyse Nitschke, Reporter

October 31, 2016


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Our government’s inability to address pressing issues isn’t new; they have a track history of putting things on the back burner depending on what lines up with their agenda. Flint, Mich. has become a symbol of our government’s inaction, showcasing how inefficient budgeting and lack of represent...

Hard times for the Great Barrier Reef

Hard times for the Great Barrier Reef

Hannah Ziegler, Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2016


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     The Great Barrier reef is described as “one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts” and “is blessed with breathtaking beauty” by greatbarrierreef.org. There have been rumors circulating that the Great Barrier Reef is dead. Is that true?      Outside Magazine recently published ...

Saying your goodbyes

Samantha Welch, Advertising Editor

May 19, 2016


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I don’t know about you guys, but I always seem to make many senior friends. So, the past three years have been a whirlwind. My time is finally coming up and I may be that senior that becomes friends with a bunch of underclassmen. I have been that underclassman friend the past three years. Having...

Five golden rules for competition

Samantha Welch, Advertising Editor

May 18, 2016


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First place: you win a trophy. Third place: you win a trophy. Fifth place: you win a trophy. In this day in age, everyone's a winner. There is no competition anymore. Whether people believe it or not, competition is valuable for children to learn. Competition teaches children lessons the...

Starbucks cup brews up controversy

Samantha Welch and Spencer Johnson

April 14, 2016


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Poverty. Homelessness. Unemployment. Cancer. Suicide. Drugs. Terrorism. And people are concerned about a red cup? It never ceases to amaze us how the smallest events can cause outrage. On Nov. 5, conservative Internet evangelist Joshua Feuerstein posted a video criticizing Starbucks’ decisio...

Oregon militia accomplishes nothing

Kostas Kakadiaris, Reporter

March 21, 2016


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A group of armed men led by Ammon Bundy intend on giving federal land back to the people and protesting the harshness of Dwight and Steven Hammonds’, two ranchers arrested for arson on federal land, prison sentences by seizing the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Since the occupation...

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