DNA testing: It’s not worth the time and money
BY SABRINA WONG Growing through the stages of life from infant to adult, there’s only so much one can learn about themselves. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing kits have become more and more popular these days, allowing the population to discover new traits about themselves. Although what someone may find... Read more
Too school for Juul: Limiting teen access to e-cigarettes is a step in the right direction
BY ABBIE TUSCHMAN High school bathrooms have been smelling a lot better lately. Mango, bubblegum and creme brulee are among some of the scents that one might notice even just passing by a school restroom. But the sweet aromas aren’t from perfume or a new line of Febreze that... Read more
The modern music industry: Is buying an album worth it?
BY SASHEEN JOSEPH One of the most debatable topics in the music business is album sales. Several years back, when an artist was gaining popularity, physical albums and CDs were the most common method of purchase. But with the advancements in technology and the creation of streaming services such... Read more
Schools should value electives more
BY ABBIE TUSCHMAN In high school, you won’t hear many guidance counselors stressing the importance of electives. Art, music and physical education courses are often brushed aside to make room for the never-ending list of acronyms: FSA, EOC, SAT and so on. Many elective courses even become a dumping... Read more
Students should have fewer requirements to graduate when it comes to core classes
BY RYAN MERARD Many students nowadays feel that the courses they are taking are not important to the field of study they want to enter in college, or just not relevant to their life at all. In Broward County, a minimum of four credits of English and four credits... Read more
Students should be allowed more than three midterm exemptions
BY KAREN SUROS The holiday season is not just fun and reindeer games; for high school students, it is also midterm season. After a semester of hard work and occasional tears, students now stress over their exams. Taken right before the start of winter break, midterm exams are divided... Read more
It’s more than just the smell: Real Christmas trees are more favorable than artificial ones
BY SABRINA WONG A living room is dimly lit by a crackling fire. One closes their eyes and takes in a whiff to inhale the Christmas spirit. When the holiday air hits their nose, they become disappointed because all they can seem to smell is… plastic? It’s upsetting to... Read more
Unpopular opinion: Lying to kids about Santa isn’t right
BY JOSEPH STURGEON “What do you mean Santa isn’t real?” Each holiday season, this very question is asked by thousands of innocent and disappointed young children who’ve had parts of their childhood yanked away from them upon learning the truth– their jolly, gift-giving Santa doesn’t exist. These same children... Read more
How the Grinch stole the definition of a good Christmas movie
BY SASHEEN JOSEPH When December hits, lights are strung on houses, pumpkin spice lattes get replaced with peppermint mochas and holiday movies start making the rounds on the Hallmark Channel. But what’s new to this winter-wonderland of a season is Universal’s animated remake of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch... Read more
Give a little: People should try more to improve the lives of the less fortunate
BY RYAN MERARD Seeing a homeless person begging for money in the streets, watching a commercial about food-insecure children asking for donations and witnessing a waiter work far too hard for the meager wage they’re receiving are all things that compel people to be generous and give to others.... Read more