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
Staying green during the holiday season: Eco-friendly holiday decorations are a must
BY EMMA FRANZ As the “most wonderful time of the year” approaches, holiday festivities begin and homes are transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday decorations. From beaming lights to Christmas trees decked in ornaments, each decoration is a holiday staple. While the decorations play a key role in... Read more
AP and EOC course midterms should have the option of being exempted
BY SABRINA WONG Cool temperatures fill the air, hot cocoa becomes increasingly more popular across the masses and holiday spirit arises as Christmas music begins to play on many popular radio stations. But, before students can enjoy a relaxing two-week winter break celebrating all the upcoming festivities, there’s one... Read more
Unpopular opinion: Potheads are addicts
BY ELENA VALDEZ “It’s just weed.” Whether it’s hitting a dab pen in the school bathroom or rolling joints on the weekend, pot is commonly viewed as a less-than-minor offense. However common smoking weed may be, it still bears consequences and can easily turn into an addiction. The ease... Read more
Unpopular opinion: Icebreakers are important
BY SOFIA MENDEZ The first day of school brings an awkward tension that not even the most extroverted students can dissipate. It’s never fun to sit in a room full of people you may not know and, more often than not, a student surrounded by strangers will not speak... Read more
The importance of a thorough and inclusive sexual education
BY ELENA VALDEZ As bodies change and hormone levels fluctuate, the inner sexual demon is aroused within teenagers. Sex is a natural part of life, and the time in which many come to this realization is during their teenage years. Many questions arise and the changes that stem from... Read more
Why you should consider buying e-textbooks in college rather than physical textbooks
BY ISABELLA MARCON In recent years, the costs of college textbooks have become extraordinarily high and have added to the significant financial burden that comes with attending a university. In hopes of finding a cheaper alternative, many students have looked toward a new and more affordable option: e-textbooks. E-textbooks... Read more
Turning to the wrong page: Physical textbooks are better than those online
BY ELENA VALDEZ Online textbooks are more convenient, but that does not mean that they are more effective. Online textbooks are now preferred in the classroom as schools are becoming increasingly reliant on technology. However advantageous they may be in the sense of accessibility, the overall learning disadvantages outweigh... Read more