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
Inform your opinion: Why cable news is bad for your bias
BY ALEXANDRA SANSONE “What you see on the internet isn’t always true.” It is easy to form an opinion based on a shocking statistic you see on Facebook. But who is to say that the information spread throughout social media is factual or reliable in any way? While this... Read more
Diversity matters but Marvel and DC Comics aren’t doing it right
BY JOSEPH STURGEON Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark, Peter Parker. These are the first names that come to mind when superheroes and comic book franchises are mentioned.  All of these characters have several things in common: they all share the same gender, sexual orientation and race. Marvel and DC both... Read more