‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’

The eerie short novel 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' was released in 1962 to critical acclaim and is still a cherished classic today.
A classic thriller with a twist
October 27, 2020

With Halloween fast approaching, there is nothing better than a bone chilling tale to get you in that fall spirit. ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ was the final book written by acclaimed author...

Connection at a Cost: How the technology industry is working against users

A student takes a picture for their social media page, posting it for their followers to see.
"The Social Dilemma" explains how mental illness, addiction, and manipulation are the three key components of Silicon Valley.
October 27, 2020

TW: suicide Social media has become the cornerstone of life for most teens. Amidst the pandemic, students have taken to social media for multiple reasons: self expression, communication with peers,...

‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes lives up its monumental expectations in a spectacular way.
A worthy successor
September 23, 2020

Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy has forever changed the face of the teen genre. The trilogy introduced science fiction and dystopian books to a much larger audience by making them more interesting...

An open letter to the class of 2020

An open letter to the class of 2020
May 30, 2020

To fellow members of the class of 2020, Graduating is a big deal. No matter what our graduation looks like, when it takes place or who is there, it is a major accomplishment that everyone who walks...

Should gyms open before parks?

Oppenlander Fields, a West Linn park, remains shutdown due to COVID-19.
May 30, 2020

It has been over three months since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown and as we enter phase one of reopening, some businesses are opening their doors for the first time in months. Some of these businesses...

“Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” shows the ins and outs of a virus

In the “Pandemic” docuseries, it mainly focuses on the doctors and scientists in very close proximity to the virus. The series is now streaming on Netflix.
The timing of one of Netflix’s newest docuseries is shockingly coincidental with COVID-19
May 22, 2020

When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many unknowns. We didn’t know how our society and daily routines would be disrupted. We don’t know when our lives will return to normal. We don’t...

Why “The Clone Wars” should be your next “Star Wars” fix

May 22, 2020

“Star Wars”, despite the name, has always been against war. Even at its most subtle, it’s not that subtle. While it’s easy to see the anti-war message in films like “Rogue One”, or “The Last...

7 best reading spots

7 best reading spots
These seven spots in West Linn are the best for an outdoor reading session. These locations are listed, not ranked.
May 4, 2020

While cases of COVID-19 continue to occur and the state of Oregon remains under orders to social distance, there’s a struggle to stay occupied as well as safe. These reading spots are ideal places to...

Online school just isn’t enough

April 28, 2020

On April 13, the Oregon Department of Education’s plan for distance learning was put into action. Known as “Distance Learning for All,” it requires all students to utilize Google Classroom and other...

Give distance learning a chance

April 28, 2020

Everybody has a different preferred learning style. Some people learn best from lectures. Some people do best with reading textbooks. Some swear by flashcards and some will promise the effectiveness of...

Online school: harmful or helpful?

Online school: harmful or helpful?
April 28, 2020

Entering the third week of  online "Distance Learning For All", the debate arises of how effectively virtual school can replace in-classroom learning. 

Preserving whimsy and wonder

Podcast “Mystery Show” brings color to the mundane
April 14, 2020

In the world of high-stakes self isolation that Covid-19 has imposed, days can feel lackluster, monotonous, and dare I say boring. Even before the frenzy of Zoom meetings and long days at home, it was...

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