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Before you go Black Friday shopping, consider this

Before you go Black Friday shopping, consider this

Matt Dzwilewski, Staff Reporter
November 21, 2014
Filed under Opinions

“I’m thankful for my health, for how blessed I am. I’m thankful for everything I possess and that my belongings are bountiful.” Phrases like this echo over houses all over America on the night of Thanksgiving. When people give thanks for all they’ve received. But just a few hours later one-third...

Animal Abuse: not just limited to animals

Animal Abuse: not just limited to animals

Grace Nickas, Staff Reporter
November 21, 2014
Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

May 9, 2013, a man in Portland, Ore. was accused of beating his dog in front of a veterinary clinic and was not sentenced because no lasting injuries were found on the dog. Animal abuse is not just deliberate abuse, but also the failure to take care of an animal. Animal cruelty is considered a crime...

SAT vs ACT

SAT vs ACT

Madeline Marshall, Athletics Editor
November 21, 2014
Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

Standardized testing is a hurdle that we all must jump through if we are on the road to college. So the biggest question for students maybe deciding between  the SAT and the ACT. What’s the difference, and which test should you take? The Scholastic Aptitude Test contains ten sections that test...

Return of the classics: vinyl records to polaroids

Return of the classics: vinyl records to polaroids

Julia Mogen, Entertainment Editor
November 19, 2014
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Living near one of the most hipster cities in the United States, we’ve all been subject to the “new” trends of the retro and vintage style. But why are things like typewriters, vinyl records and old cameras making a comeback when our work and play is easily accessible on technological devices? One...

Why you should stop complaining about taxes and look at the federal budget

Why you should stop complaining about taxes and look at the federal budget

Meredith Bowers, Copy Editor
June 9, 2014
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Most Americans are very well familiar with our country’s creation: “no taxation without representation” (among other issues).  Taxes and tariffs have always been topics that cause much controversy in the United States. It’s a decidedly nonpartisan opinion that we don’t want to pay a lot of...

Wedding bells chime major victory for LGBT+ community in Oregon

Wedding bells chime major victory for LGBT+ community in Oregon

Meredith Bowers, Copy Editor
May 20, 2014
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Judge Michael McShane of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon changed the tide for same-sex couples in Oregon on May 19, 2014 when he ruled that Oregon’s voter-approved 2004 initiative defining marriage as a “union between one man and one woman” as unconstitutional. The ruling led...

“Please put away your cellphone.”

“Please put away your cellphone.”

Jack Free, Journalism 1
May 12, 2014
Filed under Opinions

You probably have one within reach, whether it is a fancy IPhone 4, 5, Android, or some other version of the modern invention. The message is all too familiar to a high school student’s ears, although some teachers may pull a more creative “staring down at your navel is kind of funny” or, “10...

Student Speak Out: Prom

Student Speak Out: Prom

Colin Squires
April 18, 2014
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What is a good way to ask someone to Prom?   Brooke Gath, freshman: “You should take them on a date and then ask them in front of a bunch of people; that would be cute. Because that way everyone can see and you feel special. As long as you make an effort I think that the girl will like it....

Reality Television has become hard to watch

Madeline Marshall, Staff writer
February 26, 2014
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For many, watching reality television is a guilty pleasure which has become a huge part of our culture. Shows such as “The Bachelor” and “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, among other reality tv shows are on almost every television network. The question to ask while you are watching, “Is real...

Cell phones and social media sites negatively affect communication skills

Jack Free, Journalism 1
January 30, 2014
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The technology developed in the past decade has been life-changing. While much of the technology provides convenience is it hurting consumers in the process. Cell phones and texting in today’s world are playing a huge role in destroying how people talk face-to-face, our relationships, and our overall...

Correspondence between academics and music

Correspondence between academics and music

Nicole Joerger, Staff writer
December 18, 2013
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Playing an instrument as a child can really pay off. In fact it is considered one of the most beneficial skills a person can learn. Not many people realize the advantages to playing an instrument. Most people stop playing an instrument by the time they are in high school to focus on their sports or studies....

Students Speak Out on new app Quizup

Students Speak Out on new app Quizup

Colin Squires, Opinion Editor
December 18, 2013
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What do you like about the app? “I like that it is fun and you can interact and play with your friends.” Ethan Sorenson, sophomore   Does it distract you from classwork at all? “It kinda distracts me. I usually can still focus but it can become addicting. I deleted it mostly be...

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