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Teachers should allow cell phones in class within reason

Teachers should allow cell phones in class within reason

Gavin Stevens, Journalism 1 Writer

October 14, 2018


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The use of smartphones in the classroom is currently among the most highly-debated issues plaguing public schools today.While some schools have banned their use entirely in order to decrease disruptive interruptions and distractions, others have supported the use of smartphones as a technology tool to enhance...

It’s time to de-emphasize the standardized test scores

It’s time to de-emphasize the standardized test scores

Shawna Sawall, Journalism 1 Writer

October 14, 2018


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A few weeks ago, my school counselor came into my class in order to provide my fellow classmates and I with information about the SAT, as well as how we should go about preparing for it. You’re probably assuming I sat there and listened attentively to the important information being told but,  in reality- I...

Barrier: pregnancy discrimination in the United States

Barrier: pregnancy discrimination in the United States

Katie Knight, Journalism 1 Writer

October 14, 2018


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Kimberly Knight is about to become the receptionist for a local massage therapy clinic. She is a warm and welcoming woman, exactly the type of person you would imagine cheerfully greeting customers at the receptionist’s desk. She only needs to wait for the manager’s call and answer a few questions...

Maybe school uniforms aren’t all bad

Maybe school uniforms aren’t all bad

Natalie Grinder, Journalism 1 Writer

October 14, 2018


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According to the Department of Education, 15.5 percent of public schools required uniforms in the 2007-2008 school year. This is an increase of about 6 percent from a decade earlier. Schools should have uniforms: a uniform does not define anyone, it is just an outfit for the time school is in session, and ...

Protesters should not be filling Bronson Park

Protesters should not be filling Bronson Park

Abigail Vanderberg, Journalism 1 Writer

October 14, 2018


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Bronson Park is a scenic park, named after Kalamazoo’s founder Titus Bronson. In the summer the public area is filled to brim with flowers of every color and shape. The trees are filled with green leaves of every shade that could be pulled from the human head. In the winter, Bronson part has even m...

The lie behind “High School Musical”

The lie behind “High School Musical”

Ana Haurie Ustaran, Journalism 1 Writer

October 14, 2018


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According to movies like High School Musical, Twilight or Mean Girls, American high school is a place where every athlete is handsome and popular, bullies lock you in your locker and the first day you will be walking in the corridor and you will hit someone, then your things will fall to the ground ...

A late start would benefit high school students

A late start would benefit high school students

Hailee Clark, Journalism 1 Writer

October 14, 2018


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*Beep* *Beep* *Beep* *Beep* You find yourself slowly opening your drowsy eyes looking at your dreaded alarm clock going off, with the time lighting up at too early o’clock. As you roll yourself out of bed, all you can think of is snuggling back up into the comforter. Young people don't get eno...

We should be more careful with the plastic in our oceans

We should be more careful with the plastic in our oceans

Melissah Morris-Adkins, Journalism 1 Writer

October 14, 2018


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The average person consumes 4.6 pounds of garbage a day. The average four person family consumes 18.4 pounds of garbage a day and a family of four produces 570.4 pounds of garbage a month. Within a year, the household produces 6,844.8 pounds a year. Just in the US alone, we produce 254 million pounds o...

Scroll with care: how social media ruins the brain

Scroll with care: how social media ruins the brain

Astrid Code, Journalism 1 Writer

October 14, 2018


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Someone snaps a picture of themself, and swipes through the filters until they find the right one. Post. Hours later, still no one has liked their picture. They thought the picture was okay, but now they look at it again and see all their flaws.They feel ugly and will second guess everything before ...

Social media vs self esteem

Social media vs self esteem

Kylie Clifton, Business Manager

October 1, 2018


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Editing photography can truly perfect a photo and certainly represents an enhancement of any photographers skill, but editing for less professional purposes has become popular as well. Selfies may not seem to be captivating pieces of art, but by definition they are indeed photography, and a new epidemic...

Hyperloop: The Future of Transportation?

Hyperloop: The Future of Transportation?

Gabriel Flota, Staff Writer

October 1, 2018


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Imagine one day, you board a strange new type of train in the heart of Detroit. 237 miles and a mere half hour later, you find yourself in Downtown Chicago. Covering that much distance by land should be impossible, right? Meet Hyperloop One, the vacuum tube wonder train that’s threatening to revolut...

Pro-Con: Summer Reading

Pro-Con: Summer Reading

June 8, 2018


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Summer reading is a requirement for honors and IB classes, but what is it's real value?

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