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New curfew established for teens at the Fox Valley Mall

New curfew established for teens at the Fox Valley Mall

January 12
Filed under Carousel, Editorials

Many fights at malls occurred across the country after Christmas and social media may be to blame. The mall incidents, which ranged from minor fights to mass evacuations, occurred in Colorado, Tennessee, Texas, and New Jersey according to USA Today. However, the one that affects the citizens ...

North Dakota oil pipeline battle: who’s fighting and why

North Dakota oil pipeline battle: who’s fighting and why

By Emily Wissemes, Editor in Chief
November 9
Filed under Carousel, Editorials

The fight over the 1,170-mile pipeline has become an environmental and cultural threat, stirring passions across social media and drawing thousands of protesters to camp out in rural North Dakota. According to The New York Times, the Dakota Access pipeline is a $3.7 billion project that would carry ...

Your vote matters, now more than ever

Your vote matters, now more than ever

By Emily Wissemes, Editor in Chief
November 2
Filed under Carousel, Editorials

It’s a myth that your vote doesn’t matter. Despite the Electoral College ultimately electing the future president, every vote counts. America is a representative democracy which means a Constitutional Federal Republic with three branches, where elected representatives make the laws, vote on l...

Halloween costumes changed over the years, for better or for worse?

Halloween costumes changed over the years, for better or for worse?

October 25
Filed under Carousel, Editorials, Lifestyles, Perspectives

Every year people strive to have the best or the funniest costumes but don’t realize how offensive their costumes can be. The origin of dressing up on Halloween came from an old belief that spirits and ghosts would come back to earth and haunt the living on Oct. 31. As a way to avoid being ...

America’s creepy clown pranks continue

America’s creepy clown pranks continue

October 21
Filed under Carousel, Editorials

Clowns, it is a weird fear. Yet, they are oddly disturbing. A wave of creepy clown sighting spans back to late August. According to CBSN, the phenomenon started with children in South Carolina after they reportedly saw a clown trying to lure them into the woods. But those sightings were never con...

Hot mic catches Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault

Hot mic catches Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault

October 13
Filed under Carousel, Editorials

Donald Trump's long history of sexism has become the central issue regarding his character during his campaign for the presidency. The problem grew when the Washington Post published an audio/video recording that surfaced Friday showing Trump using vulgar terms about groping and having sex with women. ...

Transition to one-to-one learning beneficial to students

May 25
Filed under Editorials, Perspectives

The addition of new technology into the school to improve learning seemed like a good idea at the beginning of the school year, and after a full year of being one-to-one, that opinion has not changed. It goes without saying that an immediate benefit to the integration of technology was granting every...

Gender shouldn’t diminish athletes’ accomplishments

Gender shouldn’t diminish athletes’ accomplishments

April 26
Filed under Carousel, Editorials, Perspectives, Sports

UConn’s Breanna Stewart is the first draft pick of the WNBA draft on April 14 after breaking several college basketball records, yet not many people have heard of her. Stewart is a senior at the University of Connecticut where she just finished her final college season with a national championshi...

Alternative actions could have saved school tradition

Alternative actions could have saved school tradition

March 30
Filed under Carousel, Editorials, Perspectives

By the start of the next school year senior murals are planned to be taken down permanently, a choice which has caused student upset. While the idea of having to find room to make a new mural every year is one that raises concern, this should not be a big enough concern to kill the tradition. Even...

Standardized tests hurt more than help

Standardized tests hurt more than help

March 23
Filed under Carousel, Editorials, Perspectives

Multiple standardized tests that are being pushed on U.S. students clearly are doing more harm than good, as the U.S. continues to lose ranking on the Program for International Student Assessment ranking scale, dropping to 36 out of 75 countries. Obviously the number of standardized tests needs to be ...

End of breeding program helps animals in capivity

End of breeding program helps animals in capivity

March 23
Filed under Carousel, Editorials, Perspectives

An announcement by the CEO of SeaWorld on March 17 could be the start of a revolution in captive animal care. Joel Manby, who took over as CEO of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment in 2015, has decided to end the orca breeding program and partner with the Humane Society of The United States. SeaWorld has...

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