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Don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down

Don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down

By Mayeli Vivaldo, Perspectives Editor
February 6
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives

Love has a very complex definition. According to science, love is a happy chemical party that occurs in our brains. It is the activation of various parts in our cerebrum as well. But, according to others, this definition does not truly describe or define the feeling of love. Some might even s... Read more »

Guest Column: A letter to my immigrant parents

By Angeles Coss
December 2
Filed under Columns, Letters to the Editor, Perspectives

A Letter to My Immigrant Parents Dear Mom and Dad, I don’t blame you for anything that you’ve done. Leaving everything behind, family, loved ones and friends. You two left everything behind for us, your kids. You guys both came to a country, a country that was a stranger to you both; a count... Read more »

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 ... Read more »

Modern renovations improve students education

Modern renovations improve students education

By Catherine Miller, Lifestyles Editor
October 7
Filed under Carousel, News, Perspectives

After a month of school, students are benefiting from the new science wing. Changes were focused around making the space more flexible so that the hallways could be utilized for learning. “The most stand out feature is the work area in the hallway with tv monitors, the meter segments on the floor, and... Read more »

Gender stereotypes: Why are they still here?

Gender stereotypes: Why are they still here?

By Mayeli Vivaldo, Perspectives Editor
September 21
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives

Women can vote, but they cannot be masculine. Men can cook, but they cannot be feminine. It is 2016, so why do these stereotypes still exist? Gender stereotypes have existed for a long time. They are like any racial or religious stereotype, hurtful and not at all accurate. “Gender stereotypes... Read more »

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... Read more »

Gender neutral bathrooms raise controversy

Gender neutral bathrooms raise controversy

By Emily Wissemes, Reporter
May 17
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives

The Obama administration ordered every public school in the United States to allow transgender students to use whatever bathroom matches their chosen gender identity. North Carolina has tried to pass House Bill 2 which, according to CNN, is a statewide policy banning individuals from using public ba... Read more »

Teachers should get more than a week of appreciation

Teachers should get more than a week of appreciation

By Hector Cervantes, Perspectives Editor
May 12
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives

The first week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week which praises teachers for their service and dedication to the field of education. Yet, the way teachers are paid and treated somehow does not correlate to their hard work ethic the teachers display in their jobs. According to www.pay... Read more »

Heat of the moment doesn’t excuse offensive language

Heat of the moment doesn’t excuse offensive language

By Emily Wissemes, Reporter
April 30
Filed under Carousel, Columns, Perspectives, Sports

Competition promotes motivation, determination, and perseverance to overcome any challenge thrown at a person. When is it okay to say “emotions took over”? On April 19, during game four of the Blackhawks-Blues series, Chicago forward Andrew Shaw directed a homophobic slur towards an on-ice offic... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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 ... Read more »

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