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Don’t hate on Miss America

Don’t hate on Miss America

Irene Kyoung, Opinions Editor

September 20, 2013

Donned in a beautiful gold-colored dress with her head held high, Nina Davuluri, was the first of Indian decent to be crowned Miss New York and then Miss America, arguably the most highly publicized beauty pageant in the country. She announced that she will be using her prize money to pay for her studies...

The Underpaid 99 Percent

The Underpaid 99 Percent

Jong Hak Won, Staff Writer

September 19, 2013

Income disparities between the richest 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent is nothing new in America. However, few actually know how big the gap between the economic classes actually is. The middle class in America is getting less and less of the economic pie. Last year, a study found that the top...

Grinds My Gears: “Motivational” Speakers

Grinds My Gears: “Motivational” Speakers

Gisela Factora, staff writer

September 17, 2013

On Sept. 10, Mike Smith came to visit West Ranch to motivate everyone to be nice. And it worked, as evidenced by the countless #DudeBeNice posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and the clump of students surrounding Smith for a selfie directly following the assembly.  But once again, this assembl...

Depression Today

Depression Today

Kristen Mancini, Staff Writer

September 14, 2013

“Today, you don’t want to get out of bed. There are so many thoughts in your head.” –“The Promise” by Emma Blackery. There are over 121 million people around the world who are dealing with depression according to Discovery.com. About two-thirds of people, who have major depression never...

Ariel Castro Suicide. Good or Bad?

Ariel Castro Suicide. Good or Bad?

Irene Kyoung, Opinions Editor

September 13, 2013

Days turned into months and months turned into years. All this time, Ariel Castro was a sick, but never sought proper treatment. Instead, he elongated his sickness and held captive three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight in his tiny Ohio home for over a decade. During that time,...

Brandy Melville: Does One Size Really Fit All?

Brandy Melville: Does One Size Really Fit All?

Jacqueline Hofmann, staff writer

September 9, 2013

Brandy Melville seems to be the name on every teenage girl’s clothing. Years ago Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Aeropostale were the go-to stores for the hippest trends; however, now the market has changed from the iconic tight logoed tee shirts and short shorts to graphic crop tops and highwaisted...

The Case Against Syrian Intervention

The Case Against Syrian Intervention

Jong Hak Won, Staff Writer

September 9, 2013

With wars constantly going on, it is hard to keep track of which war we are fighting, but the controversy with Syria has grabbed the attention of the nation. The natural thing to do would seem to be to assist the undermined rebels, but what is really for the best? A civil war in Syria has been raging...

Your Ignorance Is Their Power

Your Ignorance Is Their Power

Riley Villiers-Furze, Staff Writer

September 6, 2013

“Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then th...

“Pass” the Weed

“Pass” the Weed

Aaron Lee, Staff Writer

September 6, 2013

Puff weed and live the high life.  When bringing up any topics related to marijuana, a negative connotation and a sensitive reaction often follow.  This drug has come to unfairly epitomize everything that stereotypical stoner high school dropouts participate in: carousing, ignorance, and debauchery. ...

Will Humanity Kill Itself?

Will Humanity Kill Itself?

Ivy Holt-Hoppe, Opinions Editor

September 3, 2013

Christopher Lane, 22, a young man from Australia who received a baseball scholarship to go to East Central University in Ada, Okl., was on a jog one day when visiting his girlfriend’s family in the town of Duncan. While on his jog he was shot from behind and killed. The teenage boys who killed Lane...

Why We Should Ask Why

Why We Should Ask Why

Riley Villiers-Furze, Staff Writer

August 30, 2013

“Yes we can!” Or maybe we can’t. As we grow older, we start wanting more responsibility than most adults are willing to give. We get so frustrated and angry at them, yet maybe the reason why we don’t get the level of responsibility we want is probably because we do senseless things. We want...

America Is Falling Behind In Foreign Languages

America Is Falling Behind In Foreign Languages

Jong Hak Won, Staff Writer

August 30, 2013

In the United States, learning a foreign language is seen as an option. In other countries, English in addition to the native tongue is an imperative. Multiple countries at all four corners of the globe are learning English as a part of their curriculum: from Sweden to Panama to China. At the rate English...

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