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Digging to Philosophical Art Essence

Digging to Philosophical Art Essence

Ashleigh Tain, Staff Writer
November 19, 2016
Filed under Art, InDepth

       Art is a concept of variation. With each color blend to careful indent brings a universal philosophy. The evolution of art itself grows from spiritual intimacy to contemporary originality. Following the fundamentals of art, it is common among art enthusiasts to observe heavier philoso...

Dory swims to the hearts of people with mental disabilities

Dory swims to the hearts of people with mental disabilities

Jennifer Coon, Copy Editor
November 14, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Movies & TV

*This story has spoilers to the movie "Finding Dory" "Finding Dory" was undoubtedly the most anticipated movie of summer 2016. As the sequel to a fan-favorite "Finding Nemo," the film did spectacular in theaters with a global gross of $1 billion to date, according to "Box Office Mojo." However, the sto...

A Probable Vine Shutdown

A Probable Vine Shutdown

Brendan Bellingham, Staff Writer
November 14, 2016
Filed under InDepth

 Yes, it’s true the beloved 6 second video platform may be “shut down in the coming months.” The news broke out  on Vine’s Medium page last month in a post entitled “Important News About Vine.” In the post, Vine thanks all their creators and reassures them that there Vines will not be delete...

The students behind the mask

The students behind the mask

Ishika Jain and Brendan Bellingham
October 17, 2016
Filed under InDepth

You see the Cougar every Friday night at Oakton’s football games leading chants and hyping up the student section. This unknown student is dressed head to toe in cougar fur, and in the history of Oakton mascots these students have remained anonymous, and still are for this story. A few weeks ago, ...

High School Volunteer Programs Take a More Innovative Approach

Kathryn Tatum, Editor-in-Chief
October 3, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Web exclusive

   Taking part in volunteer projects is a generous way for people to spend their time. For high school students, volunteering can be an important part of their religious, extracurricular, or in-school experiences. Some clubs at Oakton dedicated to volunteer projects include Key Club, Octagon, ...

The State of Oakton’s Mental Health

Jake Neuffer, Staff Writer
October 3, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Uncategorized

Mental health is something that is increasingly on the minds of students and education professionals. But it’s still far from reaching the level of awareness it deserves. According the 2012 National Survey of School Counselors, the recommended counselor to student ratio is 250:1. In that same ye...

Trials and Transitions

Trials and Transitions

September 29, 2016
Filed under Feature, InDepth, Oakton students

Exploring the adjustments at each grade level    The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time. Students gather new supplies, new outfits, and take on a new attitude towards a new grade level. When we are younger, each grade may bring a few new aspects, however, during high school...

The new faces of America’s bills

The new faces of America’s bills

Ishika Jain
April 21, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Web exclusive

America's bills are set on a schedule to constantly get redesigned to implement better anti-counterfeit technology. In June of 2015, the Treasury Department announced that it would redesign the bill to highlight women in response to requests to include gender diversity in America's money. The Treasury...

What you need to know about the pay gap if you are a woman in the work force

What you need to know about the pay gap if you are a woman in the work force

Veda Bhatia
April 19, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Web exclusive

On April 12, 2016, the nation celebrated Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day was founded by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as an event to demonstrate the pay gap between women and men. The date symbolizes how far into the year women must work in order to earn what men were paid the year...

What Is the Cultural Festival?

What Is the Cultural Festival?

Ishika Jain
March 18, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Web exclusive

As the cultural festival approaches, the question, “What is the purpose of the Cultural Festival?” has been brought up many times. Students are not sure if it is a day for people to show their talents or a day to embrace their culture at Oakton. According to Mr. Lee-the person behind the Cultural Fe...

Voluntourism: an act of nobility or narcissism?

Voluntourism: an act of nobility or narcissism?

Kathryn Tatum
January 20, 2016
Filed under InDepth, Opinion, Web exclusive

Have you ever stopped to question whether people who volunteer abroad are doing more harm than good? Many people point to “voluntourism” as an example of privileged people using volunteering to address their own needs and not those of the group in need. Voluntourism is a booming business charging...

Trump and Technology

Trump and Technology

Aidan Kuester
November 11, 2015
Filed under InDepth

With the introduction of controversial candidates like Donald Trump the 2016 Presidential race has seen the rise of a new political kingpin: Twitter. Twitter, in its simplest form, is a platform that allows millions of Americans to spew whatever information they want to at any time to the internet. If...

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