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When Should You Stop Trick-or-Treating?

Gaby Brennan
October 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion

As soon as October 1 rolls in, children from all over start preparing for their favorite fall holiday: Halloween. Candy and costumes are bought, pumpkins are carved, and fake spider webs are hung. However, as kids grow older, the tradition they once adored may begin to feel too “childish”, meanwhile...

Student Government for All

Student Government for All

Katie Thompson, Opinion Editor
October 3, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Since I have attended this school, Oakton never had open student government elections. They have always been restricted to the students that are members of the leadership class, and consequently, student government has fallen to the back of every student’s mind. However, this year, student government has gone thr...

Compassion, Not Coddling

Compassion, Not Coddling

Evan Lincoln, Staff Writer
October 3, 2016
Filed under Opinion

  The University of Chicago recently announced to their incoming class of 2020 that the institution will not “support so-called trigger warnings” or “condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’” as a part of their “commitment to academic freedom.” This proclamation is founded on ...

Lockers: Convenience Vs. Inconvenience

Lockers: Convenience Vs. Inconvenience

Katarina Faben, Staff Writer
October 3, 2016
Filed under Opinion

   For many of us, high school represents a new chapter in our lives. It is a time of meeting new people and forging new friendships. High school means having to become accustomed to a larger school. You have to acclimate to a new environment, and be patient as you learn your new schedule. While ...

The GOP Colorado caucus is an unfair contest

The GOP Colorado caucus is an unfair contest

Katie Thompson
April 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

When the results of the GOP Colorado caucus were announced, Ted Cruz came out on top, collecting all 34 of Colorado's delegates. This time, the interesting part of this election wasn't the poll numbers, it was the lack of votes. In August of last year, Colorado changed its traditional election system...

Zootopia hinting at underlying issues in our society

Zootopia hinting at underlying issues in our society

Jessica Marshall
March 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

Although it may seem like just a typical Disney movie for children, Zootopia is actually very adult-oriented, exemplifying the importance of inclusiveness and acceptance in a community. This movie hit the theaters on March 4, 2016, and weeks later, it is still maintaining its popular status for fami...

The Last Sleep:on the misuse of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” in David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man”

The Last Sleep:on the misuse of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” in David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man”

Nina Jacobs
March 14, 2016
Filed under A&E, Movies & TV, Music, Opinion, Web exclusive

Samuel Barber's "Adagio" is often misinterpreted as a tragedy, having been voted the “saddest classical work ever” in a BBC poll in 2004. However, the piece cannot be fully understood unless heard in its entirety, a fact seemingly overlooked by David Lynch in his 1980 film The Elephant Man. In Lynch’...

Kim Kardashian is attacked for her nude photos

Kim Kardashian is attacked for her nude photos

Katie Thompson
March 14, 2016
Filed under A&E, Opinion

Kim Kardashian. Famous for her sex tape and her reality TV empire.  Over the years, she and her family have become social media moguls and grown their wealth astronomically. People have also come to expect Kim Kardashian's life to be full of risqué and controversial drama, which she consistently delivers....

Should senior skip day be acceptable?

Should senior skip day be acceptable?

Katie Xenos
February 11, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

Last Monday, a tremendous amount of seniors were missing from Oakton High School. Yes, maybe some seniors were actually sick, but lets be realistic. The first day of second semester is a classic pre-arranged date for seniors to skip school. Many teachers were upset at the actions of the seniors; however,...

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...

A song of delay and disappointment

A song of delay and disappointment

Aidan Kuester
January 12, 2016
Filed under A&E, Opinion, Web exclusive

Earlier this month the worst news of the entire year hit me. 'The Winds of Winter' would not be coming this Spring. Worse, it may not even come this year. What will come is the next season of HBO's hit show 'Game of Thrones,' which will officially surpass the show's plot and forge ahead into new story...

Senior Superlative skepticism

Senior Superlative skepticism

Morgan Cooper
January 4, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

On December 2, through Twitter Oakton's Yearbook released the results to their day long poll for the Senior Superlative nominations. Each category was supposed to have one male and one female winner and the poll was supposed to be done entirely by the Yearbook staff. However, the poll was distributed...

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