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Failing the Test of Time: Is It Time to Move All Standardized Exams Online?

Failing the Test of Time: Is It Time to Move All Standardized Exams Online?

Ethan Sullivan
June 14, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

In today’s digital age, seemingly everything we do has gone online. From reading books, to playing games, to checking what the homework was, activities that had traditionally been in the real world are increasingly moving to an online platform. In many of these instances, the move online has proven...

Baseball’s cure-all: the designated hitter

Baseball’s cure-all: the designated hitter

Ethan Sullivan
May 19, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Sports, Web exclusive

More so than almost ever before, Major League Baseball is in need of a serious offensive pickup. With a youth fan base that is growing more and more disillusioned, the need for change in baseball is absolutely screaming. As is the case with any big sport, nothing draws up more excitement than offense,...

AP Courses: how many is too many?

AP Courses: how many is too many?

Kathryn Tatum
May 8, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Forty-five percent of students at Oakton are currently enrolled in AP, or Advanced Placement, courses. This number speaks for itself –taking AP’s has become extremely common at Oakton. AP courses are college-level classes offered in high school. By performing well on AP exams, students have the opportunity...

Timber! Time to retire “Old Hickory”

Timber! Time to retire “Old Hickory”

Andrew Lokay
May 7, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Andrew Jackson should be removed from the $20 bill The nation’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson, has been on the $20 bill since 1928, when his portrait was placed on it by the Treasury Department. While the Treasury’s exact reasons for choosing Jackson have been lost to history, he did enjoy a ...

What a word we live in

evanheitman
April 8, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

We don’t have enough appreciation for words. Or to be more specific, we take words for granted. Every day of our lives is flooded with words. Words we say, words we hear, words we read, words we think. We are exposed to such a perpetual, overwhelming torrent of words, through social media, books, conversations,...

Land of the Free, Home of the Not So Brave

Land of the Free, Home of the Not So Brave

Ethan Sullivan
April 8, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Since its conception, America has been a nation based on the ideals of free speech. The ability for people to express themselves is absolutely vital to development of a strong society, a fact realized acutely by our founding fathers. As the colonial Americas withdrew from their English counterparts,...

Is Apple at it again?

Nikki Singh
March 22, 2015
Filed under Opinion

You would ask how Apple could possibly expand their reach? They have already dominated the communication industry with the iTouch, iPhone, iPad. They even reached television with Apple TV. What could they do now other than improve what they already have? Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, announced the existence...

Get Informed and Interested: Current Events are Happening Now

jacquegroskaufmanis
March 17, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

There’s a gap in the curriculum. In elementary school,  I learned about cumulonimbus clouds, what type of homes Native American tribes built and about the power house of the cell. I was barely able to read chapter books, but I knew the Sioux lived in teepees. Yet as a high school senior, almost old...

#OscarsSoWhite

#OscarsSoWhite

Veda Bhatia
March 12, 2015
Filed under A&E, Movies & TV, Opinion, Web exclusive

The 2015 Oscar nominees were presented to the public, and as a result, many people were angered by the fact that most of the nominees were white and male. Immediately after the announcement, Twitter blew up with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. However, they have every right to be mad about the nominations....

From the inside out

aneenguyen
March 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion

I recently visited the College of William and Mary as a high school student shadowing a college English professor as a part of my Capstone project. I was there to study the differences between high school teachers and teaching versus higher level education, and so I spent a day following Professor Sharon...

American Sniper: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

American Sniper: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Aidan Kuester
March 10, 2015
Filed under A&E, Movies & TV, Opinion, Web exclusive

This past month an extremely controversial movie came out, and while before that "the Interview" held the crown of controversy, it was quickly stolen by "American Sniper." People have many different opinions on this film, and the man that it’s focused around. Some praise him as a hero while others...

Freedom for All*

Freedom for All*

lauramurphy96
January 28, 2015
Filed under Opinion

 Religious freedom is guaranteed in the united states, but how does this first amendment right actually apply? The first amendment to the Constitution has guaranteed Americans complete religious freedom, or at least the hope that the federal government won’t actively interfere with the practice of whate...

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