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President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are clearly constitutional

Andrew Lokay
January 27, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

Announced on Nov. 20, President Barack Obama’s executive actions give temporary legal protection to undocumented parents of U.S. citizens, and they will have far-reaching consequences for about four million undocumented immigrants. While the scale of Obama’s efforts is sweeping, the president undoubtedly...

What the U.S. needs to do about Ebola

What the U.S. needs to do about Ebola

Andrew Lokay
January 13, 2015
Filed under Opinion

The Ebola outbreak began in December 2013 in the small village of Meliandou in Guinea, when a two-year old boy became ill. After his death on Dec. 6, the virus quickly spread to others in the community and region. Almost a year later, Ebola has become a major global health crisis. What once could have...

Why pledge allegiance?

Aidan Kuester
January 9, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

We all know about the pledge of allegiance. By now, if you went to school fairly consistently in the past, you have said it over 1,600 times. It’s strange, because I feel like most people don’t think about it that much, despite the fact that we say it almost every day. A lot of people say it without...

Called out

jacquegroskaufmanis
November 25, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

Sexual harassment is basically defined as any sort of advance that is unwanted. The key word here, of course, is unwanted, and it is a constant theme in the discussion of “catcalling.” In early November, a street harassment video surfaced and went viral after being picked up by Time Magazine. In the video, an a...

Not so Private Twitter

Not so Private Twitter

courtneydo
November 6, 2014
Filed under Opinion

To quote Mean Girls, evil takes a form in Private Twitter. That’s why it’s so big today, it’s full of secrets. Granted, this may be paraphrased a bit, but it remains true. Except instead of Regina George terrorizing the high school masses, the real villain here is everyone. Private Twitters, more...

Border in crisis

Border in crisis

Andrew Lokay
September 30, 2014
Filed under Opinion

This summer’s rush of undocumented child immigrants is subsiding. Although the crowds of undocumented children at our border have steadily declined from 10,600 in June to 3,129 in August, the problem has not gone away. The U.S. response must not involve immediate deportations. Many undocumented children...

If you want to be original, just (don’t) be yourself

jacquegroskaufmanis
September 20, 2014
Filed under Opinion

"They hate that" someone will claim knowingly, speaking for college admissions officers everywhere. It's pretty well-known information: you shouldn't write triumphantly about sports, you shouldn't write about mission trips in third-world countries, and you should avoid clichés like the plague. Advice...

To Pay or Not to Pay?

courtneydo
September 1, 2014
Filed under College & Professional Sports, Opinion, Sports, Web exclusive

Debate ensues over whether NCAA College Athletes should be paid to play a sport at their University. Sports are hugely popular in this country, and are televised and advertised daily, earning much revenue. Fans obsess over their professional teams and favorite athletes, and do the same for their favorite...

What everyone should know about ISIS

Maggie Campbell
August 22, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

Every morning on the way to work this summer, I would go to the 7/11 on my block. The coffee was cheap, the cashier was friendly, and I guess it was just efficient, so it became routine. There was a man named Ahmed who worked there every morning, rain or shine, and his smile would always brighten my...

The Death Penalty: a necessary tool for justice or a shameful horror?

Maggie Campbell
June 11, 2014
Filed under Opinion

When used cautiously and rarely, the death penaly is a just penalty here has been plenty of controversy in the news lately about a botched execution in Oklahoma. This situation has been used by most of the media to argue that is time for the U.S. to join the rest of the world in abolishing the death ...

Selection for the elections

Selection for the elections

Maggie Campbell
June 11, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Lack of info means Lack of representaion Student Elections have been part of the school experience since elementary school. This issue of the Outlook we are sharing the point of view of one of our writers on our very own school elections. There has already been an opinion on how there is a lack of co...

SAT versus ACT

SAT versus ACT

aneenguyen
April 29, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Which would you rather take? SAT? Not many people enjoy the Scholastic Aptitude Test; to be honest, standardized tests are not necessarily a favorite for high schoolers. Most colleges require the SAT for admission, and the Collegeboard offers many reasons why the SAT is the test to take over the AC...

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