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Congress Has Yet Another Friendly Lawmaking Session

Congress Has Yet Another Friendly Lawmaking Session

Jake Neuffer, Editor

October 19, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

In a recent show of solidarity, congress has reached across the aisle to pass a law agreed upon by both sides. This piece of legislation was passed quickly, responding to a problem that had only ignited a week beforehand. The law is something that has been requested by the general public for a long t...

Catalonia fights for independence

Catalonia fights for independence

October 19, 2017


Filed under News, World News

 Catalonia has a distinct language, flag, history, and culture. Is it fair that they are still under the control of the Spanish government?   Catalonia is a region northeast of Spain that has been under the rule of the Spanish government since Ferdinand I of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile...

Danica Roem, Attempting to Make History

Ashley Shepard, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Local News, Politics

This November, Danica Roem is hoping to make history as the first openly transgender politician in Virginia. Roem is an American journalist and politician from Northern Virginia. She was born in Prince William County where she is running for Virginia House Delegate. Her opponent, Bob Marshall is quite ...

Helping With Hurricanes as A Teenager

Emily Bach, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under National News

It’s impossible to miss the disastrous slew of hurricanes from the news. The devastating effects of Irma, Harvey, and Jose have shocked the Atlantic region, prompting many to ask the question, how can I help? For teenagers, the question largely seems unanswerable, as on-the-ground response methods...

Homecoming 2017 Pep Rally Recap

Jessica Marshall, Editor-in-Chief

October 18, 2017


Filed under Events, Feature, Oakton News, Web exclusive

The 2017 Homecoming Spirit Week was definitely one of the most exciting spirit weeks we have had at Oakton in the past few years. With the fun “Glo-co” theme, both students and faculty were able to enjoy great festivities throughout the week leading up to Homecoming. What is the purpose of a pe...

Two Words Too Many Times

Lindsey Katsaros, Editorial Board

October 17, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Web exclusive

The release of Harvey Weinstein exposes by the New York Times the New Yorker revealed that Weinstein had been sexually harassing and bribing female actresses for the past three decades. Four years ago, the Producers Guild of America honored Weinstein and his brother with the most prestigious honor, the...

Women Driving in Saudi Arabia

Women Driving in Saudi Arabia

Zoe Siamon, Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under News, World News

On Sept. 26, Saudi Arabia issued a decree that allows women to drive. This comes as a relief to the many women who have protested their rights for years. It seems unimaginable to students at Oakton that there are places in the world that still have so much gender segregation. That women are, in 2017, just ...

Confirming Our Worst Fears

Confirming Our Worst Fears

Jake Neuffer, Editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under News

“If it bleeds, it leads” goes the old saying. In news media, this can be translated to “if there’s violence, you can be sure people are going to want to see it.” This has been the mantra of news outlets and journalists for a long, long time. But the recent state of political polarization in Am...

Las Vegas Shooting

Las Vegas Shooting

Zoe Sauger, Staff Writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under National News, News

  One person can kill fifty-nine people and injure more than five hundred people in only eleven minutes. The Las Vegas mass shooting was a devastating event. It was unexpected and hard to believe this happened. Though the question is, how did this happen? The shooter, Stephen Paddock, had twenty-th...

Know Your Candidate

Know Your Candidate

Emily Wydra, Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Local News, News, Politics, Uncategorized

On June 13th, 2017, Virginians will all go to the polls to elect the candidate they want to represent their party in the general election. So far there are four declared republican candidates, and two declared democratic candidates. Although the republican primary is just as interesting as the democratic...

The Flint Water Crisis: Lessons Learned

The Flint Water Crisis: Lessons Learned

Alice Yang, Guest Writer

May 18, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Web exclusive

On April 25th 2014, the city of Flint made a cost-saving decision to switch its water source from Lake Huron to the highly polluted Flint River. This seemingly minute change resulted in a huge disaster that is now known as the Flint Water Crisis. Less than two months into the switch, Flint residents...

Plagiarism In The NCAA Amongst Division 1 Athletes

Owen McCarty

May 18, 2017


Filed under News, Sports

From the moment some children are born, they are raised with the goal of becoming a professional athlete. For these kids kids, academics are put in the back seat on their ride to stardom. Instead of skipping out on a practice to finish up a school project, they attend the practice. Instead of staying up l...

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