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The expectations vs. the reality of freshmen’s Homecoming

The expectations vs. the reality of freshmen’s Homecoming

Sally Park, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under A&E, Lifestyle, Opinion

  For many freshmen this year, Homecoming would only be something to fantasize about. Movies and books have portrayed Homecoming as an unforgettable experience with an excessive amount of decorations. From picking out the perfect outfit to planning out an elegant dinner, students have dedicated their ...

Make Your Mark: How Volunteering Benefits Both Sides

Amy Dai, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

With countless high school students fiercely competing for admission to top colleges and universities, one activity that they all must have included in their application is volunteering. Not only is it great to see on an application or resume, volunteering is a worthwhile experience that provides high ...

Freshman Advice

Clare Sparling, Staff Writer

October 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

  Are you intimidated, confused, or stressed about your freshman year? Have no fear, the upperclassmen are here!  They were excited to share their experiences and outlined some key advice for high school success. “I wish someone told me to try out a lot of clubs. Go to all the interest meeting and t...

Upcoming Governor Election

Ashley Shepard, Staff Writer

October 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Politics, Web exclusive

As many people know, the Virginia Gubernatorial election is coming up this November. However, not many Virginians know what is at stake with this election. The candidates from all major parties are on very opposite ends of the spectrum which could severely affect Virginians depending on the results. ...

Who was Columbus?

Who was Columbus?

Emily Richardson, Staff Writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

This past Monday, cities all across the United States, like New York, Houston, and D.C., held parades, concerts, and events in celebration of one of our federal holidays, Columbus Day.   On the same day, though, cities such as Denver, Seattle, and Los Angeles held parades, concerts, and events ...

Using technology to help children with autism speak

Using technology to help children with autism speak

Katie Chang, Guest Writer

June 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Web exclusive

To many, autism is quite the mysterious disorder.  It is, understandably, confusing to witness one person diagnosed with autism appear to function normally in everyday life, while another individual with the ‘same condition’ is severely handicapped- in some cases to the point where he/she must ...

Time to realize the true prize

Time to realize the true prize

Haryoung Lee, Guest writer

June 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

From self-driving cars to artificial hearts, there seems to be no limit to the technological and medical advancements today. However, the unlimited technology is simply an illusion; a heated issue worldwide—cancer— remains unresolved. Even with the extraordinary technological advances, discovering...

The Rise of the Ultranationalist Right

The Rise of the Ultranationalist Right

Jake Neuffer, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Why? Vladimir Putin, in the last decade, has returned the old Soviet policy of interfering in the domestic politics of other countries. In 2015, the first government-sponsored International Russian Conservative Forum gathered representatives of fringe right-wing political organizations in Europe and th...

Can The Democrats Really Take The Senate In 2018?

Theo Meale, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Politics

Just over a hundred days into President Donald Trump’s administration as his approval ratings hit a historic low, journalists and Democrats alike start to wonder if the Democrats can retake the Senate in 2018 given that they only need to win three states, and Republicans wonder if they can get sixty...

5 reasons why American news outlets are no longer trustworthy; you won’t believe number 3!

5 reasons why American news outlets are no longer trustworthy; you won’t believe number 3!

Jake Neuffer, Staff Writer

April 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Politics

Breitbart has come to be seen as one of the least credible news sources there is. Going onto their website is like walking into a Republican national convention. Every other story trashes the political left. There is no subtlety or pretense of fairness. If you're a democrat, you have a target painted...

Moonlight won, so why are we still talking about La La Land?

Moonlight won, so why are we still talking about La La Land?

Finlay Kuester, Staff Writer

March 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

It’s hard to explain that feeling we get as gay people when we see media that is, for once, aimed towards us. It’s something more significant than just a “hey, that’s me;” it’s a feeling of intense recognition and belonging in a world dedicated to showing us we don’t belong. What’s ev...

What it means to be a “third culture kid”

What it means to be a “third culture kid”

Nikhil Mahajan, Staff Writer

March 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

*Disclaimer: this article was not written to brag about my life or what I’ve done, it is simply written to share my experiences and what it means to be a third culture kid.     The term “third culture kid” is both informal and loosely defined. A “third culture kid” or TCK is usu...

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