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Catcher in the Rye: a beautiful tale unjustly hated

Catcher in the Rye: a beautiful tale unjustly hated

Clare Mulherin, Opinions Editor

April 25, 2018


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Many juniors across the Rockwood school district pick up a copy of widely-banned book Catcher in the Rye. Most parents dislike the book for its crude language, occasional sexual themes and the whole notion of Holden Caulfield's quest. Despite many parents' objections, Catcher in the Rye is a classic...

Teen suicide: A frightening statistic

Teen suicide: A frightening statistic

Natalie Karlsson, Culture Editor

April 17, 2018


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The leading cause of death for teens is suicide. According to the If Parent Resource Program, more teens die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease, combined.  But why do teens do it? There is no real answer. ...

A Quiet Place presents creative take on horror

A Quiet Place presents creative take on horror

Ty Prozorowski, News Editor

April 17, 2018


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John Krasinski's A Quiet Place delivers an intriguing spin on the post-apocalyptic horror film genre that is sure to keep audiences holding their breaths on the edges of their seats. Set in the year 2020, Lee Abbott (Krasinski) and his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) struggle to protect their children...

Academic Pep Assembly selectively favors students over others

Academic Pep Assembly selectively favors students over others

Shwetha Sundarrajan, Reporter

March 10, 2018


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The lights. The blasting music. The ridiculous antics performed by teachers. It's all a guise for what the Academic Pep Assembly (APA) really stands for, putting a handful of students on a pedestal for being naturally gifted in the world of academics. The same students that walk into the gym for having...

The misunderstood truth about skincare

The misunderstood truth about skincare

Clare Mulherin, Opinions Editor

March 4, 2018


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In the digital age, millennials thrive in many ancient and well-loved beauty secrets have been forgotten. Many young people have no idea how to care for themselves properly. A lot of teens have dry, brittle or damaged hair. Some just aren’t born blessed. And a staggering lot have premature wrinkles fro...

Story of a girl

Story of a girl

Jasmin Kim, Ad Manager

February 26, 2018


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In the bustling city of Seoul, everything changes with much haste. Every day, new technology and new people come to and fro, making Korea an ever-changing country. However, there is something in Korea that did not change when it should have changed in 1945.  It is the story of 239 Korean girls who were...

Fact-checking important factor in seeking the truth

Fact-checking important factor in seeking the truth

Jack Weaver, Digital Media Editor

February 17, 2018


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Fake news (n): false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting. The Collins Dictionary word of 2017. We live in a world of bias and alternate facts in which the truth can often be difficult to recognize. However, it is important to know the difference between what is t...

Recent shooting should give realization on school safety, gun laws

Recent shooting should give realization on school safety, gun laws

Natalie Karlsson, Culture Editor

February 16, 2018


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After the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, CT on Dec. 14, 2012, there has been over 200 school shootings. The most recent one, on Feb. 14, now known as the "Valentine's Day Massacre" at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, killed 17 people. Former student Nikolas Cruz brought an AR-15...

The reality of peer pressure in teenage society

The reality of peer pressure in teenage society

Abby Karandjeff, Reporter

February 8, 2018


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Since I was a kid in elementary school, we've been told about this looming idea of "peer pressure." From what I absorbed, I expected to be given free drugs at school or on the street, to go to parties and be forced to drink my little heart out or be given cigarettes against my will. What a scary future,...

Instagram feed algorithm prevents exposure to up-and-coming creatives

Instagram feed algorithm prevents exposure to up-and-coming creatives

Travis Bodell, Editor-in-Chief

January 28, 2018


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For young artists in this day and age, presenting your work to the world has evolved. No longer does a rookie musician find himself handing out CDs on a street corner, or a young painter struggle to muster up the budget for a gallery show. The process by which creatives showcase their talent nowadays...

Camila Cabello self-titled album recalls past experiences and takes a turn on modern music

Camila Cabello self-titled album recalls past experiences and takes a turn on modern music

Jessie Cargill, Editor-in-Chief

January 17, 2018


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In the past year, there has been a lot of tension between music group Fifth Harmony and former band-member Camila Cabello, due to her leaving the group to pursue a solo-career. At the start of Cabello's solo career, she did many collaborations, such as the popular remix of a song, "Bad Things," with...

Out and About: KiTARO Hibachi Grill

Out and About: KiTARO Hibachi Grill

Natalie Karlsson, Culture Editor

December 19, 2017


Filed under Features, Opinions, Out and About

My family, my boyfriend and I decided to go to KiTARO in O'Fallon for my 16th birthday dinner. It turned out to be not so sweet. It was more like a dark bar full of TVs playing football games, and men donning baseball caps and jeering for their teams. We felt a little overdressed, as my mom and I...

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