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Fact-checking important factor in seeking the truth

Fact-checking important factor in seeking the truth

Jack Weaver, Digital Media Editor

February 16, 2018


Filed under Blog, Opinions, Opinions

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, Asst. Web Editor

February 16, 2018


Filed under Blog, Opinions, Opinions

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


Filed under Blog, Opinions, Opinions

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, Opinions Editor

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


Filed under Opinions, Opinions, Reviews

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, Reporter

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...

Battle of the British Isles: Twining’s English Breakfast tea vs. Irish Breakfast tea

Battle of the British Isles: Twining’s English Breakfast tea vs. Irish Breakfast tea

Clare Mulherin, Reporter

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Reviews

As an avid tea and caffeine lover, I can safely say that I know a bit about teas. My personal favorite would be the full-bodied flavor of black tea. One famous black tea is the English/British Breakfast tea. It's a lovely tea and a traditional Black tea, but it's not nearly as good the Irish Breakfast. I...

“Call Me By Your Name” details touching coming-of-age story

“Call Me By Your Name” details touching coming-of-age story

Kiley Black, Production Editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions, Reviews

A coming-of-age film disguised as a romance, "Call Me By Your Name" follows Elio, a seventeen year old Italian-American. His parents invite Oliver, a doctoral student, to stay with the family in their villa in rural Italy, for the summer. Over time, Elio and Oliver begin to bond and eventually develo...

Radiator Hospital releases latest masterpiece

Radiator Hospital releases latest masterpiece

Abby Karandjeff, Reporter

November 17, 2017


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In October, Radiator Hospital released their latest album, Play The Songs You Like. This follows their previous albums Torch Song and Something Wild and is their first release in three years. The band, originating in Grand Rapids, MI, is known for their punk-alternative vibe accompanied by an aco...

Phil Kline and an introduction to ‘Sound Art’

Phil Kline and an introduction to ‘Sound Art’

Ally Hartman, Reporter

November 3, 2017


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I was first introduced to Phil Kline’s music, ironically enough, through an environmental science project. We were doing a project on an endangered species, and I just so happened to pick Bachman's Warbler, a species of little yellow birds. It’s not officially extinct yet, but the creature’s las...

iOS 11 offers necessary improvements to old software

iOS 11 offers necessary improvements to old software

Gehrig Prozorowski, Feature Editor

November 1, 2017


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A little over a month ago, Apple released iOS 11 to the public. With complaints about the new update draining battery life, I’m here to set the record straight. Its flaws are outweighed by its improvements. There are plenty of changes with the iOS 11 software, but I’m going to mention only a...

The Snowman creates a not-so-thrilling thriller

The Snowman creates a not-so-thrilling thriller

Natalie Karlsson, Reporter

October 31, 2017


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The Snowman, released October 20, 2017, seemed to be another one of those cheesy horror movies. It was set in Oslo, Norway, where it always snows. So far, it has earned $22.7 million, which doesn't even compare to movies like It and Dunkirk. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, it starts off with a young...