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My guiding word for 2020

Braden Hajer, Copy Editor & Columnist

February 20, 2020

I  recently read Mary Schmich’s column in the Chicago Tribune on guiding words. The idea is that they’re words or short phrases that serve as constant reminders or inspiration for self-betterment. For 2020, Schmich chose “slower,” a way to calm herself in a world that moves at an ever-quickening pace. She also recommended...

Proving them wrong

Maggie Dalton, Head Photo and art, Community Editor & columnist

January 6, 2020

Lamar Jackson was the 32nd pick in the second round of the NFL 2018 draft. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens. You must be a good football player to get drafted at all, but in Jackson’s case, he was drafted later than expected. Jackson spent three seasons as a starter for Louisville. In 2016, he won the Heisman Trophy....

Let’s say goodbye to the damsel in distress

Vivian Zhao, Editor in Chief, Editorial Editor & Columnist

January 6, 2020

I grew up with Disney princesses. My favorites were Belle, Ariel and Mulan. I used cardboard cutouts to play pretend. In elementary school, I wore a dress with the Little Mermaid for my passport photo.  I thought little of the movie’s plots and certainly didn’t challenge them. Now, the movies have become increasingly...

I’m running for president

Braden Hajer, Copy Editor & Columnist

December 17, 2019

Editors note: Braden's column is broken into three parts due to its length. Sections are marked so that readers may find part II if they have already read part I in print.    Part I: Transportation, Infrastructure and Mental Health I am proud to announce that I, Braden Hajer, am running to be the 50th Pr...

Blanket criticism of a generation: Easy, but inaccurate

Vivian Zhao, Editor in Chief, Editorial Editor & Columnist

December 9, 2019

A retort to Baby Boomers’ criticism of Millennials and Generation Z, “OK, Boomer” has transformed into a viral phrase, an equivalent refutation to “kids these days…” Its dismissive tone may not be the ideal approach, however, “OK, Boomer” rightfully reflects a frustration with unwarranted remarks about our generation.  To...

Overworked

Maggie Dalton, Head Photo and art, Community Editor & columnist

December 9, 2019

On November 7, Mary Cain published an opinion video and article in The New York Times. In her piece, she talked about how she was emotionally and physically abused by her Nike trainers. Mary Cain is a long distance runner. In 2014, she won the 3000m in the Junior World Championship. At seventeen, Cain was the fastest girl i...

Andrew Yang is the Future of America

Braden Hajer, Copy Editor & Columnist

November 21, 2019

An Asian entrepreneur is running for president and wants to give you $1,000 a month for the rest of your life. Despite running as a complete outsider and initial nobody, 44-year-old Andrew Yang has risen among the ranks of the saturated democratic field, bypassing multiple sitting senators. If you haven’t heard of him before,...

A love letter to cross country

Maggie Dalton, Head Photo and art, Community Editor & columnist

November 14, 2019

My cross country season recently came to an end. I crossed the finish line for the last time with mixed emotions. Already, I wished I had another season ahead of me. Cross country gave me life-long friends and the knowledge and confidence that I can do anything.  I never ran cross country in middle school. I always thought...

The pitfalls of activist media

Vivian Zhao, Editor in Cheif, Editorial Editor & Columnist

November 12, 2019

At the beginning of this school year, my Instagram was flooded with stories reposting a video of the Amazon rainforest burning down.  The reason?  When consumers purchase meat, they fuel the demand for more land. In response, Brazilian farmers cut down trees, causing deforestation and rendering the rainforest...