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Cultural appropriation isn’t appropriate

Ayesha Abbasi, Social Media Editor/Columnist

April 22, 2014

"I'm appreciating your cultural dresses! You should be proud!" This exact phrase can be heard from the mouths of those who partake in cultural appropriation. What is that one might ask, well the most common definition of cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture...

Gay is not a substitute for stupid

Gay is not a substitute for stupid

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

April 9, 2014

The word 'gay' has many definitions; it can mean lighthearted, brightly colored, or homosexual. However, nowadays, 'gay' has taken on a different meaning. People, mainly teenagers, now use it to describe a situation, person, or thing that seems stupid to them. On a daily basis, I hear people use...

Do we live in a bubble of ignorance?

Do we live in a bubble of ignorance?

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

March 29, 2014

Recently, it has been brought to my attention that a significant number of teenagers are completely uninformed about the world around them. It seems to me that not only are they uneducated, they also have no interest whatsoever to learn about other cultures or world events. The new 21st century motto...

Copying is not the greatest form of flattery

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Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

March 16, 2014

Out of all the annoying people in the world, such as drivers who drive slow in the fast lane, students who take Advance Placement classes but aren't actually smart, and people who chew with their mouth open, there is one particular group of people that I cannot stand: people who copy off of my homework. I un...

Shame on you for slut shaming

Ayesha Abbasi, Social Media Editor/Columnist

March 10, 2014

"He hooked up 3 girls at the same party what a bro, right?" "She hooked up with 2 guys this weekend. Can you say slut?" Same situation two completely different results. Why is that teenage girls are incapable of being sexually open when in turn teenage boys are praised for their escapades? It's n...

Stop the hate: bullying must go

Stop the hate: bullying must go

Tara Ebrahimpour, Staff Writer

March 5, 2014

Whether the perpetrator or the victim, most of us have experienced bullying at some point in our lives. According to, 3.4 million students are victims of bullying every year. Bullying is a prominent part of our everyday lives. From school to home, we witness or experience it often. Most...

Road rage: it’s not worth it

Road rage: it's not worth it

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

March 1, 2014

Yesterday, I honked at somebody for the first time, and it came back to bite me shortly after. I was hurrying to work and was stuck behind this car who was literally just rolling down the hill and swerving to the side every 10 seconds. It was obvious that she didn't know where she was going, but because...

Down with college entrance exams

Down with college entrance exams

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

February 14, 2014

Colleges take many factors into consideration when admitting students. Unfortunately, admission is very dependent on two ridiculous tests: the SAT and the ACT. I took my first Preliminary SAT (PSAT) at the beginning of my sophomore year, and it did not go well. I had never taken a test like that,...

Congratulations we’re all aware you’re single

Congratulations we're all aware you're single

Ayesha Abbasi, Social Media Editor/Columnist

February 6, 2014

With Valentine's day around the corner and teen angst at an all time high, many people feel the need express their “loneliness.” Everyone has a friend who says that they’re “forever alone,” and if you don’t have that friend, then you are that friend. The sudden realization that one lack...

The progressive alternative

President Obama's signature on the law was used as a rallying picture for Democrats (Wikipedia)

February 2, 2014

President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) rollout has not been pretty and as a progressive, I can very confidently say, “I told you so.” I did not fully support the ACA and originally pushed for a less complicated, less market-reliant policy, the public option. The idea was floated around by progressives through an easy bill amending pro...

The importance of naps in high school

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Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

February 1, 2014

When I was in kindergarten, I resented naps. Because I was an energetic child, any amount of time where I had to be still was complete torture. Whenever my teacher said it was time for a nap, I would always count the minutes until I could go outside again. As a current high school student who only ge...

Utah is just a distraction

 A woman makes her support of her marriage, and not civil unions, known outside the Mormon temple at New York City's Lincoln Center. Photographer's blog post about this photo and the protest. (David Shankbone)

January 29, 2014

Gay marriage in Utah is a milestone, but the Utah case is not going to end in the sweeping gay rights case that we are looking for, and we need to look beyond this distraction, and find the best path forward. A few weeks ago a federal district court said that Utah’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitu...

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