Rap music puts poetry to a beat

Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer “Lose yourself in the music” is what Eminem sang in 2002 to inspire listeners and aspiring rappers. Rap music originated in the Bronx in the 1970s and was influenced by hip-hop culture. Since then, rap music has grown immensely in popularity. According to the Recording Industry Association of America 10-year consumer poll (from 1998-2008), 10.7 […]

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Transgender students struggle to find peace

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief Lauren Thomas | Staff Writer In high school, the struggle to fit in has always been one of the biggest challenges students face. For most kids, identifying with a group can be very easy. Some are jocks, gamers, geeks or goths. For the transgender teen, the typical rites of passage for a high school student can […]

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Students take extreme measures to prevent online stalking

Juliana Discher | Staff Writer When some students stare at the computer screen, they feel like someone is staring back. Sophomore Karishma Ponkshe takes precautions in her everyday life to stay anonymous online. Ponkshe said she became paranoid about the government stalking her after learning about privacy infringements and how the system operates. “I always turn off any sort of […]

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School district under pressure to meet state requirements

Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer The Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 with strong bipartisan support in Congress, replaced No Child Left Behind and decreased the role of federal government in determining education policy. No Child Left Behind required states to develop high standards and allowed the federal government to take control on […]

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Skateboarders forced to ‘trespass’ in search of a good ride

Arnav Damodhar | Associate Editor Skateboarders are not criminals. But that’s how they are made to feel when forced off public property for doing what they love. While outdoor enthusiasts in Mason hit the tennis courts, soccer fields, and biking trails, local skateboarders are criminalized whenever they practice their craft in the alleys and streets of Mason. Senior Gabe Carr […]

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PC builders take gaming into their own hands

Freddie Wilhelm | Staff Writer Personal Computer (PC) builders are equipping themselves with Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and Motherboards to fight the forces of evil with the click of a mouse. Students are choosing to build custom PCs instead of buying them. Building, rather than buying, allows students to own high quality systems for a fraction of the cost of […]

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Students push boundaries in modern romances

Asia Porter | Online Editor Couples are rewriting the “Boy meets girl” love story by breaking the boundaries of modern romance. They challenge the idea that love only exists between a man and a woman from the same background by dating across races and religions and within genders. Since the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in 1967 and same-sex marriage […]

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Students with dyslexia face academic challenges

Delaney Turner | Staff Writer Imagine if every letter in this sentence was flipped. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability among students, but unlike other common disabilities like Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it has no medicinal treatment. Dyslexia is not a condition based on a lack of intelligence or poor vision. It is simply a […]

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African American hair care requires careful attention

Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Don’t touch my hair. Having strangers constantly feel your hair or ask if it’s real is the uncomfortable reality for these African American students. For junior Aniya Longmire, when some people see her long hair, they assume it’s fake. “I went to the mall with my two friends, and this lady stopped us to show […]

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Teachers pay high price for high achievement

The Cost of Greatness Part 1 of a series – Teacher Overload Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer They come to school early, stay late and have hours of homework every night – but they’re not students, they’re teachers. A 2016 research brief from Pennsylvania State University found that 46 percent of teachers responded “yes” to […]

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Armed forces diversify through STEM recruits

Freddie Wilhelm | Staff Writer The United States military is more than just men and women serving on the battlefield. Recently the government has moved towards the specialization of STEM roles to better serve the country. Recruits diversify the role of the armed forces by building specializations: particularly in science, technology, and engineering roles. While the military has decreased spending […]

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Sophomore uses baking to recover from head injury, leads to business opportunity

Sweet Recovery Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer A confectionery cure is just what the doctor prescribed. Sophomore Kennedy Harper suffered a severe concussion last year when her head slammed against a window during a bus accident. Kennedy spent days in the hospital and went through rehabilitation for several months before going back to school again full-time. Kennedy’s mother, Natasha Harper, […]

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Poetry slam thrives as local creative outlet

Alexandra Lisa | Staff Writer Watch poets perform their work at an Uncensored Society meeting.Aspiring poets are well-versed in self-expression Uncensored Society, a group of authors who share their work at a poetry slam at Kidd Coffee, celebrated its second anniversary on December 8. Made up of high school students, adults out of college and everywhere in between, the group […]

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Exercises linked to stress relief and relaxation

Ria Parikh | Staff Writer Yoga is more than trees and sun salutations. A study done at the Ohio State University and later published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology said that yoga reduces inflammation and fatigue, as well as the risk of diseases such as heart disease and arthritis. Senior and Yoga Club founder Nealofar Madani said that yoga […]

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