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Trending: YouTube influencers sharing stories of personal mental health issues

Trending: YouTube influencers sharing stories of personal mental health issues

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

August 28, 2019

When one thinks of the term “influencer” they normally think of someone influencing or affecting someone's behavior in a positive way. Over the years, YouTube has built a platform where video creators have become “influencers” with their primary job being to create content for their viewers. Many...

How important is social atmosphere in college choice?

How important is social atmosphere in college choice?

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

August 26, 2019

If a college is known as a “party” school does that make it a “bad” college? Potential high school graduates factor a number of different aspects in to the decision making process as to which college is the best for them.  When it comes time to choose the college that is the best fit, most pr...

Social Media Redefining What It Means to Be a Celebrity

Social Media Redefining What It Means to Be a Celebrity

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

May 30, 2019

The age of social media has changed the idea of “celebrity” and opened new lanes of stardom. If you want to become a model, you no longer have to go through an agency; instead, you can get sponsored on Instagram and become an Instagram model with a wide following. A seven-year-old can become a m...

Despite Growing Awareness, Cyberbullying Still a Concern

Despite Growing Awareness, Cyberbullying Still a Concern

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

May 30, 2019

In the era of mass media that is occurring today, both positive and negative consequences arise. While technology does allow for tremendous improvement in way of life, it can also cause serious harm for many. The increase in forms of technology that has been happening throughout the 21st century has ...

Global Warming Could Lead to Thawing of Disease Viruses Resulting in Pandemics

Global Warming Could Lead to Thawing of Disease Viruses Resulting in Pandemics

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

May 28, 2019

Over the years more people have been careless about what they put in the environment and what effect it has on the environment. In turn, this has increased the global warming threat our planet is facing. Many scientists have come out saying that if we don’t get how we treat our world under control...

Preparing for Semester Exams? Manage Time and Stress

Preparing for Semester Exams? Manage Time and Stress

Jennifer Geller, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019

As finals approach, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Here are three helpful tips to maximize your success and minimize your stress: Stress productively: Ignore what you’ve been told about stressing. Yes, too much stress is unhealthy; however, stress can be a helpful tool in many situations. The ke...

Proper Treatment of School Shooting PTSD Can Save Lives

Proper Treatment of School Shooting PTSD Can Save Lives

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

May 10, 2019

Since the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) on Feb. 14, 2018, the school’s policy has been revised concerning how to deal with students suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The daily burden these carry on their shoulders as the walk past Building 12 where the massacre ...

Coping with Irrational Fears Is Possible with Therapy

Coping with Irrational Fears Is Possible with Therapy

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

A fear is something that can make a person feel frightened over a specific object or situation.  Fears are normal and everyone has them. However, the second that fear becomes an abnormal, or weird fear is when it hinders a person from carrying out normal routines. The fear is so persistent that it c...

What If You Need 9-1-1, But It’s Too Dangerous to Speak?

What If You Need 9-1-1, But It’s Too Dangerous to Speak?

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

April 28, 2019

From a young age children are taught to dial 911 in case of an emergency. And while this is still a very valid method of protection, as technology evolves on a daily basis, new ways to contact emergency help is also emerging.   November of 1967 marked the first proposal in which a phone line...

Cannabis-Based CBD Becoming A Part of Everyday Life

Cannabis-Based CBD Becoming A Part of Everyday Life

Ashley Perry, Features Editor

April 22, 2019

A chemical called Cannabidiol (CBD) has recently made a grand appearance in the food and drug industry, showing up in shampoos, lattes, body oils, gummy bears, dog treats, and a vast number of other consumer products. It is being sold at a multitude of different stores including coffee shops; farmer...

Sleep Deprivation for Teenagers Often Carries Serious Consequences

Sleep Deprivation for Teenagers Often Carries Serious Consequences

Halli Arthur & Kiara Curtis, Staff Writers

March 31, 2019

A majority of teenagers wake up around 6:00 a.m. each morning for school, many even earlier if they have a bus to catch. With homework and after school activities, many teens aren’t able to get into bed for the night until around 11:oo p.m. And even if they are able to fall asleep right away -which...

Current Curriculum Seem More Designed to Produce Test-Takers Than Life-Long Learners

Current Curriculum Seem More Designed to Produce Test-Takers Than Life-Long Learners

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

March 30, 2019

Students constantly poke fun at school curriculum, claiming that it is a jumble of jargon that in no way prepares anyone for adulthood. After spending thirteen years following the motions to move up grade by grade, the hope would be that by the time students reach college, preliminary schooling would hav...

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