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Your Rape and Sex Jokes are Not Funny

November 16, 2017 2:24pm | Halina Dreger

“Hey, wanna smash?” screamed a group of jeering boys from their car window as they drove home with St. Edwards Catholic High School stickers plastered to their vehicles. Their remarks were directed at me as I was walking home from Lakewood High School, and I […]

The First Thanksgivings Weren’t Always Happy Ones

November 15, 2017 2:26pm | Halina Dreger

The image of a large group of happy pilgrims and Native Americans sitting around a bountiful table of food has been ingrained into most of our minds from a young age. As kids, many of us made paper hand turkeys, pilgrim hats or pretend cornucopia […]

Sutherland Church Killing Leave 25 Dead, 20 Injured

November 14, 2017 2:22pm | Sam Stone

No one likes to hear it is what it is. Be it about failing a test, missing a deadline, injuring yourself–or a mass shooting that killed twenty five people, one unborn child, and injured twenty people. Eight of the dead were under the age of […]

Hollywood Plagued By Sexual Assault Chaos

November 12, 2017 9:58pm | madyson lewellyn

The floodgates have opened. Hollywood has been rocked at the presence of numerous sexual assault allegations that are exploding into public view. 40 years of unrevealed stories, suppressed emotions, and scandal have been unleashed in the matter of 3 weeks, beginning with Rose Gorman’s accusations […]

Flanagan Wins

November 12, 2017 9:56pm | Max Boland

Weighing in at 106 lbs. and standing at a mere 5’5″, American runner Shalane Flanagan won the New York Marathon on Sunday, November 5th. Having placed 2nd in the NY Marathon seven years ago, Flanagan’s win is a story of redemption and perseverance. Flanagan grew […]

U.S. to be Only Country Not in Paris Climate Agreement

November 12, 2017 9:55pm | Halina Dreger

The United States will soon become the only country in the world not in the Paris climate agreement. According to CNN, Syria plans on joining the agreement as announced by officials at the United Nations Climate Change Conference on Tuesday, November 7. “I confirm that […]

Underage Drinking

November 5, 2017 8:46pm | Chloe Soneson

Alcohol is the most widely used substance amount American teens and young adults, posing substantial health and safety risks. Believe it or not, the average age for the first drink is 14. “Teens who start drinking before 15 are 5 times more likely to become […]

Early: The New On Time

November 3, 2017 1:59pm | Madyson Lewellyn

The dawn of a new era has begun at Lakewood High School–early being the new “on time.” Starting November 1st, 2017 each student not in their first period class at 8am will be subject to a detention. The new policy has caused a frenzy within […]

Why are College Textbooks So Expensive?

November 3, 2017 1:58pm | Lalia Williams

Today, the cost of college in the country has reached an all-time high. Even with scholarship and financial aid opportunities, many families must save up for their child’s higher education virtually from the day they are born. And worse, the classes are not the only […]

Lakewood Sailing Places

November 3, 2017 1:57pm | Max Boland

The freezing temperatures, chilling hail and ominous fog did not stop Lakewood High sailors this weekend at their 2nd to last regatta of the season. Luke Healy, Jack Wynn, Parker Polen, Kiera Hoye and I huddled up with other Foundry sailors around the only living […]

Miss Peru Contestant Give Gender Violence Statistics For Their Measurements

November 3, 2017 1:23pm | Sam Stone

Beauty pageants. Usually a staple of vanity and the value of looks within the world. But on Sunday, the contestants of Miss Peru formed a protest, giving violence against women statistics in lieu of their hip, waist, and bust measurements. “My measurements are 2,202 cases […]

Alex Schwarz and the Pineapple

November 2, 2017 2:00pm | Max Boland

Over last Halloween weekend, freshman at University of Akron and Lakewood alumni, Alex Schwarz, had an epiphany. When his RA (peer manager of that particular dorm) banned the carving and display of pumpkins, Schwarz got creative. A pineapple took place of the pumpkin this spooky […]

Three Former Trump Officials Charged by Special Counsel

November 2, 2017 1:06pm | Joe Burtzlaff

On Monday morning, October 30, Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed charges against Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman. The charges include money laundering and conspiracy against the United States, both of which are felonies. After the charges were announced, Manafort turned himself in that morning, […]

School Raises $2000 for Hurricane Relief

October 27, 2017 1:51pm | Chloe Soneson

Puerto Rico has been suffering from the aftermath of hurricane Marie. “I mean, there is devastation. People with wooden houses are no longer there. And all of the forests and palm trees — they’re not there. It’s bare soil. It is devastating, and I hope we […]

Sen. Flake Slams Trump On Senate Floor

October 27, 2017 12:48pm | Joe Burtzlaff

What took place on the U.S. Senate floor this past Tuesday, October 24, could go down as one of the most shocking events in U.S. political history. In a speech on the Senate floor, Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake announced that he would not seek […]

#MeToo: Exposing sexual assault

October 25, 2017 2:12pm | Madyson Lewellyn

The exposure of sexual assault happens as a domino effect–many containing their traumatic experiences, only speaking out of influence of another victim. Two simple words “Me Too” quickly became an outcry on Twitter as people chose to stand against sexual assault and harassment. On Sunday, […]

Boy Kicked Out of Cub Scouts for Gun Control Question

October 22, 2017 9:48pm | Halina Dreger

“An issue that I’m concerned about is common sense gun control. I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offender to continue to own a gun. … Why on Earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access […]

Mississippi School Changes name from Confederate General to Barack Obama

October 21, 2017 12:35am | Jared Dubber

In the face of many confederate symbols being criticized for the racist messages that they pose—from Charleston to Charlottesville, the debate to whether the nation should keep this part of their history, even a racist one, is heating up. That is why it is shocking […]

Senioritis: Plaguing Lakewood High

October 20, 2017 6:56pm | Madyson Lewellyn

Senior year is the last 100 meters of the race. You can either sprint to the finish line and claim your medal, or completely trip and fall after enduring the long marathon. Walking down the halls of Lakewood High, one can vividly see the plague […]

Carnival cruise ship in Miami: 8 year old fell to her death

October 20, 2017 6:10pm | Chloe Soneson

A family cruise to paradise turned into a nightmare on Saturday, when an 8-year-old tumbled over the inner railing of a ship and fell to her death. According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Zion Smith fell two stories inside the Carnival Cruise Line Glory ship […]

Trump’s Comments to a Gold Star Widow

October 20, 2017 6:09pm | Halina Dreger

He “must have known what he signed up for,” President Trump allegedly said in a phone call to a grieving Myeshia Johnson of her husband, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who died in an ambush in Niger on October 4. Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, who […]

Birth Control

October 12, 2017 2:54pm | Max Boland

Wild sex or uncontrollable periods? Whatever you use birth control for is your business. With all the controversy surrounding birth control, any young woman (or man, we’re trans inclusive) might be scared to pursue it. This fear is causing a rise in STDs and teenage […]

Pence Leaves Colts Game After Players Kneel During Anthem

October 12, 2017 1:23pm | Joe Burtzlaff

This past Sunday October 8, Vice President Mike Pence left an NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers after players took a knee during the national anthem prior to the game’s start. After his exit, Pence sent two tweets saying “While […]

Las Vegas Massacre

October 9, 2017 2:00pm | Madyson Lewellyn

On October 1st 2017, chaos struck the Las Vegas strip as Stephen Paddock opened fire in front of Mandalay Bay Resort–ending 58 lives and injuring 527 more. An evening spent at an open-air country music festival quickly turned into the deadliest mass shooting in the US–surpassing the 2016 Pulse […]

To Juul Or Not To Juul?

October 9, 2017 1:59pm | Madyson Lewellyn

For those making a choice to quit habitual smoking habits, electronic cigarettes may seem appealing when ending addiction. “Vaping” and cigarette alternatives are modern trends that have been instrumental in helping people transition away from the habit that increases risk for lung cancer, heart disease, […]

Why Bees Are Important

October 6, 2017 2:47pm | Lalia Williams

Most of us have been in this situation: We are outside. We hear a pestering buzz, and look down to see a small yellow-and-black bee flying around by our feet. Now, lots of people would do one of two things in this situation: either run […]

Tom Petty Dies at 66

October 6, 2017 2:45pm | Jared Dubber

In the early hours of the morning of October 2nd, Tom Petty suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center. After many hours of confusion, Petty’s longtime manager announced that he died peacefully at 8:40 PST surrounded by family, friends, and bandmates. […]

Hurricane Nate Approaches

October 6, 2017 1:23pm | Sam Stone

A fourth hurricane makes its way towards land. Its next destination off the coast of southeastern Cozumel, Mexico. The hurricane has been giving the name of Nate. The eye of the storm is at last report 230 miles off of the coast of Cozumel. There […]

Question of the Death Penalty

October 6, 2017 12:59pm | Sam Stone

Friday, September 29th, the United Nation passed a new law with a victory of 27-13. This law out laws the death penalty to be used indiscriminately when trying pregnant women, minorities, mentally ill, and most importantly members of the LGBT considering apostasy, blasphemy, and adultery. […]

Spain Faces Crisis with Catalan Independence Referendum

October 6, 2017 12:56pm | Joe Burtzlaff

On Sunday, October 1, the government of Catalonia held a referendum on Catalan independence from Spain. The referendum, which read “Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic,” was overwhelmingly approved by the Catalan people, with 2,020,144 people […]

Hugh Hefner

October 2, 2017 12:53pm | Max Boland

Lover, writer, activist and possible misogynist? Hugh Hefner, 91, died September 27th, 2017 at a net worth of $50 million and nearly a century under his belt. Most notably, Hefner is known for publishing the (almost pornographic) magazine Playboy in 1953. Although infamous, Hugh Hefner […]

Is Vaping Safe

October 1, 2017 4:49pm | Sam Stone

The elusive vape. A recent trend, despite being around for years, and a sold as an alternative to the ever infamous cigarette that has been part of pop culture and death of millions. Shops have been popping up in the Lakewood area over the past year […]

Journalism Writing Robots

September 28, 2017 2:13pm | Lalia Williams

Since the beginning of writing, one thing that is usually key to an engaging story is some kind of personal touch. But what if it isn’t written by a person? Recently, several news organizations have been using artificial intelligence to write reports. The robots can […]

Fate of FISA Section 702 Lies in Congress

September 28, 2017 1:23pm | Joe Burtzlaff

This past week, it was disclosed that the National Security Agency is currently conducting surveillance on 100,000 foreign nationals. The surveillance is authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), passed in 1978 and then strengthened by the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. The disclosure […]

Yellowstone Park

September 28, 2017 12:15pm | Lalia Williams

This weekend in Gardiner Montana, native tribes gathered in Yellowstone National Park to rally for some name changes of the landmarks in the area. The two locations in question are Hayden Valley and Mount Doane. Gustavus C. Doane was present at the slaughter of 173 […]

Are Hurricanes Caused by Global Warming?

September 28, 2017 12:14pm | Lalia Williams

Recently, the United States has suffered the one of the worst hurricanes ever to cross the Atlantic ocean, by the name of Hurricane Irene. The storm devastated the mainland and islands of Florida and also affected other areas, like the coasts of South Carolina. This, […]

Mental Health Linked to Sleep

September 27, 2017 12:39pm | Max Boland

21st century teenagers have worse anxiety than 1950s mental health patients – – sounds crazy right? The science behind it isn’t so far-fetched. The amount of sleep a teenager gets a night directly influences their mental health. Every night, a person between the ages of […]

“With Charlie” or “With Safety?”

September 24, 2017 11:48pm | Madyson, Lewellyn

On September 6th, 2017, Lakewood Officials made their decision  to remove the controversial pit bull, Charlie, from city limits within 30 days. Jennifer Scott adopted a pit bull from the Cleveland APL in early February of 2017–a breed that has been banned from Lakewood for […]

Hurricane Irma

September 20, 2017 12:50pm | Christina Auck

With wind speeds of over 100 miles per hour, rains battering the coast of Puerto Rico, and 900,000 people without power, Hurricane Irma is said to be bigger than Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Irma is one of three hurricanes in the Atlantic basin. This is the […]


September 18, 2017 1:30pm | Dennis Ebner

Wednesday September 27 is your last chance for free senior yearbook photos. A signup sheet for appointments is on the wall outside Room B207. Stop by and sign up soon. ONLY PICTURES FROM PRESTIGE PHOTOGRAPHY WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE YEARBOOK, so make sure to […]


September 18, 2017 12:49pm | Max Boland

During the week of September 7-13 every year, New York Fashion week commences. The most influential designers come together to create a contemporary experience for all of New York. Unrestricted in terms of  venue, artists have gone as far as holding their runway shows in […]

Turtles All the Way Down

September 15, 2017 2:32pm | Halina Dreger

One of the most influential authors to grace the stage of young adult literature is unarguably John Green. All over the world, his work has touched the harts of people of all ages. His novels consists of An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska, Paper […]

College Process

September 15, 2017 2:26pm | Chloe Soneson

Attention! All seniors that are planning on attending college you should begin looking and applying to colleges.  You should have already began making you FAFSA ID, for federal student aid that is free to sign up for.  The opening date to apply is October 1st. […]

Fall Events in Cleveland

September 15, 2017 2:22pm | Halina Dreger

Autumn is known for its crisp air, vibrant leaves, and sweater weather. Of course, it is also the time of year when pumpkin patches, hayrides, and other diversions begin to pop up everywhere  – including Cleveland. In fact, the city and its surrounding areas are […]

Royal Family Expecting Third Baby

September 13, 2017 1:56pm | Halina Dreger

Prince Harry and Princess Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will soon be welcoming a third child to their family. Tabloid sites, such as Stuff.com, have been insisting that the baby is due in April, though the palace has yet to confirm this statement. […]

Cleveland Welcomes Baby Animals to Zoo

September 8, 2017 1:05pm | Halina Dreger

Over the years, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has welcomed countless baby animals, and these past few have been no exception. In addition to their “toddler-age” orangutan, Meerah, and snow leopard, Sameera, there are a number of even younger baby animals, including a giraffe and red […]

LRC is open!

September 6, 2017 12:42am | Albert Wilhelmy

The LRC is now open! It has found it’s permanent home, on the second floor, in the brand new E building. Right above the lunchroom, featuring an all-glass wall, is the library. There are many new books that have arrived for the avid readers, and […]


September 1, 2017 2:13pm | Madyson Lewellyn

On Monday, August 21st,  North America witnessed one of nature’s most awe-inspiring acts–a Total Solar Eclipse. Anyone within the path of totality was in for an afternoon treat with the ability to observe the first eclipse of the sun in nearly 40 years! For a […]

Hurricane Harvey Wreaks Havoc

September 1, 2017 1:12pm | Halina Dreger

On Friday, August 25, Category 4 Hurricane Harvey touched down on the coast of Texas. The next day, the storm was downgraded to a Category 3, then Category 2, and finally a Category 1. However, this did not stop Harvey from pouring down feet of […]

I’m with Charlie

September 1, 2017 1:14am | Chloe Soneson

A local woman is fighting to keep her pit bull in Lakewood. Jennifer Scott purchased Charlie from a local shelter about four months ago with the city’s approval. In 2008, Lakewood forced a ban on any vicious dogs, including dogs that resemble pit bulls. Charlie […]