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Animal Abuse

April 24, 2018 1:59pm | Miranda Larimer

Animals are bought to be part of the family, to be loved forever and always. They only want to love and be loved, they don’t mean to make a mess or pee everywhere. The one thing not to do is hurt them, just because they […]

Plane Safety Concerns

April 20, 2018 1:03pm | Jordan Brenot

On Tuesday April 17th, tragedy struck flight number 1380 at about 32,500 feet. The flight departed from New York City and was set to land in Dallas, Texas. Within twenty short minutes alarms suddenly went off and oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Passengers reported […]

What Makes A Cult?

April 19, 2018 5:03pm | Sam Stone

I have what I like to call a healthy obsession over cults. Led to podcasts and case studies, books, webpages. Manson is a safe bet, similar Jones or Heaven’s Gate.   Those talking about cults talk a lot of the acts they performed and the […]

Standardized Testing

April 19, 2018 4:43pm | Lalia Williams

Starting this week and continuing all the way through next week, our school schedule is interrupted by standardized testing. As of right now, we take what is called AIR tests, but most people who are in high school at this point probably remember having to […]

Is Assad the best option for a post war Syria?

April 16, 2018 4:27pm | Nathan Cochran

After an allied strike on Syria, Assad’s war machine shows no sign of stopping. But is that necessarily the worst thing that could happen in the Middle East; As we’ve seen with other places in the Middle East, things get really messed up when people […]

When Should the School Year Really End?

April 16, 2018 4:26pm | Kaitlyn Rosa

Some people believe that the school year should end before Memorial Day, others say it should end after, and some say it just should not end at all. The truth is, it should be ending the week before Memorial Day. Memorial Day, to most, marks […]

Opinion – Students feel pressured to go to college

April 15, 2018 8:12pm | Emily Ruebsteck

With the school year quickly coming to an end, it’s time to start deciding what our futures are going to somewhat look like after high school. As students, we have always been told that after high school, the next step is college. But the reality is […]

Construction started on wall in New Mexico

April 11, 2018 4:34pm | Nathan Cochran

Much like most Americans, when I heard that the wall was starting to be built-in New Mexico I was excited. The nation’s security will  be increased, and the people actually deserving of entering this country will be permitted. The border that was serving for New […]

Gun Violence

March 29, 2018 4:25pm | Tianna Hernandez

After the terrible school shooting in Florida there has been a lot of talk about changing the gun policy. The shooting caused a lot of pain to the families involved. Those families do not want others to go through that heart-break and pain. Proposals to […]

Gun Control Rallies

March 29, 2018 4:24pm | Maddy McFarlin

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, there were rallies all over the country about the gun ban. The biggest one was in Washington D.C. It was a nice peaceful march and rally, there were no big problems. Some kids from our school raised money and went […]

Cavaliers In None?

March 29, 2018 4:02pm | Kaitlyn Rosa

Some say that the Cavaliers will not be making an appearance the NBA Finals. Those same people said the same thing about them not getting a spot in the playoffs. Well, here they are. Seven games left in the season with a clinched playoff spot. […]

“Clown Gun” by Alternative Ballistics: Is it the Answer to Gun Violence?

March 29, 2018 1:27pm | Sam Stone

In an age where yearly hundreds are shot dead by police force, there has been a call for reform, training to reduce use of excessive force, and the persecution of those who used this force without rightful cause. But what can we do? There are […]

We Need Change.

March 28, 2018 12:24pm | Jordan Brenot

On Saturday March 24th, one of many marches took place in the Capitol of The United States. In Washington, an estimated 800,000-2 million people gathered together to protest gun violence in our schools. Among the crowd, teachers, parents, and students alike supported one cause: stop […]

Loot boxes are killing gaming

March 13, 2018 12:24pm | Keegan Sabin

The year was 1983 and the crash of a generation had just occurred. The future of video games was unknown and it was due to issues that could have been prevented years before. The issue was an oversaturated market and a lying market. Companies were […]

Oil Drilling

March 11, 2018 6:33pm | Lalia Williams

Oil drilling is another way that people like to ruin natural landscapes to get money. But while to many people, drilling may seem like a vague concept that seems somewhat ominous, there are so many more ways that it is harmful that anyone would originally […]

Is School Shooting An Act of Domestic Terrorism?

February 26, 2018 3:55am | Sam Stone

Are school shooters domestic terrorists? Was the Las Vegas shooting an act of domestic terrorism? We as society quickly clip terrorism onto any national tragedy as it, well, inflicts terror. Society is afraid, essentially at the hands of the others and the lawmakers. When we […]

Ignatius Cheating Scandal

February 25, 2018 3:38pm | Max Boland

Joshua Crayton, senior at Saint Ignatius High School, was asked in December to leave given an “altercation” with a female teacher that did not involve any physical or mental harm. St. Ignatius has kept the situation under wraps as Crayton sits at home waiting to […]

Could the Florida Massacre Have Been Stopped?

February 17, 2018 12:43am | Halina Dreger

Is it possible that Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida could have been prevented? And not just through stricter gun policies. Of course, none of the victims are to blame, but the perpetrator, Nikolas Cruz, did show some warning signs that we should all look out […]

Cuckolding: The CNN Slip-Up

February 2, 2018 2:17pm | Jared Dubber

Recently, CNN published an article, entitled, “Cuckolding can be positives for some couples.” No, seriously. CNN defending cuckolding, claiming it to be a positive thing. Cuckolding is a sexual preference on submissive men (and much less often, woman) who prefer (or allow) their significant other […]


January 26, 2018 5:40pm | Maddy McFarlin

In the world today there are multiple stereotypes people use everyday, you may be doing it and you have no clue that you are. Most stereotypes involve race, gender and age. People will say “oh she is a woman she can’t drive” or “she is […]

Are American occupational forces still needed in Europe?

January 26, 2018 5:26pm | Nathan Cochran

World War Two was a war that shattered the lives of millions and killed an estimated 24,000,000 soldiers and an estimated total of 73,000,00 dead all together. The war was catastrophic on all levels and on both sides. There is also the undeniable amount of […]

Adopt Don’t Shop

January 26, 2018 1:19pm | Miranda Larimer

Animals are constantly being bought from pet stores or breeders. Leaving all the animals in shelters still needing a home. Animals eventually get euthanize to clear up space if they have been there for a while. Lawrence County in southeastern Ohio euthanized 81 percent of […]

Man’s Best Friend or Your Worst Nightmare?

January 26, 2018 1:18pm | Elizabeth Scott

There has been a recent Super Bowl commercial released that says “Do not adopt a pitbull” (link for video at the bottom of the article). This video states that “75% of the people who were mauled in 2017 were mauled by one breed.” The commercial […]

Why Oprah Shouldn’t Run for President in 2020

January 19, 2018 3:03pm | Jared Dubber

The idea of the television star Oprah running for president began the night of the golden globes, when host Seth Meyers posed that in 2011, he said Donald Trump could never be president, and looked what happened. So he said, “Some have said that night […]

Trump Calls African Countries “Sh!thole” During Meeting

January 12, 2018 2:26pm | Sam Stone

“Why do we want all these people from sh!thole countries coming here?”   “They all have AIDS.”   “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists…”   Three phrases that will strike disgust in some people and resonate with others. But overall are controversial as […]

Ditch Your “Resolutions” 2018

January 12, 2018 2:17pm | Madyson Lewellyn

With the new years comes alot of, shall we say, optimism. We wake up in euphoria the morning of January 1st…enticed with the idea of new beginnings, a fresh start, a clean slate. Some years we do make credible change and other years we may […]

The Role of Spinoffs and Sequels in the Media

January 12, 2018 2:16pm | Lalia Williams

Every good show must have an end, right? Sometimes this end is hard to accept. And from this fact comes the creation of spinoffs. For example, The Office has been widely accepted as one of the best and funniest shows today. But before the show […]

My Gender is an Experience

January 11, 2018 1:36pm | Max Boland

This weekend my dear friend Samuel sent me a link to an interview with the artist Angel Haze, who said “My gender is an experience.” If that ain’t me! So, I figured I would expand upon why this is my new favorite quote, next to […]

Doug Jones Takes Alabama Senate Chair

December 15, 2017 2:24pm | Sam Stone

In an earlier article I wrote how there was still a possibility that pedophile Roy Moore had a chance to winning a seat in the Alabama Senate. Well, as of the thirteenth of December, I have never been happier to eat crow.   Doug Jones, […]

The Republican Tax Bill

December 7, 2017 3:32pm | Lalia Williams

Donald Trump has been president for close to a year. In this short time he has almost caused catastrophe a large number of times. But none of these times have swayed him from his extensive and impractical agenda. Now, he wants a new tax plan. […]

Abortion: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

December 4, 2017 1:26pm | Emily

About half of all pregnancies among women in the United States in 2011 were unintended, and about four in ten of these were terminated by abortion. In 2014, one in twenty women will have had an abortion by the age of twenty. Only 1% of […]

Enough Is Enough: The Time to End the North Korea Issue Is Now

December 1, 2017 2:20pm | Joe Burtzlaff

On Thursday, November 30, North Korea confirmed reports that they launched an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) by releasing photos of the test launch. Photos show the missile, the Hwasong-15, as it takes off from its launch pad somewhere in the northern part of North Korea […]

Starting School at 8 AM?

December 1, 2017 1:47pm | Zion Darby

I’m a student at Lakewood High School and lately I’ve been thinking about the problem of our school which is the start at eight. Yes, we need have to be at school at eight to be on time. Which means we have to wake up […]

Non biodegradable bags

December 1, 2017 1:34pm | Miranda Larimer

Plastic bags that are given out at grocery stores are non-biodegradable. Which means they can not be broken down in a safe way by the Earth. The substance that is non-biodegradable can not be changed to a harmless natural state by the action of bacteria. It […]

Open Lunch All Year Round

November 29, 2017 3:59pm | Mackenzie Merriner

  In my experience as a student at Lakewood High School, I think we should have open lunch all year round, not just during the midterms and finals weeks. The days that we, as students, have open lunch it is the most freedom we have during […]

Age Restictions

November 29, 2017 12:42pm | Erin mullen

All over the world there are different age restrictions for every country. In America there are some that are controversial. I think the most affected by age restrictions are teens that are transitioning into “adults”. What makes someone an adult? When you turn the age […]

Ex-Felons and Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

November 27, 2017 1:56pm | Sam Stone

In the United States, 6.1 million of the population is ex-felons. We also currently have 2.25 million individuals in incarceration. When a solid percentage of our population exists within past or current punishment, one wonders what they are being reduced to, or simply this: are […]

Did A Girl Just Walk Into the Boys’ Bathroom?

November 17, 2017 1:02am | Sam Stone

“Did a girl just walk into that stall?” Do not be alarmed. They mean you no harm. You were offset because the young man that walked in had no facial hair, a softer jaw, and a more prominent chest. You can see by his feet […]

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 […]

Physical Punishment on Children

November 12, 2017 9:55pm | Lalia Williams

We have long known that the way you are treated as a child will surely affect the way you behave later on in life. One of these “treatments” include whether their guardians believe in physical punishment such as spanking, hitting, or slapping their child. This […]


October 26, 2017 2:12pm | Max Boland

With all the tragedy and heartbreak engulfing the world, it can be hard to have hope; positivity is rarely found as organically. This consistent flow of bad news can cause one to feel powerless, even completely out of control. How can I begin to make […]

Abuse in LGBT Relationships

October 15, 2017 7:07pm | Sam Stone

The twenty-first century has marked a great deal of growth for the LGBT community. With that young LGBT kids have been coming out younger and younger and able to find their first significant others within the same first love culture that heterosexuals have. Come relationships […]

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 […]

The Bad Boy Theory

October 9, 2017 2:02pm | Max Boland

The cigarette smoking, leaning up against his fast car, and never on time ‘one that got away’ is the typical bad boy one tries their best to steer clear of. Unfortunately, the bad boy of your life might be harder to spot. Spotting a bad […]

Gun Control

October 7, 2017 6:29pm | Jared Dubber

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, many politicians are sending their “thoughts and prayers” to the families of the victims. While this may have been enough the first times the United States has experienced mass shootings, like Virginia Tech; or may have been […]

Fast Fashion

October 6, 2017 2:46pm | Max Boland

In a world where quantity reigns over quality (I’m talking the most friends, followers, lovers), fast fashion is creating a divide in personal style and adding to an already insecure generation. Not to mention, the rapid production of clothing at almost illegal labor costs, is […]


September 29, 2017 1:18pm | Madyson Lewellyn

The human population is becoming zombie-like. We brood around exhausted, inflamed, and ridden with chronic disease. The old saying, “we are what we eat,” provides keen insight to our internal well-being. The farther away the human diet strays from the earth, the farther away humans […]

The Impact of Art

September 29, 2017 1:14pm | Sasha Seckers

I’ve been going to art museums for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I took one glance at the art and immediately moved on. I didn’t stop to consider a deeper meaning, the historical context, and I just didn’t really think […]

Putting Animal Testing to the Test

September 29, 2017 1:13pm | Halina Dreger

13,400 cats and dogs. 19,500,000 animals for science. 1,130,000 creatures for agricultural issues. According to Statistic Brain, these numbers speak to the suffering that millions animals face every year due to the inhumane practice of animal testing. Using animals for research and study has been […]

Being ‘Cool’ is Overrated

September 28, 2017 12:15pm | Max Boland

Have you ever walked past a group of girls all wearing a variation on the same outfit? Or stifled your own voice to be ‘likeable’ or ‘cool’? Unfortunately, most of us have. Conformity is healthy to an extent, however, this natural conformity shouldn’t kill your […]