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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 […]

“OCD” is Not an Adjective

September 24, 2017 11:47pm | Halina Dreger

All too often we will hear someone describe themselves as “so OCD.” In reality, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is, of course, not an adjective, but a noun. However, this is not an English lecture, and it is only slang, so does it even matter? The answer […]

The Future is Female?

September 15, 2017 2:32pm | Sasha Seckers

What happened to equality? When phrases such as ‘the future is female’ are sent out into the mainstream media and accepted as normal, we are essentially cutting out everyone else. No longer young boys get to hear things about how they are going to go […]

DACA ruining the life of dreamers?

September 14, 2017 1:18pm | Albert Wilhelmy

Whether you are pro-life, or pro-choice, you will most likely still agree that once a human has been born, that human should have a life of dignity and an opportunity for success. The President of the United States portrays himself as one who is pro-life. […]

Tyranny, Like Hell, is Not Easily Conquered

September 7, 2017 1:18pm | Sam Stone

The battle between North Korea and other countries has been an uphill battle for over a hundred years. Before it was about keeping patriotism alive and acknowledging human right violations committed by the country. Now it’s the fear of the destruction of the world through […]

Trump Is Wrong To Pardon Arpaio

August 30, 2017 1:13pm | Joe Burtzlaff

On Friday August 25, Donald Trump pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The pardon comes as Arpaio was recently convicted of criminal contempt for disregarding a court order in a racial-profiling case. While the president has full authority to pardon anyone he chooses, he should […]

The Finals are Here

June 1, 2017 12:42pm | David Facaros

On Thursday at 9 pm the 2017 NBA finals kicks off between the Cavs and Warriors. Both teams throughout the post season dominated everyone in their path combining for a combining record of 24-1. Most of these games for both the Cavs and Warriors were blowouts […]

Why Dance is Important to Me

June 1, 2017 12:20pm | Halina Dreger

It was mid afternoon on an early September day in 2015, and I was in the Fairview Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Ward. I sat in my temporary bed in my temporary room, where everything was white. No matter where I turned, I was met […]

Opinion- Food in Class

May 31, 2017 6:19pm | Collin McDermott

My opinion on having food in class in that it should be allowed. I think having food in class in beneficial for a lot of reasons. One reason that I believe having food in class is beneficial is because some people do not have a […]

Is it Time for Tiger Woods to Step away

May 31, 2017 6:16pm | Garlock, Dakotah

Tuesday May 30,—— Tiger Woods had yet another setback it what was once a stellar career. He was arrested on Monday on charge of being under the influence of alcohol. Police spotted him weaving erratically on the road. The police had smelled alcohol and immediately  was […]


May 31, 2017 11:56am | Razan Almutairi

Spring, one of my favorite season other than summer. It’s the second season of the year, consisting of the months March, April, and May. I like the weather because it is not too hot or cold. I like the cool 60-70 degree weather. Some days […]

Fasting During Ramadan

May 31, 2017 11:45am | Dinar Naserallah

If you have a  Muslim friend, there probably is a point in time where they mention something about fasting for Ramadan. In the religion of Islam, we fast in order to have empathy for the ones who are unfortunate and who cannot eat. We come […]

LHS and the Times: After the Seniors

May 26, 2017 4:10pm | Mo Suleiman

Now that the class of 2017 is gone, what is next? Many of us underclassmen remain in classes that are nearly empty, with only mundane tasks left to accomplish. For others, life at Lakewood High continues as it always has, with finals to study for […]

Palm Oil Problems

May 26, 2017 2:35pm | Halina Dreger

If you take a look at the ingredient lists of items such as Cheez-its, frozen pizzas, Little Debbie products, and even certain lipsticks, you are likely to find one similar substance listed: palm oil. Sometimes listed as vegetable oil, palmitate, sodium kernelate, and more, it […]


May 24, 2017 12:07pm | Dinar Naserallah

Often times people argue about whether or not breakfast is an essential part of a person’s day. While some say that it is not vital to eat before school, I would have to disagree; breakfast can sometimes be a wake-up-call. Waking up in the morning […]

Opinion: Should seniors get out early

May 23, 2017 2:00pm | Elan Dimacchia

Nearing the end of the school year (for seniors at least) the question “Should seniors get out early?” rises.  At Lakewood High School, the seniors get out 2 weeks earlier than the rest of the students. The seniors take their final exams during the regular […]

The end of a journey

May 23, 2017 1:55pm | Trinity Nall

It’s a bittersweet moment, that comes sooner than you think. Many people tell you don’t take high school for granted, that it goes by quicker than you think. This is a statement that is very underrated. When my siblings use to tell me high school would go by […]


May 19, 2017 6:11pm | Razan Almutairi

Summer, it’s a six letter word that comes around every year. A season that lasts three months; June, July, and August. It is the time where everyone wears shorts, tank tops, sandals, goes to the beach. In my opinion, I love the summer. Even though […]

Opinion- Food In Class

May 19, 2017 6:08pm | Gabrielle Murray

A huge controversy that I don’t agree with is not being allowed to have any food or beverages in class.  I strongly disagree with this because several people I know do not even have open lunch periods or even just regular free periods, such as study […]

Dear Juniors,

May 19, 2017 12:38pm | James Christie

About time, yes high school is “the greatest time of your life,” college is turning a new leaf, meeting new people, and the independence. It’s weird remembering freshman year, as if it was last year, and now you’re almost an adult. People tell you that high […]

Should Banned Books Be Read in School?

May 16, 2017 12:18pm | Elizabeth Scott

This has been a question for all schools to face at the very least once. Should schools allow their students to read banned book for classes or should they steer their students clear of reading them? This is more a question for elementary schools or […]

Are Strict Diets Really Necessary?

May 12, 2017 5:37pm | Christina Kamkutis

Vegetarian, Vegan, Pescetarian, Paleo, Locavore, Non-GMO, Sonoma, and so many more. I would bet that in your life you have been introduced to a plethora of different and confusing diets, each of which entail leaving behind a majority of your most prized joys in life, such […]

Will The Cavaliers Go All The Way?

May 12, 2017 5:26pm | Jon Patrick

Once again the Cleveland Cavaliers are heading to their 3rd straight Eastern Conference Finals. Throughout the playoffs the Cavaliers have been brutally defeating the opponents in the East. Casually sweeping both the Indiana Pacers in the first round and the Toronto Raptors in the second […]

Time To Say Good-Bye

May 12, 2017 5:23pm | Victoria Donegan

Nine. Nine school days left of senior year. In nine days, the seniors will sit in their last class, turn in their last highschool paper, and walk in the halls of Lakewood High for the last time. For some seniors this had just hit them, other […]

Class of 2017 is Coming to an End

May 12, 2017 4:38pm | Connor York

With less than 9 school days left for the Class of 2017, many Seniors at LHS are either doing one of three things. Celebrating, over thinking, or praying. Many of us are really happy and proud to be moving on with the next stage in […]

Would Getting Out of School Earlier Be Better?

May 12, 2017 4:36pm | Sara Crawford

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, there is a mixed feeling of getting out of school earlier or perhaps later, than everyone else. Looking back to last school year, we got out of school before Memorial Day and just had to come […]

Celtics or Wizards?

May 12, 2017 12:39pm | David Facaros

In these playoffs the Cleveland Cavaliers have done a lot of sitting because they swept the first two rounds. They beat the Pacers and Raptors. Now Lebron and his crew are sitting for a week waiting around for their next opponent. They will play the winner […]

Littering Affects Animals

May 12, 2017 12:35pm | Kelsey Shea

Of course everyone has littered once in their life, from throwing trash on the ground or even just spitting your gum out on the ground when it’s lost its flavor. Even if it’s the tiniest piece of trash it could still cause a problem in […]

School Start Time

May 12, 2017 12:35pm | 'Emma Ribar'

School starts way too early. I am not only saying this because I am a student. Having kids come in at eight doesn’t mean they wake up at 8. Kids have to wake up earlier to get ready and to make sure they are on […]

OU Oh Yeah? Party School or Not?

May 12, 2017 12:25pm | Emma Bressler

When you think of Ohio University, what do you think of? Most of you will think of partying. Ohio University is known to be a huge party school. But is it Really? Ohio University as a school is not a party school, campus police and […]

It’s May!

May 11, 2017 1:53pm | Dinar Naserallah

May is one of the best months of school, as it is the last full month of school. It is the time for teachers to wrap up their plans and help us gear up for our finals. It is also the time for students to […]

Driving age

May 5, 2017 6:10pm | Luke Healy

The Drivers License, something that all teens look forward to. the national average age is 16. A 16th birthday is a big step for teens they get a sense of freedom and granted the ability to get their license. A lot of 16 year olds […]

What Age Should Kids Be Allowed to Drop Out of School?

May 5, 2017 12:01pm | Christina Kamkutis

Every year in the United States an estimated 1.2 million high school students drop out, and 23,000 in Ohio alone. And surprisingly, one must meet only three requirements to do so: (1) you must have your parents’ permission, (2) you must have the district’s permission, and […]


May 4, 2017 3:49pm | Trinity Nall

Entertainment comes in many forms, social media being one. Social media plays a huge role in the lives of many today. It mainly plays a role in the lives of the younger age groups from about 12-25. Although some good things come from social media such as […]