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  • Sexual assault: an epidemic

            Unless you have been isolated from the world of politics and Hollywood in the past months, you are no stranger to the abundance of sexual assault allegations flooding our nation. The domino effect began with a single article in the “New York Times” detailing multiple accusations against movie director Harvey Weinstein, and since then, there have been more than 50 women come forward in his case alone.

    Unfortunately, sexual harassment does not limit itself to politicians and Hollywood stars. A major issue that needs to be addressed is sexual assault on college campuses. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in 5 women and one in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while attending college. Not only that, but 90 percent of these assaults will go unreported.

        Regardless of gender, age, race, or religion, I believe that we can all agree on one thing: sexual assault, harassment and abuse is a problem not only in America, but in the world today.

    You may be wondering, what can we do to put an end to these crimes? We can begin by believing the women who make these claims. According to the NSVRC, “the prevalence of falsely accusing someone of rape ranges from two to eight percent” so the whole “she is lying to get money” narrative is statistically unlikely. Eliminating this factor could encourage more victims to come forward and give them a stronger support system when they do.

    Another positive step to take would be keeping students informed on precautions to take when feeling threatened or uncomfortable. Although it seems unfair to make victims adjust to the actions of perpetrators, it could be an effective way to lessen sexual violence. These precautions range from how you wear your hair to the usage of the “buddy system” when in an unfamiliar environment.

    Due to the recent abundance of sexual assault claims, I believe that there needs to be greater efforts taken to try and decrease these numbers. I believe that as a nation, we have recognized the problem, but we all know that actions speak louder than words.



    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 9:47 AM by Amanda Smith
  • The Theories of the Bermuda Triangle

    We have all heard of the Bermuda Triangle, the range of sea that is from Florida to the Bermuda Islands to Puerto Rico (where the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea meet) and the scientific theories and the supernatural conspiracies that go along with it. The supernatural conspiracies are a long stretch from facts; people should look at facts besides looking into stuff that isn’t there.

    There are many scientific theories out there. According to Livescience website, one of the theories for the boats wrecking is that a rogue wave that will appear in the middle of the ocean and engulf the boats. A rogue wave is a very large unexpected wave that reaches the surface of the ocean that can be very dangerous to even large ships such as ocean liners. The area that the Bermuda Triangle is located is a very common area for rogue waves. One of the theories for never finding remains is that in the area in which the Bermuda Triangle is located, the current is so strong that it is almost impossible to dive to look for the remains, and it is so strong it could move the remains of any ship or plane.

    One theory for the aircraft malfunctions is the theory of the electronic fog; it is a grayish cloud of electronic magnetic fields that form over the ocean and causes the aircraft to malfunction, according to the Bermuda-Attractions website.

    The supernatural conspiracies are a stretch to the reality of the situation-- science can at least put up a logical explanation. People just look into things a little too much rather than thinking logically about the situation.


    Posted Dec 5, 2017, 9:43 AM by Karley Mooneyham
  • Do you think life exists somewhere besides earth?

    With hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe and even more stars and planets in those galaxies, isn’t it closed-minded of us to think that we are the only intelligent life in the universe? There are numerous instances that have led us to believe that are “aliens” in the skies.

    The idea that aliens come to earth is harder to believe than that they are real. There are hundreds of planets believed to be just like earth. NASA is taking steps to figuring out if there is a possibility of other planets hosting life. According to NASA’s website, “[NASA is] also turning the Space Launch Systems attention to exploring the possibilities of food crops grown in controlled environments for long-duration missions to deep-space destinations such as Mars.”

    The conversation goes into a gray area, especially if the question,“why haven’t they contacted us yet,” appears. That is where a lot of people start doubting life outside of earth; they mistakenly assume they have had time to evolve and get technology, yet haven’t contacted us.

    There is also a religious argument that God only created the heavens and earth, clearly stated in the Bible. In my opinion, the Bible is just stories that people have written down. It was passed through the oral tradition and translated time after time--stories change. It’s science versus religion in a lot of these arguments.

    We see on Earth that most places on this planet have life, even in extreme conditions from the deep, dark, oxygen-deprived ocean trenches to the hot acidic springs in Yellowstone National Park to the driest desert known. There could be life on Mars that either originated there or here and ‘hitchhiked’ there on space rocks. Jupiter's moon, Europa, could have life that originated independently underneath the ice shell where there is strong evidence of a liquid water ocean. We are beginning to find planets around other stars that have similarities to Earth and they could have oceans, atmospheres and probably life.

    Even with research, this is one of those things that will likely remain inconclusive. However, that doesn’t mean we should stop trying to find an answer.


    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 9:24 AM by Adyson Koster
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Recent Reviews

  • ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ thrills

    “Thor: Ragnarok” is the third movie in the Thor series. The setup for the movie is that Thor is the god of lightning and protector of Asgard, their heavenly kingdom. His father is Odin, the god of Asgard, but Odin was banished off of Asgard after the second movie by Thor’s brother, Loki. Loki is Thor’s evil brother, but he got ahold of the throne because Thor was absent, trapped in another world.  

    This movie is about discovering Thor's long lost sister, Hela, who is trying to take Asgard under her rule. She is extremely evil and is trying to start a war of the worlds all around them. Hela was first born and the goddess of death. She throws Thor off of Asgard and he falls into a junk world where he is captured as a slave and used as a gladiator. This is where he starts his journey into taking Asgard back to the rightful rule.

    I think this is the best Thor movie yet and one of the best Marvel movies produced in a while. It was released to theaters on Nov. 3, 2017, but will be released on DVD Feb. 20. I definitely recommend anyone to see it, especially if you are a superhero fan. I give it five out of five Cardinal heads.

    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 10:02 AM by Karley Mooneyham
  • ‘Wonder’ teaches life lessons


    Based off of the novel by Raquel J. Palacio of the same name, “Wonder” hit the theaters on Nov. 17. The story takes you through the lives of Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a 5th grader who’s been homeschooled and has a facial deformity; his sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic); Via’s best friend Miranda (Danielle Rose Russell); and Auggie’s first friend, Jack Will (Noah Jupe). Throughout different events, you get the perspectives of each character and the struggles they are going through that would otherwise go unnoticed.

    Auggie is struggling with starting public school and worrying about how the other kids will treat him due to a genetic facial deformity. Despite bullying and being avoided like the plague, Auggie manages to make friends with Jack Will. However, as Halloween comes around, Jack makes the mistake of trying to fit in with cool kids and bullies.

    Your heart breaks with the main character, as more bullying happens to Auggie, and now Jack isn’t there to defend him. And by switching perspectives, you also learn about Via’s struggles of always getting overshadowed by her brother and losing her best friend.

                By the end of the movie, Auggie has won the hearts of many of his classmates that had previously bullied him. The story shows a very common problem that kids deal with today--bullying and making friends--though not everyone has the extra struggle of a facial deformity. “Wonder” accurately shows how mean kids can really be and that some adults, especially parents, don’t recognize the bullying.

    I went with a friend, and there were multiple times that we were both almost in tears. It teaches the life lesson of “If given the choice to be right or to be kind, always choose kind,” through a story rather than just saying, “Do this,” and “Don’t do that.” I give “Wonder” five out five cardinal heads.




    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:48 AM by Makenna Beesley
  • "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera

    “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera holds an important message

    I listened to the song “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera the other day, and it made me realize how much emotion is put into this song and that it needs to be more popular.

    Although it was originally released in 2002, “Beautiful” is an amazing song with powerful and positive lyrics. The song made a huge impact on me the first time I listened to it. It can be a powerful song for people with anxiety and insecurities; it really helps me when I have moments during my anxiety.

    The song tells you that no matter what people have to say about you, you are still beautiful in every single way. It makes you realize that with confidence you can build yourself up but also break yourself down by listening to those people. Teenagers often struggle with self-worth or body image, so this song can help them remember their value.


    I give this song 5/5 cardinal heads.


    Posted Dec 5, 2017, 9:54 AM by Alivia Lange
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