Recent Editorials

  • Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

    Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? This a very common saying that you’ve most likely heard more than once — without realizing the truth of the saying. Harvard University researchers hypothesize that remaining in a fasting state after your sleep is stressful and makes the body work harder, causing metabolic changes. You may not realize it at the moment, but regularly skipping breakfast can have a long term effects on your health.

    Studies from Harvard University showed that men who skipped breakfast had a 27 percent greater risk of heart attack or heart disease. Another study on women who regularly didn't eat breakfast showed they have a 20 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Not only can skipping breakfast affect your physical health, but it can also affect your mental state throughout the day. These health problems can also lead to fatigue and memory problems throughout the day.

    A similar study tested how those who skip breakfast perform on a memory and fatigue level at noon. Not surprising to hear, those who skipped performed worse on the memory test and had the highest level of fatigue at noon. These effects of skipping breakfast can throw off your entire day — from simply being tired to struggling to remember things

    These effects make skipping breakfast not worth it. For students, it may result in a bad test score or not being able to stay awake during class, which will lead to poor grades. Students should make sure they eat breakfast in the morning to prevent these problems. Skipping breakfast is not worth the risk of a bad days that can lead to possible regrets. Prevent all these worries by simply eating breakfast.

    Posted Mar 5, 2018, 10:02 AM by Stephanie Brozovich
  • Pranking can be bullying too

    When do pranks cross the line and become bullying? One example of this is from five years ago when two NFL players of the Miami Dolphins were suspended for pulling pranks on freshman players. According to The New York Times, a rookie player was pressured into paying over $15,000 for a trip that he didn't even get to go on, was called the “big weirdo” by the upper players, and was even threatened. Later he ended up leaving the team from all the pranking.

    If you prank someone and it doesn't harm them, for example like hiding someone's planner and making them find it, then its not considered bullying, but if you hide every day, and it starts to bother them, then that could lead to bullying. Pranks like the Miami Dolphins players did that make someone so miserable that they feel like they have to quit something they love, then that is considered bullying. If you prank someone with intentions to hurt them, it’s not pranking, it’s bullying.

    It's important for us to realize the difference between pranking and bullying and when pranking leads to bullying. We can have fun with pranks without hurting people; we just need to know when to draw the line and what pranks are okay to perform. You also have to think about if pranking someone could harm them or if it could affect their life in any way before doing so. Pranks are practical jokes; they are not meant to torment or ruin people’s lives.

    Posted Mar 1, 2018, 9:52 AM by Clarissa Snow
  • Can money buy happiness?

    Can money buy happiness? There is an apparent relationship between money and happiness, but I don’t think that you have to have money to be happy. Results from a recent survey organized by Scott Bilker said that 48 percent of adults said that money can't buy happiness, and the other 52 percent said it could.

    I think it boosts your happiness to be able to provide for others or spend money on something you want. If there is a struggle to provide basic needs, it can cause anyone to stress. Plus, money seems to make you want more and more and become greedy.

    Even if you had all the money in the world and you had everything, then what do you do? That stuff might satisfy you for the time being, but the feeling will go away. Money can’t buy relationships with people that actually care about you. Some might say more money brings more stress, like the possibility of being robbed or held for ransom. You might even start to care about maintaining money more than your family or your friends.

    The best things in life for me are free; you have to find happiness on your own. It is something no one can buy or give to you. I would definitely choose a relationship over a material thing.

    This question is a hard one to answer; everyone’s preference is different for how you fill that void, whether it’s money or relationships. I think it really does depend on the person and how they grew up and what they want to do with their money. I believe that you should find happiness in your family or a hobby, not compulsive spending to fill a hole in your life.

    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 9:27 AM by Adyson Koster
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Recent Reviews

  • Netflix’s “The Open House” flops


        Familiar with Netflix’s previous successes in original films and shows, I was eager to see the newest horror film released on Jan. 19, “The Open House”, starring Netflix’s very own “Thirteen Reasons Why” star Dylan Minnette. Although it offered a few jump scares and had me on edge, the lack of plot depth and character development made
    it very disappointing.

        The film focuses on newly widowed mother Naomi Wallace (Piercey Dalton), her son, Logan (Minnette), and their recent move to a relative’s house that is on the market. After the first open house, ominous events begin to take place in the house, including missing personal items and shadows throughout the house. This leads to the audience wondering if a visitor never left. Eventually, both Logan and his mother are murdered in an almost humorous killing spree by a man that is never revealed.

        If you’re simply looking for a scary movie to get your heart racing and leave you with the heebie jeebies, then this movie might meet those requirements. Personally, I prefer horror movies that include a well-thought-out storyline and a sense of closure in the end. This movie definitely didn’t do that for me. It leaves the audience wondering if the murderer was a random visitor, the plumber, the deranged neighbor’s husband who may or may not be dead (again, unclear), or even Logan himself.

        The acting was okay and the jump scares were mediocre, but the scattered plot and unclear ending did not leave me with a good impression. Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a reasonable 14%, and I give it a two out of five cardinal heads.

    Posted Mar 14, 2018, 9:52 AM by Amanda Smith
  • First African American superhero dominates in Marvel’s “Black Panther”

    One of the more anticipated movies this year, Marvel’s “Black Panther” hit the box offices on Feb. 16. This is the first time a Marvel movie has featured an  African American superhero, and will go down in history as one of the highest-grossing films to date. In two weeks, it has grossed more than $400 million domestically and $704 million worldwide according to The Telegraph, and it is estimated to gross over $1 billion. The estimated release date for the DVD is May 2018.

    After the death of his father, T’Challa returns to Wakanda to take his place on the throne. After his coronation, T’Challa is challenged by his long-lost cousin, N’Jadaka, and T’Challa’s  rightful place as the King of Wakanda and as the Black Panther is taken. After N’Jadaka defeats T’Challa, he eats the heart-shaped herb that gives the Black Panther his powers and burns the rest, but one plant  is stolen by Nakia, T’Challa’s love interest. After being banished and thought to be dead, T’Challa, Nakia and his sister, Shuri, must infiltrate the Wakandan lab to get T’Challa’s Black Panther suit and stop N’Jadaka from transporting vibranium weapons across the world and starting a global problem.

    As someone who is not a Marvel enthusiast, I really enjoyed “Black Panther”. There were plot twists, action, and romance; there’s something that everyone can relate to and be entertained by. The special effects were extraordinary and the plot kept me entertained the whole time. “Black Panther” is extremely encouraging for young African Americans as well, especially girls, as almost the whole cast is African American. All of the king’s guards are the fiercest female warriors, which gives children someone who looks like them that is seen as strong and powerful. I can see why it has become one of the highest grossing films in not only Marvel’s history, but all filmography. I give “Black Panther” five out of five cardinal heads.

    Posted Mar 9, 2018, 9:41 AM by Makenna Beesley
  • ‘Baywatch’ thrills the audience

    “Baywatch” was released last year to theaters on May 25, 2017, and is based on the old TV series of the same name. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the lieutenant-in-charge lifeguard (played by David Hasselhoff in the original series) and he and his elite team of lifeguards (the baywatch) watch over and protect all the people at Emerald Bay.

    Matt Brody (Zac Efron) comes to town to become a lifeguard for baywatch after his Olympic swimming career went downhill when he threw up in the pool during the team’s relay, causing them to lose the race. When a drug known as flakka keeps popping up on the bay and is endangering and killing people, the police do nothing about it, so the baywatch sees it as their responsibility to do some undercover work and figure out the source of the drug.

    “Baywatch” is a remarkably good and humorous movie that can teach a lot of life lessons like the importance of working as a team and giving people second chances when they mess up. It also shows that if you have passion and drive for something you can accomplish even what seems impossible. I also really liked it because I really like the beach and the ocean, and I think it would be cool to be a lifeguard on the beach like they are and have coworkers as such good friends and support system. I give this movie 5 out of 5 cardinal heads.


    Posted Mar 7, 2018, 10:00 AM by Karley Mooneyham
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