Recent Editorials

  • Are video games a work of art?

    There are many video games that have a boring story line or bad graphics, but there are also bad paintings or sculptures; video games, in my opinion, are a work of art. Video games take talent to design, and it’s hard work to design a video game.

    Art, in my opinion, is all about perspective, like the way some pieces of art featured in a gallery can be weird or different, and some people don’t think they should be considered works of art. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

    The expression or application of human creativity, skill or imagination really sticks out to me because that is what video games are. Video games are based on imagination and creativity and are meant to entertain and impress the people who play them which is basically the point of any sculpture or painting.

    Great video game examples are Skyrim, the Kingdom Heart series, the Far Cry series, and the Assassin’s Creed series. The art in these video games is expressed through the architecture of the buildings, the design of the monsters, vehicles, weapons, and clothes and even just the random characters. Facial details on all the characters and the details in the story line and around the map all show the creators’ imagination and skill.

    Posted Apr 11, 2018, 9:57 AM by Unknown user
  • Students should be allowed to wear what they want

    A dress code in its original definition is a set of rules for the sole purpose to limit distractions and focus on learning. Some schools maintain a strict dress code with uniforms, while others struggle to keep it enforced.

    I think a dress code should be enforced but not strictly, with students only getting called out for wearing something severely breaking the code. It is not a surprise that the rules come down a bit harder on girls than they do on boys, with rules regarding shorts not being past the fingertips and spaghetti-strap shirts.

    Yes, students probably shouldn’t be wearing super short shorts, but the rule here about no shoulders showing is absurd. “If the student can wear it in front of their parents, they should be allowed to wear it at school,” is something commonly said, and I partially agree. I think that if the parents are comfortable with it, then it shouldn’t be a big deal, but not every parent sees their kid walk out the door in the mornings. In this case, the school should step in and say what is appropriate.

    Schools have to have some standards to maintain a responsible environment, like not allowing profanity or advertising drugs and other substances on clothing. In a recent study done by Fresno Pacific University, 80% percent of girls and 62% of boys liked wearing a uniform. A reason for this maybe the stress being taken off the kids to be “fashionable” and stay in style with the new trends, ultimately trading freedom for less stress. However, a looser dress code would also be less stressful for students because there would be less struggle to comply with a strict dress code.

    I think that a reasonable dress code for schools should be put in place, but it should be discussed with the student body, open to suggestions and revised as time goes on.

    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 9:31 AM by Adyson Koster
  • 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 Unknown user
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Recent Reviews

  • ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ shocks the theaters

    “Avengers: Infinity War” was released to theaters April 27. It is the third movie in the Marvel Avengers series. In “Infinity Wars,” all the Marvel super heroes unite forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

    The united forces join together to stop and defeat the evil Thanos from his goal to retrieve all six infinity stones: time, mind, soul, reality, power, and space stones. Thanos had a gauntlet made to control all the powers of the stones so with a snap of his fingers he could kill off half of the universe’s population.

    This Avengers movie was really good in my opinion. I like all of the Marvel superhero movies, but this one had me in shock leaving the theater. It did not follow the normal Marvel superhero movie ending but ended with a cliffhanger that will leave all viewers in suspense until Avengers 4 comes, which is predicted to be next summer. I thought the combination of Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers was a really smart move for Marvel because it combined two very popular series and in an interesting way for both series. I give “Avengers: Infinity War” five out of five cardinal heads.

    Posted May 9, 2018, 9:59 AM by Unknown user
  • "A Quiet Place" makes loud impressions
        Upon hearing of the concept of the newly released thriller, “A Quiet Place”, I had exceptionally high expectations. The film was released April 6 and since then has became one of the most critically acclaimed movies, soaring in the box office and claiming the number one spot. According to Box Office Mojo, “A Quiet Place” already ranks number seven in all-time grossing for horror-supernatural films.

    Directed and acted by John Krasinski alongside Emily Blunt, the film takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the family of Lee (Krasinski) and Evelyn (Blunt) Abbott live in fear -- and silence -- of the terrifying monsters that will hunt you if they hear you.

    The couple has two children, a deaf daughter, Regan, portrayed by Millicent Simmonds (who is deaf in real life) and a younger son, Marcus, portrayed by Noah Jupe. The family seemingly has the silent-life down to a tee, but an unexpected turn of events puts them in great risk and increased vulnerability.

    Because the family is forced into a lifestyle of reduced noise, the film itself is near silent for most of its screenplay. Although this proved itself annoying in a theatre full of popcorn-eaters, it amplified the terror and suspense of the story and had a way of absorbing the audience into the lives of its characters.

    Expectedly, the performances of Krasinski and Blunt were brilliant throughout the entire movie and perhaps less expectedly, Simmonds and Jupe were equally as impressive. The concept of the movie was fresh and definitely worked. Because the film was well acted and had a strong plot that included many jump scares and thought-provoking scenarios, I give “A Quiet Place” five out of five cardinal heads.

    Posted May 4, 2018, 9:37 AM by Unknown user
  • A thrilling series of killing

    The “I Hunt Killers” three-part series written by Barry Lyga is a story about a famous serial killer’s son, Jazz Dent. Trying to be a regular teenager is more difficult for him. His father Billy is in solitary confinement after being charged with killing over one hundred women, and Jazz was a witness to them all. The book details the characteristics of the murders and guides you through the investigation.

    In the first book of the series, Jazz is trying to be a regular teenage boy with a girlfriend and a part in the school play. Suddenly a serial killer comes to his town, Lobo's Nod. He calls himself “The Impressionist”, ultimately replicating all of Billy Dent’s murders. As Jazz struggles to not find pieces of himself in his dad, he sets his sights on busting The Impressionist. This is a thriller for students about a teenager trying to outrun his destiny with the odds against him.

    The second book, “The Game”, takes place mostly in New York City. It starts with the aftermath of The Impressionist and a NYPD detective showing up on Jazz’s doorstep. Desperate for help in finding the Big Apple’s killer known as “Hat-Dog”, Jazz agrees and hops on a plane. While trying to figure out the “Hat-Dog” killer, he discovers more about himself and the troubles he faces in everyday life. Haunted by his past experiences and his mother leaving, he works to give his life a new meaning.

    The second book’s end is a cliffhanger, and the best book of the series, the third book, “Blood of my Blood”, picks up right where the other left off. Jazz’s father is back, his mother is alive and in his father's hands. Jazz is now wanted by the police; he’s on his own. Determined to find and kill his dad while rescuing his mother, yet another plot twist occurs. These books were really good and you could never predict what would happen next. I couldn’t put the books down once I started reading, and I would definitely read any of his other books. Although a little gory for just anyone, the details gave the story a unique depth to the story. I give it a 5 out of 5 cardinal heads.

    Posted Apr 11, 2018, 9:55 AM by Adyson Koster
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