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The Dark Tower review

Lauren Hansen, Editor-In-Chief

September 22, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Features

“Dark Tower” proves even with cinematic freedom, movies will never outshine the books. The newly released “Dark Tower” is a continuation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. The much-anticipated film could be…a waste of time. If someone has read the books, don’t watch it! If they...

Health risks of lead poisoning

Caroline Baumker, News Editor

September 22, 2017


Filed under Features, News

  Recently, District 202 officials confirmed that 31 classroom and office sinks in nine schools still fail the lead testing requirements  from earlier in the year, but all water fountains are now safe. The effects of lead are very different depending on the person. “When you ingest lead...

Santa’s friend that America forgot

Santa’s friend that America forgot

Nathaniel Martinez, Online Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Features

Lots of today’s most popular stories have very grim origins. Instead of living happily every after, many characters from fairy tales and folklore died in their original incarnations. Little Red Riding Hood was eaten and Ariel turned to foam. Such stories were often used to teach lessons to children, u...

What it’s like to work at Spirit Halloween

What it’s like to work at Spirit Halloween

Nathaniel Martinez, Online Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Features

As much a staple of the Halloween season as pumpkins and candy, Halloween stores pop up every September, taking over vacant buildings to sell costumes and decorations. Their fleeting presence make them more mysterious than most stores. Last month, I was able to sit down with an employee of Spirit Hall...

Fundraising myths busted

Fundraising myths busted

Lauren Hansen, Editorial Editor

January 12, 2017


Filed under Features

The year is ending, prepare for an influx of donations … actually … no. There is a myth surrounding the last few months of the year. They are believed to be the best time for fundraising because people are feeling “generous,” but the statistics bust this myth. “Few people of any income...

Americans are getting more exotic pets

Americans are getting more exotic pets

Mikayla Clark, Editor-in-Chief

January 11, 2017


Filed under Features

Americans love pets— cats, dogs, hamsters, reptiles … holding them close to their hearts. In recent years, people have started to branch out when it comes to breeds of pets. More exotic and uncommon animals are trying to be domesticated by humans, like some species of birds, foxes, snakes and even...

Society recognizes importance of self care

Society recognizes importance of self care

Siobhan Conners, Feature Editor

April 21, 2016


Filed under Features

Wake up. Go to school. Go to practice. Go to work. Do homework. Go to sleep. Repeat. For many teenagers, this is a typical day: trying to impress colleges, their parents, coaches, and friends- leaving almost no time for themselves. Despite this--or perhaps because of this-- self care is becoming more...

Superhero movies dominate box office

Superhero movies dominate box office

Noah Robbins, Journalism 1

April 21, 2016


Filed under Features

Whether they fly, throw shields, control lighting, run fast, or just being awesome, people love to watch superheroes kick butt. 2016 will be a year comic book nerds will remember. Eight films based on comic book franchises are being released. Comics have been an ongoing sensation ever since the 2001...

New Barbies encourage diversity, body positivity

Siobhan Conners, Feature Editor

March 14, 2016


Filed under Features

“That girl looks like such a Barbie!” Over the past fifty years, Barbie dolls have come to come to represent someone who is fake: plastic, blonde, thin, and pretty. However, the cultural connotation of Barbie dolls may soon change. After noticing a drop in sales, Barbie revealed the 2016 Fashionista...

Barbie still relevant after 50+ years on market

Ollie Fegter, Feature Editor

March 14, 2016


Filed under Features

As years go by, pop culture has changed immensely - from movies and music, to clothing and celebrities, the industry has never remained the same. For over sixty years, there has been one constant, popular item in the pop culture industry -the Barbie Doll. “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that...

Restaurant Wars: Fat Ricky’s V. Aurelio’s

Restaurant Wars: Fat Ricky’s V. Aurelio’s

Johnny McConnaughey and Jack Elkins

February 23, 2016


Filed under Features

Pizza has a rich history in the world. The word pizza was first documented in 997 AD in Italy, and made its first appearance in the US in the nineteenth century. Since then it has been a go-to meal in American households for years. This historic battle was between Aurelio’s and Fat Ricky’s, both...

“Making a Murder” ignites controversy

“Making a Murder” ignites controversy

Kenrick Kuschel, Staff Writer

February 2, 2016


Filed under Features

“When I left prison, the anger left… I was probably the happiest i have ever been.” That line seems like it would be a perfect bookend to a story full of heartbreak and torture. But that is not the case for Wisconsin resident, Steven Avery. Avery has been a controversial figure in the american...

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