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Editorial: A tradition of silence

Editorial: A tradition of silence

February 16, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Editorials, Showcase

Policy proposal: The Iowa City Community School District should update its Good Conduct Rule to outline specific policy guidelines for handling cases of bullying and harassment, particularly in instances where criminal charges have not been filed. A separate, transparent process should be establish...

A politician for president

A politician for president

Emma Brustkern, Print Entertainment Editor

February 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

After Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech at the Golden Globes, I saw the words “Oprah 2020” over and over on my Twitter feed. The idea of an Oprah presidency seemed good at first glance (will she still hand out cars, or is that against the rules?). However, a more thorough analysis of our political syste...

10 reasons why Valentine’s Day is the worst

10 reasons why Valentine’s Day is the worst

Oliva Dachtler and Lucy Polyak

February 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Multimedia, Opinion, Showcase

1) People shouldn't need a holiday to show love. If you’re only doing something to make your significant other happy once every February, you’re doing something wrong. Healthy relationships take a lot more work than some flowers and a box of candy once a year. 2) It's super anti-single for no rea...

51 ways to be happy

51 ways to be happy

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

January 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

After a day of long emails, a hard test or getting rejected, happiness can be hard to grasp. The little things, most of the time, can add up to make even a hard day a good one, but when the small bits of happiness cannot give you what you need, just remember: Drinking hot chocolate on a cold wi...

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Fatima Kammona, Reporter

December 22, 2017


Filed under Award winners, Opinion, Showcase

Dear reader, I am no longer a teenager, no longer a human, no longer a child of my parents, but instead a machine of society running on a 24-hour clock. I am no longer taught how to be a good person but instead how to sit at a desk and nod my head for seven hours a day, five days a week, four wee...

“Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”

“Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”

Sophie Stephens, Feature Editor

December 20, 2017


Filed under Multimedia, Opinion, Showcase

When out shopping for the holiday seasons, I often hear “Have a Merry Christmas” or other comments regarding Christmas presents and celebrations from retail workers and customers alike. Coming from a family that celebrates Christmas every year, I never really questioned the fact that most people just assumed ...

Represent!

Represent!

Ting Gao, Reporter

November 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Right now, the United States is the most diverse it has ever been. More than forty million Americans were born in another country, with the vast majority of them coming from countries like Mexico, China, India and the Philippines, according to the Pew Research Center. However, the country’s media has...

You’re no different

You’re no different

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

November 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In a dimly-lit café, Cyrus confessed he wasn’t happy for his friend. She was officially together with the guy she liked, and he was jealous. When Buffy, his other friend, asked if he liked her, he shook his head. Then it dawned on her: “You like [him].” Cyrus’s response: a nod. And thus hi...

An open letter to all Black Friday shoppers

An open letter to all Black Friday shoppers

Sophie Stephens, Feature Editor

November 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Trying on everything in the store and not buying anything I get that you love the clothes and want to make sure they fit, but spending 20 minutes in one of four fitting rooms on the craziest day of the year is a waste of time. Items can be returned. Leaving all the items you tried on in a ball o...

The (al)most wonderful time of the year

The (al)most wonderful time of the year

Lucy Polyak, Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

For absolutely as long as I can remember, my favorite part of the year has been the month of December and the time leading up to it. I’ve always loved the chilly weather and the festive spirit around this period. Watching the leaves fall in early autumn has always brought excitement to me, but this year...

Healthy choices and healthy lifestyles

Healthy choices and healthy lifestyles

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

One subject of great importance that should be our choice is how to stay physically active.  Although we are sometimes told what choices to make, our health should be our choice. Healthy lifestyles choices are ultimately made by the individual. I would like to say that I am physically active and heal...

Black lives matter vs. all lives matter

Black lives matter vs. all lives matter

Fatima Kammona

September 20, 2017


Filed under Columns, Multimedia, Opinion, Showcase

"Whose streets? Our streets!": this chant is a reference to the fact that black people are often criminalized simply for existing in their own neighborhoods and is chanted by the Black Lives Matter movement. On Sept.17 people took to the streets in St. Louis after a police officer was found not guilty...

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