A victim, not a villain: Men are survivors too
BY EMMA FRANZ  In today’s world, so much credit has been awarded to strong women who have chosen to speak out as victims of heinous crimes. Unfortunately, the same hasn’t been done for men who have suffered from similar traumatic experiences.  Due to the unfortunate male standards society has... Read more
More than just shopping for less: Thrift shopping should be practiced more
BY RYAN MERARD Many people love to shop and clothing is a favorite target of bargain hunters everywhere. However, in an era where clothes can go out of style before you even knew they were in, thrifting has gained lots of popularity over the past few decades and should... Read more
AICE vs AP: At the end of the day, both aren’t worth it
BY ALEXANDRA SANSONE Deciding what classes to take is already a tough decision for most students. The recent introduction of Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) courses, in addition to Advanced Placement (AP) courses, hasn’t made that decision any easier. For underclassmen, carefully crafting their schedules is key to... Read more
For which it stands: Students’ indifference toward the Pledge of Allegiance
BY CAMILA FERNANDEZ You’re familiar with the drill. Shortly after the first bell rings for the day, a voice comes on the loudspeaker addressing students to rise from their seats. As conversations cease and desks shift, everyone begins to mouth the notorious words: “I pledge allegiance to the flag,”... Read more
Discrimination through doctor’s notes: Requiring doctor’s notes for a sick student’s absence is discriminating and ridiculous
BY ELENA VALDEZ Being absent can mean a lot of things, however, in order to excuse one’s lack of appearance, a note from a doctor’s office is oftentimes required and an appointment or severe illness is one of the only justifiable excuses for not showing up.  Broward County Publics... Read more
Senioritis is stupid: Just finish high school and stop complaining
BY ELENA VALDEZ Senioritis; the self-diagnosed condition that nearly every 12th-grader comes down with. It’s understandable why one would want to give such feelings of decreased motivation and purpose a name to relate it back to. However, giving this common phenomenon a name only furthers the common senior culture... Read more
Stop glorifying the death of an artist
BY SASHEEN JOSEPH When Chicago rapper Juice Wrld fell into cardiac arrest and died at a private hangar at Midway Airport, people reacted in a predictable way. The first step was social media; individuals flooded his feed with “RIPs” and #diedtooyoung. Then his music, specifically popular songs, such as... Read more
The Confederacy, for Dummies
BY JOSEPH STURGEON Apparently, there is still uncertainty among the masses as to what the Confederacy was really all about. According to former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, the general consensus in South Carolina was that the Confederacy represented “service, sacrifice and heritage” until Dylann Roof “hijacked” its meaning... Read more
The influence of drug culture and gang violence: The cycle continues
BY CHRIS GOMES Another artist has fallen victim to drug abuse. Jarad Higgins—professionally known as Juice WRLD—is just one celebrity out of the many that have died due to drug abuse. The 21-year-old rapper had a seizure and heart attack while on the runway of Chicago Midway International Airport,... Read more
“Fake it till you make it” should be illegal
BY SASHEEN JOSEPH In the wake of the great college admissions scandal, the integrity of standardized testing was questioned by practically every student and parent in America.  The majority were also left in shock at the lengths the accused had gone in order to ensure that their children succeed... Read more