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
Unpopular opinion: Christmas is overrated
BY CAMILA FERNANDEZ While the snowman decorations at every corner can be adorable, and the sweet taste of gingerbread cookies is like no other, Christmas to many can be described as a month-long headache. As the years go on, this migraine seems to begin earlier and earlier, with some... Read more
Trayvon Martin was denied his right to exist seven years ago, and George Zimmerman wants you to think that’s okay
BY JOSEPH STURGEON George Zimmerman should be behind bars for the 2012 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Unfortunately though, he isn’t, and is instead reportedly suing Martin’s family and their attorney, accusing them of “malicious prosecution” and witness fraud.  This fact alone is appalling, but what accentuates the hideousness... Read more
Student crime watch still hasn’t come to CCHS…and for good reason
BY SASHEEN JOSEPH The phrase, “If you see something, say something,” is heard by almost every administrator at CCHS. Going along with this motto, an announcement of a new club was made last year called the Student Crime Watch Program.  Fast-forwarding to this year, the first meeting of the... Read more
Gabrielle Union’s departure from “America’s Got Talent”: How NBC is wrongly handling racism
BY JAELYN YEAMPIERRE Judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough left the hit NBC show “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) on November 22, 2019. Since then, Union has received a massive amount of support via social media after news got out about some of the “problematic” reasons behind her departure.  Union... Read more
Hit send, save a life?: Why texting 911 should be expanded nationwide
BY CAMILA FERNANDEZ “Call police. I’m gonna die.” Sent through a text by Eddie Justice during the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, these somber last words only go to represent an urgent, underlying defect in America’s communicating and dispatching system. Justice was among several victims that night that... Read more