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Are Gender Roles Harmful to America’s Youth?

Claire Johnson, Writer October 22, 2021

Trigger warning:  This article mentions eating disorders and suicide.  Here are some resources that are available: If you feel you are at risk of suicide, help is available 24 hours a day through...

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Is it Harder Being a Girl?

Katelynn Wilson, Contributor October 19, 2021

Is it harder being a girl? There has always been some kind of argument on whether men or women have it worse. This argument has been going on with everyone's different opinions, but there really hasn't...

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Stop Pressuring Athletes

Brayden Griffin, Contributor October 18, 2021

When thinking about professional athletes such as Mike Trout or LeBron James, the first thing that comes to mind is all of the great times they have won the game for their team and “came up clutch”...

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The Many Problems with Mandatory Homework

Jacob Holmes, Writer October 16, 2021

A 2013 survey conducted by the University of Phoenix revealed that the average high school teacher assigns 3.5 hours of homework per week. Assuming most students take 5 classes, this would mean that the...

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The Benefits of a Later Start to the School Day

Teresa Collins, Contributor October 16, 2021

Are there benefits to a later start of a student’s school day? Later school days would affect not only students and some parents, but all staff associated with the school as well. They would be affected...

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Keep the Comments to Yourself

Ashley Seymour, Writer October 15, 2021

“Honey, boo, baby, shorty,” followed by an unsolicited “compliment,” are all names women risk getting called as they step outside of their houses. Rather than feeling safe walking down the street,...

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Shop Smarter, Not Harder: Shop Local

Roxanne Thayer, Contributor October 15, 2021

When was the last time you shopped locally? Many people don’t realize the benefits that it has on communities.  Shopping locally not only has benefits for the business owners whose income depends...

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You Are Not Your Test Score

Cassidy Audette, Writer October 14, 2021

There is no worse feeling than getting back that test that you worked so hard on you really thought you aced it. But, intelligence is not just the ability to complete a test, and you are not your test...

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If You’re a Teen, Get the Vaccine!

Georgia Casavant, Writer October 14, 2021

With 702,360 deaths in America, getting the Coronavirus vaccine is crucial now more than ever. While you may have not personally felt the impacts of this virus, it is undeniable that COVID-19 is deadly....

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Black Lives Matter at BFA

Rachel Ledoux, Writer April 24, 2021

In recent months, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has gained quite a bit of attention in the US. From the recent trial of Derek Chauvin to the few examples of police brutality (namely Daunte Wright...

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Film Review: Call Me by Your Name

Madisyn Zeidler, Contributor April 13, 2021

Call Me by Your Name was directed by Luca Guadagnina and produced by James Ivory. The movie stars Timothee Chalamet as Elio, a 17-year old protagonist. He is intelligent, bilingual, well-read and a talented...

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Are Adults Hurting Children by Pushing Them to Achieve?

Mariah Draper, Writer April 13, 2021

Do your parents push you hard to get good grades? Parents try their hardest to push their children to do their best to get good grades, but sometimes it's too much.  Parents want their children to...

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