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Net Neutrality: The Needed Conversation

The internet is at risk of corruption because of money and the influence of businesses in politics. (Courtesy of Pixabay

Valentina Idarraga, Reporter

February 6, 2018

The heart of this generation, the internet, has been a disputed topic over the last few months. Network Neutrality, or Net Neutrality, has become an intense subject discussed by the government and the people because of the controversy that arose about it. “Net Neutrality, from what I know, is letting...

Haitians Must Leave the U.S.

The Haitian Flag (Picture taken by Pixabay).

Kamryn Mattison, Reporter

December 11, 2017

In 2010, a terrible earthquake hit Haiti and destroyed many integral products of the land. The people of Haiti needed a safe place to live, and most left their homeland to come to the U.S. for a fresh start. However, the fleeing residents were only allowed into the U.S. because they were protected by ...

Arts Intercession No More?

Lindsey Morin at a glass mosaic class for Arts Intercession (Photo by Yearbook Staff).

Chelsea Evangelista, Reporter

December 7, 2017

After winter break, students often take time to adjust from the work-free and relaxed period that they’ve been used to. Getting back into the swing of academics, especially after the long duration of a break, can usually be straining, difficult, and discouraging. “[Arts Intercession] helps us...

SC 17-Year Olds Now Considered as Juveniles

SC 17-Year Olds Now Considered as Juveniles

Kamryn Mattison, Reporter

December 6, 2017

In South Carolina, when someone turns 17, they are considered an adult. However, a change in the law will soon consider 17-year-olds in SC as juveniles. During the summer of 2017, lawmakers voted to raise the adult cutoff age to 18 and older, starting in July 2019. “I think the age change was a good id...

Catalan Independence

This flag is similar to the official Catalan flag and is called the Estelada. It is used by people to convey support of independence for Catalonia (Photo taken by lecreusois from

Lauren Ervin, Reporter

November 21, 2017

Many people may know that Cuba and Puerto Rico gained independence from Spain many years ago, but few may realize that there are still regions today fighting for their independence. If you are interested in world politics, you may have heard of a small place called Catalonia. “Catalonia is a northwest...

Skeletons in the Closet

88% of women sexually assaulted on campus do not report. In 2012, 45% of colleges reported zero sexual assaults. (Courtesy of Pixabay)

Valentina Idarraga, Reporter

November 20, 2017

In the society that young students live in today, sexual assault is a critical controversial topic. It may cover headlines, but those words don’t fully cover all of its dark secrets. “It makes me feel enraged that we have developed a society where people are not only absolutely terrified to tell...

New Technology in SC Schools

New Technology in SC Schools

Kamryn Mattison, Reporter

November 16, 2017

In Charleston, South Carolina, schools are beginning to replace the classroom SMART boards with new upgraded Promethean Panels. The panels will cost $14 million over a span of 6 years, and all classrooms containing SMART Interactive Whiteboards in Charleston schools will be receiving the panels. The current SMART boards in the classrooms h...

No Place to Call Home

The United Nations has released an estimation of 603,000 Rohingya who have taken refuge in Bangladesh as of October 22, 2017 (Courtesy of Unsplash).

Chelsea Evangelista, Reporter

November 6, 2017

When was the last time you’ve heard of the term ethnic cleansing? For many of us, it was probably in history class when learning about the Holocaust during World War Two-- a global conflict that happened about seven decades ago. The assumption is that no human would commit such an atrocity today, ...

Controversial Anne Frank Costume for Girls

A photo of a tombstone in Germany at Bergen-Belsen commemorating Anne Frank and her sister, Margot Frank (Photo by Bernswaelz was taken from

Lauren Ervin, Reporter

November 1, 2017

Each weekday, when we come to school, our clothing choice is limited to the Brashier uniform of a black polo and khaki pants. However, on October 31st, all rules are thrown out the window. After students leave school, they have the freedom to wear whichever costume they choose. On Halloween, children,...

Hazing Nightmares

A Delta Chi fraternity house at University of California Berkeley encouraging people to join (Photo by reccaphoenix at Morguefile).

Lauren Ervin, Reporter

October 24, 2017

On college campuses, there are many opportunities for new students to join clubs, organizations, or sports teams. Some of the most popular organizations for students to join are fraternities and sororities. Many sororities and fraternities have been called out for dangerous and illegal hazing practices. ...

MasSpec Pen: The Magic Pen

According to U.S. News Writer Kimberly Leonard, research on cancer has increased up to $100 billion dollars over the last four decades (Photograph by Pexels).

Chelsea Evangelista, Reporter

October 13, 2017

Cancer, one of the leading causes of mortality around the globe, is quite possibly the most notorious illness known today. Fortunately, many researchers have been actively seeking ways to minimize and decrease these numbers. Scientists from the University of Texas recently developed a device in a form of...

Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks?

Modern disposable paper towel design. (Photo courtesy of

Ashlyn Athey, Reporter

October 5, 2017

The disposable paper towel is one of those ordinary, everyday objects we tend to use daily but often have no idea about its history. “I don’t know. I probably use twenty five or more paper towels every day,” says junior Anna Taylor. The majority of people are probably unaware that the paper...

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