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Why E-Bikes Rule

Why E-Bikes Rule

Aden Meisel and Myles Hazen December 9, 2021

Introducing one of the world’s newest transportation trends: e-bikes. According to the World Economic Forum, e-bike sales have surged by an astonishing 145% since 2020.  Any avid cyclist would agree...

Whose Body Matters More?

Whose Body Matters More?

Elli Westmacott and Claire Tolles November 17, 2021

My body, my choice; this slogan is recognizable from billboards to cardboard cutouts.  The battle over abortion rights is a controversial topic that is erupting across our country. From political debates...

To Tell or Not to Tell

To Tell or Not to Tell

Hanna Masri, Dare Fitzpatrick, and Claire Tolles November 17, 2021

Every senior has experienced it: the looming pressure from parents, teachers, counselors, and peers about their college admissions process. It feels like the most important decision of a senior’s life,...

Whether the original intent of cancel culture was to make sure that rich and powerful face repercussions for their actions, spread gossip, or increase publicity, the only thing to do is choose whether or not to participate.

Cancelled

Milla Hirsch and Claire Tolles November 17, 2021

When opening Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Tik Tok, or almost any type of communicative app, the word or hashtag of cancelled is virtually bound to pop up. An un-ecological brand is cancelled,...

Is It Critical?

Is It Critical?

Alexandra Siegel November 17, 2021

Only half of Laguna Blanca students can provide a definition of what critical race theory is. Nationwide, the discussion continues whether critical race theory should be taught in schools, due to the polarizing...

Kaiser Family Foundation polls have shown that up to 20% of U.S. parents of 12-17 year-olds will ‘definitely not’ get their kid vaccinated, with even 9% of vaccinated parents firmly opposed the shot.

Why Is It Important for Students To Get Vaccinated?

Luca D’agruma, Myles Hazen, and Claire Tolles November 17, 2021

In Santa Barbara County, only 63% of 12-17 year-olds have been at least partially vaccinated, and no children under 12 have had the opportunity to get vaccinated yet.  The numbers are leagues away...

A rioter prepares to smash a news-crews video equipment on the ground at the Capitol Riot, January 6th, 2021.

Attack On Democracy; a follow-up

Luca D'Agruma, News Editor September 14, 2021

In our March 2021 issue, I penned an article describing the January 6th riot at the US Capitol, the dangers posed by a growing violent alt-right movement, and what must be done to protect our democracy....

Black Widow from the upcoming movie, “Black Widow”

Re-opening the Curtains

Nikki Mielcarek , Staff Writer June 10, 2021

With COVID-19 restrictions slowly lifting, movie theaters are beginning to welcome viewers back in person all over the U.S. The industry delayed dozens of new releases over the past year, disappointing...

A rioter prepares to smash a news-crews video equipment on the ground at the Capitol Riot, January 6th, 2021.

Our Democracy Is Threatened

Luca D'Agruma, Graphic by Claire Tolles April 7, 2021

John Adams, a Founding Father of our democracy, said, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”  For...

Rise in Teen Drinking

Rise in Teen Drinking

Daisy Finefrock , Graphic by Taylor Smith April 7, 2021

The media spotlight rarely includes how teenagers are coping with the pandemic.  Teens don’t typically fall in the at-risk categories and appear to be adapting well to the new learning environment.  However,...

The Importance, or lack thereof, of APs

The Importance, or lack thereof, of APs

Hanna Masri, Photo Hanna Masri April 7, 2021

In the fast-paced world of high school and college prep, one can easily get buried under the expectations to succeed.  Whether it is a perfect 4.0 GPA or an impeccable assortment of extracurriculars,...

Comparing Higher Education

Comparing Higher Education

Dare Fitzpatrick April 7, 2021

The United States and the United Kingdom consistently align as the countries with highest-ranking universities in the world.  US News and World Report’s “2021 Best Universities in The World” ranked...

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