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Skiing or Snowboarding? That is the question…

Skiing or Snowboarding? That is the question…

January 30, 2015


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Skiing has been practiced as a recreational activity ever since the 1800s. Its origins date back thousands and thousands of years. However, snowboarding began just over 50 years ago. The popularity of snowboarding began to increase slowly through the 1990s, and in 1998, snowboarding became an official...

Media’s Blurry Lines Blend Celebrities and Politicians

Media’s Blurry Lines Blend Celebrities and Politicians

January 29, 2015


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Celebrities have been involved in politics and campaigning for years, inter- twining the two worlds, but recently, the media has stuck its nose into the personal lives of our leaders. Politicians are now being judged not only for their policies, but also for factors such as childhood decisions and sexual...

Undecided: The Option Many Are Choosing

Undecided: The Option Many Are Choosing

January 29, 2015


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While applying to college this year, I received countless questions from friends and family about the process. Which colleges are you applying to? What are your test scores? What is your essay about? What major are you applying for? When I told an old family friend that I would be applying to several...

Staff Editorial: Failure at Its Finest

Staff Editorial: Failure at Its Finest

January 27, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

Failure. The word itself makes you want to sink into your shoulders, hide your face and waddle off in shame. However, failure isn’t always a bad thing. When a defeat is taken as a learning experience, a person can actually benefit from his or her mistake and it can contribute to his or her success...

Photoshop Images Alter Reality

January 26, 2015


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We flip through magazines and we see airbrushed goddesses—Gigi Hadid bronzed and ready in a Guess ad, Cara Delevingne’s cheekbones contoured to kill. We cannot help it. We cannot help comparing ourselves to these femme fatales. It’s not like these ladies are not beautiful and stunning in their...

Staff Editorial:Don’tBeTrashy, Have Some Pride

Staff Editorial:Don’tBeTrashy, Have Some Pride

December 11, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

Students at Laguna are often challenged by their teachers, their courses, their coaches; for the most part students succeed in rising to those challenges. With the academic rigor, creativity and moral code Laguna asks of its students, we frequently fail to fulfill one request — picking up our trash after l...

The Lost Art of Listening: Has our generation forgotten the physical connection to music?

The Lost Art of Listening: Has our generation forgotten the physical connection to music?

October 23, 2014


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1973: It’s here – the record you’ve been waiting months for. It’s finally in your hands; you’re holding the album of the zeitgeist, completely fixated on the cover art and dying to know what’s inside. You peel off the plastic shrink wrap and pull out a pristine LP that contains what millions...

Bombs Away: ISIS Threats Inflated by Media

Bombs Away: ISIS Threats Inflated by Media

October 21, 2014


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If you watch news, there’s a good chance you know about ISIS. But who is this Syrian based organization, and what can the United States do to stop them or, at least, prevent them from being a threat to America? ISIS started as an al-Qaeda break-off group in 2006 but has transformed into an esti...

Northwestern Unionization: Revolutionary or Regrettable?

Northwestern Unionization:  Revolutionary or Regrettable?

June 11, 2014


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Allowing collegiate athletes to unionize is a slippery slope. Many believe it will benefit student athletes throughout the country. In all actuality, it is likely that it will only harm sports programs at every college in the United States. On March 26, a regional director of the National Labor Relatio...

Staff Editorial: Resumé Padding

Staff Editorial: Resumé Padding

April 9, 2014


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High school is about getting into college. As harsh as that is, for those high school students who are determined to make it to a college that is one of their top choices. High school is about getting good grades and building your resumé. Most high school students today are guilty of “resumé padding”...

March Madness Questionnaire

March Madness Questionnaire

February 28, 2014


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Fiercely Feminine

Fiercely Feminine

February 19, 2014


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Young children have few preconceived notions of the differences between genders. As babies, boys and girls play together with the same toys, allowed and encouraged to engage with each other. As time passes, kids begin to notice disparity. They generalize: boys like blue, girls like pink. Traditionally,...

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