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Pros and Cons to Applying Early to College

Pros and Cons to Applying Early to College

January 28, 2014


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There are many benefits and drawbacks to applying early to colleges, whether it’s early action or early decision—early action being non-binding, so the student doesn’t have to commit to the school right away, and early decision being a binding decision, where if they are accepted to the school,...

Against the Stereotypes of Hunting: A Sports Commentary

Against the Stereotypes of Hunting:  A Sports Commentary

January 13, 2014


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Humans, generally speaking, are all the same. Scientifically speaking, there are not many differences between all the humans of the world. However, despite our unvaried biological roots, we are separated into many different groups and classifications dictated by the color of our skin, the language...

Too Big to Fit the Ideal

Too Big to Fit the Ideal

December 3, 2013


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“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” In a 20...

Staff Editorial: Where’s the Spirit?

Staff Editorial: Where’s the Spirit?

December 3, 2013


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The realization that the senior class has some of the least spirited people in the student body became made apparent on Oct. 19 when only about half of the class showed up to what would be their last Jogathon. The majority who didn’t show up simply left school, and felt that there was no need to c...

What Do You Think Of iOS 7?

What Do You Think Of iOS 7?

October 28, 2013


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Here's what Laguna Blanca has to say about Apple's newest mobile operating system iOS 7. ...

Raving: Worth the Risk it Poses?

September 6, 2013


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Eleven years ago, music promoter Pasquale Rotella produced a rave that set the stage for electronic dance music to surface from its Ecstasy-charged urban underground. It ended in the deaths of five people, all in consequence of overdose and drug-related car crashes during or shortly after the Nocturnal...

The “Good-Grade Pill”

May 13, 2013


Filed under Feature, Health, Opinion

Student abuse of Adderall and Ritalin isn’t a new problem. What have been deemed the “good-grade pills” have long been providing college campuses with the fuel to get through all-nighters. But, according to The New York Times, secret addiction to prescription stimulants has trickled down t...

Between the Cross and the End Zone

Between the Cross and the End Zone

May 11, 2013


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In the beginning, our Founding Fathers aimed to establish a nation that would protect its people from religious persecution. The first amendment guarantees citizens freedom of religion. Its purpose is to ensure that all people can worship as they chose and that the government not impose a “state...

Cutting the Arts Cuts Opportunities

Cutting the Arts Cuts Opportunities

March 10, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Opinion

  As a musician and an actor, our lives have always revolved around the arts. The stage is a workspace and a place where we are free to express ourselves as artists. For both of us, the arts are our passions, possibly even our future careers, and we have dedicated our hearts and our free...

In Sickness and in Health: How We Treat Mental Illness

In Sickness and in Health: How We Treat Mental Illness

March 9, 2013


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Last year, there were 16 mass shootings in the United States. This year, in January alone, America was faced with a total of eight school shootings. Since Sandy Hook, the Federal government has been moving swiftly to take action against future school shootings by pushing to tighten gun control, enhance...

Staff Editorial: Resolve to Publish

February 4, 2013


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    Twenty two seconds to react. In the 22 seconds after Ki Suk Han was pushed onto subway tracks to his death, subway-goers suddenly became a part of a story. While many of the witnesses stood stunned, R. Umar Abbasi, a New York Post freelance photographer, used his camera to ca...

Hunger Hurts

February 4, 2013


Filed under Health, Opinion

The girl in the picture is thin.  Maybe a little underweight, definitely not overweight, but slender.  She is wearing a striped dress and maroon socks, and her blond hair hides her face. She looks normal.  Beneath the picture, however, her Tumblr profile tells a different story. “I don...

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