The Spectrum

Biden Keeps Campaign Promises, Actions, Policies

Keaton Rannow, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

While it is still the early days of Joe Biden’s presidency, it can be helpful to see how far his various campaign promises have come as a measure to determine his effectiveness as a president. When examining...

On March 26, Lil Nas X shared a series of photos to Instagram featuring his makeup, hair, and outfits from the “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” music video.

Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ Video Sparks Controversy, Breaks Expectations

Lil Nas X showcases LGBTQ+ representation
Bernadette Whitely, Opinions Editor April 30, 2021

Despite the global pandemic and social unrest, parents, highly religious and conservative individuals, and even the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, have taken the time to criticize 22-year-old rapper...

Active Listening Remains Crucial, Displays Respect, Attention, Interest

Active listening is pivotal to learning, fosters productivity
Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 30, 2021

Active listening is often a forgotten practice in school. Broadly speaking, active listening means not only hearing the speaker but also listening, understanding, and engaging with them. Literally, this...

School’s Slower Pace

COVID-19 allows us to slow down, take time
Nina Bush, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

The past year has brought many schedules, quick changes in what used to be everyday life, and much uncertainty. Despite this, the one thing that has stayed constant in the past year is the slower pace...

Busy Work Consumes Time, Creates Stress

Busy Work Consumes Time, Creates Stress

Busy work keeps students preoccupied, contains little value
Mallika Malaviya, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

When teachers assign busy work, it often creates a lot of added stress for students, and many wonder why they have to do work that doesn’t necessarily add to the curriculum. However, busy work also comes...

Embracing Naturally Curly Hair, Gaining Confidence, Self-Acceptance

Learning to love, understand curly hair patterns
Sage Marmet, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 30, 2021

When growing up, I was always told that the beauty standard was to have perfectly straight, shiny, and frizz-free hair. In my case, this standard is both unattainable and not sustainable.  For years...

Staff Editorial: Blake Lacks Conversation, Action Around the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Staff Editorial: Blake Lacks Conversation, Action Around the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Emily Rotenberg, Student Life and Food Editor April 30, 2021

Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin faced charges for manslaughter, second-degree murder, and third-degree murder in a trial that had...

Abolishing Death Penalty Works Towards Racial Justice, Equality

Abolishing Death Penalty Works Towards Racial Justice, Equality

Rethinking capital punishment, justice system
Sofia Perlman, News Editor April 30, 2021

The death penalty is used as a tool of discrimination and racial inequality. The fact remains that regardless of what they have done, criminals are still people. The death penalty places value on only...

From left to right: “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Palace of Illusions” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, “2 States” by Chetan Bhagat, and “Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. 

Top Four Reading Recommendations

Anushka Srivastava, Staff Writer March 18, 2021

In the last year, we’ve all had an abundance of time on our hands. I, personally, spent the time combing through my father’s library. Here are some of my favorites. The first of the four that I’ve...

TikTok creators and influencers as a whole have been infamous for ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols. 

Influencers’ Nonexistent COVID-19 Practices

TikTokers ignore safety protocols, setting bad examples
Amelia Bush, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

With the new COVID-19 strand and over 500,000 deaths due to the disease in the United States, following the proper procedures is more necessary than ever; however, this hasn't stopped influencers from...

Defining American

Defining American

Supposed American ideals contradict current political, social climate
Siena Pradhan, Contributing Writer February 24, 2021

What does it mean to be American? To be living the "American Dream" in what we call the “land of the free and home of the brave?” As kids, we were repeatedly told that America is it; it is the place...

Do Ghosts, Spirits Exist?

Do Ghosts, Spirits Exist?

Understanding the supernatural and mysterious
Betsy Fries, Creative Director February 24, 2021

The mystery surrounding ghosts has been around for a long time. Teenagers all over the world sit around bonfires and tell stories of possible spirits and ghosts. However, these stories seem that the idea...

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