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50 Things To Do During Quarantine

50 Things To Do During Quarantine

Sara Richardson, Managing Editor

April 2, 2020

  Clean your house. I am not just talking about cleaning your room, but help your parents organize the garage or go through your closet. Personally, I did this during the first two days of quarantine and I feel uncluttered.  Redecorate your room. Move some things around, put some pictures of ...

Netflix’s New Hit Series “Cheer” Reveals What it Takes to Cheer Among Some of the Best

Netflix’s New Hit Series “Cheer” Reveals What it Takes to Cheer Among Some of the Best

Catherine Barry, Food Features Editor

April 2, 2020

Netflix recently came out with a very popular new original six-part series entitled “Cheer.” The premise of the show is that it follows the story of the Navarro cheerleading team from Navarro community college in the small town of Corsicana, Texas. Instead of just focusing on the competition rou...

Tiger King Generates Zoo Ethicality Conversations

Tiger King Generates Zoo Ethicality Conversations

Dylan Gainsley, News Editor

April 1, 2020

Netflix has been known to distribute exhilarating documentaries in the past, but its newest release, Tiger King, may top the charts as one of the best Netflix original docuseries to be produced. Tiger King narrates the story about large, exotic cat enthusiasts highlighting the feuds between them. The...

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Sage Marmet, Creative Director

April 1, 2020

In the midst of these stressful, uncertain times it is imperative to make time for things that you enjoy, love and that will make you happier.  As avid dog lovers, my family made the decision to adopt a puppy in April. After our travel plans were suddenly cancelled, we found ourselves wanting to pi...

Book Series Versus TV Show Remains as a Popular Debate: Gossip Girl Edition

Book Series Versus TV Show Remains as a Popular Debate: Gossip Girl Edition

Maggie Seidel, Features Editor

March 31, 2020

Over spring break, I was determined to accomplish something. I decided that my activity would be reading fiction. I regularly enjoy reading, however it is difficult to find the time. With the influx of time spent at home and the countless, looming, unscheduled hours that awaited me, I choose to read no...

TikTok Poses Security Threat for Users

Nathan Blum, Contributing Writer

March 30, 2020

Let’s be honest, we all know about TikTok and its meteoric rise to being the most popular app in the United States. However, not many know of its dark background in connection to the Chinese government. TikTok is a video sharing platform that allows users to post brief videos of dances, funny situa...

Go Grab A Book!

Sara Richardson, Managing Editor

March 12, 2020

Exploring the downfall of reading outside of school during high school.

Policies in Green New Deal Aim to Tackle Climate Change in US

Policies in Green New Deal Aim to Tackle Climate Change in US

Lexie Dietz, Columnist

March 9, 2020

From the Iowa caucus to the general election, politics have increasingly surrounded Blake's community. Watching different debates and speeches, many candidates have proposed different environmental policies they would hope to implement if elected into office. One of these propositions is the Green ...

Trying Hard Leads to Benefits

Jack Prince, Managing Editor

March 9, 2020

     A tryhard is someone who does excessive work in order to be perfect or to be perceived as perfect. Even though tryharding has its benefits, there is a social stigma that comes along with the trait. This is flawed because someone should not be viewed negatively for caring too much about their work....

Successful Movies Represent American Culture

Grace Ersfeld-O'Brien, Contributing Writer

February 9, 2020

Throughout the 2020 Awards Season, themes run through movies that are nominated and are winning. Filmmakers are sacrificing narrative intricacy for a subtle resistance to the expectation of discernible nuance. In determining what is being rewarded in cinema, one must look into who is on the boards decid...

‘Hype House’ Lacks Hype, Creativity

‘Hype House’ Lacks Hype, Creativity

Meara Sullivan, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2020

Social media has become an overwhelming part of the lives of nearly every American teenager, with many glamorizing the lives of Instagram models, YouTube stars, and now, TikTok stars. In the past year, TikTok, formally know as Musical.ly, has become an extremely popular platform that allows users ...

Companies’ Convictions Cause Controversy

Lorna Kruesel, Staff Writer

February 7, 2020

Chick-fil-A, a company whose owner, Samuel Truett Cathy, held extremely homophobic beliefs, is still able to bring in massive revenue each year. In 2010, Cathy donated a total of $1.9 million to numerous anti-same-sex marriage foundations. One of those foundations was Exodus International, an organization t...

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