Diversity and discrimination in language

Joanne Lee, Beginning Journalism Student

February 8, 2019

“This is America. Speak English.” The line clicks. My mother stares, stunned, at her phone. She had answered the unknown number in Korean, and had been immediately hung up on. I've seen this happen far too many times-- both in my family and through the media. I understand that the majority of people in America speak English and that it can be uncomfortable not knowing what someone nearby is saying. However, there is no excuse for discriminating against someone who...

The Gillette ad

Joanne Lee, Beginning Journalism Student

February 8, 2019

Razors in toilets, razors in trash cans, razors smashed to bits. Twitter was overrun with enthusiastic support clashing with equally angry posts. Before watching the Gillette ad, I knew it had sparked incredible controversy, and gave rise to claims of sexism. I prepared myself for an accusatory video, but was surprised to be met with an inspiring, positive message that should not evoke such a violent reaction. Some of the people reacting angrily towards Gillette claim...

I am not too young

Riley Cornelius, Beginning Journalsim Student

January 24, 2019

I have been asked to decide what I want to do for the rest of life from the age of five. I am going to be asked to vote on decisions that can drastically impact my country at the age of 18. Yet I am still told I know nothing about my world and do not know what I am thinking. Do not tell me that I am “too young” to know what I am talking about. I don’t know everything that is happening in the world, but I know enough to form my own opinion. I pay attention to the...

Save, do not betray

Samantha Zearley, Beginning Journalism Student

January 20, 2019

Every year in America 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in shelters. This is a problem that is solvable and often overlooked. Rescue dogs are the most loving and caring dogs you can find. Last year I adopted a rescue dog from hurricane Harvey who had been abused and locked inside a cage for the first year of her life. Throughout the last year she has shown my family and me that all she wants is to be loved and cared for. Instead of paying $500+ on a purebred who is fed, loved...


Arwen Gilbert, Beginning Journalism Student

January 20, 2019

Him: the guy your best friend starts dating. Him: the guy you practically spend all your time with between the months of January-March during show choir season. Him: the guy that rejects you as his homecoming date. Him: the guy that is way out of your league and flirts with every other girl, besides you. Them: all the guys you’ve liked and have never been with. I’m 15, have never had a real relationship, and haven’t had my first kiss. It’s embarrassing and it m...

Boycott brutal brands

Anna Schenkel, Beginning Journalism Student

January 17, 2019

Cosmetic companies are concealing things—and it’s not just under eye bags. Recently, I came across an article listing all the makeup brands that test their products on animals. Feelings of horror and disgust have continued to resonate with me the past few weeks. These are brands I have used countless times throughout my years owning makeup. I had heard of animal testing, but I naively assumed it didn’t happen anymore. Every year, between 100,000 to 200,000 animals...

Being introverted is not a bad thing

Joshua Slusarek, Beginning Journalism Writer

January 16, 2019

When I think of the word introvert, I tend to think of a very shy and antisocial individual who wants to do nothing but blend into the background and disappear. As an introvert, I know this description is not the full truth and that being introverted is much more than being silent and hiding from interaction. For as long as I can remember, I have always been the kind of person who didn’t try to make myself known to others and didn’t go out of my way to express my...

When expectations fail

Ellie Tanko, Beginning Journalism Writer

February 21, 2018

“You’re a wack.” “That’s weird, don't do that.” “Why are you like this?” These are all statements I’ve received from boys that I’ve talked to. When I first start talking to someone, usually it’s pretty good for a while. Then, somewhere along the line, they learn something about me that maybe doesn't fit how they wanted me to be.          I have had lots of girls open up to me about their struggles with boys. I hear the same kind of thin...

Not a joking matter

Ellie Tanko, Beginning Journalism Writer

February 21, 2018

I heard the words come slowly out of Coach Lilly's mouth. I couldn't believe what he was saying, yet my world started to spin and I felt like I was going to be sick. A Xavier student I was friends with was in medical care because she attempted to take her own life. Later that week, she lost her battle for life. Not even half a year later, I was standing at a home football game and the freshman weren't cheering loud enough for the rest of the upperclassmen's taste. One bo...

Karma Coffee Café is the place to go: 5 stars

Abigail Todd, Beginning Journalism Writer

February 5, 2018

Lately I have been looking for a good, calm place to study and hangout after school. Ideally, I was looking for a place not too busy with delicious food. I am proud to say Karma Coffee Café is the place to go. Unlike your normal choice of Starbucks or Pancheros, Karma Coffee gives off a pleasant vibe and it is not too busy. They also have a variety of delicious food and beverages. From coffee to smoothies and sandwiches to a piece of toast, Karma is a great place to sit...

Understanding mental illnesses

Taylor Scallon, Beginning Journalism Writer

January 25, 2018

One of the most un-talked about conditions that affects a large portion of our population is mental illness. A mental illness is defined as any disorder or health condition that influences the change in a way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and/or relates to others in their surroundings. The difference between a mental and physical illness is that a mental illness takes place inside one’s mind and a physical illness takes places inside one’s body, and the symptoms are shown...

Its all about good food

Robert Weger, Beginning Journalism Writer

January 24, 2018

Before my grandpa retired, he worked at the post office downtown. My grandma and I would often go to the Arby’s on 1st Avenue and get lunch to eat with my grandpa on his break. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve my grandparents and an Arby’s lunch. Although my grandpa has been retired for almost ten years now, Arby’s is still a great place to get fast food. One of the best features of Arby’s is their variety of food. “We have the meats” isn't...

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