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Maddy Andresen, Photo Editor

October 10, 2018

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

When you look around at the people you are surrounded by, what do you see? You probably see people of different genders,  ethnicities, styles, and faces, but what do you know about those faces? Do you know  one in five people suffer from a mental illness? Considering this, how often do you say that you are feeling so depressed because you have to do homework, that you have so much anxiety about a test, or that you want to die because something bad happened? These are words...

What hurts most

Ellie Tanko, Assistant Opinion editor

October 10, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Jimmy Cliff once said, “We all need somebody to lean on.” You could take this in so many different ways, but I think it means there’s somebody we always rely on. Whether it be a friend or a sibling, this person  always have your back. Recently, I lost my best friend because we realized it wasn’t going to work out. Without support from them, I constantly ride a roller coaster of emotions. Sometimes I feel hopeful that we’ll make it separately through the pain,...

Service with a smile

Jack Renning, Opinnion Writer

October 10, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Driving on the highway late at night, suddenly you feel that inexplicable pang of hunger in your stomach. Luckily, you spot those glorious Golden Arches, only 10 miles away. You nudge up your speedometer until you finally pull up and hear the magic words, “Hi, Welcome to McDonald’s. May I take your order?” You order food and pull out of the parking lot, only to find your hamburger is missing the four extra pickle slices you requested. Do you, A: accept this as an easy...

Parliamentary Peppermint

Ella Schulte, News Writer

October 10, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Millennials & Generation Z have grown up in a world constantly engulfed by political arguments, to the point where deciphering one’s  beliefs from their parents or peers has become practically impossible. At the age of 17, it’s overwhelming. Political discussions frequently turn into heated disagreements when tension is felt and opinions forced, often resulting in a lost or overlooked perspective. With the majority of celebrities, social media influencers,...

Say thank you to self-love

Lexi Ferden, Opinion Writer

September 12, 2018

Filed under Opinion

There is a huge difference between self-love and being selfish. No, it is not conceited to love yourself. We often doubt ourselves because we do not think we are attractive enough, popular enough, smart enough, etc. It is OK to not be the best at everything. Loving yourself is important, and there are many reasons why. Loving yourself helps you see how much others love you. This may sound cliché, but it is true. I always thought it was selfish to say, “thank you”...

Pressures of the future

Alex Drish, Opinion Writer

September 12, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Even though junior year has just begun, I’m already feeling the pressure. Every night at dinner, I get bombarded by all sorts of questions. What do you want to do? Where are you going to college? Where do you see yourself in the future? These are questions I hear from my family, and I expect other juniors hear them from theirs. We are expected to have it all figured out. How are we supposed to have it all together and know our whole life plan when for all of our lives...

Girls in Scouts

Kieran Coe, Opinion Writer

September 12, 2018

Filed under Opinion

The Boy Scouts of America are soon going to do something they’ve never done before: allow girls to be a part of the program. All young women in the United States, ages 11-17, will be allowed to participate. This has resulted in many mixed reactions from our country, but most people do not know the true reasoning behind the new rule, and why it is completely necessary. The notion that Boy Scouts, soon to be renamed Scouts BSA, only allowed girls into the organization...

Time Management

Claire Delaney, Opinion Editor

September 12, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Imagine it’s junior year, the most stressful time of high school, and I am at a coffee shop casually drinking a white chocolate mocha with almond milk and writing a 12 page Kirkwood paper on health and pyschosocial rehabilitation. I am calm, cool and collected even though my paper is due in three short hours. Some of you might be saying to not wait till the last minute, get stuff done, or work ahead so you are not stressed. For me, this is not the case. While this may stress...

Old is Gold

Ellie Tanko, Opinion Assistant Editor

September 12, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Her frail, shaking hands dipped slowly from the railing into the frigid water. I watched as her and a young boy, probably no older than eleven or twelve, began to practice strokes and kicks. It looked as though the older lady was helping the boy learn to swim. After watching her display of generosity I couldn’t help but be filled with respect for elders. Respect should be given to those who are older and wiser than us. This summer I was given the gift of observing people...

The importance of Beginning Journalism

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

May 23, 2018

Filed under Opinion

There is a quality class at Xavier that is completely overlooked at Xavier. Most see Mrs. Wagner’s Beginning Journalism as just a precursor to get on the Newspaper. However, I improved my English skills and more specifically, my writing skills, more than I did in my English II class. It was definitely my favorite class sophomore year and I feel as if it is not appreciated as it should be. It is less of a stepping stone to The Xpress, and more of a tool to form yourself...

Make social media relevant

Claire Delaney, A&E Writer

May 23, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Whether your news comes from Twitter, the TV, or a newspaper, respect the opinion of the person who took the time to write it. With all of the crazy events happening with our President and his advisers, to what people hear in a voice recording, we need to find the right events to voice our opinions. While people either heard Yanny or Laurel, there was hardly any mention of bombings in the Middle East or the rapid change in climate. Is Yanny or Laurel really that important...

Bitter sweet goodbye

Bitter sweet goodbye

May 17, 2018

I’m in my final weeks of high school, and all I can think about is not thinking about how these are my final weeks of high school. While most people are excited to leave Cedar Rapids, their homes, and high school behind, I can’t picture my life without...

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