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Assumptions can kill

Mary Tallett, Opinion Editor

May 1, 2018

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Fun fact about me: I have nearly died twice in the last two months. Once because of an umbrella, the other because of a car’s turn signal. The umbrella incident occurred over spring break at a breakfast cafe in breezy Hawaii. As I sat eating my french toast, I recall one moment reflecting on the blessings of life, and the next, a massive umbrella had struck me on my chest, knocking me back off my chair onto the concrete. The umbrella I was sitting under, which I assumed was...

Do things you are afraid of doing

Do things you are afraid of doing

May 1, 2018

My motto for senior year here at Xavier High School is “do things you are afraid of doing.” This quote has been written on the chalkboard I see every time I enter my bedroom and it has remained my “pinned tweet” this entire school year. This ph...

Where are the extraordinaires?

Maddy Andresen, Photo Editor

May 1, 2018

Filed under Opinion

If you take a moment to look at the people you’re surrounded by on a daily basis, what do you see? For me, it usually consists of straight faces, similar styles, mediocre interests, etc. Everyone blends in with one another. There are categories for everyone: the athletes, the music kids, the student section, the brainiacs, and more. But where’s the category for people who want to do or be something different? People are usually able to adjust themselves to fit into t...

The selfless act

The selfless act

May 1, 2018

On July 30, 2013, I turned fourteen, acquired my driver’s permit, and officially became an organ donor by simply checking a box on the DOT form. Taking charge of these decisions made me very excited. You may think a typical fourteen-year-old wouldn’t ge...

Don’t stand for illegal immigration

Thomas Bean, Opinion Writer

April 16, 2018

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Every American should be concerned about the illegal immigrants who are already in America and continue to flood in every year. Before I go any further, this is not to be confused with the legal immigration of hardworking men and women who wish to come to this great country to better both their lives and the lives of U.S. citizens. My stance is strictly regarding the estimated 12.5 million illegal immigrants currently in America. An illegal immigrant is defined as anyone...

Don’t bandwagon anything

Don’t bandwagon anything

April 16, 2018

Growing up, I have always been a fan of the Kansas Jayhawks and this year, I realized no other team has ever  crossed my mind. I was at a restaurant with my family and when our waiter approached us, wondering what our favorite college football team was,...

Respect your mother (Earth)

Mary Tallett, Opinion Editor

April 16, 2018

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“Respect your mother, you only have one.” Mother Earth is 4.543 billion years old with around 7.442 billion people occupying her. She is a busy girl, constantly supplying enough water, air, and warmth to keep us all alive. You would think because of this we would respect her immensely, we have no plan B, no alternative planet; this (she) is ALL we have. So my question is: why do we not take better care of her? The debate of whether Earth is changing radically (and...

God’s plan is the only plan

God’s plan is the only plan

April 16, 2018

I have heard all the time that God has a plan and no matter what happens, you need to trust it. This was easy to do for most of my life, mostly because everything I wanted to happen, pretty much happened. I had friends, decent grades, the soccer scholarship...

Strive to have some “Sparks”

Strive to have some “Sparks”

March 28, 2018

Anyone who has been around my family has most likely heard the phrase, “Oh, Janessa, you are such a ‘Sparks.’” From this comment, I always shake my head and look away. However, after thinking through this statement, I have come to the conclusion...

A cookie better than all

Matt Scieszinkski, Opinion Writer

March 28, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Close your eyes. Now, imagine yourself at grandma’s. She just finished baking in the kitchen. What do you smell? Chocolate chip cookies have been a bakery and dessert staple since their invention in 1938. There is no doubt in my mind that chocolate chip cookies have withstood the test of time because they can be baked and used in so many ways, yet still be a chocolate chip cookie. No cookie will ever beat the original chocolate chip. Whenever you bake, you start with...

Phones and backpacks

Lauren Nelson, Opinion Writer

March 28, 2018

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Ever since April 20, 1999, when two boys walked into Columbine High School with semi-automatic guns to murder their classmates, schools have been trying to keep students safe while also making sure they won’t be distracted from their education. Because of this, schools began enforcing  different rules in an attempt to protect their students. One of these rules refuses to allow students to bring phones or backpacks into class. This however, will not help anything. Taking...

Don’t forget where you belong

Sidney, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2018

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As I sat on my early morning flight to Mexico for spring break, ten thousand feet above the ground and already hundreds of miles away from Cedar Rapids, I was surprised by my incapability to fall asleep. Instead of trying any longer, I opened up the window shade and peered outside. If you’ve ever been on a plane, you know it’s hard to not think of all of the people below you and imagine how each person lives a life as complex as yours. Just as I was in the middle of this...

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