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Does Music Really Improve Concentration?

Sean McGregor, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Online Only, Opinion

Everyday billions of people head off to a long day of work and school. After a while they get tired and feel as if they are getting nothing done. Music is one of the best ways to combat this effect. I feel that music should be more widely allowed in the workplaces and classrooms. Many research paper...

Undeserved trophies make kids entitled

Emily Radke, Staff Writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As a kid, how many trophies did you receive? Chances are, if you are like most kids, you got a lot of trophies. Children now-days all over the country are receiving trophies and awards for doing nothing but showing up. This is wrong, because you should only get awarded for winning or hard work. Too m...

Prepared to Teach?

Brook Bowman, Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

With the signing of Senate Bill 1042 in May, Governor Doug Ducey promised to fill up Arizona’s classrooms “by allowing highly-qualified professionals who have significant experience in a subject matter, possess a higher education degree, and have passed a background check to be certified to teach....

Support the Blue

Support the Blue

Lauren Haggar, Staff Writer

October 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As a proud American it is truly saddening how our country has forgotten who the true, unsung heroes are, the police. We live in a nation where hating police has become a hobby, and something that much of the media glorifies. From Black Lives Matter, to the new Anti Fascist establishment, anti-police rhet...

Prepared to Teach?

Aidia Nielsen, Writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

With an increasingly alarming teacher shortage statewide, the newest legislation allowing for emergency certification is exactly what Arizona needs to remedy the numerous empty classrooms in public schools. The main reason to support this bill is, let’s face it, we have no choice. As the state...

No Phone Zone, No Fun Zone

Group Editorial

October 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

This year, administration is cracking down on phone use in the classroom, and it has a lot of students not very happy. The “No Phone Zone” prohibits the use of technology in the classroom unless the teacher wants their students to use them for an activity. Now, adults view this as a positive idea ...

Vouchers Empower Families With School Choice

Vouchers Empower Families With School Choice

Emma Russello, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The ongoing battle between public and private schools shines through in what seems like the never ending school voucher debate. The expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Program, or school vouchers, was supposed to go into effect this past August, but a referendum headed by Save Our Schools h...

Like the Generals, They Must Fall

Like the Generals, They Must Fall

Griffin Goldstein, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia has been delayed. It was rightfully sentenced to be removed from its pedestal for its distasteful meaning in April, but white supremacists and racist protesters have challenged the outcome of the vote. A judge postponed its removal for six months...

Horoscope or Horo-hoax?

Emma Russello, Staff Writer

February 15, 2017


Filed under Archive, Opinion

Astrology and horoscopes pop up in magazines, newspapers, and social media, trying to convince readers how they should live their lives based off their zodiac sign. Many people disregard these readings as rubbish, but there is scientific backing to them. For thousands of years, beginning with Ancien...

Strong women send strong messages

Mia Gilling, Creeker Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

With painted signs in their hands and strength in their words, over two million people gathered in peaceful protest at Women’s Marches on January 21. The original Women’s March was held in Washington, D.C., but over 600 additional ‘sister’ marches took place not only across the United States, ...

Demonization of the Press

Lauren Haggar, News Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Journalism. The profession for the curious, the independent, and those who wish to provoke thought and question into others. But while doing so, the concept of honesty is all too often lost. It is a journalist's job and responsibility to provide truthful, honest, and factual news. As a nation where one ...

Pro-Bamacare

Kiera Riley, Opinion Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Everyone deserves access to proper medical care, regardless of financial standings. With the help of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this goal has been possible as it has been a system that has supported the right to health care for all Americans.    Based on recent news reports, it is evident ...

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