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SATIRE: I miss freshman me

SATIRE: I miss freshman me The good old days

Cassie Valdez May 14, 2018

I miss freshman me–the only version of myself that only ever mattered. Sophomore year was a sham, junior year was counterproductive and senior year was useless. The best days of my life were when I stressed...

Win by losing

Win by losing Choose your fights wisely

Cassie Valdez May 8, 2018

The other day, a lady followed me to my parked car so that she could berate me for my driving. Personally, I don’t think I did anything worth being yelled over, yet there she was. Throughout the whole...

Not to get political but

'> Not to get political but There's more to people than politics

Cassie Valdez April 27, 2018

If anybody were to even just skim over the headlines of my columns, it’d be easy to assume that I’m a rather liberal person. I support maintaining DACA and DAPA, I’m not a massive fan of minimal...

SATIRE: PRO/CON: Nursery rhymes: the real banger

SATIRE: PRO/CON: Nursery rhymes: the real banger Too good for even the Billboard charts

Cassie Valdez April 20, 2018

To read Vinh's opposing viewpoint, click here. No offense but nursery rhymes are the only form of music–forget hip-hop or indie. Existing since the olden times, nothing is a more classic work of...

Dance, dance, revelation

'> Dance, dance, revelation It's okay to ignore the status quo

Cassie Valdez April 12, 2018

One of my least favorite high school memories was at homecoming my sophomore year. Staring aimlessly at an art piece that I don’t remember the name of, I sat alone in a gallery, bored out of my mind,...

Times ticking

Time’s ticking Take advantage of high school

Cassie Valdez April 3, 2018

Going into my senior year, I didn’t believe any upperclassmen who tried to warn me that my last year in high school would drain me both mentally and physically. Yet, here I am with only a few months...

Anything But Normal yearbook to be distributed next month

‘Anything But Normal’ yearbook to be distributed next month Event open to all grades

Cassie Valdez April 3, 2018

With the final pages of the yearbook submitted to Jostens, The Howl Staff will distribute books in the lunchroom on May 7 during seventh period.  “[To meet our deadline,] we stayed at school until...

Protests are welcome (sometimes)

Protests are welcome (sometimes) Rethink your walkout

Cassie Valdez March 9, 2018

Even though it’s been about five years since students and teachers were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School, controversy over gun reform still remains. This uncertainty of what to do in the government...

An Hour In ... the Lip Sync Battle

An Hour In … the Lip Sync Battle Drama club wins the competition

Cassie Valdez and Maggie Shepard February 23, 2018

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President Barack Obama delivers a health care address to a joint session of Congress at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
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In the FBI we (should) trust Don’t let the Nunes Memo be status quo

Cassie Valdez February 9, 2018

Recently, a memo compiled by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes was released, claiming that the FBI has abused their surveillance power. In the memo, House Republicans assert that the FBI and Justice...

The American Dream(ers)

'> The American Dream(ers) DACA's fate in the hands of legislation

Cassie Valdez January 24, 2018

Recently, Congress experienced a government shutdown because of divided opinions on a short-term spending bill meant to keep federal operations running. At the heart of this conflict is the dispute concerning...

Cheers to a new year

'> Cheers to a new year Hopefully 2018 won't be another 2017

Cassie Valdez January 6, 2018

Disaster after disaster, tragedy after tragedy–I think it’s safe to assume that many would agree with me when I say 2017 was far from perfect. Throughout those 12 months, I noticed a consistent pattern...

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