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While some claim that America is being turned into a “gerontocracy,” or rule by the old, fewer can explain why this is an inherently negative development for our country.

Yes, Ageism is Still Discrimination

Ethan Bull, Opinion Editor
April 24, 2024
Though the country is slated to have the two oldest presidential candidates in history running for office, our political contempt does not justify generalizations about the elderly.
Saudi Arabia has recently spent billions of dollars investing in a wide variety of sports.

Do Saudi Arabia’s Sports Investments Have Substance?

Ethan Bull, Opinion Editor
March 21, 2024
Though Saudi Arabia’s massive athletic investments may seem strange, they are actually a well-reasoned addition to the national economy.
Over 40 million tons of plastic waste is generated by the United States each year, with more than three-quarters of the trash winding up in landfills. After their short lifespan has concluded, low-quality goods from Temu are likely to be quickly forgotten.

Stop Temu: Don’t Be Consumed by Consumerism

Ethan Bull, Opinion Editor
February 23, 2024
The low prices on Temu come with a catch that few are aware of; where the platform succeeds in pricing, it also forces users to pay a human cost.
Disturbing thumbnails, similar to this depiction, illegally utilize licensed characters that are easily recognizable by small children in order to garner clicks.

The History and Remergence of Elsagate

January 31, 2024
A new generation of young children are the lab rats revealing the effects of early technology use in toddlers.
Many Americans no longer view our politicians as experienced statesmen, leaders and policymakers. Now, presidential candidates have become mockable caricatures.

Bring Back the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Ethan Bull, Opinion Editor
January 19, 2024
As political showmanship has increasingly dominated American politics, perhaps one answer to the issue of unsatisfactory presidential candidates can be found by abandoning our short-form media.
Playboi Carti’s label, Opium, released in 2019. It is composed of rap duo Homixide Gang, and rappers Ken Carson and Destroy Lonely.


Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
October 9, 2023
His tour is happening the same way his album is dropping (it’s not).
For many teenagers, high school graduation is one of the most crucial life milestones. Arguably even more important than graduating is the college admissions process that follows- a process that many ambitious high school students tend to flunk.

We Should Reconsider our College Applications

Ethan Bull, Opinion Editor
September 25, 2023
For the last few years, ambitious high school students have been taking a flawed approach to their college decisions. Increasingly competitive high schoolers need to shift their perspectives if they want to achieve fulfillment in their post-graduation lives.
Bees, like many other species of insects, are not protected in Nevadas wildlife laws.


Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
August 23, 2023
We need to protect nature’s janitors.
While there were several impressive pieces of architecture like the exterior of the One World Trade Center, I wasnt able to fully embrace what millions of people call the embodiment of the American Dream.


Rhamil Taguba, Managing Editor
March 29, 2023

Recently, I visited what many cite as the most influential, most famous city in the world: New York City. While I was looking forward to strolling through what popular culture has idolized as the most...

Adults are constantly telling us to make choices that they dont make themselves.


Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
February 27, 2023
Even though adults are always telling us to behave maturely, they're the ones being immature.
“Taxing the rich” has been a signature catchphrase for most left-leaning voters and politicians alike. While taxing the super rich may be beneficial for the welfare of middle-class America, how does the government expect to pay their multi-million dollar mansions and 20 Ferraris?  Photo Credit: Philip Taylor PT

Satire: Let’s tax poor people even more

Rhamil Taguba, Managing Editor
February 26, 2023
The national debt continues to rise in this country. Why cut a break for hard-working, struggling Americans?


Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
February 4, 2023
Please don’t take every class just because you think you should.