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Ayma Malik

Ayma Malik, Editor-in-Chief

Hey everyone, I'm Ayma and I'm so excited to be your Editor-in-Chief this year :). I can't wait to see how all of you grow and contribute to the newspaper.
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I was just sitting with my family, senior Ethan White said. We had the dogs around us and were all just on the couch just watching and eating food. Everybody was being just casual.

Q&A: How did you spend your Super Bowl?

Ayma Malik and Kathryn Peterson
February 16, 2024
Find out what Southwest was doing during the Super Bowl.
SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY

SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY

Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
February 16, 2024
Classes will resume Feb. 20.
The second season of Jujutsu Kaisen impresses with its animation despite the poor treatment of MAPPA animation staff. Rating: A- Photo credit: Maruyama Animation Produce Project Association

‘JUJUTSU KAISEN: SHIBUYA INCIDENT’ LIVES UP TO HIGH ANTICIPATIONS

Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
January 12, 2024
Jujutsu Kaisen has become legendary in the anime world.
SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK

SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK

Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
December 12, 2023
Classes resume on Jan. 2.
BREAKING NEWS: Mass shooting on UNLV campus

BREAKING NEWS: Mass shooting on UNLV campus

Yaritzza Montenegro and Ayma Malik
December 6, 2023
LVMPD determined “no further threat” at 1:34 p.m.
To ensure coverage in the classroom, teachers use software like SmartFind to assign a relief teacher in the case they are absent. The current scarcity of qualified teachers has posed a significant challenge to secure the necessary replacements. “Theres a pretty high demand [for substitutes] right now in the valley. I enjoy it very much because it gives me a lot of working opportunities,” substitute teacher Dylan Drachler said. “When administrators contact me it has been a little more fast paced, saying they need help that day, but I try to look a few days out in advance and get jobs that way.”

[Photo] CCSD FACES CRITICAL TEACHER SHORTAGE

Paizley Swaney, Staff Writer
December 5, 2023

To ensure coverage in the classroom, teachers use software like SmartFind to assign a relief teacher in the case they are absent. The current scarcity of qualified teachers has posed a significant challenge...

We cant really do it here in Las Vegas because it doesnt snow much, junior Damon Messer said. But I like to go up to Reno and build snowmen. Its a great family activity, fun for the whole family.

Q&A: What is your favorite Winter Activity?

Ayma Malik and Kathryn Peterson
December 1, 2023
Find out what students and staff enjoy during the winter.
I feel like it was a good idea because a lot of people would come and watch it [in Vegas], sophomore Lydia Masnica said. But I also feel like it takes up a lot of the streets and you have to find other routes. I like how popular this city gets but they forget that people also live here and need to get around,

Q&A: What did you think about the first F1 Las Vegas races?

Ayma Malik and Kathryn Peterson
November 21, 2023
Find out how Vegas locals feel about the Formula 1 races.
SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK

SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK

Ayma Malik, Editor in Cheif
November 21, 2023
School will resume on November 27.

Trunk Or Treat Returns

Travis McGinnis and Ayma Malik
November 3, 2023
Featuring a haunted house, face painting, candy, and more, Trunk or Treat returns for the second year in a row.
Best of (Teen) Vegas 2023

Best of (Teen) Vegas 2023

Jianna Aganon and Ayma Malik
November 2, 2023
Students and editors are once again letting us know the places they appreciate in Las Vegas. Take a look into this year's "Best of".
Honestly, it depends, Social Studies teacher Benjamin Lacombe said. Like the gory ones and the Jason ones, Im not a big fan of those. But the ghost ones and exorcism ones, I love those. Those are great but it really depends on the film.

Q&A: Do you like scary movies?

Ayma Malik and Kathryn Peterson
October 26, 2023
Learn if students and staff enjoy horror movies or not.
Combating student email access lockouts, password retrievals are happening in the library during English or Freshman Studies/Health classes. A week has passed since the initial lockout occurred. “We’re doing that [library retrievals] for two reasons,” Assistant Principal Donna Besser said. “One is to make sure that we are using a different system to log everyone in. Also, to ensure that everybody is getting reset. Right now some students that have been reset are saying that they weren’t reset so that they don’t have to do work in class. This is ensuring that everyone is being reset and no one has any excuse to not be logged in.”

Technology services partially return for student access

Combating student email access lockouts, password retrievals are happening in the library during English or Freshman Studies/Health classes. A week has passed since the initial lockout occurred. “We’re...

CCSD students were unable to access their school Google accounts outside their campus Wi-Fi jurisdiction. They were met with an error message blocking them from opening any Google applications. “I was trying to do my homework,” junior Henry Lewis said. “It sucks, but it’s whatever because I didn’t have my homework done anyway. So it’s convenient in this moment.”

CCSD STUDENT ACCOUNTS FROZEN OUTSIDE OF CAMPUS

A "cybersecurity incident" caused student account information to be compromised.
Playboi Carti’s label, Opium, released in 2019. It is composed of rap duo Homixide Gang, and rappers Ken Carson and Destroy Lonely.

IS PLAYBOI CARTI’S REIGN OVER?

Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
October 9, 2023
His tour is happening the same way his album is dropping (it’s not).
Learning more about my culture really just opens a new perspective because I never really hear about it, junior Alyssa ... said. Learning about it in an Ethnic Studies class especially helps everyone see what all these [different] ethnic groups go through.

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"Learning more about my culture really just opens a new perspective because I never really hear about it," junior Alyssa ... said. "Learning about it in an Ethnic Studies class especially helps everyone...

[Im drawing] this man riding the donkey, junior Rena Zewdie said. Hes beautiful, I drew the mustache, I drew his hat. [Because] thats how people used to travel here from Mexico.

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"[I'm drawing] this man riding the donkey," junior Rena Zewdie said. "He's beautiful, I drew the mustache, I drew his hat. [Because] that's how people used to travel here from Mexico."

I really enjoy collaboration and teamwork, junior Xavion Stanton said. I like being around [different] people, and having different opinions around me really helps. And I have friends in here that I really enjoy being around.

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"I really enjoy collaboration and teamwork," junior Xavion Stanton said. "I like being around [different] people, and having different opinions around me really helps. And I have friends in here that I...

BREAKING NEWS: LAURA PENROD NAMED NEVADA TEACHER OF THE YEAR

BREAKING NEWS: LAURA PENROD NAMED NEVADA TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
September 19, 2023
Laura Penrod is the Nevada State Teacher of the Year for 2024.
School operations closed for staff development day

School operations closed for staff development day

Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
September 8, 2023

Teachers and staff will be present on campus Monday, September 11 for staff development day. Classes will not be held.

We actually got tickets from one of my good friends whose daughter works for Beyonce, Special Education teacher Lenora Rosenthal said. We got to be in a suite to watch the concert, and we just enjoy all of her songs and what she represents.

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"We actually got tickets from one of my good friends whose daughter works for Beyonce," Special Education teacher Lenora Rosenthal said. "We got to be in a suite to watch the concert, and we just enjoy...

Bees, like many other species of insects, are not protected in Nevadas wildlife laws.

START BUGGING BUGS

Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
August 23, 2023
We need to protect nature’s janitors.
Id say my first day of school [has been] pretty good, senior Hunter Anderson said. It is probably one of my favorite first days of school. I really like getting to see all my friends that I havent seen in a long time to catch up. I really like all the teachers that I got. Not every year has been the best, but this year is very promising.

Q&A: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
August 8, 2023
Find out how students feel about the first day of school.
GoGuardian restricts students from accessing websites that are used for educational purposes.

[Photo] EDITORIAL: The Problems with Clark County’s Internet Monitoring

Southwest Shadow, Editorial Board
April 17, 2023

GoGuardian restricts students from accessing websites that are used for educational purposes.

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

ADULTS NEED TO GROW UP

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.
SIX ARTISTS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: FEBRUARY 2023

SIX ARTISTS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: FEBRUARY 2023

Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
February 21, 2023
Fall in love with these artists.
F IS FOR FANTASTIC!

‘F’ IS FOR FANTASTIC!

Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
February 4, 2023
Please don’t take every class just because you think you should.
SIX ARTISTS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: JANUARY 2023

SIX ARTISTS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: JANUARY 2023

Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
January 14, 2023
Listen to some new artists this new year.
Contrary to popular belief, Lofthouse sugar cookies are the best cookies, and will remain that way. Unfortunately, I did come to this conclusion through personal trauma in my childhood.

HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES

Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
January 9, 2023
I <3 sugar cookies.

Independence- learned or experienced?

Ayma Malik and Kathryn Peterson
December 15, 2022

Cooking, doing your own laundry, and handling finances – all basic life skills necessary for living on your own. As these skills are not commonly taught in class students must learn at home by themselves....

Students in Bryce Wadas Dual Credit math class study polynomial and rational functions for their upcoming test.

National Report shows GRADE SCHOOLERS EXPERIENCED LARGE DROPS IN TEST SCORES

Ayma Malik, Opinion and A&E Editor
November 28, 2022
Low NAEP scores are a concern for teachers and students.
Thousands of people across the world protest in solidarity with the girls in Iran. In this picture, a woman in Melbourne is cutting and shaving her hair.  Solidarity with Iranian Protests © Matt Hrkac, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

IRAN’S OPPRESSIVE REGIME CANNOT SUPPRESS COURAGE

Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
November 4, 2022
Autocratic leaders find it increasingly difficult to silence activists, especially when those activists are young girls.
SIX ARTISTS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: OCTOBER 2022

SIX ARTISTS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: OCTOBER 2022

Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
October 29, 2022
End your October on a spooky note with these six artists.
Yes, senior Ryan Nguyen said. Because it was for the peoples safety and I was told it was windy.

Q&A: WAS IT RIGHT FOR THE WWWY FESTIVAL TO CANCEL?

Ayma Malik and Kathryn Peterson
October 26, 2022
Students share their opinions on the cancellation of the When We Were Young festival.
Podcast: When We Were Young Music Festival Preview

Podcast: ‘When We Were Young Music’ Festival Preview

Gray Barranco and Ayma Malik
October 14, 2022
Ayma and Gray weigh in on this upcoming emo music experience.
Despite calling women lazy, Tate has multiple housekeepers and maids that clean and perform basic tasks for him.

COMMON TATE L

Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
October 10, 2022
Yet another violent, misogynist man is given unbridled attention on the internet.
Following Digital Game Design teacher Ronald Barrancos rules, junior Kevin Fernandez places his phone into a pocket before class starts. Each class  has different rules on monitoring phone usage. “Sometimes it can be a distraction so I think it’s reasonable to have them away during instruction,” Fernandez said. “But I personally think it should be okay to use them during independent time since it can help students concentrate and feel comfortable in class.”

REEVALUATED PERSONAL DEVICE POLICY ESTABLISHES NEW CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
September 21, 2022
Concerns regarding school safety and classroom distractions guided updated rule
VIB: This weekend in Las Vegas 9/16/22

VIB: This weekend in Las Vegas 9/16/22

Ayma Malik, Opinion, A&E Editor
September 16, 2022
Find something fun to do this weekend.
SIX ARTISTS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: SEPTEMBER 2022

SIX ARTISTS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: SEPTEMBER 2022

Ayma Malik
September 16, 2022
With September kicking off the fall season, here's six artists that capture the feeling of an autumn day.
Would you buy Lil Yachtys Pizza?

Would you buy Lil Yachty’s Pizza?

Ayma Malik
September 12, 2022
Students share their opinions on Lil Yachty's Pizza.
VIB: This weekend in Las Vegas 9/9/22

VIB: This weekend in Las Vegas 9/9/22

Ayma Malik
September 9, 2022
Find something fun to do this weekend.
I would not get Lil Yachty’s pizza., junior Kadar Stewart said. I do not know who he is, well I kind of know who he is, but not really. He could have put something in the pizza.

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"I would not get Lil Yachty’s pizza.," junior Kadar Stewart said. "I do not know who he is, well I kind of know who he is, but not really. He could have put something in the pizza."

I would not get Lil Yachtys pizza, junior Gerardo Gariga said. His music is trash and I’m guessing his pizza is the same.

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"I would not get Lil Yachty's pizza," junior Gerardo Gariga said. "His music is trash and I’m guessing his pizza is the same."

I probably wouldn’t because it’s like a $7 pizza, sophomore Connor Wiggins said. But I could go to Costco and get a pizza slice for $1.60 and it comes with a soda. So theres a brand attraction to it, theres this rapper and people will buy his pizza. I wouldn’t see the justification in spending an extra $6 or something that just has someone else’s name on it.

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"I probably wouldn’t because it’s like a $7 pizza," sophomore Connor Wiggins said. "But I could go to Costco and get a pizza slice for $1.60 and it comes with a soda. So there's a brand attraction...

Yeah I would buy Lil Yachty’s pizza, senior Eyobel Tecle said. Why not?

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"Yeah I would buy Lil Yachty’s pizza," senior Eyobel Tecle said. "Why not?"

Yes, I would because the box looks pretty cool, junior Ozuhakachi Akarolo said.

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"Yes, I would because the box looks pretty cool," junior Ozuhakachi Akarolo said.

Southwest Shadow Asks: Toni Alfanso

Southwest Shadow Asks: Toni Alfanso

Ayma Malik
April 28, 2022
Find out some fun facts about sophomore Toni Alfanso.
Hudas Salon is a fearless statement on women’s oppression

‘Huda’s Salon’ is a fearless statement on women’s oppression

Ayma Malik
March 31, 2022
Not everything is as it seems in “Huda’s Salon.”
Campus safety focus of recent CCSD school board meeting

Campus safety focus of recent CCSD school board meeting

Ayma Malik
March 16, 2022
The meeting was centered around violence and student discipline.
Skilled Kung Fu competitor: Meet Nathan Ly

Skilled Kung Fu competitor: Meet Nathan Ly

Ayma Malik
March 8, 2022
Sophomore Nathan Ly trains and competes in Kung Fu.
INFOGRAPHIC: technological advances

INFOGRAPHIC: technological advances

Ayma Malik
February 28, 2022
As the world evolves, innovative and unimaginable things happen.
Relax and smell the flowers with “The Time of the Foxgloves”

Relax and smell the flowers with “The Time of the Foxgloves”

Ayma Malik
February 14, 2022
“The Time of the Foxgloves” is nostalgic and personal.
‘Belle’ is a captivating, modern retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

‘Belle’ is a captivating, modern retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Ayma Malik
February 8, 2022
Mamoru Hosada's newest film shows how the internet can be used to reinvent yourself.
Jump into the military-themed action of ‘One Shot’

Jump into the military-themed action of ‘One Shot’

Ayma Malik
December 17, 2021
“One Shot” lacks depth to separate it from other action films.
Take in a deep breath, listen to Inhaler’s ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’

Take in a deep breath, listen to Inhaler’s ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’

Ayma Malik
November 16, 2021
Inhaler releases an album full of optimism, angst and audacity.
AN HOUR IN... Culinary II

AN HOUR IN… Culinary II

Ayma Malik
November 5, 2021
Culinary II students work on dry heat cooking.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Vanessa Robbins

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Vanessa Robbins

Ayma Malik
November 2, 2021

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PODCAST: Halloween: Everything from candy to clowns to costumes

PODCAST: Halloween: Everything from candy to clowns to costumes

Gurleen Swaich, Juliana Borruso, and Ayma Malik
October 29, 2021
We talk about everything that comes with Fall and Halloween season, from what scares us most to how we celebrate.
Culinary II students explore different recipes in the kitchen

Culinary II students explore different recipes in the kitchen

Ayma Malik
October 11, 2021
Students in Culinary II are getting back in the kitchen to learn how to make no-bake chocolate cookies.
Dungeon & Dragons club create characters, campaigns in the first meeting of the year

Dungeon & Dragons club create characters, campaigns in the first meeting of the year

Ayma Malik
September 30, 2021
Members of the D&D club meet to plan campaigns, create characters, and discuss the online gameplay.

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