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Preceding the bi-yearly legislative meeting in CCSD set for February of next year, the district’s Board of Trustees met in August to determine the most pressing issues for future discussion. The board created a bill draft request which addressed several areas of concern in the school district that was presented to trustees for voting.  Photo Credit: CCSD

EDITORIAL: NEW CCSD SCHOOL BOARD LEGISLATION EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

November 7, 2022
Learn about the three areas of focus and what we think of each initiative.
2022 BEST OF (TEEN) LAS VEGAS

2022 BEST OF (TEEN) LAS VEGAS

October 11, 2022
For the eighth year in a row, students are telling us their choices for the best of the best in Las Vegas.
Unpaid internships in the United States hurt both college students and young adults alike. Yet, thousands of Americans still take up the position for various reasons, including college credit and work experience. But in the end, the benefits don’t fit the cost. Photo Credit: Maryland GovPics

EDITORIAL: UNPAID INTERNSHIPS LEAVE WORKERS WITH A RAW DEAL

May 20, 2022
Why aren't America's work interns being compensated fairly? Short answer, money.
EDITORIAL: The attacks on teachers must stop now

EDITORIAL: The attacks on teachers must stop now

May 9, 2022

An unexpecting high school teacher left-for-dead in her classroom after being ruthlessly sexually assaulted by a student. The April 7 incident at Eldorado sent shockwaves throughout the valley, shifting...

EDITORIAL:  Are our schools unraveling?

EDITORIAL: Are our schools unraveling?

April 11, 2022
What are the best ways of keeping our schools safe?
The U.S. is facing another economic disaster due to a multitude of factors including the war in Ukraine. But how can President Biden solve the potentially catastrophic issue and what does this mean for the future of green energy? Photo Credit: Ahmed Ahmed

EDITORIAL: Getting out of this energy crisis requires an all-hands on deck approach

March 22, 2022

The Russian invasion in Ukraine is fundamentally changing the world. Gas prices across the nation are skyrocketing due to the global and horrific war in Eastern Europe, war-torn pipelines, and economic...

EDITORIAL: Affirmative Action — If ended, then mend it

EDITORIAL: Affirmative Action — If ended, then mend it

February 26, 2022
Higher education's inequality problem is bad, and there's little evidence it's getting much better.
EDITORIAL: The case for a grand voting rights compromise

EDITORIAL: The case for a grand voting rights compromise

February 2, 2022
Preserving the integrity of our elections may require a bipartisan bill — one without policies progressives want.
The decade-old dress code has concerned student thought for as long as it existed - the misogynistic code is based on standards that are years old but still are dictating what students wear in school. Art Credit: Ahmed Ahmed

EDITORIAL: The dress code is outdated – change needs to happen

January 24, 2022
The dress code is outdated and contains a list of misogynistic issues.
Education reform makes a splash - but not without its critics

Education reform makes a splash – but not without its critics

November 30, 2021
Trying to recuperate from recent contention in the district, CCSD is making serious changes to the system.
2021 Best of (Teen) Las Vegas

2021 Best of (Teen) Las Vegas

October 18, 2021
For the seventh year in a row, students are telling us their choices for the best of the best in Las Vegas.
Reviewing content from last year, Spanish teacher Geri Barnish teaches her Spanish II students amidst a shortage of teachers across the county. “We’re all exhausted, we can barely keep one thing in our books, and the demands are just so overwhelming. Eventually, teachers are going to be rebelling because the wages they are being offered are hard to retain,” Barnish said. Photo Credit: Rhamil Taguba

EDITORIAL: MORE EFFORTS SHOULD BE PUT TOWARDS RELIEVING TEACHERS’ STRESS

October 6, 2021
Educational staff are being swarmed by problems caused by a dysfunctional educational system.
The previous lockdown has had a significant impact on education nationwide. As students return from virtual learning to in-person, a threat of another lockdown looms against the adjustment. Being at home affected me negatively harmed me socially and physically. I felt isolated being home all the time and I felt pressured to change my life, junior Heron Yonas said. Photo Credit: Rhamil Taguba

EDITORIAL: Another lockdown would be bad medicine

September 14, 2021
The Delta variant threatens to shut down society once more - should we have to suffer yet another lockdown?
EDITORIAL: Nevada needs to end period poverty

EDITORIAL: Nevada needs to end period poverty

April 23, 2021
There is no excuse for not providing these crucial products.
EDITORIAL: Biden deserves credit for his record on sick leave - Now let’s go further

EDITORIAL: Biden deserves credit for his record on sick leave – Now let’s go further

April 1, 2021
Has the time come for guaranteed family leave?
EDITORIAL: Mr. President, end the federal death penalty

EDITORIAL: Mr. President, end the federal death penalty

February 25, 2021
We aren’t kept safer, and we’re killing innocent people.
EDITORIAL: Doubling the federal minimum wage would be a major boost for Nevada families

EDITORIAL: Doubling the federal minimum wage would be a major boost for Nevada families

January 28, 2021
Opponents insist that raising the minimum wage kills jobs. The empirical evidence disagrees.
After a brutal storming of the Capitol, the nation is more divided than ever. Art Credit: Monserrat Mendieta

Editorial: The Capitol Hill rioters are anti-Americans

January 12, 2021
The disorganization, disrespect, and remnants of a divided country left by the insurrection.
Girls of the new generation

Girls of the new generation

December 6, 2020
Daily disadvantages and advantages of POC, plus-size, underweight, LGTBQ, religious women.
It’s Groundhog Day: Plans for in-person learning have been scrapped, and students will continue online learning as COVID-19 cases skyrocket. Photo Credit: Gurleen Swaich

EDITORIAL: The unicorn of returning to classes

November 17, 2020
The virus has gotten completely out-of-control and is worse than ever. How can we fix this?
Those with depression may feel like every day is a thunderstorm: isolating, cold and grim. It’s up to all of us to help them get out. Photo Credit: Pixabay

EDITORIAL: Warming up those left out in the cold

November 12, 2020
Data nationally and local incidents have shined a spotlight on high rates of depression among young people.
Editorial: TikTok is more than just a viral app

Editorial: TikTok is more than just a viral app

September 28, 2020
With President Trump encouraging a ban of TikTok, the future of the service is unknown.
2020 Senior Goodbyes

2020 Senior Goodbyes

May 15, 2020
Here is one last goodbye from the class of 2020.
EDITORIAL: When it comes to COVID-19, poverty is a pre-existing condition

EDITORIAL: When it comes to COVID-19, poverty is a pre-existing condition

May 5, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is revealing inequities in society that have been an undercurrent for decades.
EDITORIAL: Drastic times call for drastic measures

EDITORIAL: Drastic times call for drastic measures

April 8, 2020
Will we be able to prevent total economic collapse in time?
EDITORIAL: Stay home, save lives

EDITORIAL: Stay home, save lives

April 2, 2020
Our lives can be back to normal before we realize it, if we take the precautions seriously and stay home.
EDITORIAL: Hoping for the best

EDITORIAL: Hoping for the best

March 21, 2020
With everything currently happening due to COVID-19, we feel as if everyone needs a little hope.
EDITORIAL: A full days pay for a full day’s work

EDITORIAL: A full day’s pay for a full day’s work

March 9, 2020
A protest on substitute teacher pay sheds spotlight on the issue.
Seeing through the looking glass

Seeing through the looking glass

March 8, 2020
Seeing through the point of view of high school students, we hope to shed light on self-image as plenty see theirs negatively.
EDITORIAL: South Dakota’s bad medicine for transgender youth

EDITORIAL: South Dakota’s bad medicine for transgender youth

February 19, 2020
From legislation denying medical care to transgender people, to hate crimes targeting vulnerable members of their community, transphobia is a fundamental problem poisoning Americans.
EDITORIAL: The magic money men

EDITORIAL: The magic money men

February 1, 2020
The administration has passed massive tax breaks for the rich while ignoring critical investments in young Americans.
EDITORIAL: More than just the past

EDITORIAL: More than just the past

January 22, 2020
The significance of holidays lost their importance––without heavy commercialization, there is no drive to celebrate.
Editorial: Homelessness means Nevada

Editorial: Homelessness means Nevada

January 17, 2020
Mayor Goodman’s attack on homeless people will hurt Nevada’s most vulnerable.
Utterly Overassessed

Utterly Overassessed

December 20, 2019
Standardized tests impact students' mental health due to the tremendous amount of pressure put on students themselves and by parents to get a good grade.
EDITORIAL: Disagreement does not equal malice

EDITORIAL: Disagreement does not equal malice

December 11, 2019
Understanding that a bad ad doesn’t make a person a bigot is absolutely fundamental if you want to enact any sort of real change.
EDITORIAL: Deck the halls with homemade goods

EDITORIAL: Deck the halls with homemade goods

December 11, 2019
Gift giving is not the only way to tell the ones you care for that you love them.
EDITORIAL: Not chickening out

EDITORIAL: Not chickening out

December 4, 2019
Consumers have the power to control where our money goes, not just the CEO.
Enter the local art scene

Enter the local art scene

November 9, 2019
Teenagers are carving out a place for themselves in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District.
EDITORIAL: Donations needed–but not from everyone

EDITORIAL: Donations needed–but not from everyone

November 8, 2019
Especially in a country that praises their freedom, no one should have to beg to be granted the same basic services.
Best Korean BBQ

Best Korean BBQ

October 28, 2019

Winner: Gen Korean BBQ Gen Korean BBQ is the best place to order all the Korean food you might want. With fresh food items cooked to your perfection, there is no need to go anywhere else. Editor's...

Best Shopping Mall

Best Shopping Mall

October 28, 2019

Winner: Fashion Show Mall For the sixth year in a row, Fashion Show Mall has been voted the best shopping mall amongst students. From designer stores, high-end boutiques, fancy restaurants and quick...

Best Pool/Waterpark

Best Pool/Waterpark

October 28, 2019

Winner: Wet'n'Wild With over 12 attractions and waterslides, Wet'n'Wild is the perfect place to cool down and have a splash. Whether you are floating down the lazy river or riding slides, Wet'n'Wild...

Best Ice Cream Shop

Best Ice Cream Shop

October 28, 2019

Winner: Rolled Ice Cream Rolled Ice Cream offers a large selection of ice cream, and other sweets like cookie dough and cakes. This ice cream shop is a perfect place to cool off with a fresh dessert...

Best Summer Attraction

Best Summer Attraction

October 28, 2019

Winner: The Strip Bursting with dynamic energy, The Strip is a perfect tourist attraction for people to see the beauty of Las Vegas in its most elegant form. There are a variety of stores and restaurants...

Best Gym

Best Gym

October 28, 2019

Winner: EOS When it comes to fitness, you want to exercise in the best possible environment and EOS Fitness is that location. With a well-equipped facility, you are able to exercise to the most you...

Best Café

Best Café

October 28, 2019

Winner: Dutch Bros Being the country's largest privately owned drive-thru coffee company, Dutch Bros is the ultimate stop to grab a drink when on the go. They not only serve coffee, but handmade sodas,...

Best Date Idea

Best Date Idea

October 28, 2019

Winner: West Wind Drive-In Watching movies inside is so outdated, the real romance happens while sitting at the drive-in–bundled in your blankets. Head over to West Wind Drive Inn where you'll be...

Best Food Festival

Best Food Festival

October 27, 2019

Winner: Pure Aloha Visit the bi-annual Hawaiian festival that redefines the meaning of live performances, fresh food and entertainment. It is family friendly and sure to be a wonderful experience to...

Best Music Festival

Best Music Festival

October 27, 2019

Winner: Life is Beautiful For another consecutive year, Life is Beautiful has been chosen as the best music festival by students. The annual music festival has become the perfect place to find new music...

Best After School Spot

Best After School Spot

October 25, 2019

Winner: Windmill Library The Windmill Library is a safe place for any person of all ages to connect and learn with others. From career help centers, to the simple accessibility of getting a library...

Best Place to Take Prom Pictures

Best Place to Take Prom Pictures

October 25, 2019

Winner: Tivoli Village Tivoli Village is a mixed-use development center consisting of retail and office space, located on 28.43 acres of land to explore. With scenic views and a variety of interesting...

Best Concert Venue

Best Concert Venue

October 25, 2019

Winner: T-Mobile Arena As celebrities keep going on tour, the T-Mobile Arena keeps booking the best of the best to play their venue. From hockey games to concerts, the T-Mobile Arena is the perfect...

Best Boba Shop

Best Boba Shop

October 25, 2019

Winner: Brew Tea Bar For the third consecutive year, Brew Tea bar has been selected as the best boba shop by students. Brew Tea is a shop known for its wide variety of boba drinks such as Rose Milk...

Best Place to Study

Best Place to Study

October 25, 2019

Winner: Windmill Library For another year, Windmill Library has been chosen by students as the best place to study. From the multiple study rooms, the comfortable seating areas and rows of computers,...

EDITORIAL: Lord have mercy

EDITORIAL: Lord have mercy

October 16, 2019
Recent laws forcing Christianity in schools have sparked controversy.
EDITORIAL: A Black and white issue

EDITORIAL: A Black and white issue

October 11, 2019
White privilege is not a black vs white issue, it is a black and white issue.
EDITORIAL: School District earns an F in contract negotiations

EDITORIAL: School District earns an “F” in contract negotiations

September 16, 2019
Superintendent Jesus Jara and the CCSD School Board manage to conjure up the money to fix the problem they initially created.
2019 Senior Goodbyes

2019 Senior Goodbyes

May 21, 2019
The Class of 2019 says deuces to Journalism II.
Living in the new genderation

Living in the new genderation

March 28, 2019
Across the world, the understandings of gender continually change and with over 60 different genders, it can be difficult to understand individuals problems in this scenario.
EDITORIAL: Anonymously taking advantage

EDITORIAL: Anonymously taking advantage

March 8, 2019
The misuse of SafeVoice has caused a hinderance on students and faculty, and it's time that we change that.
The GMO haul

The GMO haul

February 7, 2019
GMO fruits and vegetables are more common than before, so it would make more sense to label the produce that aren't modified.
EDITORIAL: A spotlight shines on diversity

EDITORIAL: A spotlight shines on diversity

February 7, 2019
Different racial backgrounds are featured in Vanity Fair’s 2019 Hollywood issue, reflecting today’s movie industry.
EDITORIAL: Keeping up with the innovation obsession

EDITORIAL: Keeping up with the innovation obsession

January 17, 2019
Have no fear, technology is here. Not to takeover the world, but to make life a little easier.
EDITORIAL: Teens, come get your privilege

EDITORIAL: Teens, come get your privilege

December 21, 2018
What teens don't realize they have.
Taking the big leap forward

Taking the big leap forward

December 21, 2018
Whether individuals decide to pursue college after high school or take some time off, the future is within their hands
EDITORIAL: You do your job, we will do ours

EDITORIAL: You do your job, we will do ours

December 6, 2018
The term "fake news" has been tossed around lightly towards various news outlets, without any remorse of the results that follow.
School operations closed for Nevada Day

School operations closed for Nevada Day

October 26, 2018
The three-day weekend will extend until Oct. 29.
EDITORIAL: The reality of working a nine to five

EDITORIAL: The reality of working a nine to five

October 12, 2018
Every year, the number of students working part-time jobs increases. However, it's causing grades to fall and stress to rise. Should we really keep applying for jobs or focus on other things?
EDITORIAL: Power at the pull of a trigger

EDITORIAL: Power at the pull of a trigger

September 19, 2018

In just the first month of the academic year, Clark County School District has had to deal with seven incidents involving high school students bringing guns to their schools. On top of just carrying weapons...

School operations closed for Labor Day

School operations closed for Labor Day

August 31, 2018
In observation of Spring Break, regular classes will not be held.
12 May 2013: An general view of the WetnWild water park during the final construction phase in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The water park is scheduled to open on Memorial Day.

Best Summer Attraction

August 24, 2018

Winner: Wet'n'Wild What better way to cool off in the sweltering Vegas heat than to spend time in the water? Wet'n'Wild is a good place to hangout with your friends while also cooling off in the numerous...

Best Shopping Mall

Best Shopping Mall

August 24, 2018

Winner: Fashion Show Mall For the fifth year in a row, Fashion Show Mall is still voted the best shopping mall among students. Including a plethora of designer stores, high-end boutiques, fancy restaurants...

Best Place to Study

Best Place to Study

August 24, 2018

Winner: Windmill Library With numerous tests and quizzes every week, the library is perfect for those who favor a quiet environment to work in. In need of a reference or more information on a topic?...

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 22: A general overall exterior view of the USA Basketball Mens National Team against Argentina during the USA Basketball Showcase at the T-Mobile Arena on July 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Best Concert Venue

August 24, 2018

Winner: T-Mobile Arena Throughout the year, Las Vegas hosts artists such as J. Cole, Fleetwood Mac and many more. T-Mobile Arena is the newest concert venue in the valley. Outside the arena, visitors...

Best Boba Shop

Best Boba Shop

August 24, 2018

Winner: Brew Tea Bar For the second consecutive year, Brew Tea Bar is the best boba spot. Only a couple minutes from campus, Brew Tea Bar is perfect after a long day at school. In addition to their...

Best Ice Cream Shop

Best Ice Cream Shop

August 24, 2018

Winner: Cold Stone With various locations around the valley, Cold Stone offers a variety of ice cream flavors from birthday cake to cookie dough. Cold Stone is a perfect place to go and cool off in...

Best Cafe

Best Cafe

August 24, 2018

Winner: Starbucks Whether you're having a slow start to your day or just in need of a good beverage, Starbucks has a wide variety to choose from. Anything from coffee to lemonade, Starbucks has almost...

Best Korean BBQ

Best Korean BBQ

August 24, 2018

Winner: Doh Korean BBQ Only a couple minutes from campus, Doh Korean BBQ is an ideal spot for an after school lunch or early dinner. Similar to other Korean BBQ restaurants, Doh offers an all you can...

Best Place to Take Prom Photos

Best Place to Take Prom Photos

August 24, 2018

Winner: Las Vegas Strip From the conservatory and botanical garden in the Bellagio to The Shops at Crystals, the Las Vegas Strip is perfect for taking prom pictures in an eye-catching environment. Because...

Best Food Festival

Best Food Festival

August 24, 2018

Winner: Great American Foodie Fest For the fifth consecutive year, the Great American Foodie Fest is the best food festival voted amongst students. The fest showcases over 40 of the nation's best gourmet...

Best Date Idea

Best Date Idea

August 24, 2018

Winner: Movies From watching movies on Netflix, going to a theater or even going to a drive-in movie, there's nothing like spending time and watching films with your significant other. The movies are...

12 May 2013: An general view of the WetnWild water park during the final construction phase in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The water park is scheduled to open on Memorial Day.

Best Pool/Waterpark

August 24, 2018

Winner: Wet'n'Wild What better way to cool off in the sweltering Vegas heat than to spend time in the water? Wet'n'Wild is a good place to hangout with your friends while also cooling off in the numerous...

Best Gym

Best Gym

August 24, 2018

Winner: EOS From a basketball court, to a swimming pool, Zumba classes and ordinary workout equipment, Eos has many offerings for all of you fitness needs. With facilities across the valley, you'll...

Best After School Spot

Best After School Spot

August 24, 2018

Winner: Home There's no place like home after a long day of school. Despite the multitude of hangout spots near school, everything you might need to relax or work on is at your home. Whether it be eating...

Best Music Festival

Best Music Festival

August 24, 2018

Winner: Life is Beautiful Downtown Las Vegas hosts Life is Beautiful every September. It is a three day event that attracts music fans from all over the world. This year's lineup consists of Tyler The...

2018 Senior Goodbyes

2018 Senior Goodbyes

May 23, 2018
Before the senior class graduates, they have a few words to share about their experience in Journalism.
EDITORIAL: Can’t fight fire with more fire

EDITORIAL: Can’t fight fire with more fire

March 23, 2018
More guns are not the answer. Don't arm our educators.
EDITORIAL: The clock has run out for inequality

EDITORIAL: The clock has run out for inequality

January 31, 2018
In lieu of the recent Golden Globes, the Time’s Up movement has gained support for it’s promises on equality
EDITORIAL: Welcome to a silent world

EDITORIAL: Welcome to a silent world

December 13, 2017
Protecting net neutrality should be the concern of everyone.
EDITORIAL: CCSD v Budget Cuts: When will it end?

EDITORIAL: CCSD v Budget Cuts: When will it end?

October 30, 2017
Clark County School District faces a budget deficit that interferes with the educational system.
EDITORIAL: Let this be the last time

EDITORIAL: Let this be the last time

October 8, 2017
A lone gunman took the lives of 58 innocent civilians. Enough is enough and direct action needs to be addressed now.
Shops in Town Square - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 5.10.2013

Best movie spot

September 5, 2017

Winner: Town Square Surrounded by the array of shops and restaurants, the AMC Theater in Town Square is the prime place to watch a movie because of it's convenience. After having lunch with family...

Best date idea

Best date idea

September 5, 2017

Winner: Movies Whether it's your first or hundredth date, the movies are a classic way to spend time with someone. Without any obligation to speak, you can sit back and enjoy the film while cozying...

Best KBBQ

Best KBBQ

September 5, 2017

Winner: Doh Only a short walk away from campus, Doh is the go-to destination for those craving a meal with friends or family. As K-pop music videos are projected onto a brick wall, customers can choose...

Best place to study

Best place to study

September 5, 2017

Winner: Home As upcoming tests and piles of homework increase stress levels, working at home is best for those who enjoy the familiarity of their desk and the convenience of sinking into bed after a...

Best stay-cation spot

Best stay-cation spot

September 5, 2017

Winner: HomeThere truly is no place like home, even when you live in a city notorious for glamour. Kicking back in your own sheets and spending summer at home is what many students do, and home has a sense...

Best hiking trail

Best hiking trail

September 5, 2017

Winner: Red Rock Canyon Distanced from the flashing lights and extravagant hotels on the strip, Red Rock offers an array of different trails that are welcome to amateur and expert hikers. From rocky...

Best after school spot

Best after school spot

September 5, 2017

Winner: Home Nothing beats a long day at school like the comfort of your own home. Although there are numerous hangout spots near school, everything you might need is at their house. Whether you want...

Best pool

Best pool

September 5, 2017

Winner: Mandalay Bay For another year in a row, Mandalay Bay remains the most popular swim spot among for good reason. Offering cabanas, a lazy river, a wave pool and real sand, locals and tourists...

Best shopping area

Best shopping area

September 5, 2017

Winner: Fashion Show MallFor the fourth year in a row, Fashion Show Mall is voted the most ideal shopping area among students. From designer brands to quaint boutiques and fancy restaurants to a casual...