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End of Semester Countdown!

End of Semester Countdown!

Sophia Jiang January 14, 2023

Make sure to check with your teachers about your grades and make sure to get all of your missing assignments finished!

Your EICs Want to Wish You a Happy New Year!

Your EICs Want to Wish You a Happy New Year!

Sophia Jiang, Anvika Annyapu, and Olivia Zhu January 14, 2023

It’s 2023 and a fresh new start for all of the Spartans at VPM! We hope to give you all some up-to-date information on all of the hot topics of this new year, from news on the Speaker of the House, to...

A Review of Don’t Worry Darling: Too Good to Be Good

Ben Arnoldussen November 16, 2022

Olivia Wilde’s latest film, which she co-stars, as well as directs, was set for big anticipation, and after releasing in theatres on September 23rd, the 2022 film was both amazing and a plane crash to...

The DDAF Macbeth Play was a Success!

The DDAF Macbeth Play was a Success!

Ben Arnoldussen November 15, 2022

After two amazing shows this past weekend, Memorial's Fall play was a success! With almost a full house each night, each performance was filled with laughter, thrills and tragedy. Many viewers said "You...

Founder and CEO Ben Arnoldussen wearing his custom rings and necklaces.
(Courtesy of Ben Arnoldussen)

Interview with Teen CEO and Founder of Calvagna Jewelry: Ben Arnoldussen

Sophia Jiang November 13, 2022

Meet Ben Arnoldussen the founder, CEO, and creative jewelry designer of Calvagna Jewelry, a brand that emphasizes quality material and customization that makes every customer feel unique. Not only can...

Swifty Rates Taylor Swift’s Midnights Album (+3 AM Tracks)

Swifty Rates Taylor Swift’s Midnights Album (+3 AM Tracks)

Sophia Jiang November 13, 2022

I've been a Taylor Swift fan for years and enjoy listening to all of the songs from her many albums, so you can imagine my excitement when her 10th album, Midnights, dropped. Here are my rankings of...

Michaela Coel: Wakanda Forever LGBTQ

Ben Arnoldussen November 6, 2022

One of the most anticipated and long-awaited films of 2022; the four-year follow-up to its 1.3 billion dollar box office hit Black Panther, the movie Wakanda Forever is set to be the next big movie for...

Join COSHA (Coalition of Student Health Advocates) in its next advocacy project: Nutritional Photovoice!

Join COSHA (Coalition of Student Health Advocates) in its next advocacy project: Nutritional Photovoice!

Sophia Jiang November 5, 2022

What is photovoice? Photovoice is a visual methodology that promotes reflection, critical dialogue, decision making, and can provide snapshots of the perspective of diverse groups of students. Our project...

Beneath Taylor Swift’s Anti-Hero’s Lyrics is a Deeper Message About Mental Health

Beneath Taylor Swift’s Anti-Hero’s Lyrics is a Deeper Message About Mental Health

Sophia Jiang October 28, 2022

On October 21 at 7 A.M. CT, Taylor Swift dropped her first music video for the Midnights Album: Anti-Hero. Unlike the other songs on the album that revolve around revenge and romance, Anti-Hero represents...

Lunchroom Worker Shortages in MMSD and their Impact on School Food Nutrition

Lunchroom Worker Shortages in MMSD and their Impact on School Food Nutrition

Sophia Jiang October 28, 2022

In the recent weeks, MMSD parents and staff have filed complaints regarding the school food quality and service, citing limited nutritional value, incorrect listing of menu items, and repeated menu items....

Non-Swifty Rates Taylor Swift’s Midnights Songs

Non-Swifty Rates Taylor Swift’s Midnights Songs

Sophia Jiang October 27, 2022

We all know that devout Swifties are falling head over heels for Taylor Swift’s Midnights album. But what are the first impressions of a non-Swiftie? My friend, a non-Swiftie who doesn’t regularly...

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