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Rating My Classes

Rating My Classes

Elliott Weix November 21, 2022

Alrighty, it's that time of year—I get to rate my classes, and you all have to listen to me! I'm giving everything a totally arbitrary rating on a scale that I decide ad-hoc. AP Chemistry is like...

Jargon: Obstacle to Understanding or Efficient Communication?

Jargon: Obstacle to Understanding or Efficient Communication?

Jonas Sime and Elliott Weix November 18, 2022

Jargon is Exclusive By Jonas Sime So, I live near a park, it’s probably like 30 seconds away from walking distance, and I spend a good chunk of my free time there. Most of the time, I’m with my...

A Review of Dont Worry Darling: Too Good to Be Good

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...

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...

Deadlines are Necessary, but Dont Need To Be Rigid

Deadlines are Necessary, but Don’t Need To Be Rigid

Jonathan Buscher November 6, 2022

Deadlines and due dates have disappeared over the past few years, especially with the challenge the COVID-19 brought to schools. However, it is time to start bringing back deadlines, at least in part,...

Local Newspapers: A Foundation of Community

Local Newspapers: A Foundation of Community

Elliott Weix November 6, 2022

There's an old adage you might be familiar with: "knowledge is power." These words ring as true today as they did in 1597, when Francis Bacon is credited with writing them. We face a sea of misinformation—and...

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...

Midnights Taylor Swift 2022

Best Quotes from Taylor Swift’s Midnights Album

Sophia Jiang October 27, 2022

All her fans met her at midnight. With 3 songs trending on Youtube, 357 million on-demand official streams, and earning 1.3 millions US dollars in just 4 days, Taylor Swift's Midnights has taken the world...

Candy Corn Is Overhated

Candy Corn Is Overhated

Mihika Shivakumar October 27, 2022

In the midst of October, candies are all given particular importance. Everybody shares their favorites and least favorites, starting fights all around. A typical take is hatred of candy corn, which is...

To expand or not to expand: solutions to the ideological divide in the Supreme Court remain just as contested as the court itself. 

To expand or not to expand: solutions to the ideological divide in the Supreme Court remain just as contested as the court itself. 

Alexandra Saffman October 9, 2022

According to a Gallup poll from June 2022, Americans’ confidence in the Supreme Court of the United States has reached a record low (25%), spurred in part by recent controversial rulings, including Dobbs...

AI in Art

AI in Art

Elliott Weix October 9, 2022

On September 15, the US government issued the first copyright to an artificial intelligence-created comic book, Zarya of the Dawn. Created using the Latent Diffusion AI, Zarya is one of a number of AI-assisted...

How Much is Your Time Worth?

How Much is Your Time Worth?

Elliott Weix October 9, 2022

How much is your time worth? Most of us, I think, would say that it's priceless. After all, we have a very limited amount of it. But if you have a job, you've already given the hour a price tag—or rather,...

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