Disney Love Triangle; Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, and Sabrina Carpenter: Part 1

By Micheal Goussios

In recent years, celebrity drama has reached an all time high, and with the generalization of social media, rumours and gossip have found even wider spreading grounds. One of the most prevalent scandals of 2021 was a messy and musical love triangle between Disney Channel actors Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, and Sabrina Carpenter. It may seem like this debacle originated from Rodrigo’s smash-hit drivers license released in the first week of 2021, but to fully understand the entire situation, we have to start at the beginning.

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Tone Indicators

By Remington Ross

Have you ever been texting someone and couldn’t understand if the message they sent was serious or meant to be a joke? Well, there’s a solution: tone indicators. Tone indicators are mainly used by neurodivergent people who have difficulty understanding tone, but they’re becoming more widespread by the day. 

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Gene-Editing; Saving the World, or Killing It?

Anonymously Published

Imagine a world where disease is non-existent, and everyone is in perfect health. However in this world, everyone looks the same, acts the same, and are virtually all-around identical. Editing DNA with modern technologies raises too many ethical questions, which is why I believe that gene editing for diseases, that are not terminal, should be illegal. 

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The Varying Degrees of Righteousness

By Anonymous

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Adolf Hitler, happy birthday to you. 

Wait a second. Something about that doesn’t sound… right. 

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Kamila Valieva & the Olympic Scandal

By Tenzin Choenyi

Russia was still able to compete in the Olympics despite not being in accordance with its rules.

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You Are Beautiful.

By Caitlin Chung

A little girl, about 8 years old, walks into a dance studio for her very first ballet class. She’s wearing pink tights, leather ballet slippers, and a skintight black leotard. Her hair is combed back into a slick bun on the back of her head. Despite her clean appearance, she’s uncomfortable wearing something so revealing, and her head throbs a little from the awkward pulls of isolated strands of hair and dozens of bobby pins stabbed into her scalp. Yet, she is still excited, excited to feel like one of those beautiful ballerinas she admires on TV. 

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The Loneliest Killer Whale

By Elizabeth Skinner

No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Have you ever watched Free Willy? If not, let me summarize it for you. An orca named Willy was stolen from his family and taken to a marine park. He lived in a tank that was way too small for him, forced to perform in front of crowds. Eventually a teenage boy came along and freed him, back into the ocean, back with his family. Happily ever after, right? I know what you must be thinking – that’s a movie, what does this have to do with the real world? Well, art imitates life: the captive orca that played Willy, Kieko, had a very similar experience. He was taken from his family, forced to perform until enough people watched the movies, and guess what, he was released back into the wild! Crazy, right? Kieko got to live the rest of his life with his pod in the ocean. But what if this wasn’t the case for every orca out there?

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Outer Banks – TV Show Review

By Ella Algar and Olivia Emmerson

*Spoilers*

Outer Banks debuted on April 15, 2020. Created by Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, and Shannon Burke, Outer Banks has already been nominated for several awards and has won three so far, namely the MTV Movie + TV Award: Best Kiss, People’s Choice Award: Favourite Drama TV Star, and People’s Choice Award: The Bingeworthy Show of 2020. It takes place in the Outer Banks of North Carolina however, it was filmed in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Teen Alcoholism

By Isabel Warner

Regular drinking is a bad habit. Alcohol damages internal organs and increases the risk of developing cancer and dementia. The depressant nature of alcohol may cause a person to engage in risky or illegal activities or carry out physical or sexual assault. Significant cognitive and learning damage is caused when alcohol is consumed before age 21, at which point brain development is completed. Most teenagers know this, and yet many abuse alcohol.

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The Unrealistic Portrayal of Teenagers in Movies and Shows

Elizabeth Grimes

If you say that you haven’t found yourself mirroring the amazing glamorous lives of the people you see on screen, then you’re lying. We’ve all wanted to be smart like Rory Gilmore, rich like Blair Waldorf, or adventurous like the Pogues and live the same as so many other popular characters. From the millions of TV shows and movies available to watch, some really stand out and make a large impact on our generation. Teen-oriented series have grown to be incredibly popular over the last few decades. These media can have amazing plotlines, actors, and representation, but very few do a good job of illustrating realistic teenage lives. 

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