Games Should Be Free

by Maggie Reese ‘24 Imagine the stands of a high school sporting event packed with a crowd. Screaming students, worried parents, proud grandparents–all there to create a memorable part of the high school athletics experience for those on the field. Unfortunately, the reality is that there are only a handful of students in attendance for some games. MCPS charges students … Read More

‘The Flash’ Must Be Recast

by Noah Bair ‘24 With The Flash releasing later this month, the actor playing the titular speedster, Ezra Miller, is more in the spotlight than ever. Miller will earn upwards of half a million dollars for the film, in addition to a tremendous amount of publicity from the film. But, it is an understatement to say that Miller not only … Read More

Dilbert Deflects and Dodges

by Connor Pugh ‘24 Scott Adams, the creator of the comic strip Dilbert, has recently come under fire for spouting bigoted beliefs, such as labeling Black Americans as a hate group. This has led to his strip being dropped by many newspapers and other comics artists denouncing Adams entirely. Adams claimed that he was being “canceled”, stating his right to … Read More

TN Ban Isn’t Protecting Kids

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 On March 2, Tennessee became the first state to ban drag performances in public spaces and in the presence of minors. Those who break this new law could face a $2,500 fine or up to a year in jail. Governor Bill Lee justified the bill’s passage by claiming it protected children from witnessing “obscene, sexualized entertainment.” … Read More

MCPS Bathroom Policy Fails

by Audrey Farris ‘25 After many parents came out with concerns about student drug use in the bathrooms, MCPS implemented new steps to ensure bathrooms are being used only for their intended purpose. MCPS explained that restrooms will be checked regularly and monitored throughout the day and that during unstructured periods of time, like before school and during lunch, schools … Read More

Big Oil Should Give Back

by Payton Seppala ‘23 In 2022, oil companies reported record profits due to a combination of the sanctions over the Russian-Ukrainian war and the post-pandemic recovery economy. Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon and Shell have made a combined $1 trillion in a year, prompting questions about the ethics of making so much money while the global population has suffered from record high … Read More

TikTok Limit Protects Youth

by Timaya Pulliam ‘23 The social platform TikTok is creating a new default setting for users under 18 years old, where there will be a one-hour daily screen time maximum. The company worked with the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital to create the limit. The restriction is being introduced to stop young people from nonstop scrolling. Setting these … Read More

Don’t Forgive Debt

by Anna Haas ‘23 Last summer, President Biden announced his student loan forgiveness plan, to the delight and relief of many facing student debt. The plan stated that more than 40 million federal student loan borrowers could be eligible for up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness. However, the Supreme Court must first rule that the plan is allowed to move … Read More

Keep Employees Home

by Alex Braun ‘23 When the Coronavirus struck, the workforce was changed tremendously. Offices shut down and almost everything went online, with employees having to adapt and work from home. However, as we get further from the pandemic and go back to “normal”, several large companies such as Disney, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan have begun issuing deadlines for their … Read More

Tate Should be Tossed Aside

by Alexis Booker ‘23 Former professional kickboxer turned social media personality, Andrew Tate, has recently landed in hot water with Romanian police officials after being arrested in his Romania estate on December 29 for human trafficking allegations. Prior to Tate’s arrest, he had left the country after similar allegations and went on to gain traction with male adolescents and men … Read More