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Schools should mind their own business with citations

By Matthew Reback, Staff Writer

March 26, 2012

Ever since the days of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Dazed and Confused and now Project X, parties have been a staple of high school culture. Many students in this area have adopted a "work hard, play hard" philosophy, and attending parties to alleviate stress falls under "play hard." Occasionally, one o...

‘Daily Dose’ should apologize for suffrage segment

‘Daily Dose’ should apologize for suffrage segment

By Emily Birnbaum, Contest Manager

March 26, 2012

A Caucasian reporter points his microphone at an African-American student and asks, "Would you like to sign this petition against African-American suffrage? African-Americans have been suffering for too long." As the student leans down to sign the petition, the Caucasian reporter looks into the camera—and...

People are oversensitive to ‘Linsanity’

People are oversensitive to ‘Linsanity’

By Lara Fu, Advertising Manager

March 26, 2012

 Racism has always been a serious issue. People have fought wars and filed lawsuits over equal rights and civil liberties, and today, there is a greater ongoing effort to be politically correct. But add some fortune cookies to an ice cream designed to honor a talented Asian-American basketball player,...

Student glorify school violence online

Student glorify school violence online

March 26, 2012

 Last month, a fight broke out at CHS. While fights are not that rare in high schools, one troubling aspect of this fight was that many CHS students were involved, not just the ones who threw a punch.  In this case, the bystanders were part of the problem, not the solution. At least one student’s fir...

It’s game time for female referees in the NFL

It’s game time for female referees in the NFL

By By Elizabeth Campbell, Sports Production Editor

February 21, 2012

The coin toss: the start of any NFL game, and the fans’ first glimpse at the stars of both teams and the referees. The fans’ view never includes that of a female referee standing at the 50-yard line flipping a coin because throughout the history of the NFL there has never been a female referee. According...

Obama’s new policy limits religious freedom

By By Joe Nolan, Staff Writer

February 21, 2012

Revolutionaries fought for it, founders enumerated it and activists broadened it. Countless soldiers have given their lives to protect it. What is it? It is liberty, and from its conception in the U.S. Constitution, this liberty has been continually amended and expanded to make America the freest nation...

Google invades users’ privacy with new changes

Google invades users’ privacy with new changes

By By Jessica Hirsch, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 21, 2012

Google’s privacy director for products and engineering Alma Whitten announced Jan. 22 Google’s new privacy policy in the Official Google Blog, a website dedicated to explaining current Google news and events. Google is planning to condense over 60 privacy policies across its products, and it will...

A play-by-play of Super Bowl XLVI

A play-by-play of Super Bowl XLVI

By By Kyle Edwards, Online Humor Columnist

February 21, 2012

America is immune to the global soccer craze. We pretend to care about soccer once every four years, but the effort is futile. Better than the World Cup, the annual Super Bowl is a tradition exclusive to America. After creating a station of wings, chips, pizza and refreshments, I kept a diary of the...

Eliminating on-level history adds pressure

Eliminating on-level history adds pressure

February 21, 2012

The CHS administration and social studies department are considering eliminating on-level U.S. History for the 2012-2013 school year. This pending decision is largely justified as a method of accomplishing goals established by the School Improvement Plan (SIP), a yearly report developed by administrators...

Tennessee law may protect anti-gay bullying

By By Charlotte Scarborough, Staff Writer

February 21, 2012

American society has taken great strides toward achieving equality for its citizens in the past few decades. Unfortunately, it seems like basic human rights are now under assault in the state of Tennessee. The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), a conservative organization that believes in...

Different teachers + same class = unfair advantage

By By Stacey Stein, Online Breaking News

December 20, 2011

 Every year when students receive their schedule cards, the first thing they do is eagerly scan the teachers they received. News of the "easy" teachers is greeted with shrieks of delight, while others groan at the disappointment of a "hard" teacher.  Unfortunately, as unfair as it may be, teachers...

Student bemoans Congressional food faux pas

Student bemoans Congressional food faux pas

By By Natalia Derechin, Features Production Editor

December 20, 2011

  Dear Congress:     You had me worried for a second. I thought our country was in shambles, but apparently it’s not. If you could take the time out of your busy schedule to declare pizza a vegetable, then we must be in fantastic shape. If both Republicans and Democrats were able to come toge...

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