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Ride sharing apps provide cheap alternatives

Ride sharing apps provide cheap alternatives

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

April 8, 2019

We’re all guilty of trying to find the cheapest option to get from one place to another, whether it be through Uber or Lyft, but are these modes of transportation really the best option? Uber and Lyft are on demand transportation companies that, in the past couple of years, have risen to the top of ...

Students need to accept their part in the college scandal

Students need to accept their part in the college scandal

By Caitlyn Jennings and Jackson Resnick

April 5, 2019

A 1570 SAT score, straight A’s all throughout high school, a boatload of extracurricular activities and a diminished high school social life. This is the typical academic resume that the average Yale University student boasts. In 2018, 32 WCHS students applied to Yale, most of whom possessed the aca...

Colleges need to change policies to equal playing field

Colleges need to change policies to equal playing field

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 5, 2019

The college admission scandal that broke out March 12 has put a massive spotlight on the inequity of the college admission process, and the absurd lengths parents would go to get for their child to receive admission into an elite university. In total, 50 people were charged in the scam, including admissio...

Montgomery county school’s start date sparks debate

Montgomery county school’s start date sparks debate

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions manager

April 5, 2019

From Feb. 19 to April 16, MCPS will not have any days off from school. This is the longest period with no days off in the entire year, beating the strait from Sept. 20 to Nov. 6 by more than two weeks. The situation has been accepted as ‘how it works’ by most, but that needs to change as it depr...

All in the stars? Don’t live your life by celestial movement

All in the stars? Don’t live your life by celestial movement

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2019

We’ve all heard how Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers, but what exactly does that mean aside from their ill-fated love affair? For those who believe in astrology-- and the control stars have over human destiny-- it means everything. Astrology is the study of the influence of c...

Facebook struggles with privacy issues

Facebook struggles with privacy issues

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 5, 2019

For the past year, Facebook has been struggling with the government in regard to their data collection activities, and many people are aware of the scandals associated with the company. However, that’s not stopping users from agreeing to give up their digital privacy for some cash. It has been ...

Politicians should be held accountable for previous actions

Politicians should be held accountable for previous actions

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

April 4, 2019

A picture is worth a thousand words. The picture in Va. Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook is worth one: unforgivable. The governor recently stumbled into the spotlight after his yearbook page from Eastern Virginia Medical school resurfaced, causing an uproar of anger. The picture dep...

JoJo Siwa dances over haters to build successful brand

JoJo Siwa dances over haters to build successful brand

By Trevor Gardemal, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

Jojo Siwa doesn’t care what the haters say. “I'mma come back like a boomerang,” she says in her song, “Boomerang.” And she does. Jojo Siwa, born Joelle Joanie, made her television debut in 2013 on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. In 2015, she joined Dance Moms for seasons 5 and 6. From ...

Fyre Festival proves duality of internet

Fyre Festival proves duality of internet

April 4, 2019

It all started with a video shoot—Big name supermodels, including Bella Hadid and other models represented by her agency, ran around on a beach formerly owned by an associate of Pablo Escobar to promote a new, luxury, all-inclusive music festival that was billed by the organizers as being “a once i...

Ted Bundy docuseries accurately depicts his life

Ted Bundy docuseries accurately depicts his life

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

April 1, 2019

A simple guy next door, with striking blue eyes and suave confidence, Ted Bundy often used his natural appeal to his favor. At first sight, nobody would have thought anything about the man except for that he obviously had a bit of an ego. Netflix’s new “docuseries” exploring the life of Ted Bundy...

Guns in the hands of teachers don’t lead to safety

Guns in the hands of teachers don’t lead to safety

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2019

Imagine turning in a paper and seeing a gun on your teacher’s desk, or running to your next class and accidentally bumping into a police officer carrying a loaded gun. Due to the many incidents involving gun violence in schools, these frightening scenarios may soon become a reality. Recently, in Balt...

Celebrities mistake fame for political influence

Celebrities mistake fame for political influence

By Victoria Park, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019

In times of turmoil and trouble, America looks to its celebrities to bless their wisdom upon the people and guide them to peace… not. After the election of Donald Trump, more and more celebrities have not only started publicly supporting political candidates, but also hinted at running for office...

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