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Students have varying tastes in customer service

By Lori Koenick, Staff Writer and Allison Srour, Contest Manager

March 23, 2011

With spring in the air, people flock to malls in search of the new spring trends. Not only does going to a store involve encounters with racks of clothing, but it also involves encounters with inquisitive salespeople. A survey of 86 CHS students showed that 44 percent think Nordstrom has the best customer...

Lack of paved walkway to field may violate law

By Ben Schick, Staff Writer

March 21, 2011

For CHS baseball spectators, the only way to reach the baseball field directly from the parking lot is to walk along a steep, uneven, gravel pathway, which poses difficulties for those who want to watch baseball and softball games and have trouble walking or use handicap equipment. Nancy Miller, a CHS...

Texas gun law endangers students, university life

By by Kyle Edwards, News Production Editor

March 21, 2011

In response to the Tucson, AZ massacre and the recent Virginia Tech shootings, conservative Texas governor Rick Perry and several other state legislatures are pushing to allow students to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. Their idea is to protect students from the threat of a gunman’s murderous...

Transplant debate should focus on increasing donors

By Amanda Vinner, Features Editor

March 21, 2011

Patient One is a seventy-five-year-old grandmother who is in need of a new kidney and has been on the transplant list for thirty years. Patient Two is a six-year-old boy who also needs a kidney, but was just added to the transplant list last year. While the government battles over who is more deserving...

Obama’s education plans calls for sweeping reform

By By Emily Birnbaum, Staff Writer

March 1, 2011

President Obama again made his plans known to overhaul President Bush’s signature education law, No Child Left Behind, in his Jan. 25 State of the Union address, but the outcome is still in doubt—for Congress and students.  If the president’s proposals make it through Congress, high school students...

Use of social media leads to Egyptian Revolution

By By Yasmin Akbari, Online News Editor

March 1, 2011

In the past, the United States has seen numerous domestic demonstrations, such as the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was organized by African American religious, civil rights and labor organizations and gained momentum solely through word of mouth and the spread of print publications....

Acutane sparks medical debate

March 1, 2011

Accutane, a popular acne medication used by teenagers and adults, has been involved in a number of lawsuits in the past 10 years, the most recent of which was in February 2010 when Alabama resident Andrew McCarrell won $25 million in damages from the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. after...

New zodiac sign causes frenzy, influence crosses world

By By Bhaavya Srivastava Staff Writer

March 1, 2011

In India, where I lived for the first 13 years of my life, the daily newspaper has a section for horoscopes that can predict a person’s day, including lucky colors, lucky numbers and what activities are considered suitable for that day. Couples commonly meet with astrologers to decide whether their...

Local nonprofit helps Haiti with soap donations

By By Ben Schick, Staff Writer

March 1, 2011

One year after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, poor living conditions continue to plague residents, leading to the spread of deadly diseases such as cholera.  MoverMoms, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to community service, held a soap drive, Hope & Soap for Haiti, from Jan. 20 to Feb....

CHS Matchmaker Returns

By Jessica Hirsch Online Observations Editor

February 15, 2011

For over 25 years, the tradition of Matchmaker has existed at CHS as a way to help students find others with whom they are compatible. But three years ago, the CHS Matchmaker fundraiser went on an indeterminate hiatus. This year, Matchmaker made its comeback as a Valentine’s Day fundraiser. The...

Whipahol: Alcoholic whipped cream enters market, Product quickly met with legal restrictions

By By Becky Price Arts Editor

December 22, 2010

Whipped cream has always had a naughty reputation. Little kids sneak a puff into their mouths when mom looks away, and older, raunchier characters use it as a component in sexual endeavors, but now it has gone one step further. Cue Whipped Lightning, a new line of alcohol-infused whipped creams. Whipped...

Mixed Dangers: Combination of alcohol and caffeine in drink raises blood content levels and health concerns

By By Emma Crutchfield Spencer Levy Staff Writers

December 22, 2010

What is the result of combining five cans of beer and four cups of coffee? The answer is simple: a can of Four Loko. The alcoholic and energy drink Four Loko, created by Phusion Products Inc. of Chicago, is an extremely popular drink at many colleges and high schools. Despite this, it has been met with...

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