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Jake’s Law blames texting drivers for wrong reasons

By Greer Smith, Senior Writer

June 5, 2014

Imagine someone going out, knowing very well he will be drinking. He gets drunk, drives home, and hits another car, killing someone. Now imagine a teenager driving who hears his phone buzz and sees “Mom” flash on the screen. The teen glances at the phone and hits another car, killing someone. Though...

The real concert experience is found in the music, not the clothes.

By Greer Smith, Senior Writer

May 19, 2014

I bought a ticket. I waited passively for three months. I threw on something comfortable and acceptable to wear in public, nothing too fancy. I waited in line. I found a spot. I enjoyed good music. This is how I partake in the concert experience, because that is what it is about: the music. Everything...

Fashion-forward CHS students fancy Flannel Friday

Fashion-forward CHS students fancy Flannel Friday

By Greer Smith and Danny Gordon

March 25, 2014

Trying to figure out what to wear five days a week can be tough. One may have a well planned out outfit on Monday, but by the weeks end, one’s passion for fashion can burn out. That is why Flannel Friday is perfect. Flannel Friday is the dedication of Friday as the day of the week where one must...

CHS prepare for the coming of the sweaters

CHS prepare for the coming of the sweaters

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

December 13, 2013

It is that glorious time of year where one can dig into the closet and pull out the wooliest, gaudiest, and most festive sweater known to man. That is right, coming up Dec. 16-20 is the long awaited Sweater Week. Where did this week originate though? Well it may be traced back to Ugly Sweater Parties. According...

Choral Department Should Work on Delivery in Rap Performances

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

October 29, 2013

There is no denying that CHS has a talented choral department with gifted singers and dancers. They put on great musicals, BLAST, and perform at school events like pep rallies. The singing voices range from good to excellent, but there is one genre of music I beg they stay away from: Rap. Rap is not...

New arts teacher expands students’ artistic horizons

New arts teacher expands students’ artistic horizons

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

September 25, 2013

Jacquelyn Washam, CHS’ new art teacher and a working artist, is using her background knowledge of the art world to help jump-start art students’ artistic endeavors by encouraging all of them to have an art show by senior year. Her idea is for students to put hard work into finishing major pieces ...

Sitting or Standing, students deserve respect

Sitting or Standing, students deserve respect

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

September 24, 2013

The Pledge of Allegiance was originally written Sept. 8, 1892 with several additions made over the years. The version used today, with the words "under God" and the act of standing in salute to the flag on the wall was proposed and finally settled on in 1954. For some people, the Pledge is a way for them...

Students should pay attention to the arts

Students should pay attention to the arts

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

May 30, 2013

Because of the departure of notable teachers in the arts department, rumors are swirling about the future of CHS performing arts. Students are worried that the programs may change for the worse, but instead of panicking, students should focus on using their own talents to keep the arts going strong. ...

‘Indicud’ showcases Cudi’s increasingly indie sound

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

April 26, 2013

By Greer Smith Opinions Editor The last time Kid Cudi released an album, there were mixed reviews. Cudi became known for his trippy, stoner style presented on his first two albums, Man on the Moon: The Guardians (2009) and Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010). After he reportedly s...

‘Django’ deserves praise for honest depictions

By Greer Smith, Circulation Manager

February 28, 2013

Quentin Tarantino released his first movie in three years, Django Unchained, on Christmas Day. The story follows the journey of hero Django (Jamie Foxx, Ray, Dreamgirls)—the D is silent—and his new friend Dr. Schultz (Christopher Waltz, Inglourious Basterds) as they live the life of bounty hunters...

Colorado, Washington legalize recreational pot

Colorado, Washington legalize recreational pot

By Greer Smith and Danny Gordon

November 30, 2012

In the Nov. 6 election, citizens took to the polls to elect our nation’s leaders and decide on some pressing referendums. Through the voting process, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the distribution of recreational marijuana. The rest of the country should follow suit. ...

T-shirt test proves students could learn from Malcolm X

T-shirt test proves students could learn from Malcolm X

By Greer Smith, Staff Writer

November 8, 2012

For my birthday, my friend gave me a Malcolm X t-shirt covered with images of and quotes from Malcolm X. My dad did not want me to wear it to school for fear that there would be negative reactions to it. I did not share his fear. I believed CHS students and teachers understand the historical significa...

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