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Should SAT and ACT Tests be Test Optional Forever?

Sarah Tanny, Editor-In-Chief

September 4, 2020

For many generations of students, taking the SAT or ACT was considered vital to apply to most colleges and universities. However for the class of 2021, accompanied by a multitude of other changes, testing mandates are rapidly disappearing as the Coronavirus wreaks havoc on scheduled exams. This unfore...

Why cutting the strings off used disposable masks makes sense

Illustrated by Autumn Hong

Sydney Zeglin, Editor-in-Chief

September 3, 2020

Since the first outbreak of COVID-19 masks have become mandatory for both the protection of the wearer and everyone around them. The most convenient type of masks are the blue disposable ones that are found at any major store. These masks are both efficient and disposable, making it one of the most readi...

Movie Theater’s Are Here To Stay

Sarah Tanny, Opinion Editor

May 12, 2020

The pleasing smell of warm buttered popcorn and the proud glow of the big screen in a darkened room are just two ways to describe the movie theater experience. Maybe you have a hot air popcorn popper in your house or a 75” TV, but nothing can compare to watching the big screen with your friends an...

How is COVID-19 affecting Pollution worldwide?

Sydney Zeglin, News Editor

May 10, 2020

According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, 28% of greenhouse gas emissions are sourced from transportation. In 2019, Greta Thunberg educated the world with her passionate and informative speeches about how future generations could gravely suffer due to the substantial amount of Carbon Dio...

YouTube Censorship

YouTube Censorship

Elizabeth Davenport, Entertainment Editor

March 31, 2020

Video streaming services have come a long way from YouTube’s first upload in 2005. In 2020, we have the power to stream cat videos, TikToks and learn how to file our taxes all at the click of a button. We can search for virtually anything and find at least a few results for just about any topic. The e...

Houston Astros found guilty of stealing signs

Michael Serritella, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

The MLB has had different scandals in the years from when the White Sox threw a playoff series to Pete Rose betting on games to Steroids hitting the league. This year, one of the biggest may have hit the league the hardest. When the Astros were found guilty of stealing signs from teams using a camera...

NBA Trades

Eli Morkert, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

DeMarcus Cousins, Dikembe Mutombo, Ray Allen, Carmelo Anthony. These are just some of the big names that have been traded on the trade deadline. The NBA season is entering the second half, not only does that mean more entertaining basketball, but it also means a whole lot of millionaires changing ci...

Survival Guide to Finals

Survival Guide to Finals

Kamika Patel, Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2019

Do everyone a favor, including yourself, and before you continue reading, admit that you have procrastinated and or been somewhat unorganized about preparing for finals. If you have not been a victim of procrastination so far into the semester, then please bestow your superhuman ways upon the rest of...

In Review: RMHS Discipline Policies Refined in Response to Ill. Senate Bill 100

In Review: RMHS Discipline Policies Refined in Response to Ill. Senate Bill 100

Kamika Patel, Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2019

Senate Bill 100 (SB100) was passed in the Ill. senate in January 2015. The bill seeks to legislate disciplinary guidelines for all public and charter schools within the state. Its main provisions explicitly require that schools minimize practices such as suspension and expulsion while increasing the ...

Endlessly Scrolling

Endlessly Scrolling

Marianne Schraeder, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

Netflix has skyrocketed in popularity since its creation in 1998 (starting as an online DVD rental company) and has become a hotspot for TV show binging and an excuse for kids not to do their homework. It was a unique way to culminate tv shows that both already existed and were being created by said ...

Load Of Excuses

Eli Morkert, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

“For me, my background frankly, it all goes back to expectations,” Orlando Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford said. “Being with Michael [Jordan] in Charlotte,  he used to tell them every year, you’re paid to play 82 games.”    NBA superstar and two-time Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard’s decisio...

Seconds of Fame

Seconds of Fame

Laiken Lockley, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

Recently, I was hanging out with a group of friends, struggling to find something fun for us to do. After weighing several options, none of us could agree on a way to spend our time together. With one last effort to cure our boredom, my friend shouted: “let’s make a TikTok!” With little knowle...

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