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Death ends important parts

Katelyn Hummel, Staff Writer

September 17, 2015

Filed under Editorials

The death of Shylowe Statzer has shocked a number of faculty and students who had the chance to know or meet her. Death is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a permanent cessation of all vital functions”. This can be simplified by saying that death is the stopping of all important parts: parts of life, of the body, of...

#blacklivesmatter: there is no grey area

#blacklivesmatter: there is no grey area

September 17, 2015

For over a year now the #blacklivesmatter movement has been in full effect on social media and in...

Ashley Madison leaks the pain of having an affair

Ashley Madison leaks the pain of having an affair

September 17, 2015

Impact Team, an ideological hacking collective, recently hacked and uploaded information from 30 million Ash...

We are fortunate and unscathed

Jessica Gonzalez, Staff Writer

September 17, 2015

Filed under Editorials

While the smoke from the wildfires has cleared over Pierce County, residents of central and eastern Washington are still suffering. The losses they have faced over this summer will continue to grow as the fires rage on. As a county, we may not have realized the grief caused by the fires but it’s important to bring...

No trust, no relationship

Brittanie Pervier, Staff Writer

September 17, 2015

Filed under Editorials

Is a relationship worth saving after someone cheats? After the recent Ashley Madison scandal, it’s a question many are thinking about. The answer varies from couple to couple depending on the unique circumstances each relationship is faced with. However these circumstances all have one thing in common - dishonesty....

Art cuts in school

Dominic Wilkerson, Editor of Chief

May 12, 2015

Filed under Editorials

Recently there was a reading and reception from the Student Literary Arts Magazine, or SLAM. This year it was completely funded by student life from both Pierce College campuses. This shows an apparent appreciation for the arts and artists by the heads of these groups, but the same is not said for elementary schools all the...

The VR Future: Today?

Caleb Hensin, Contributing Writer

May 12, 2015

Filed under A&E, Commentary

Like many technologies that have their roots in psychedelic science fiction, virtual reality is one of the most sought after technologies that may soon become a reality. The Google Glass, the Oculus Rift, and Microsoft’s HoloLens are all apart of this new trend. Though they’re not quite entire realities within a computer,...

Students turning to online piracy to afford textbooks

Evelyn Hobbs, Online Managing Editor

May 6, 2015

Filed under Commentary

Textbooks are overpriced. This sentence is not an opinion, even as much as it sounds like one. It is a measurable fact that the price of textbooks has been artificially inflated to a degree that puts actual inflation to shame. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index has risen 250% in the last...

School in Pittsburgh hosts Anti-Gay Day

Joseph Kelley, A&E Editor

May 6, 2015

Filed under Commentary

The Day of Silence is an annual day of action to spread awareness about the effects about bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their supporters. It is a known fact that harassment upon LGBT individuals increases their chances of inflicting self-harm and committing suicide. However,...

New Bathroom Policy a Step in the Right Direction

Evelyn Jean Hobbs, Staff Writer

April 15, 2015

Filed under Commentary

I am transgender. I am not “a transgender” because transgender is not a noun. I didn't transgender, and now have transgendered, because transgender is not a verb. Nor is transgender a kind of gender, and thus I cannot be a transgendered person. I am transgender. And all I want to do it go to the bathroom. I, like most...

How Vinyl records are once again becoming relevant

Nik Gugelman, Sports Editor

April 13, 2015

Filed under Editorials

In 2013 vinyl records were out of date. That changed in late 2014. In comparison to the first half of 2013 and the first half of 2014, sales went up 40 percent for vinyl records. We started the music revolution with cassettes. They were portable.  They were a part of the transition of getting music out to the people faster...

James Bond, English and Black!

Pernell Overton, Commentary

April 10, 2015

Filed under Commentary

What’s the controversy over Idris Elba as James Bond 007? Elba was born under the great Kingdom of Britain like the secret agent, James Bond. This household character, Bond, has been in our homes for decades, from video games to motion pictures. He’s an American classic. However, in today’s day and age, the name Bond is...

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