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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In 2013 vinyl records were out of date.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...

Women In Cosplay

Women In Cosplay

April 8, 2015

Emerald City Comic Con and Sakura con happened recently and part of what comes with conventions like...

The Safety of students and identification

Nik Guegelman, Staff Writer

March 3, 2015

Filed under Commentary

The safety of kids is a very important topic in today’s society.  Human trafficking, sex slaves, murders, rapes, it all happens and most unfortunately to kids.  How do we combat this from happening?  What steps is the government taking to keep our children safe? Two high school girls that were 16 years of age went missing...

Celebrating culture is not racist

Emily Clark, Staff Writer

March 3, 2015

Filed under Commentary

This year, as with the past twelve years, Pierce College has invited students to participate in the Students of Color Conference, or SOC. All students are welcome regardless of their identity, cultural or otherwise. This event has fostered acceptance and encouraged students to enjoy every type of identity. Some say the SOC,...

Colorado possibly lowering their education bar

Joseph Kelley, Staff Writer

March 3, 2015

Filed under Commentary

Starting in 2021, the Board of Education came to an agreement that all Colorado students must meet a set of expectations in order to earn their high school diploma. However, state officials have been contemplating the idea of allowing more breathing room for students, even going as far as to eliminate science and social studies. If...

Senate Bill 5656: Bans all electronics while driving

Nasiphi Debe, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2015

Filed under Commentary

Washington state officials have proposed amendments to the distracted driving laws. If the new bill is passed, the handling of all electronic devices whether to text, surf the internet or email while driving will all be considered illegal. Section one of Senate Bill 5656 states that, “The legislature recognizes that cell...

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