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Politicization in Children’s Media

Written by Johnathon Goodenow. Media by Kelsey Middleton. As adults, we are usually able to understand when a political dialogue is taking place, but this is less true for children. About a year ago, a YouTube video by Gnoggin picked apart potential political symbolism of "The Angry Birds Movie," and it was very interesting. Another politically-charged animated film is "Zootopia," which has had a large glob ...

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The Acquittal of Jason Stockley

Written by Josh Robinson. Media by Jason Wang. https://youtu.be/FmJk3V8Dsck Police brutality has had a continuous presence in America these past few years. There has been a fair amount of victims of this brutality in the last 5 years, with a significant number of victims being African Americans. You may be familiar with some of the reports, such as those about Kelly Thomas, Gil Collar, Andy Lopez, Eric Garn ...

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Four Ways to Relieve Stress

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Kelsey Middleton. The Oxford Dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.” Stress is something everyone goes through one way or another. While stress is not always something that can be avoided, there are many ways to potentially relieve stress. First, however, it must be made clear that i ...

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Teachers Can Change the World

Written by Amber Wibbenmeyer. Media by Kelsey Middleton One teacher can make or break a student’s education. This is an intimidating truth that education majors are told frequently. When someone asks, “What’s your major?” you respond proudly with “Education.” There is always a particular look that they give for your answer. This look can cause a sinking feeling in your chest, making you second-guess your ch ...

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A College Student’s Budget

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Kelsey Middleton. Being an adult is expensive, especially for a college student who most likely makes minimum wage. At a wage below $9 an hour, most college students are still expected to be able to afford transportation, the cost of living, and the crippling price of college loans. One way to reduce the stress that comes when considering all of the expenses of being an ad ...

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Wildfires and High Winds

Written by Kathleen Malone. Media by Kelsey Middleton. With natural disasters ravaging the country, reporters are obviously interested in providing coverage on the effects they cause. However, it appears that most news outlets are focusing more attention on the hurricanes than on the multiple fires that are burning day and night in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Texas, and Florida. Many art ...

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Bruce Rauner Roller Blades

Written by Johnathon Goodenow. Media by Kelsey Middleton. Over the summer, I made several stops at Lincoln Park in Springfield to put in some miles for the upcoming cross country season. One day, as my father and I stopped for a drink, he told me that he thought he had seen the governor go by him not much earlier. I didn’t believe him at first. That sounded a little ridiculous to me. Surely the governor wou ...

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Shop Cruelty-Free

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Kelsey Middleton. It’s a topic that is definitely being talked about right now, but clearly not enough: animal testing is still a huge problem that can actually be avoided altogether. According to Cruelty Free International, animal testing is “any scientific experiment or test in which a live animal is forced to undergo something that is likely to cause them pain, sufferin ...

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Ending the Semester Strong

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Tawnie Kozora. It’s May. The sun sets later, the temperature is getting warmer, and the work is getting harder. The end of second semester always seems to be the worst part of the year because we’ve been work, work, work-ing since August. Our minds are ready for relaxation, but we can't let ourselves slack. End the semester strong by following these tips:   1.Organize ...

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Why I Stopped Wearing My Purity Ring

Written by Rachel Hoover. Media by John Freeman. Every morning since the day after I turned fourteen I have slipped a simple, silver band onto my left ring finger and gone about my day. That is, every day until this past fall when I stopped. “What’s the big deal about this ring?” you may ask. This ring is my purity ring, which is meant to represent my vow to abstain from having sex outside of marriage. Some ...

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