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Laptops: necessity or accessory?

Laptops: necessity or accessory?

Anna Mason, Editor-in-chief

January 9, 2019

Following the Baltimore County school board’s approval of a $140 million technology contract with Daly Computers in April 2018, laptops were issued to the student body, in its entirety, approximately three weeks after the start of the school year. The program seeks to expand a pre-existing four-year-old...

Dear Santa: here’s our holiday wish list

Dear Santa: here’s our holiday wish list

January 7, 2019

No need to wrap these, Santa, just hurry: 1. Sell all the Dulaney laptops to buy one big laptop 2. Nationally televised Dulaney Chess Club matches 3. Consistent exposure to Google 4. The designated JUUL room (just kidding there are already two on every floor) 5. Bring back superlatives 6. Unlimited...

An Artist Among Us: historical movie fanatic pursues acting career

An Artist Among Us: historical movie fanatic pursues acting career

Miranda Parrish, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

Growing up watching old television shows, senior Shannon Trageser has always loved movies and the making of them. “I started acting because I used to watch ‘I Love Lucy’ when I was little and I was inspired about how she made so many people happy,” Trageser said. “I just thought that was...

Refusing failure: a guide to New Year’s resolutions

Refusing failure: a guide to New Year’s resolutions

Audrey Houghton, Associate Editor

January 3, 2019

Buckle up! The New Year is quickly approaching, and I’m sure you have a long list of resolutions pinned to your bulletin board. But even if you have your goals planned out, following through with them can be a daunting task. In fact, according to a Business Insider article from 2017, 80 percent of...

“Boy Erased” illuminates a stifled struggle

“Boy Erased” illuminates a stifled struggle

Colman Hallinan, Staff Writer

January 3, 2019

The gut-wrenching facts about conversion therapy came to the big screen recently as writer-director Joel Edgerton adapted “Boy Erased” from Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name. “Boy Erased” follows Garrard Conley (Lucas Hedges), a gay teenager born into a fundamentalist family in Arkansas....

Evaluating political apathy

Evaluating political apathy

Maria Eberhart and Anna Mason

October 31, 2018

Economics teacher Lynda Motiram was not surprised by students’ apparent lack of political awareness. “They don’t see their congressman, they don’t know what legislation affects their lives, or what’s up to debate,” Motiram said. “The government is not for teenagers.” In a spot survey...

ALICE: new strategy unnerves

ALICE: new strategy unnerves

Olivia Summons, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2018

While students kicked back and relaxed over the summer, teachers prepared for the possibility of an emergency situation with ALICE. The acronym stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate, and is the latest protocol and lockdown method in case of a crisis scenario. English teacher Meekah...

Scandals permeate public discourse

Scandals permeate public discourse

Geoffrey Dochat, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018

Controversy, scandal, lying, criminals. These are not the words that come to mind when discussing our nation’s government, yet these words dominate the public discourse. News lines are filled with politicians’ names and accusations of federal offenses and sexual harassment far too often. People with...

an artist among us: Photographer explores fashion in Paris

an artist among us: Photographer explores fashion in Paris

Anna Simoes, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018

Photography is one of the top growing art forms of this generation, as seen on social media and other digital platforms. Senior Sasha Howard came to love photography from none other than the popular photo sharing app, Instagram. "I would always see these amazing pictures on my explore page that I w...

“The Hate U Give” illustrates the reality behind police brutality

“The Hate U Give” illustrates the reality behind police brutality

Giacomo Cascella, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018

Best-selling novel "The Hate U Give," authored by Angie Thomas, projects African-American teenager Starr Carter’s insightful experience with police brutality onto the big screen. "The Hate U Give" is a bold look at institutionalized racism, from the perspective of America’s black youth. The movie co...

Swindled seniors suffer

Swindled seniors suffer

Reece Spann, Staff Writer

April 5, 2018

Seniors, the time has finally come. It is 2018, our year to celebrate and finish out high school on a high note. The class of green and black gets to graduate and get the heck out of school. But what was supposed to be the best year of our adolescent lives, enjoying events such as spring break, prom...

Dance’s past ethics violations unsettles teachers

Dance’s past ethics violations unsettles teachers

Maria Eberhart, Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2018

Abruptly announcing his resignation 11 months ago, former Baltimore County Public School Superintendent Dallas Dance pleaded guilty to four counts of perjury March 8 for failing to disclose payments totaling $147,000 from consulting work and speaking engagements. Business teacher Pat Holt was alarmed...