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Perspective: In the Wake of George Floyd’s Death, How Do We Create Change?

In a protest for George Floyd Wednesday, June 3, a large crowd sat in a moment of silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to resemble the duration of time former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd's neck.

Lauren Pickett, In-Depth Editor

June 13, 2020

The black community is under siege by two national sicknesses—COVID-19 and racism—and a recent rebellion condemning racial injustice and police brutality shows the country is at its tipping point. A video captured a modern-day lynching: George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by a former w...

The music industry has a skewed outlook on feminism

The first open letter was posted to Instagram by Lana Del Rey on May 21st.

Rutaiba Siddiqui, Staff Reporter

June 4, 2020

Singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey penned an open letter to her 16.5 million Instagram followers on Thursday, May 21st. Rey starts the letter by naming popular female artists such as Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé. She writes that if those women can have number on...

Opinion: Time, the Silver Lining of Quarantine

By redefining the traditional schoolweek and workweek, quarantine has given many people time to significantly improve their lives.

Arpitha Sistla, Staff Reporter

May 27, 2020

The coronavirus is undoubtedly one of the strangest times Gen Z has ever had to live through.  Trump “joking” about injecting disinfectant to mitigate the virus’s spread, Cardi B interviewing Bernie Sanders on Instagram Live and disgruntled Americans breaking quarantine to protest the very...

The Toxicity of TikTok

TikTok is a social networking app that includes short-form videos with over 500 million users.

Akhila Swarna, Advertisement Manager

May 16, 2020

No matter the kind of day I have, I always look forward to my end-of-day mindless scrolling on TikTok. It gives me a sense of closure, as it is relaxing to see the various 15-60 second videos. Now, most of my screen time is spent on this infamous app. A few weeks ago, however, a 60-second video popped up on my For ...

Opinion: Quarantine Protesters are Reckless

People from California to North Carolina demand political leaders to reopen their states for reasons as innocent as wanting a haircut or as paranoid as believing COVID-19 is a hoax, and Missouri is not any different.

Will Roach, Opinions Editor

May 2, 2020

Given my position on this student publication, it’s ironic that I don’t follow the news much these days, and if I do, I try to stay away from pandemic-related topics. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of effort to ignore St. Louisans publicly protesting Governor Mike Parson’s stay-at-home order. Over the...

Opinion: Teens Need To Become More Civically Engaged

Opinion: Teens Need To Become More Civically Engaged

Aarushi Bute, Business Manager

April 29, 2020

It’s been more than 200 years since the supposedly free United States of America has been founded, yet issues like inequality, poverty, and housing problems are still very prevalent. And though politically and socially active kids from Generation Z are now what represents America, so far nothing...

“Individual Responsibilities” is Ignorantly Ineffective

Missouri Governor Mike Parson hands a packet of Kool-Aid that reads “Missouri Doesn’t Need Stay-At-Home” to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Parson believes that the disparity between the number of cases in urban areas versus rural areas in Missouri is evidence that a statewide stay-at-home order is unnecessary. Photo illustration by Jackson Estwanick.

Jackson Estwanick, Executive Producer

April 3, 2020

It might seem like forever ago, but it was only four weeks ago Friday, March 13, that President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, with Missouri Governor Mike Parson also declaring a state of emergency later the same day.  Then, Missouri on...

Students Need to Put Health Before School

Students Need to Put Health Before School

Molly Sillitto, Staff Reporter

March 10, 2020

  Often during this time of the year filled with flu, stuffy noses and coughing, it is not uncommon to see a fellow peer in class coughing and hacking while struggling to keep their head up. But if a student is so ill, then why would they come to school to potentially further damage their...

Black History Month: How Silence Spoke Louder Than Words

The name plate of Freshman Principal Keena Moore is atop a paper presenting Shirley Chisholm, the first African American U.S. Congresswoman. Both Moore and the paper demonstrate a lack of full representation in MHS as Moore is one of two African American faculty members in a high school of 2,250 students, and Chisholm's paper is one of a couple scarce posters scattered around a three-story building. This is how MHS carried out black history month.

Lauren Pickett, Staff Reporter

March 4, 2020

As February, the month reserved for acknowledging black history, fades into March, I found these last 29 days only provided me with feelings of shame and resentment.  These emotions stem from the mistreatment of Black History Month at MHS, which held no events, spurred no conversation, created n...

Opinion: Keep Religion Out of Education

Opinion: Keep Religion Out of Education

Will Roach, Opinions Editor

February 27, 2020

Most of the students I go to school with today have been in the public school system their entire lives and don’t talk to private school kids on a daily basis. So I can always get a good reaction out of people when I tell them about the part of my childhood spent at the private school St. Clare of...

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