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Not one or the other but somewhere in the middle

Luisa Perry, Entertainment Editor

October 5, 2016

No soy de aqui ni de alla. I’m not from here or from there. It is a phrase often used by the children of hispanic immigrants, born in America to foreign parents, who live in a cultural limbo. While this doesn’t apply to...

Safety Measures Necessary for Student Productivity

Sumin Son, Reporter

June 19, 2016

Schools have installed security measures to ensure student safety, such as video cameras, metal weapon detectors and entry control. In addition, some schools host periodic drug checks by a trained animal. Each school should have...

RRISD Does Not Delay School Much to Student’s Dismay

Griselda Maya, reporter

June 15, 2016

Inclement weather has been monitored by Round Rock Independent School District and surrounding districts. RRISD tweeted on Sunday night that they would continue to observe the weather and if needed announce schedule changes. Whil...

Creating a Safe Learning Environment for Students

Staff Editorial

June 14, 2016

High School should be a safe place for hormone-filled teenagers to grow as individuals and learn how to conduct themselves in the professional world. However, recent events have exposed that high school can and has been used as...

The Water in Our Names

Christine Zhu, Guest Writer

June 4, 2016

My sister and I have water in our names. Three brush strokes. Our Chinese identity. My water is calm, clouded - misted - Meng Meng. Her water is clear, reflecting the sun - bright - Ying Ying. This has made all the difference. Fo...


Christine Zhu, Guest Writer

June 1, 2016

My neighborhood smells like asphalt. And from what I can remember, it’s always smelled that way - lonely, pungent and sharp. My house stands on one side of the asphalt, small, red, and dim. On the other side, stands a park....

Ignorance turns a restroom into a political warzone

Jude Benham, Reporter

May 27, 2016

Schools across the country have fallen to political turmoil over the growing transgender protections that have been recently given to students who were not born the gender they identify as. On May 13, the Obama administration is...


Anastasia Kinnebrew, Guest Writer

May 23, 2016

Anastasia, a biblical name of Greek and Russian origin which means “one who will be reborn” or “resurrection.” A beautiful name given to russian nobility back during the era of imperial Russia, and given to young girl...

Humphrey Drive

Anonymous, Guest Writer, Creative Writing

May 9, 2016

I’ve been told by my mother that long ago, when my parents first bought our two-story brick house, several years before I was born, my neighborhood did not exist. It was out in the middle of the countryside, fields all around....

Anti-Gay, Islamophobic, Creationist Front-runner for Texas Board of Education

Jude Benham, Reporter

March 30, 2016

In early March on super Tuesday, voters across Texas went to local polls to vote for party delegates. Many Republicans looking to place a ballot for Cruz or Trump also casted important votes concerning education - members to join the...

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