• Student Submissions

    How Comfortable Am I?

    I was handed a survey in one of my morning classes. Its title was “How Comfortable Am I?” and it asked the survey-taker about how comfortable they would be in social situations with supposedly differing people; people such as math tutors or exotic dancers.

  • Student Submissions

    Inequality in Healthcare

    America draws strength from its cultural diversity. Diversity has made our nation a more vibrant and open society, ablaze in ideas, perspectives, and innovations. But the full potential of our diverse, multicultural society cannot be realized until all Americans, including racial and ethnic minorities, gain access to quality health care that meets their needs. According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, racial and ethnic minorities have less access to mental health services than do Whites. They are also less likely to receive the care they need and if and when they do get it, it is more likely to be poor in quality.…

  • Student Submissions

    Composting and Climate Change

    The birds in my yard love taco shells. And the crusts off of my brother’s toast. And Cheetos. But just like me, they do not really care for bell pepper. How do I know this? I know this because these are just a sampling of the food waste we put in our family’s compost pile, and from our kitchen window, we can see what discarded food excites the local wildlife. It takes bird watching to a new level, but that is not why we do it.

  • Opinion

    Outrageous, But Not Surprising

    The recent allegations of racketeering, bribery, mail fraud that were brought against over 50 people seemed to rock the country, but for students who have experienced the college admission process, it comes as no shock that the wealthy would go to extreme lengths to secure their children’s’ places at top schools. This scandal reflects a much larger issue with the American post-secondary school system that goes beyond paying exorbitant amounts of money for a proctor to correct a student’s SAT test responses.

  • Opinion

    Your Yubo Account Is Problematic

    With over 15 million users worldwide, Yubo is an app designed for teenagers from ages 13 to 18 to make “friends” online… sounds, innocent, right? In the app store, Yubo describes itself as follows: “Friendship is going to the next level! It’s like being at a party and meeting cool people every 10 seconds.” What app-makers fail to disclose is that this “party” involves underage drinking, child pornography, and heavy drug use.

  • Opinion,  Sports

    Put Some Respect on Their Name

    Why the Lady Titans Should Not Be Overlooked Hunter Langley Winning is the goal. In the last decade, the girls basketball team has done nothing but win. But even on their senior night, the girls drew less of a crowd than the boys team, who played across town and lost 63-49 to West Potomac.  Despite the lack of support, the girls recorded a decisive 74-55 win over rival West Potomac for the final home regular season game. With a 66-13 record over the past three years the girls basketball team has been a special program, and one of the best at T.C. It is run by Gunston District Coach of…

  • Opinion

    How Not to Tackle Tardiness

    On one morning in late January, students braved the frigid weather that had prompted a 2-hour delay to get to their classes. After parking in the Chinquapin circle, I walked alongside a group of students down the sidewalk, rushing our pace as the piercing and unmistakable warning bell sounded. With the rotunda doors in just in sight, the late bell tolled at 8:35AM sharp, and the hall monitors swiftly drew in the doors, locking out incoming students.

  • Opinion

    The Theme Is Whiteout

    The moral of Remember the Titans is that people of all different backgrounds can come together on the field, but how about in the stands?

  • Opinion

    The Importance of Mental Health Days

    In a seemingly relentless fast-paced and stressful world, needing a break shouldn’t be something out of the ordinary, yet taking a step back is something frowned upon. With the more recent open conversation surrounding mental health, addressing treatment and coping for these problems still holds stigma because it’s harder for others to believe what they cannot see. In an increasingly competitive world, teenagers seem to be caught in the cross-hairs of accepting and continuing to be dismissive of the importance of taking a break for mental health.