• Opinion

    Analyzing the “I’m not Like Other Girls” Trend

    If you have ever seen a picture of a girl reading in a park or journaling in her diary about no one understands her then you already understand the mindset behind the “I’m not like other girls” trend. This trend has been around for longer than people realize—the original trope looked a lot different than today's, but at the core, both are the same trend developed out of generational misogyny. The newest era is brought to us by the music and comedy app, Tik Tok. Tik Tok has evolved since its origins as an app for teenagers to lip sync and dance to their favorite songs; now Tik Tok is…

  • Opinion,  Style

    A Coffee Toast and Roast

    Fontaine, Misha’s, Uptowner, Buzz and more. These are just some of the many coffee shops that line the streets of Alexandria. As an avid coffee drinker and connoisseur, I was determined to discover the best coffee in Alexandria, as it is lousy with these shops. However, I also wanted to find some of the...less tasty coffee that places that Alexandria has to offer in an effort to spare you from spending money on a below average watered down bland-bean cup of joe.

  • News,  Opinion

    Spoiler Alert: It Gets Worse

    While in seventh period, your phone starts blowing up—texts, Twitter notifications, Instagram stories, and reposts all flood in about what is going on in Washington D.C. There are thousands of protesters and rioters in the streets of the nation’s capital to support the president and his false claims of a stolen election. And then you see it: hundreds of people violently storming the Capitol building, wielding Trump flags, Make America Great Again hats, and the occasional assault rifle. They are stealing, breaking, and vandalizing the Capitol, and now four are dead.

  • Opinion

    Candace Owens vs. Guys in Skirts

    For the cover of Vogue Magazine's December issue, British singer Harry Styles donned a Gucci gown complete with lace and ruffles under a black blazer. This wasn’t anything new for Styles as he has been known to experiment with his fashion before, but it sparked controversy when conservative commentator Candace Owens broadcasted her opinion through a series of tweets.

  • Opinion

    Joe Rogan, a Professional People Pleaser

    In the early part of the 20th century, radio was all the rage—it filled homes across the country and world with good news, bad news, stories, music, and other entertainment. Then the television came along, and radio became a dying art form. The media goliath that once ruled the nation and captivated audiences' ears was lost to the newcomer that brought motion pictures into the living room of many Americans. Then as quickly as television took over, it was taken over by the internet, which brought the emergence of blogs, video-sharing, streaming platforms, and social media. But one thing that it brought seems eerily remnant of the days huddled around…

  • Opinion

    School Reopening: What’s the Plan?

    As coronavirus cases rise across the country, Alexandria City Public School (ACPS) is discussing options for reopening schools. While it is unlikely that high school students will go back this year, they are still planning for the possibility of it happening. Teachers have mixed feelings about whether or not it is worth it to return.

  • Opinion

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scooter

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you may have seen the newest environmental ‘trend.’ Scooters. These scooters are everywhere in Old Town and are beginning to pop up in surrounding areas and the West End. You can’t walk two feet without bumping into a capitalist electric moneymaker.