• 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.

  • Opinion

    Should Colleges Go Test Blind?

    One morning, days before that fateful Saturday when you have to take the SAT, you get a notification from the College Board through your gmail account. The subject line contains five simple words: “Update Regarding September SAT Registration.” You open the email to learn that your test site has closed and your SAT is cancelled.

  • Opinion,  Student Submissions

    Youth React To Trump Boat Parade In Old Town

    Only three hours after the end of the Trump boat parade on the Potomac River, the colorful, historic streets of Old Town are already again packed with diverse, lively faces. Vendors sit in tents, their clothes, paintings, and prints advertised for sale telling multicultural narratives. The sun reflects off of the upstairs windows of the two-story brick buildings which adorn signs proclaiming “Black Lives Matter” and American flags from their windows. The majority of people are wearing masks, and with some exceptions, maintaining social distancing as much as feasible. A few eat at the recently opened outdoor seating areas of local restaurants, pulling their masks beneath their noses and chatting…

  • News,  Opinion

    Being The “New Kid” In 2020

    Being a new student is always difficult whether you’re only moving over a district, or to a whole new state or country. Showing up that first day somewhere you’ve never been, seeing people you’ve never seen. Feeling lost in a crowd without a single familiar face or landmark to guide you. It's something that society openly recognizes as difficult. But what do you do when you can’t even see your classmates' faces?