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Travis Kelce and Taylor Swifts relationship has, for better or worse, brought together fans of both into a world neither group could have imagined.

Swiftly shaking things up

By Adrianna Bean, Staff Mar 30, 2024
The era of Swiftiedom has arrived in football, making some wonder whether or not the pop singer’s relationship with the Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end, Travis Kelce, had anything to do with the team’s stunning victory in the Super Bowl.
Modern art has distilled artistic quality, integrity and skill into a vague mess of paint splatters, household objects and, occasionally, food, as depicted here in Comedian by Maurizio Cattalan.

Why modern art sucks

While we live in the modern age, it’s inevitable to be exposed to the trends of modern art. This so-called “art,” however, is a sham.
By Lindsay Han, Staff Mar 8, 2024
While we live in the modern age, it’s inevitable to be exposed to the trends of modern art. This so-called “art,” however, is a sham.
The coquette aesthetic and reclaiming femininity

The coquette aesthetic and reclaiming femininity

Coquette was the biggest internet aesthetic of 2023, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
By Viktoriya Khanliyan, Staff Feb 16, 2024
Coquette was the biggest internet aesthetic of 2023, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
While both artists have traded blows in their clash, Minaj is currently taking the matter way too far with her song Big Foot.

Megan’s Law: The feud between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion

The two rap artists have been squaring off on social media and through their music.
By Lindsay Han, Staff Feb 16, 2024
The two rap artists have been squaring off on social media and through their music.
Selfies spread the illusion of self-empowerment while placing social media users at risk and feeding into narcissistic behaviors.

The “self” in selfie: Empowering or dangerous?

The reign of social media and the increasingly self-admiring attitude of society has heightened the peril of today’s selfie culture.
By Abigail Kim, Staff Feb 5, 2024
The reign of social media and the increasingly self-admiring attitude of society has heightened the peril of today’s selfie culture.
True crime was and is one of the most prominent genres in todays media, but it is not without its issues. While true crime can be a source of enjoyable content to many and actually help listeners.

The ethical dilemma of true crime

By Viktoriya Khanliyan, Staff Jan 26, 2024
True crime has been a fan favorite genre for decades, but the nature of it brings up questions about whether it crosses the line between entertainment or exploitation.
As virtual media continues to dominate the world, WEBTOONs digital comics are revolutionizing the comic book world through an immersive reading experience and captivating art styles.

WEBTOON: Out with the old and in with the new

Comic culture has remained unchanged for decades. Now, WEBTOON’s free digital comics are ushering in a new era of graphic novels for modern audiences.
By Abigail Kim, Staff Jan 22, 2024
Comic culture has remained unchanged for decades. Now, WEBTOON’s free digital comics are ushering in a new era of graphic novels for modern audiences.
TEEN FREEDOM Earning a drivers license as early as possible sets teenagers up to become more independent.

Teenagers need to take the wheel and hit the open road

High schoolers can find a sprawling wealth of opportunity and freedom if they obtain their driver's license as soon as they can.
By Kimberly Salazar, Staff Jan 16, 2024
High schoolers can find a sprawling wealth of opportunity and freedom if they obtain their driver's license as soon as they can.
Although the death penalty has seen controversy in the United States for hundreds of years, it discourages criminal activity and serves as a means of establishing justice and closure to those who knew the victim.

Retribution required: When crime justifies capital punishment

The death penalty has been a lasting topic of debate, rooted in morals and ethical arguments. While those opposing capital punishment argue that it is inhumane and invades human rights, there are also reasons to recognize why it is logical.
By Kimberly Salazar, Staff Jan 8, 2024
The death penalty has been a lasting topic of debate, rooted in morals and ethical arguments. While those opposing capital punishment argue that it is inhumane and invades human rights, there are also reasons to recognize why it is logical.
PLAYING CATCH UP LAUSDs late work policy is incentivizing students to procrastinate, leaving them with a disastrous buildup of late assignments.

Too little too late: LAUSD’s policy is sabotaging the next generation

The largest school district in California is holding their students back and getting away with it.
By Joel Nam, Opinion Editor Dec 29, 2023
The largest school district in California is holding their students back and getting away with it.
Confident outfits? Check. Classy swagger? Check. Mean girls have risen in popularity in movies and shows since the early 2000s, relentlessly demanding the attention they deserve.

In defense of the mean girl

From Sharpay Evans to Regina George to Blair Waldorf, mean girls have been a mainstay of pop culture. It should be kept that way.
By Viktoriya Khanliyan, Staff Dec 8, 2023
From Sharpay Evans to Regina George to Blair Waldorf, mean girls have been a mainstay of pop culture. It should be kept that way.
For much of history, men have taken credit for important and life-changing work that women did, often being propelled to the forefront of society in the process. Thankfully, though, this trend is beginning to change.

Women’s work miscredited: The history of men stealing the limelight

For centuries, women’s achievements and contributions to our society and culture have gone unnoticed, their work taken by men throughout history.
By Viktoriya Khanliyan, Staff Dec 4, 2023
For centuries, women’s achievements and contributions to our society and culture have gone unnoticed, their work taken by men throughout history.
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