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Golden Gear needs overhaul

Golden Gear needs overhaul

At the fall and winter assemblies individual athletes are recognized for their achievements during their sports season. Athletes are called to the stage and presented with RBHS Golden Gear. Golden Gear is given in the form of a medal, embossed with a bruin head with a green and gold ribbon. After watching the golden gear […]

Stacked up: movies against books

Stacked up: movies against books

I’ve been told to “get out” of a room for multiple reasons, either because of my stupidity, annoying attitude, or just as a joke in reply to my opinions, but the most recent time was because I prefer film adaptations over the original novels. I understand the disappointment behind the remark, but I’d like to […]

Boys can play with Barbies, too

Boys can play with Barbies, too

Ever since I was a little kid, tottering around in pink overalls and my favorite purple baseball cap, I have hated my mother’s comments about what boys and girls should do differently. She enrolled me in dance classes at Columbia Performing Arts Center, better known as CPAC. While I loved the experience and enjoyed getting […]

Ode to RBHS

Ode to RBHS

So long dear Rock Bridge, a young motorists’ rage Goodbye dear Rock Bridge, you pubescent cage Ta-ta dear Rock Bridge, to the friends I have made Farewell to my teachers, my path you’ve helped lay Toodles dear Rock Bridge, a place I can’t soon forget Ciao dear Rock Bridge, and all your colorful people and […]

140 characters limit corrupts English language

140 characters limit corrupts English language

nyone who texts or posts on social media sites on a regular basis knows of that person: the one who can’t seem to spell words out or has to use countless hashtags to describe their emotions, the one who has to shorten an already minuscule word to just one symbol so it becomes faster to […]

Six dorm ideas, for the thrifty freshmen

Six dorm ideas, for the thrifty freshmen

When making up your mind what your dorm will look like, save some space. Make your space work for you like you are working in it. These few, both essential and exploitative Do-It-Yourselves will help make any dorm or new living space feel more like your own. Floating Bookshelves:  Having trouble thinking of ways to […]

Working with children fosters appreciation for learning

Working with children fosters appreciation for learning

After a month of snow days and extended weekends, it is easy to fall into a slump, to lose motivation and slack off in my classes. I am burnt out. Lacrosse season and the promise of summer steal my focus, and my classes seem less interesting than they did in August. Yet one class still […]

Community volunteering creates sense of responsibility

Community volunteering creates sense of responsibility

  “One person dies of hunger nearly every three seconds.” These words she uttered resonate in my mind to this day. I remember my hand froze before I could finish pouring the last few grains of rice into the bag. I stopped and thought about what the spokeswoman from the Stop Hunger Now organization had […]

Leaving high school, with comforts of home

Leaving high school, with comforts of home

With the thought of leaving home to attend college is close to becoming a reality for many seniors, my friends talk about their excitement to “finally” get away from their parents and live on their own. They mostly want to get away from the constant nagging of their parents and the constant chatter of younger […]

Sports create outlet in life, provide lessons

Sports create outlet in life, provide lessons

I can’t remember a time in my life that my father, my brother and I weren’t completely sports-crazed, as if one of the most important things in my life were how well my favorites, Notre Dame athletics and Chicago professional teams were doing in their current season and beyond. Just like every other sports fan, […]

Modern culture aids subconscious racial stereotypes

Modern culture aids subconscious racial stereotypes

When I was younger, I saw myself neither as black nor white, African-American nor Caucasian. I just saw myself as a little girl who happened to have a dark dad and a light mom. I don’t really understand why race is so important to the identity of someone because I always thought that people saw […]

Passion conference enlightens, brings solidarity to those who share religion

Passion conference enlightens, brings solidarity to those who share religion

One building, 21,000 hands raised and voices lifted, all praising the name of One. Surrounded by 21,000 other believers in Jesus Christ, all in the same mindset, ready to glorify the King, I discovered something huge and unexplainable. Once every year, the Passion conference brings together thousands of college-age students with the mission to bring […]

It is time to do more than survive Bruin Block

It is time to do more than survive Bruin Block

After the dust settled from the flurry of changes to the CPS in the summer of 2013 and we are well into the second semester of this year, the high schools included freshmen, school started at nine, and a mandatory Bruin Block was added to the schedules students. Although it feels like a foreign concept, […]

Bill Nye trumps Ken Ham in debate on evolution

Bill Nye trumps Ken Ham in debate on evolution

Teaching evolution in public schools has long been one of the most controversial issues in this country. In 1925, a school teacher named John Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which made teaching evolutionary biology in public schools illegal, marking the beginning of the infamous Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes trial, or as […]

Christmas travel more joyful than ordinary days

Christmas travel more joyful than ordinary days

Christmas is a day of joy, singing and presents. As with every year, people spent time with their families, have parties and just have fun. Many didn’t ever leave their houses, chowing down on Christmas feasts and relaxing. I, however, spent my Christmas day flying across the Pacific. “Merry Christmas!” They said. One worker, who […]

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