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Satire: district cuts staircases throughout Katy ISD

Trevor Nichols, News Editor

October 5, 2012


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At the start of the new school year, the district implemented a plan to eliminate several staircases within Katy ISD schools. The cuts are due to an inability to hire enough stairs in the transportation department this year. “The administration ran into some issues trying to keep our stairwells,”...

No shoes, no date, no problem

Ana Gutierrez, Entertainment Editor

October 5, 2012


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Having trouble finding the perfect homecoming date? Do not worry, you are not alone. Aside from those annoying couples that date for ages, finding a homecoming date has become the challenge of the century. This year, however, you do not have to stress over who your date will be. No balloons or rubber...

Why hip-hop deserves more credit

Why hip-hop deserves more credit

Shiva Mirzahaidar, Voice Editor

September 25, 2012


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As hip-hop continues to grow amongst teenagers, so does parental disapproval from adults and even other students. However, the stimulating and expressive lyrics seem to be overlooked. Common misconceptions about hip-hop include that the genre itself promotes sexism, racism, violence and other derogatory...

Majority rules when it comes to top stories

Shiva Mirzahaidar, Staff Writer

April 5, 2012


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As matters such as the presidential election, violence corrupting third world countries and strings of heroism continue to be the main points emphasized in the media, many people begin to form opinions on such issues. However, these viewpoints may be distorted, and influenced heavily by the majority. This...

Crowd funding creates medium for collective success

Crowd funding creates medium for collective success

April 5, 2012


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In a capitalist society, the general public is trained to believe in the idealistic vision of prosperity and success through hard work. Thus, in past generations the American dream inspired people to embody the notion of upward social mobility through self-sufficiency, abandoning those in poverty under the j...

All the small things

All the small things

Ebone' McCall, Entertainment Editor

April 5, 2012


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One of my most cherished dreams was to have the opportunity to travel overseas and explore other cultures in Europe. The vision became a reality over this past summer. As I arrived back in the Houston airport from a 16-day European journey, it seemed as if the vacation would mark the beginning of a memo...

A bitter change for the worst

A bitter change for the worst

Gabrielle Deckelman, staff writer

April 5, 2012


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And this was the beginning, to the ending of forever: a few blunt text messages in the middle of the school day, two unplanned phone conversations and a long, tear-filled car ride home. The words slipped out of his mouth, bitter and wet, just like the news he was about to tell me. My heart began to r...

Satire: STAAR testing brings valuable results

Trevor Nichols, staff writer

April 4, 2012


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Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors gathered for the four hour STAAR test on March 26 and 27. Experts agree that the STAAR is an extremely valuable diagnostic tool, and much more useful than the old TAKS test. “The STAAR is just so much more sophisticated than the TAKS,” educational analyst Stu...

Band of Brothers disbanded by South Korean expedition

Band of Brothers disbanded by South Korean expedition

Jesse Sparks, Voice Editor

February 9, 2012


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The Lesson Loss, a simple, little four letter word, has touched everyone’s life in one way or another, whether it be the loss of a loved one, the end of a friendship, or the end of a relationship. No one is exempt. This lesson took me years to learn. The Lecture I remember the words my brother spo...

Standing on my SOPA box: Why anti-piracy laws sink to Davy Jones’ Locker

Trevor Nichols, staff writer

February 8, 2012


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The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, was introduced last October by Republican Representative Lamar S. Smith of the 21st district of Texas. If passed, it will allow judges to issue court orders that ban United States internet providers from allowing access to websites deemed unacceptable due to unautho...

Nine week grading period stimulates debate in district

February 8, 2012


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Students have all experienced the stress associated with the end of a grading period. Teachers rushing through last minute lectures, three or four tests in one day and of course all night cram sessions for students are all to be expected as teachers submit final test grades. Given that the short turn around for ...

Band program decrescendos

Ebone' McCall, Entertainment Editor

December 9, 2011


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There are many struggles and hardships incorporated into high school, but students are always driven by the hopes of an incredible senior year. So far, this year has had some positive aspects, but it has not met my expectations. These downfalls vary for most, but the upperclassmen of the 2011-2012 Cougar...

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