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Staff tries different flavored popcorns

Staff tries popcorn in honor of national popcorn day
January 20, 2021

In honor of National Popcorn Day on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the newspaper staff bought ten different flavored popcorns to try. Each flavor was rated out of 5 kernels in order to help you determine which bag...

Toxic Masculinity In Pop Culture

Toxic masculinity can be found in many facets of pop culture—some examples include fashion, music, and social media. Progress has been made in the direction of acceptance, and people have become more comfortable showing sides of themselves they’ve felt the need to hide in the past.
January 14, 2021

Toxic masculinity is all around us. Toy aisles that are separated by gender, young boys being taught to act tough and refrain from showing emotion and men being expected to dress a certain way are all...

Proposed protest bill poses danger to Floridians

A new piece of legislation proposed by Governor Ron Desantis in response to last summer’s wave of racial justice protests, called the “Combating Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act,” is a dangerous abuse of power. 
January 8, 2021

A new piece of legislation proposed by Governor Ron Desantis in response to last summer’s wave of racial justice protests, called the “Combating Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement...

The flip side of gentrification

Avery Owens
January 4, 2021

In simpler words, gentrification is the displacement of the less fortunate due to the desires of the wealthy, and it’s happening in my neighborhood.  Living in the same house all my life with my...

Gingerbread House Superlatives

Surrounding their gingerbread house, senior Julia Wolfe and juniors Salena Kahassai and Rowan O'Flanagan apply candies to the roof. The team was awarded the superlative of Best Late Entry.
Newspaper staff builds and decorates gingerbread houses
December 18, 2020

To get into the holiday spirt, the newspaper staff decided to show off our artistic abilities by decorating gingerbread houses.   As each group received one kit that came with a stand to hold the house,...

Loathsome Lyrics

During the holiday season, it is still important to recognize the social issues that can be found all around us, even in things as simple as Christmas music. Songs that have been considered cultural staples have been found to contain problematic lyrics and themes.
Problematic messages found in Christmas music.
December 18, 2020

Christmas is right around the corner, and to get into the holiday spirit lots of people are listening to classic Christmas music. The inherent sexism and misogyny present within many of these songs should...

The Perfect Holiday Playlist

From Michael Bublé to Ariana Grande, this playlist has something for everyone. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while listening to this holiday music medley.
December 15, 2020

From Michael Bublé to Ariana Grande, this playlist has something for everyone. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa with your loved ones while listening to this holiday music medley.  

I “Wonder” if it could get worse

Shawn Mendes just released his fourth studio album titled “Wonder”. He has been in the music industry since 2013.  
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Shawn Mendes came out with his fourth album “Wonder.” I was disappointed in the way he executed it since he has so much more potential than he decides to display in his music.
December 11, 2020

Shawn Mendes, a pop singer who rose in fame when he was just 14 years old, released his fourth studio album titled, “Wonder” on Friday, Dec. 4. I was so excited to listen to it because he dropped...

The Downfall of the Main Character

Viewers of teen dramas tend to turn away from the main character because of a common characterization that places central protagonists on a pedestal which becomes the main contributor to a predictable downfall.
December 3, 2020

Throughout quarantine, I have had the opportunity to finally begin many new TV shows that have been recommended to me for years. As I completed each show, I realized that there had been a trend within...

Staff taste tests pies

Sitting on the table, the plate is filled with the slices of pies to try. Each staffer tried nine pies.
November 22, 2020

In honor of Thanksgiving, the newspaper staff decided to try nine different pies in order to help you decide which ones should be on your table Thursday, Nov. 26.   Each pie was ranked on a scale...

The Best Spots for Ice Cream in South Tampa

The electric Dairy Joy sign lights up during a summer storm last June. Dairy Joy is one of numerous great places to get ice cream in South Tampa.
November 16, 2020

Chill Bro’s  Located only a few blocks away from Plant, Chill Bro’s couldn’t be more convenient. Freshly made waffle cones and chocolate chip cookies complement a mouthwatering array...

British Reality TV Reigns Supreme

British and American reality television shows share some similarities, but the differences between them make British shows much more enjoyable to watch. In the shows I’ve watched, even if the American and British counterparts had the same premise or concept, the British version had more likeable contestants and genuine seeming content.
November 12, 2020

Reality TV is enjoyed by millions of viewers. “The Bachelor,” “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “The Voice,” “Top Chef,” and so many more American TV shows are available through...

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