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‘Us’ brings originality to horror genre

‘Us’ brings originality to horror genre

Thompson Draper, Web Editor-in-Chief

April 11, 2019


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Jordan Peele’s “Us” took a new approach that breathed fresh air into the horror genre.   To me, the horror genre has always lacked creativity. Once one new idea is made, it seems that many movies try to take that idea for themselves and remake it. This movie is very refreshing, and I expect to s...

Standardized tests scores inaccurately represent students

Staff Editorial

April 10, 2019


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Across America, thousands of students are constantly scrambling to achieve a noteworthy SAT or ACT score – one that will hopefully open doors to their dream colleges. Though the SAT and ACT may be able to show college admissions officers the superb academic skills of a student, they are not whol...

Remakes consistently disappoint audiences

Remakes consistently disappoint audiences

Graham Hill, Opinions Editor

April 10, 2019


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In the past few years, many beloved childhood classics have suffered a trend all too popular among movie studios: remakes.   This trend has been steadily perpetuated by numerous culprits, especially Disney. The most recent example is their “Beauty and the Beast” remake, which took the cherished animat...

Students review local breakfast-serving restaurants

Students review local breakfast-serving restaurants

Isabella Ank, Jordyn Lutz, and Michelle Rincones-Rodriguez

April 2, 2019


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Moxie’s Café  Nestled in the heart of Downtown Tampa lies a homely, cozy café called Moxie’s. Though small, Moxie’s offers a diverse menu of sandwiches and coffees that are perfect for both breakfast and lunch.    When entering Moxie’s, customers will first notice the welcoming atmosphere ...

Gap years provide benefits for students

Gap years provide benefits for students

Nicole Prus, Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


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For four years, many high school students have been working nonstop to get into college, but the question is why they worked so hard to do it all over again for another four years. Yes, a major reason they go off to college is to get a degree so they can later get a high-paying job. But is one year ...

American education system is full of flaws

American education system is full of flaws

Ava Nelson, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019


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For years the United States was known as one of, if not the, leading nations of the world. We were driven by hardworking individuals prepared by a stellar education system, a system now flawed by years of degrading changes. The American education system is a stale, under-supported and misshapen mess t...

TECO makes change to cleaner energy

TECO makes change to cleaner energy

Addie Robey, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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Tampa Electric Company is making a change to cleaner energy with its Big Bend Modernization Project in its power plant in Apollo Beach.   Currently, a total of five energy-producing units are in place at the power plant. The units generate electric power from both coal and natural gas.  However, with this ...

 School security requires updating 

 School security requires updating 

Nicole Prus, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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Schools all across America took action to ensure better security after the numerous amount of school shootings that happened in 2018. Statistics from BBC News show that 113 people were killed or injured in school shootings in the United States last year.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 89.6 percent of high schools have gates in front to keep threats outside. Yet, what the schools do not realize is how easy it is for any...

New film reignites World War I discussion

New film reignites World War I discussion

Jessie Larrinaga, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019


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Directed by Peter Jackson, the film “They Shall Not Grow Old” consists of narration over colorized original World War I footage. Many students have seen the movie as part of the curriculum for classes.  First released in November, the film has reemerged in theaters because of viewer demand. There are vo...

Change of ownership will benefit Dairy Joy customers

Change of ownership will benefit Dairy Joy customers

Jessie Larrinaga, Staff Writer

March 13, 2019


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Dairy Joy is an ice cream shop that has been in Tampa since 1958 but is now under new ownership. The new owners also own Xtreme Juice, an extremely popular smoothie and juice store on Swann Avenue.   While it is a bit sad to see a local business trade ownership, a place like Dairy Joy that has been a...

National Emergency shows Trump’s single-minded agenda

National Emergency shows Trump’s single-minded agenda

Jessie Larrinaga, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019


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After the longest government shutdown on record that left government employees without pay for weeks, President Donald Trump has declared a state of national emergency in order to gain funding for his border wall between the United States and Mexico.   This is unprecedented – the United States...

Luke Perry’s death leaves fans grieving

Luke Perry’s death leaves fans grieving

Michelle Rincones-Rodriguez, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019


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Luke Perry, whose iconic roles have helped him remain relevant throughout multiple generations, passed away March 4 at the age of 52 after suffering a stroke Feb. 27. His death was untimely and truly heartbreaking for all of his fans who loved him both on and off the screen.   Nineties kids lovingly...

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