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EIC Column: Peer counseling program long overdue

EIC Column: Peer counseling program long overdue

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

November 6, 2018


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column, Political Opinion

With three deaths within three years in the Stillwater school district, the ISD 834 school board finally took the initiative to create a mental health program for middle and high school students. It's easy to feel unheard in our school district, but if there's any cause that's important for them to actually tun...

Economic classes should teach cryptocurrencies

Economic classes should teach cryptocurrencies

Michael O'Gorman, Business Editor

November 4, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion

The energy used to mine cryptocurrencies in 2017 was estimated to power Italy for half a year.  Because of the controversy around cryptocurrencies using so much energy, they are frequently talked about in the news.  With the impacts that cryptocurrencies are currently having on the world, it mak...

‘Halloween’ horror turns into a cliche bore

‘Halloween’ horror turns into a cliche bore

Gavan Townsend, Camera Editor

November 4, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion, TV & Film Reviews

The original story of Michael Myers took place 40 years ago when he went on a killing spree in his hometown of Haddonfield, IL. Now, Myers is on the hunt again after he has broken out of prison in the new iteration of the Halloween series directed by David Gordon Green. The new sequel to the series is...

Speak up against hate speech

Speak up against hate speech

Annika Brown, Business Editor

November 3, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion

An increasing concern in our country is hate speech. Hate speech is defined as speech that attacks a certain person or group because of their beliefs, race, or sexuality. Although it would be nearly impossible to control hate speech, if people are not combating it, in some ways they are accepting it. ...

Trump’s threat to revoke birthright citizen laws immature, impulsive

Trump’s threat to revoke birthright citizen laws immature, impulsive

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor

November 3, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

America is posed as a country of freedom, freedom formulated from the birth of the Constitution. Standing by our nation's morals has never been an issue, but now more than ever, our morals are being put through their paces. The rules and regulations in which our governmental ancestors handcrafted have be...

Woodbury’s new theater Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opens

Woodbury’s new theater Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opens

Elle Sprenger, Social Media Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion, TV & Film Reviews

As the lights dim and the smell of fresh food passes as the waiter walks by, the movie begins. At the entrance the bright lights of the  Alamo light up.  Inside the theater before the movie begins, the specially made previews for the movie starts. The Alamo is not the your typical theater. The Alam...

‘The Hate U Give’ exposes controversial message

‘The Hate U Give’ exposes controversial message

Sierra Hippel, Distribution Reporter

October 31, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion, TV & Film Reviews

The Hate U Give is a book and movie people are raving about. Many were very anxious when it came out on Oct. 19. It is a dramatic/thriller starring Amandla Stenberg, who is also known for her role as Rue in, The Hunger Games. The Hate U Give is about a young girl named Starr Carter who lives ...

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation sparks uproar of support for Christine Blasey Ford

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation sparks uproar of support for Christine Blasey Ford

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Podcasts, Political Opinion

Brett Kavanaugh, a Yale University graduate and former United States Circuit Judge, was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Oct. 6. This swearing in was preceded by sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during the process of his confirmation. Ford’s allegations, whi...

Building entry times changed to increase security

Building entry times changed to increase security

Pony Express Staff

October 27, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion, Staff Editorial

As students walk towards the school doors ready to enter the building for the day, they are stopped when the door does not open and a staff member comes out to tell them they have to wait. The school policy, newly enforced this year, does not permit students to enter the building before 7:10 a.m....

Apple rolls out new iOS 12

Apple rolls out new iOS 12

Q.C. Huong, Editorial Cartoonist

October 24, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion, TV & Film Reviews

Straight from Apple headquarters, the iOS 12 replaced the iOS 11.4 as the latest mobile operating system. While not as revolutionary as when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in 2007, the iOS 12 brought new features and quality of life changes for Apple users. Released Sept. 17, the new iOS is defaul...

Potential Brookview addition sparks debate

Potential Brookview addition sparks debate

John Franklin, Copy Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

The School Board has met on multiple occasions over the past months to discuss a possible expansion to Brookview Elementary. They have also explored whether to re-open Oak-Park and spend money to hire new staff. The agenda item under consideration was labeled "Facility & Financial Considerations...

Schools should provide opportunities for weekly Pledge

Schools should provide opportunities for weekly Pledge

Catherine Monty, Distribution Reporter

September 25, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

Now that students are back in school, the controversy around the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance will most certainly surface again. There was a time when students stood with hand over heart and recite the Pledge every day without much fanfare. Those days are long gone, and the divide between ...