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‘Thank U, Next’ by Ariana Grande promotes self love

Junior Allie Smith listens to Grande's new song. It has been at the number one spot of the Top 100 Billboard Charts for two consecutive weeks.
Julia Bennett, Busines Editor December 17, 2018

Ariana Grande’s new hit song, Thank U, Next, got her to the number one slot of the Top 100 Billboard Charts for the first time in her career.  Celebrities everywhere are applauding her for releasing...

Fundraising for fundamentals teaches skills for life

Junior and sophomore boys bring in food to help support the food drive hosted by NHS. Alex Wiegel, Ethan Hall, Andy Constant and Caleb Catt-Hall brought five items each so their first hour class could win the bagel party.
Issy Boegel, Copy Editor December 15, 2018

From gift wrap paper to Girl Scout cookies, kids are subjected to tremendous amounts of fundraising. As children, they were lured in by knowing they could win different toys depending on how much they...

Hoodies spark dress code controversy, policy necessary

The district wide dress code sets the standards for a safe learning environment for all. This year, a new policy regarding hoodies was put in place.
Amy McElin, Online Editor December 14, 2018

The absence of a hood or cap is often expected in public settings as a sign of respect. The topic of allowing teens to cover their head during school hours is an argument that has lasted for years. Recently,...

Voter-approved levy required after $2.5 million deficit

The school board needs to implement another levy, but to make sure that they get the outcome that they want, there needs to be more information released to the public before they vote.
Emma Kostroski-Polucha, Print Editor-in-Chief December 9, 2018

 The Stillwater Area School Board has encountered decisions they have not had to make for many years. The board will have to make cuts in many different departments from all around the district because...

The only thing to hate is hate itself

A German synagogue left to burn, no firefighters will come. Nov. 1938, similar attacks are being carried out across Germany on the night known as Kristallnacht. Last October the shooting of a synagogue in Pittsburgh shows that antisemitism is still present despite the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Q.C. Ho, Editorial Cartoonist December 8, 2018

Late October, America watched as news of bomb threats to prominent Democrats and the shooting of a synagogue showed horrors we did not expect from Halloween. The antisemitism and hate Americans fought...

Cooks of Crocus Hill welcomes community

Cooks of Crocus Hill is a kitchen supply store with locations in Stillwater, St. Paul and Minneapolis. The stores are owned by husband and wife Karl Benson and Marie Dwyer. The store has been running since 1973.
Catherine Monty, Distribution Reporter December 8, 2018

With the holidays approaching, making meals seems to become a top priority. With families and loved ones to please and impress, cooks of the family need someone to show them how to bring out the best in...

Flu shot necessary to keep everyone healthy

Junior Abby Lee goes to get her yearly flu shot at her local CVS pharmacy. Flu shots are recommended to get at the start of the flu season, but can still be received until the end of theflu season.
Pony Express Staff December 5, 2018

Some say they are toxic, that they make people sick and are unsafe for people to get. Others say they are necessary and help keep individuals healthy. So what do flu shots really do for us? Flu shots...

Downtown Stillwater businesses should appeal to all age groups

It is a relatively quiet day at Leo's. Downtown Stillwater customers dine and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Michael O'Gorman, Business Editor December 3, 2018

Businesses in downtown Stillwater could grow their profits by appealing to all age demographics.  Downtown Stillwater businesses have a past of struggling to stay open.  Businesses such as Pub 112, Smalley's...

Bohemian Rhapsody worth the money for Malek, Sing-Along

Community members enter the Alamo movie theatre
Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief November 27, 2018

In yet another stellar Hollywood portrayal of the gay community, the new Queen biopic felt slightly more like a sit-down concert than the hard hitting film on Mercury's experiences that it so desperately...

‘Bumblebee’ film release has audience buzzing

'Bumblebee' film release has audience buzzing
Nick Parent, Podcast Reporter November 20, 2018

The new movie Bumblebee from Transformers comes out Dec. 21 and it has people buzzin'. This will be the seventh movie related to the Transformers series. This features the famous well-known character Bumblebee,...

Perception of novels changes over time

Freshman Adrianna Garcia reads
Antonio Garcia, Distribution Reporter November 20, 2018

The concept of perception is something that dictates every life on Earth. Perception affects how one interprets something, which leads to an opinion of that particular thing. An individual's perception...

School calendars not religiously biased

The standard calendar shows nine months out of the total 12. In these nine months there are six federal United States holidays that take place. Of the nine months, the first five shown are the ending months of most school years and four nationally recognized holidays take place.
Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter November 20, 2018

 The school calendar is not religiously biased toward Christianity. Public schools all across the country have to make decisions based on many different and sometimes difficult factors, when they...

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