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Society’s hypocritical and insecure trait: judgement and comparison

The constant usage of phones everyday impacts the mental health of an individual. Social media, a shareable platform, can create a sense of low self esteem and self consciousness when comparing oneself to others.

Aarya Yang, Layout Editor

April 2, 2020

Scroll. Like. Scroll. Like. Scroll… An eye-catching post appears. This post was not like the posts before. The elements of the post contain an emotional connection. It makes the conscience feel weaker. The observer analyzes every little detail from the background, to the person's clothes, wealth, e...

‘Chinese Virus’ causes backlash on Asian Americans

President Donald Trump calls COVID-19 the

Julie Xiong, Cartoonist

March 25, 2020

On March 18, President Donald Trump referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus.” This term began gaining popularity when Trump tweeted, earlier that morning, about his methods of saving America from COVID-19. President Trump stated it is not racist at all; it [the virus] came from China and he wants to ...

Instagram takes away likes, completely changes platform

The most popular social media app, Instagram, recently took away the ability to see the amount of likes on a post. Likes are no longer visible on the platform.

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-In-Chief

November 11, 2019

One billion people are active every month on the most popular social media app, Instagram. With updates and changes often made to this growing platform, Instagram recently made a significant change to the app, taking away likes on all posts. A few weeks ago, likes disappeared on Instagram. Many u...

Social media’s varying effects on teens

Freshman Adrianna Garcia using Instagram, a popular social media app. These apps are most likely to be used by adolescents.

Antonino Garcia, Distributive Reporter

May 16, 2019

Social media is considered a controversial topic now because of the negative outcomes it can produce. These include depression, suicide and dependence on it. Adolescents continue to rely on their cell phones throughout their days, with much of their time spent on social media. This worries parents and...

Mental health courses spread awareness

Junior Parker Mock enjoys exercising to have a healthy mind, especially in the winter.

Annika Brown, Business Editor

February 13, 2019

Mental illness and teen suicide rates are sharply rising. Concerns with the negative effects of social media, bullying in schools and school shootings have prompted parents and educators to think about offering mental health classes in high schools. Mental health courses should be an option in high schoo...

Social media, love it or leave it

Social media, love it or leave it

Rachel Dankers, Layout Editor

October 26, 2017

  Social media is becoming a crisis regarding communication between all ages. This issue has greatly impacted the lives of people around the world due to their constant need to be up to date with current events. This ongoing issue has been creating an uproar. People use social media to spread ridi...

Journalism turns a new page

Online news provides easy access to everything one may need to know. Junior Peter Kast says,

Hailey Laubscher, Pony Express TV Anchor

May 4, 2017

In today's society, it is easy to fall into the habit of turning on the TV to listen to tonight's news, or go on Twitter to get the latest information about what is happening in the world. As this becomes a reality, people lose the authenticity that a newspaper brings, but they possibly gain somethi...

Social media bears employment impact

McKenna Wohlers, Social Media Reporter

March 31, 2017

Social Media has had many positive impacts on our society, but it has also had negative impacts on people today. People have been able to learn about activities or events happening in other parts of the country or the world, which is a positive.  Another positive is in the schools, technology and...

Stonebridge kindergartner and mom promote kindness

Photo by A. Matters.		Annie in front of the artwork her and her mother made. “Annie is a beautiful force. She has strong points of view,” Matters says about her daughter.

Emma Lowey, Copy Editor

November 16, 2016

  Kids are taught to be kind to others they meet from a young age, but not always to strangers. Few people, even in their adulthood, think of making a stranger's day better. This is where kindergartner Annie and her mother Alaya Matters stand out from the crowd. They have made it their ...

Social media working as efficient communication medium on terrorism

Social media working as efficient communication medium on terrorism

Cates Eliasen, Online Editor

November 6, 2016

Videos of  the Paris attacks were uploaded to Youtube almost immediately. The Orlando shooting was shown to many in real time through Snapchat. News of ISIS attacks are updated constantly on Twitter. There is no doubt that social media and terrorism have a strong link, however, the debate falls on whether that is...

False internet information permeates the crevices of daily life

Infographic by Cates Eliasen

Cates Eliasen, Online Editor

November 5, 2016

When scrolling through the trending section on YouTube or any other social media site, many of the videos tend to follow a similar outline. Poorly organized videos centered around disrespecting someone, with a follow up video calling out slander. It seems that in today's world of social media, t...

Delay of war on ISIS shakes cybersecurity

Infographic by Tiana Meador

Tiana Meador, Editor-in-Chief

May 3, 2016

As of early last year, Islamic terrorists sounded the alarm with threatening messages to compromise the United State's cybersecurity. Although not gaining much attention, the combination of these threats with the unlocking of the San Bernardino shooter's phone, adds to the question of when the U...

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