Opinion
Fragrance Overload

Fragrance Overload

By Georgia McCauley and Marissa Plescia Staff Writer and Assistant Features Editor Everyone experiences that cloud of fragrance from the people walking on the streets or in the hallway. But there are often cases when a face mask may be necessary for the victims on the receiving end of the ‘supposed to be sweet’ fragrance....
The Fifth Estate: Movie Review

The Fifth Estate: Movie Review

By Pauline Gaffney Executive Opinion Editor The Fifth Estate followed the story of Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Daniel Berg (Daniel Bruhl). Assange came up with the idea for Wiki-leaks; a website that would publish unedited documents. He then got Berg, a technology prodigy, to help him in the technical side of the website. Together,...
Insidious Chapter 2 Review

Insidious Chapter 2 Review

By Katherine Luby Online Editor    The lights dim. My heart begins to race as I cling hopelessly to my companion in anticipation and terror. The opening credits haven’t even begun before I cover my eyes, curled up in a ball on the theater seat. My regret of coming to see the movie is unrivaled...
Pesky parents: the negative effects of excess parental involvement

Pesky parents: the negative effects of excess parental involvement

By Morgan Nguyen and Nidhi Madhaven Assistant Features Editor and Copy Editor High school has the potential to feel like a mess of numbers. Class grades, grade point averages, ACT scores – it is a jumble that so much effort, stress and money are put into achieving. There is no doubt that this hard work...
Why Welfare Isn't Working

Why Welfare Isn’t Working

 By Jack McBreen Staff Writer With the presidential election upon the United States, both candidates are working hard to convince the public that they know what is right for America. In the national debates, strong points have been made about foreign policy, the economy, and other domestic issues.  However, with the national debt increasing and...
Decision 2012: Point of View

Decision 2012: Point of View

  Republican You have all seen the ads: “He can CREATE jobs, LOWER taxes, and CUT national budget spending! Vote today!”  Of course, that all sounds nice.  But really, what teenage kid wanted to know about “working closely with Israel to maintain its strategic military edge?”  Personally, I didn’t. I did not care about any...

By Pauline Gaffney Assistant Opinion Editor Walking down the sidewalk in my red glittered shoes I feel the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. Like every other Halloween, it is freezing and as the wind whips through the air I am reminded, “I am no longer in Kansas anymore.” Scanning the horizon I see salvation....
Mao's Last Dancer Review

Mao’s Last Dancer Review

Morgan Nguyen Staff Writer A young Chinese peasant boy forced from his home, When they took me from my family, I did not recognize this as an honor. and thrust into the drastically different culture of Houston. My father had $50 one year. You spend $500 one day, sir. An infinite determination to succeed and...
A Day Without Make-Up

A Day Without Make-Up

Mehgan Keeley Sports Editor Put your mascara brushes down, ladies. February 9, 2012, called for an day to celebrate the beauty of a clean slate—A Day Without Makeup. This student-sanctioned event is the first one of its kind scheduled forBarringtonHigh School. The concept was for female students to attend school that day with honest faces—bare...
Smart Boards?

Smart Boards?

By Courtney Wilt Staff Writer The chalkboard was first incorporated into educational facilities in 1801, and with this addition came a revolutionized teaching environment.  Now a new upgrade has taken place; in 200 years, we’ve gone from scraping chalk on slate to swiping giant projected touch screens.  That’s right—I’m talking about the Smart Board, a...
Should technology replace tradition?

Should technology replace tradition?

By Rajeev Jayaraman   Business Editor Before 1993, people wrote letters and mailed them. For some time, they would be transported by several horses sprinting through the countryside. Now, Electronic Mail, also known as E-mail, has replaced that. However, technology has evolved into something much larger than E-mail. People can see and talk to each...
Feathers for fashion: not worth the cost

Feathers for fashion: not worth the cost

By Amanda Dee Photo Editor Plucking roosters for hairstyles hurts more than just the animals… Like bell-bottoms, poodle skirts and shoulder pads preceding it; feather hair extensions are currently the trend. Sparked by stars like Ke$ha and Steven Tyler, the feather boom has spread to teenagers, adults and even toddlers. These extensions seem as innocent...