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    Day in the life of Jop and co.

    By Ceci Creissen Amid a clutter of papers, cardboard boxes and trash, sat the student body president at his desk. Jopsy Bayog appears organized despite the mess. There’s a box labeled “sidewalk chalking” with a pack of wipes inside and four pencil boxes stacked on top of each other. Except for a hole puncher, a stack of lined paper and a binder, his desk is empty. Admittedly, he only has an hour of paperwork per night. The real source of work comes from organizing activities. When asked what he eats for dinner, Bayog sarcastically responded, “Do I eat dinner? I guess look into my life because I don’t have any…

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    The study drug

    By Ceci Creissen When Adderall is used by a student diagnosed with ADHD, their distractibility, irritability, poor concentration, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are drastically diminished allowing them to just keep up with their peers in school. Therefore, when it is abused by students who don’t have any real trouble focusing, it puts them in overdrive. Within thirty minutes of taking Adderall a student without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can expect razor sharp focus and a subsequent newfound love for doing every last homework assignment, even those twenty pages of reading for History and tomorrow night’s homework too. Adderall, while abused to complete homework, is also brought into the classroom. It’s…

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    Light rail to improve America’s declining infrastructure

    Due to the U.S.’s vast size, in which there’s sometimes no city for 100s of miles, it admittedly doesn’t make sense for there to be high speed trains. In America, as opposed to the rest of the world, it’s more convenient for citizens to take a plane instead of a train. In Europe, taking a train for a daily commute or vacation in another European country is convenient because of the high volume of train stations. However, in the U.S., many cities and towns do not have enough stations or density to make trains advantageous. Furthermore, the speed of many American trains, or lack thereof, further dissuade people from choosing…

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    Disturbing journalistic photos have potential to change mindsets

    By Cecilia Creissen The recent image that went viral of an immigrant toddler washed up dead on a shore in Turkey made many people cringe. While this incident seems relatively unrelated to Americans, we are actually very much connected to it. With gun violence becoming more prevalent many wonder what can be done to stop the tragedies. It seems that no matter how big the crime, the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown for example, the actions that follow are lots of media exposure but little prevention for future incidents. Often times it is easiest for people to move on and forget that something so awful ever happened in their…

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    Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Review

    By Cecilia Creissen 3/4 Stars The Scorch Trials, the second installment of the Maze Runner, comes off as another teen drama with its diverse cast led by heartthrob Dylan O’brien. It has the typical apocalyptic, sci-fi, and romance combo. Zombies who are actually humans infected by a widespread disease pop up incessantly and there are romance scenes strewn throughout.  Director Wes Ball, however, fails to develop the plot into something more. In a nutshell, it’s moral teens against corrupt adults. The main character, Thomas (Dylan O’brien), and his buddies who survived the maze from the first movie are all intelligent and determined teenagers. After surviving the maze they end up…