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Girls cross-country places third in state

Henry Jowaisas, Staff Reporter

December 5, 2017No Comments

Four hours away in Pasco, Wash., seven Ballard girls lined up alongside over 150 other runners from throughout the state. Even after winning a Metro championship and placing...

The Catalan independence movement

Anika Anderson, Staff Reporter

November 30, 2017No Comments

The independence referendum held in Catalonia on Oct. 1 has caused bitter disputes between the Spanish federal government and the regional Catalan government. Catalans voted...

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Kneeling during the national anthem reaches a local level

Annelise Bowser, Copy Editor
December 2, 2017

As social injustice pushes the polarization of political parties and the continued demand for change from citizens across the country, the act of kneeling during the national anthem has sparked intense debate at every level of organization, from the White House to high school clubs. During the weeks leading up to the homecoming assembly, STAR (Students and Teachers Against Racism) Club planned to...

Lila Gill, Staff Reporter
December 1, 2017

Sexual assault is defined by the Department of Justice as: any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. It’s usually thought of as not that big a deal or just a little bit worse than sexual harassment but not as bad as rape. And that women are the only ones who fall victim to it. But it is important to remember that these stereotypes are dangerous. Saying something so bad as sexual assault is “not so bad” makes it easier for pe...

Life lessons from living in Burma for two years

Eleanor Dudley, Editor-In-Chief
November 30, 2017

The airport could be anywhere in the world, it’s bustling and filled with travelers from all countries waiting in lines and clutching passports. But once you past the visa line, everything changes. There are men dressed in longyis (long cloth skirts) chewing betel nuts that leave the ground littered with red marks, taxis weaving in and out while strangers attempt to carry your luggage to earn a...

Review: 4:44

Isaac Lamont, Staff Reporter | December 7, 2017

Jay-Z’s 13th studio album, 4:44, is also his 13th album to go platinum and there’s a reason behind it. Although his two most recent projects have gone platinum primarily from endorsement deals with Sprint and Samsung it is still nonetheless an accomplishment. Jay-Z is most commonly known for his hard raps flexing his valuables or recounting his hustle which got him them, but he seems to sho...

Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak

Claude Brun, Staff Reporter | December 6, 2017

The most important things to consider when discussing Kanye West’s 808’s & Heartbreak is both Kanye’s position in life during its recording as well as the impact it has on modern hip-hop today.   Kanye’s first three albums all carried a college theme that was conveyed through their titles and album artwork, but with the trilogy concluded, Kanye was ready to tackle a completely new style...

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