1989: Album Review

1989: Album Review

Maddie Polonus, Reporter

October 30, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

Taylor Swift’s fifth and most recent album, titled “1989”, was released on October 27. Swift recently made the switch from being classified as a country artist to pop. In her 13-track album, Swift managed to create an 80’s sounding record. In her past albums, like “Fearless” and “Red”,...

Ebola Freak out: Why You Shouldn’t Worry

Ebola Freak out: Why You Shouldn’t Worry

Cole Brents, Reporter

October 30, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The news recently has been filled with two things: Ebola and ISIS, with Ebola filling up the headlines of basically every news source. I haven’t turned on the TV without seeing even a small mention of it. Since the confirmed outbreak in West Africa there has been over 10,000 cases (5,692 of them being...

Why the ACT is Overrated

Why the ACT is Overrated

Julianna Parrish, Feature editor

October 30, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The ACT seems to be society’s best friend. Freshmen now have to take a five hour standardized test to prepare it, which is a measure that is unnecessary. From the moment I entered kindergarten, I began to be graded on what I had learned and how well I could demonstrate it. In the third grade,...

Best Halloween Candy

Best Halloween Candy

Alec Gathright, Sports Editor

October 30, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

October is coming to an end and that means Halloween is near. Everybody likes to dress up and have fun but my favorite part of this holiday is the endless amount of candy you get stuck with. I’m going to give you my top five Halloween Candies. Starting at number five is Twix. Twix is a very common...

In Review: Taking A Look At Apple’s OS X Yosemite

In Review:  Taking A Look At Apple’s OS X Yosemite

Alex Lofaro, News Editor

October 30, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Just when you thought Apple was done pushing out slightly altered operating systems to compliment their new products, the technology giant pushed out OS X Yosemite. The new operating system for Apple’s Macintosh computers was released the day after their October conference, which was devoted to...

CCCC: Purple Burrito

CCCC: Purple Burrito

Connor Mitchell and Alex Clemens-Pray

October 30, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

California is known for many things, among them are topless dudes roller blading, homeless people on the beach, and a whole valley dedicated to silicone, but one thing held both higher and lower than these would be Californa-Style Mexican food, a class of cuisine both delicious and misunderstood. The...

On School Lunch

On School Lunch

George Win, Reporter

October 30, 2014


Filed under Opinion

For most, lunch is a relaxing time to dine and gossip with friends. After being greeted by the warm smiles of the cafeteria ladies, they are met with dozens of choices to consume during the time frame. Despite the quick and friendly service, I have heard students complaining about the new health guidelines...

Horror Movie Gone Wrong: Ouija Review

Chelsea Aleshire, Opinion Editor

October 30, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

The Ouija movie, to say the least was not what I was expecting. I do not mean that as a compliment either. Ouija featured actors Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones) and Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager). Having done research about Ouija boards I did not find this movie to bring...

Texting and Driving Prevention

Texting and Driving Prevention

September 26, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Being in a car accident that is not your fault can be stressful. Adding the thought of it being because of you can result in a guilt that could become constant. Texting and driving is overall dumb. Taking your eyes off the road even for a second can cause a variety of accidents to happen. Only...

Peculiar Thoughts: Gaming Journalism and the Preorder Problem

Peculiar Thoughts: Gaming Journalism and the Preorder Problem

Connor Mitchell, Editor in Chief

September 26, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As a whole, I think gaming journalism is great. We need people writing reviews on new and up-and-coming video games just as much as we need movie critics, or food critics, and for the same reasons. Video games are an entertainment commodity, people need something to enjoy themselves with, and gaming...

Hurts Donuts Review

Hurts Donuts Review

George Win

September 26, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Located in the square of downtown Springfield, Hurts Donuts is a prime location for anyone to go and enjoy beautiful and quality pastries 24/7. Reporters Alex Clemens, Connor Mitchell, and I decided to go and check it out for ourselves. Located right next to the Parking Lot on the south side of Hollywood...

Best Pizza in Springfield?

Best Pizza in Springfield?

Isaac Johnson, Sports Staff Editor

September 26, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On the south side of Springfield, MO Arris Pizza is one the most of popular restaurants. An argument can be made that Arris has some of the best pizza in town. I would make this argument because over the years I have fallen in love with it. Arris has a very different kind of pizza than most. The...

Ed Sheeran Really Can “Sing”

Ed Sheeran Really Can “Sing”

Maddie Polonus, Reporter

September 19, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

On September 13, I traveled eight hours to Nashville, Tennessee to see the singer-song writer Ed Sheeran at Bridgestone Arena. I have seen Ed in concert two other times when he opened for Taylor Swift on her North American Red tour. I knew going into the concert it would be great, but I was looking forward...

Restaurant Review: Kai After Dark

Restaurant Review: Kai After Dark

George Win, Reporter

September 19, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Located at 306 S Campbell Ave, Kai is downtown right next to Hollywood Theater.  Being a Japanese Sushi Bar and Grill, I was extremely excited to see what the restaurant had to offer.  Reporter Alex Clemens and I decided to take a lunch date at a time when the restaurant wasn't very crowded. Immediately...

If I Stay Book to Movie Review

If I Stay Book to Movie Review

Maddie Polonus, Reporter

August 28, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

If I Stay, written by Gayle Forman, follows Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Mortez) as she deals with the aftermath of a fatal crash that killed her parents and younger brother, but left her in a coma.  After the crash, Mia is in a state where she is outside of her physical body, acting as a spirit of some sort. ...

Spectacular One Direction Performance

Spectacular One Direction Performance

Chelsea Aleshire, Opinion Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I was not excited for this concert, because 75 percent of the reason I wanted to go was for the opening act and they cancelled their St. Louis show a month before. I considered selling my ticket, but I am glad that I did not. It was a spectacular performance that I was not expecting. There were fireworks,...

5 Tips For Incoming Freshmen

5 Tips For Incoming Freshmen

Danny Crews, Reporter

August 22, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

With school starting up, many freshmen are walking around the halls trying to figure out the best way to fit in. Here are five tips that some upperclassmen have put together that freshman need to know. Tip One: During sporting events, move to the top of the student section allowing room for the upperclassman....

Fantasy Football Sleepers

Fantasy Football Sleepers

Riley Heron, Reporter

August 22, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Sports

With the NFL season being just around the corner, people gather to begin one of sports most recent online games. This game is NFL Fantasy Football, and to many football lovers, it is an exciting time of the year. Leagues all across the country are formed online and large pots of money are almost always...

Casey and Connor Cuisine Critics: Taj Mahal

Casey and Connor Cuisine Critics: Taj Mahal

May 23, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

Casey: For the final story of the year, Connor and I ventured out to find a new restaurant that neither Connor nor I had heard any good or bad reviews over. We traveled to the Taj Mahal located on Republic Road next to UltraMax Sports. The Taj Mahal is a buffet oriented restaurant where you can...

Gateway Nominees of 2014-2015

Gateway Nominees of 2014-2015

May 22, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The Gateway nominees are awarded every year to book that are exceptionally good from students and teachers votes. But with the awarded books comes a new set coming out every year. 1. Don’t Turn Around written by Michelle Gagnon- The story of sixteen year old, Nao Torson, and how she attempted to li...

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