Category Archives: Opinion

Who’s the Real Face Behind Your Social Media Accounts: The Impact of Social Media on Body Image

  By Jacquelyn McBride ’20 With the age of social media exploding over the past five years, the perceptions of beauty are evolving; teens and young adults are inadvertently correlating…

Has Technology Robbed us of Our Indispensable Ability to Think?

By Janae Gaddy ’20 Since the beginning of time, humans have invented new and innovative ways to make life easier. Many of these advancements have made daily tasks more efficient,…

To Artists Scared to go Hungry

By Delanie Dugan ‘18 Many students who are soon-to-be high school graduates follow their passions and make a career out of an activity they love to do. Yet, for those…

Don’t Shop, Adopt!

By Jenna Yingling ’21 When purchasing an animal, it is wise to consider adoption. Shelters are brimming with many friendly and healthy animals who are desperate for a home and…

To Ban or Not to Ban should Never be the Question

By Annalise Bossert ’21 “Inappropriate language!” “Against my beliefs!” “Too radical!” These cries against literature have occurred practically since the works themselves were born. People will always be offended and…

All the World’s a Stage: Starting with the Classroom

By Andrea Gribble ‘18 “I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope that they were entertained,” Walt Disney famously quipped. The advanced drama…

‘Every Mother Counts’ Helps Expecting Mothers Worldwide

By Emily Capolupo ’20 “303,000 women die every year as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. That’s one woman every two minutes. For each of these deaths, an…

The Importance of CPR and First Aid Training in High School

By Jenna Yingling ’21 The reaction of a bystander during a medical emergency has an immense impact on the survival of the victim. However, the majority of people do not…

Columbus Day a Celebration of Offense to Human Rights

By Annalise Bossert ’21 Every young child has heard the story of Christopher Columbus, a tale that highlights a pioneering adventurer and amateur scientist ahead of his time who rejected…

The Pros and Cons of the Electoral College

By Braden Nielsen ’17 In defense of the electoral college People claim that the electoral college is unfair and gives too much power to voters in certain states. The system…

Factory Farms Create a Foul Feast

By Ivyanna Colon-Greider ’17 As a girl who, for most of her life, had turkey for every Thanksgiving meal, I now mourn the lives of the 45 million turkeys being…

Could the Zika Virus Cause More Than Microcephaly?

By Emily Herr ’17 The latest research on the recent Zika outbreak has lead experts to conclude the virus may be causing more than the obvious condition of microcephaly. According…

Not Quite an Introvert and Not Quite an Extrovert

By Janae Taft ’18 “Are you an introvert or an extrovert?” The question, which has been around for years, may have a new answer . . . “Neither, I’m an…

Putin Reaches 89%: The Search For a Logical Explanation   

By Emily Herr ’17 The Levada Center, a Russian independent pollster, recently conducted a poll in Russia which concluded that 89% of the respondents approved of Vladimir Putin as their…

Know Where Your Giving Goes

Give to Charity Smartly By Zak Gregg ’16 The fall and winter holidays are traditionally a time of charitable giving with events, fundraisers, and drives a plenty. When determining where…

Obama Strikes Down Keystone XL Pipeline

By Zak Gregg ’16 President Barack Obama, with support from the State Department, has decided to prohibit the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Obama said, “This morning, Secretary Kerry…

Media Claims Clinton Victory at DNC Debate, Facts Say No

By Zak Gregg ’16 The establishment strikes yet again: Headlines everywhere read ‘Clinton Wins,’ but what are these headlines based on? Not the polls, that’s for sure. In every poll…

Falling for Academia: Swarthmore’s Unconventional Appeal

By Tiff Dimm ’15 Our car meandered slowly through roads lined with trees crowned in their red-gold autumn hues and charming stone structures of a distinctly academic air. The campus…

Is a High School Diploma Still Necessary?

Is a High School Diploma Still Necessary By Melody Yoder ‘14   Even considering the US still retains jobs that do not require a high school graduation, the argument against…

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Questioning Co-Ed Phys. Ed.

By Tiffany Dimm ‘16 Physical education class is a place to get in shape and learn to be healthy. It’s supposed to be a positive learning time in which students…

Stretching the Parameters of the Fourth Amendment

By Tiffany Dimm ’16 The recent controversy over the National Security Agency (NSA) brought national attention to the issue of the legal limits of the extent of the right of…