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The American flag should be flown with pride, but the Confederate flag should be seen for what it is: a racist symbol.

The Confederate Flag Is a Racist Symbol. Let’s Not Pretend It’s Anything Different.

Olivia Aragon, Staff Reporter March 3, 2021

On Dec. 20, 1860, the South seceded from the Union, creating what would soon be known as the Confederacy. After this secession, the Civil War began on April 12, 1861, when the Confederates attacked Union...

It is more important to consider the future in the present than you might think, especially if you are considering having a family.

Abstinence and Its Importance for Future Happiness

Sawyer Paugh, Guest Contributor March 3, 2021

Marriage is rightly seen to be something magical in the eyes of those looking for it. When we think of marriage, we conceptualize a romantic relationship with the perfect person who we would like to spend...

As we begin to return to  “normal life,” it is our responsibility to do things safely. Disregarding guidelines about COVID-19 — inside and outside of La Salle — is an abuse of privilege, and promotes an unsafe environment that forces people to stay isolated.

Wear Your Mask, Maintain a Six-Foot Distance, and Continue Taking This Pandemic Seriously

Olivia Galbraith and Dakota Canzano March 3, 2021

It’s been almost a full year since we went into lockdown and our lives became engulfed by the pandemic that has struck the nation — and the world — with physical, economic, and social loss. The...

My time at La Salle has taught me the importance of reaching out to those around you.

High School Doesn’t Have To Be the Best Four Years of Your Life

Mallory Middendorff, Editor February 10, 2021

I remember my first day of high school like it was yesterday. My brother was a junior and we were driving to school when he played “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt. I was confused why he would play...

The consistent and proper use of pronouns can begin to create a more accepting world for those who identify with different genders than assigned at birth.

Pronouns: The First Step to Respect

Kendall Whiteside, Assistant Editor February 3, 2021

He and she. These are the pronouns that have traditionally been used, no matter what someone felt inside. Two boxes, and everybody was categorized into those boxes based on their appearance, rather than...

Playing an instrument is therapeutic, as it takes my focus away from my thoughts.

Playing an Instrument Is More Than a Hobby

Maggie Crimmins, Staff Reporter January 13, 2021

When I was around eight years old, I decided to start playing flute because my mom had played in high school, and, at that point in my life, I aspired to be like my mom when I grew up, as many young kids...

No one has the power to tell others what they can and can’t wear.

Stop Defining Clothing As Masculine and Feminine

Mallory Middendorff, Editor January 13, 2021

Pink is known as a “feminine” color, while blue is seen as “masculine.” And dresses are equated to women, while suits are supposedly for men. It’s time to ask ourselves, “Why?” Gender...

Sandbakkels are a type of Norweigen cookie, and baking them is a tradition in my family.

Sandbakkels: Why Tradition Is Important

Paige Baines, Assistant Editor January 13, 2021

Most families have traditions. Whether it be a small party or large generational event, they have something that they do together. In my family, we make sandbakkels.  Sandbakkels are a Norweigen cookie...

Last Wednesday, Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was breached for the first time in more than 200 years as President Trump reassured rioters that they were “very special” but needed to go home.

Editorial Cartoon: Storming of the Capitol

Avery Marks, Staff Reporter January 13, 2021

“Remember that you’re disagreeing with the person about a certain topic, you’re not trying to go to battle against this particular individual,” psychologist Matthew Buckley said.

Political Issues Are Never Cut and Dry: How the 2020 Election Changed My Family’s Dynamic

Avery Rush, Assistant Editor December 16, 2020

For millions of Americans, the 2020 presidential election brought a dramatic rollercoaster of emotions. With the two-party system seeming to drive a wedge between us even further than typical elections,...

Painting, drawing, and sketching are relaxing art forms that can contribute to positive mental health.

The Valuable Role of Creativity: How Art Can Improve Your Mental Health

Myra Keyes, Staff Reporter December 16, 2020

Art, existing in all shapes and sizes, is a form of self-expression everyone is capable of. A rewarding hobby that relieves stress and provides an opportunity for mindfulness and creativity, art helps...

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