The Howler

Does the Pledge of Allegiance reflect our current values as a nation?

On the Pledge of Allegiance: can we stand for better?

Sage Cooley, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 25, 2021

I remember my first encounter with the Pledge of Allegiance. A five-year-old Sage sat cross-legged before her Kindergarten teacher. The woman sounded out each line; the class recited. Could we even pronounce...

Should standardized testing be required for the college application process?

We should say goodbye to standardized testing

Jordyn Brautman, News Editor May 24, 2021

Last year I took the ACT one time, but my score was not as high as I wanted it to be. I decided to retake the test to improve my score and all four times I signed up, the test was canceled due to Covid-19.  The...

Why does the romance genre get so much hate no matter what format it's in?

The romance genre hate needs to stop

Daijah DeForge, Co-Editor-In-Chief May 19, 2021

I’m an avid reader and love consuming all things books-related. I dabble in different genres, but one of my go-to's is romance. I have a ton of bookish friends, many of whom also read romance novels,...

A Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is administered in the shoulder of a young woman.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine as a chronically ill teenager

Erin Sockolof, Opinions Editor May 18, 2021

Like many people, at first, I was concerned about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and rightfully so. I have a whole host of chronic health issues. I had no clue how my body would react after being exposed...

Social media has had many impacts on me the following year.

Is social media harming your health?

Darian Daniels, Staff Writer April 26, 2021

While in quarantine, I have reached peak exhaustion. My mind often feels cluttered and disoriented. I easily forget important deadlines and struggle to work on assignments that take longer than an hour....

A blonde rabbit and a brown rabbit sit contently together on a black sofa.

The Easter Bunny lied to us

Erin Sockolof, Opinions Editor March 26, 2021

Adorable, fluffy and so sweet to touch, but did you know that Easter leads to the mistreatment and abandonment of rabbits? Many people think that bunnies make for the perfect Easter gift, but that’s...

Mask on or off?

Mask on or off?

Stephanie Arana, Graphics editor March 22, 2021

Imagine this: mask restrictions are lifted, social distancing isn’t required and all social events are permitted. All students are allowed back in school at the same time, while big businesses and amusement...

Four types of assorted yellow and white pills lay scrambled in an open hand.

The truth about opioids and chronic pain

Erin G Sockolof, Opinions Editor March 18, 2021

Have you ever been prescribed an opioid? Maybe you had your wisdom teeth removed or you broke a bone. Or perhaps you are one of the millions of Americans living with chronic pain. You might be surprised...

Fast fashion is detrimental to the health of our environment and there are many alternatives to help slow down the impacts.

We need to slow down fast fashion

Jordyn Brautman, News Editor March 17, 2021

Have you shopped at H&M, Zara, Forever 21, Primark or Shein? If you said yes, I understand. Lots of teenagers shop there and currently have clothing in their wardrobe that was purchased at one or most...

Protestors from the #FreeBritney movement outside a Los Angeles courthouse in August 2020.

#FreeBritney raises human rights concerns

Daijah DeForge, Co-Editor-In-Chief March 16, 2021

Britney Spears has been in the limelight for almost 30 years. She was thrust into it at age 11 when she was cast to be on the All-New Mickey Mouse Club. By age 16, she had landed a record deal and became...

Peaceful protests sparks in Downtown Raleigh throughout the summer.

Protesting versus rioting: where should we draw the line?

Darian Daniels, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered while being arrested for allegedly using counterfeit money in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He laid there in custody with a knee on his neck for eight minutes and 46...

Women working at desk with tattoos and colored hair.

Tattoos, colored hair and piercings: should they be allowed in the workplace?

Megan Simrell, Video editor February 10, 2021

According to Ipsos, around 30% of Americans now have tattoos, growing 9% from seven years ago. More people are estimated to have colored hair, with around 10% also estimated to have at least one body piercing....

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