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No wrong way to deal with stress and anxiety

No wrong way to deal with stress and anxiety

Nick Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

March 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion

It’s safe to say that most students, and humans in general, feel some degree of stress and anxiety in their lives. The list of reasons could go on forever. As it pertains to students, the stresses of succeeding in classes and finding the right path to take can be enough to put them into a depressed...

Fixing climate change begins with you

Fixing climate change begins with you

Cassandra Hays, Scene Editor

February 28, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Climate change is real, and it’s a problem. While there are still plenty of climate change deniers, including the President of the United States, it’s difficult to dispute concrete facts and evidence. According to NASA, the rate of Antarctic ice mass loss has tripled in the last decade. Global sea...

Vaccinate your damn kids, people

Vaccinate your damn kids, people

Jack Belcher, News Editor

February 28, 2019


Filed under Opinion

I am afraid that no matter what I say, no matter what facts I use, people who don’t believe in vaccines will refuse to listen to logic. It seems that people who don’t believe in vaccines only want to listen to whatever facts already support their opinions, and are more concerned with proving themselves...

SAD(ness) happens, the sunshine will come

SAD(ness) happens, the sunshine will come

Nick Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

February 22, 2019


Filed under Opinion

There’s snow on the ground. The car is frozen over. The outdoors are a hostile place. Wouldn’t it be better to just stay in bed? This is the reality some of us have battled with since the winter months began. Maybe your friends haven’t been getting together lately. Maybe you’ve dedicated...

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”: fun at a million MPH

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”: fun at a million MPH

Rune Torgersen, Copy Desk Chief

February 22, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The Lego franchise has long had a reputation for bringing together franchises that wouldn’t normally exist within the same space. Whenever the company acquires the rights to produce brick-based assembly toys based on a popular franchise, they also gain the opportunity to incorporate that franchise...

Open Mic Nights aren’t for everybody

Open Mic Nights aren’t for everybody

TyYonna Kitchen, Copy Desk

February 22, 2019


Filed under Opinion

On Feb. 14 there was an epic talent battle to the death at one of Ellensburg’s restaurants, The Porch. 10 contestants entered and everyone ended up surviving, but there were a few bruised egos by the end of the night. The bloodbath ended with four winners while everyone else was offered free consolation...

“Happy Death Day 2U”: could surpass original

“Happy Death Day 2U”: could surpass original

Ben Wheeler, Online Editor

February 22, 2019


Filed under Opinion

2017’s “Happy Death Day” was a horror-dark comedy, taking the basic premise of “Groundhog Day,” of living the same day over and over again, and applying a baby-face-masked killer to the formula. Each time the main character Tree (Jessica Rothe) is killed, on her birthday no less, the day resets....

Mariners 2019 season will surprise most

Mariners 2019 season will surprise most

Bryce Weedman, Staff Reporter

February 21, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

When the Seattle Mariners opened up their 2018 season, there was a lot of buzz around not just the Pacific Northwest, but the whole MLB. The Seattle Mariners hadn’t made the postseason since 2001. With a 16-year drought waiting to be snapped, it finally looked like it was going to happen by the All-...

“Velvet Buzzsaw”: A weird, mesmerizing mixed bag

“Velvet Buzzsaw”: A weird, mesmerizing mixed bag

Ben Wheeler, Online Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

“Velvet Buzzsaw” is a Netflix original film that was directed by Dan Gilroy and released Feb. 1 on the streaming platform and in select theaters. An interesting clash of modern horror and the elite art scene, “Velvet Buzzsaw” opens with the seemingly daily routine of art critic Morf Vandewalt...

Are stereotypes bringing you down? It’s not your fault

Are stereotypes bringing you down? It’s not your fault

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Every generation thinks in somewhat of a unique way and one of the things that sets ours apart is the concept of “the brand” which has made its way into our collective consciousness. It’s this notion that we need to develop an easily defined and instantly recognizable aesthetic that is somehow...

Let MLB players hit free agency sooner

Let MLB players hit free agency sooner

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The MLB payment structure has players play six full seasons before they can go into free agency. That needs to change. Over the last two off-seasons, free agency has been a bust. According to Matt Kelly of MLB.com, there are 150 free agents who remain unsigned this off-season. In the 1990s and early...

A bitter critique of two subpar Netflix horror flicks

A bitter critique of two subpar Netflix horror flicks

TyYonna Kitchen, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Everyone knows that Netflix makes questionable choices when it comes to horror movies. “Terrifier” (2018) and “Stitches” (2013) are no exceptions. Both are killer clown movies, with little to no character development and too much blood and unexplained supernatural whatever that made me wonder...

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