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EDITORIAL – Standardized testing hinders education

EDITORIAL – Standardized testing hinders education

Standardized testing has the best intentions of measuring the success of students in the classroom. In reality, the practice results in students being educated only in test-taking skills. Learning how to take a test is a valuable skill for students, but it doesn’t prepare them to transition into higher education.

VIEWPOINT – Ice bucket challenge drenches nation for awareness, funds

by Amanda Gomez/tr news editor Social media has again come up with a clever way to bring attention to a cause. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other outlets have thrust their digital spotlight on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease through a unique event by the ALS Association. 

VIEWPOINT – Social media spreads information about protests

by Tabitha Redder/managing editor Social media is powerful. Granted, though some of it simply wastes Internet space, some of it can be useful. The events in Ferguson, Mo., were a Twitter trending topic nightly Aug. 9-20. If not for social media websites and apps, many would not know of issues like this in places usually […]

Tragedy deserves respect, cowards don’t

Tragedy deserves respect, cowards don’t

Courageous heroes will forever be revered, and their heroic acts are worthy of such remembrance. Not so is the cowardice act of abandonment, recently displayed by the captain of the doomed ferry Sewol off the coast of South Korea. In the U.S., first responders are the men and women equipped to handle emergency situations, such […]

Creating artificial stress does not measure one’s success

By Georgia Phillips/photo editor Are you too busy to read this? You should be, and you should let people know in a proud, exasperated tone. You should also proudly share the amount of sleep you didn’t get last night. In fact, start a friendly competition with your classmate on who’s the busiest, and maybe the […]

Hollywood needs to buck male superhero trend

By Matthew Fulkerson/sports editor With the deluge of superhero movies and films based on popular young adult fiction books, it’s surprising that studios aren’t releasing female-centric superhero tales. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, after a month in release, is on its way to becoming one of the top-grossing films of the year. Much of its […]