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How Smoking Affects The Body

How Smoking Affects The Body

Mehak Mehmi, Emma Ross, and Aliyah Carter

May 1, 2019

Circulation When you smoke, the poisons from the tar in your cigarettes enter your blood. These poisons in your blood cause several catastrophic events within your blood stream. Make your blood thicker, and increase chances of clot formation Increase your blood pressure and heart rate, making y...

The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie is Cursed

The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie is Cursed

Oliver Barnfield, Resident Pop Culture Writer

May 1, 2019

I have been a Sonic fan almost all my life. It's not fun. The games are consistently bad, the fanbase is extremely embarrassing, and in general its very painful to admit that you are a fan of the speedy blue hedgehog. The one time I was happy to be a Sonic fan was when Sonic Mania was released, and that...

Top 9 Unanswered Questions

Top 9 Unanswered Questions

June Jung, Reporter

May 1, 2019

There are some things that will never be answered... Some questions unanswered.. Here are some of the greatest mysteries our planet has to offer. 1. Space... Is it infinite? Will it stop growing? Will it keep growing forever? What is forever? 2. What does death feel like? Think about it - we've ...

Should the Notre Dame be Rebuilt?

Should the Notre Dame be Rebuilt?

Lyla Boretz, Reporter

April 26, 2019

The Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral is arguably one of the most iconic monuments around the globe. It's not only a symbol of religion but also an example of the insanely complicated equations and designs the human mind is capable of executing; when the 850-year-old cathedral's roof went up in flames, the...

Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the Classroom

Evlabia Konstantinou and June Jung

April 26, 2019

Intro Technology in the classroom. Is it necessary? During the school day, my school uses computers for everything. I am not upset with this, it helps me grasp the information better than any packet or book. You may think technology is just a distraction in class. It can help with participation in the c...

Worst Videogame Box Art

Worst Videogame Box Art

Oliver Barnfield, Resident Pop Culture Writer

April 25, 2019

Video game box art is tricky. It doesn't have the high profile of film posters, so it's frequently handed over to studio hacks. Generally, the results aren't great. Here are several examples of this sad trend.

Can’t Put the Phone Down? Smartphone Addiction Could be Changing Your Brain

Can’t Put the Phone Down? Smartphone Addiction Could be Changing Your Brain

Mehak Mehmi, Reporter

April 24, 2019

What are the effects of smartphones on the brain? Given the definition of smartphones today, it is a question of interest. For healthcare practitioners, mental health professionals, educators, parents, and anyone who happens to use a smartphone on a regular basis. Research Researchers who ...

Ways to Relax and Fall Asleep

Ways to Relax and Fall Asleep

Jessie Van Den Berg, Reporter

April 22, 2019

Sleep is a challenging thing. And if you are like me I am not a morning person so I cherish the good sleep I get. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. So if you are in a similar situation, here are some tips that have helped me to sleep and will hopefully help you. Reading in bed can slow your thoughts dow...

The Legend of Zelda: Music Review

The Legend of Zelda: Music Review

April 22, 2019

I'm just going to say it right now: this is kind of a strange article idea. I've made it clear how much of a fan I am of the Legend of Zelda games, but I've never done an article about their soundtracks: until now. Today, I'm going to be comparing the soundtracks of several Legend of Zelda games in a...

Why Isn’t ASL Allowed in the IB Program?

Why Isn’t ASL Allowed in the IB Program?

Claire Lawrence, Reporter

April 22, 2019

As you may know, if you're an eighth grader going to Westwood this year, ASL, (American Sign Language) is offered as a foreign language class. For many, the implied quiet atmosphere and the usefulness of the ‘language’. To learn ASL, it is just about hard as any other language, although you don't...

The 5 Weirdest Japan Only Games

The 5 Weirdest Japan Only Games

Oliver Barnfield, Resident Pop Culture Writer

April 15, 2019

Japan has produced many, many, games. And naturally, not all see the light of day. Some get lost in the shuffle. But many are just far too weird to be brought to our country. Here are the four most notable ones. If you're interested in playing any of these games, they are available on emulators or if...

How to Make A Movie with No Budget (in 5 steps)

How to Make A Movie with No Budget (in 5 steps)

Oliver Barnfield, Reporter

April 15, 2019

I've worked on movies and shorts with a very little budget before. Some were good, some were bad. I'm not saying I have complete authority over the subject, but I have a few ideas, tricks, and tips to share with you today. 1. Use EVERYTHING EVERYTHING. If you need a forest, use the park. If you...