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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, Editor

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, Cool Guy/Entertainment Editor

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, Cool Guy/Entertainment Editor

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...

The Phillips CD-i: When, What and Why

The Phillips CD-i: When, What and Why

Baker Tuthill, Reporter

April 15, 2019

Over the years, Nintendo has produced some very, very excellent Legend of Zelda games. It's my favorite Nintendo franchise. However, the series has had some low points, with a couple of games that didn't shine out very far above anything else (*cough cough* Links Adventure). The Sony PlayStation That ...

It’s Assistant Principal Week!

It’s Assistant Principal Week!

Mehak Mehmi and Aliyah Carter

April 11, 2019

The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators have declared the week of April 8-12, 2019, as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students in schools across...

Five Unreleased Songs by the World’s Most Famous Bands

Five Unreleased Songs by the World’s Most Famous Bands

Oliver Barnfield, Cool Guy/Entertainment Editor

April 8, 2019

I recently did an article about the Beach Boy's Smile, and it got me thinking: what are some other songs by famous musicians that have never seen the light of day? Well, here's what I found. 5. A whole lot of Prince music The Purple loving icon himself was remarkably prolific, having several entire a...

The Greatest Album You’ve NEVER Heard: The Beach Boy’s SMILE

The Greatest Album You’ve NEVER Heard: The Beach Boy’s SMILE

Oliver Barnfield, Cool Guy/Entertainment Editor

April 2, 2019

To the average person, The Beach Boys are a happy, light, and brainless band known for their songs of surf and girls. But to those in the know, they have a legacy of strange and psychedelic songs and albums. The primary example of this psychedelic sound has never actually been released in full. This...

Review of Spirited Away

Review of Spirited Away

Colin Johnson, Reporter

April 2, 2019

Ahh yes. A classic movie with spirits, frog people, and a creepy faceless being. That is Spirited Away. Spirited Away has a lot of charm, interesting settings, and likable characters. Being one of the many movies created by Studio Ghibli (a company known for amazing movies) you know it’s going to be...