Orange goes with everything: Netflix original explores prison life for women

While most of us know Netflix for it’s endless supply of movies, the on-demand media provider is now adding successful television series provider to its resume with the release of hit T.V. show Orange is the New Black. Loosely based off the novel of the same name, the show chronicles the conviction of Piper Chapman, […]

Dual Functionality: Senior uses soccer as a learning experience, outlet for enjoyment

While some students pursue big dreams as sports superstars, others are content with simply playing a sport they enjoy. For senior Ben Gonzales, soccer has been a fun physical outlet as he juggles school, work, friends, and family. “I love being able to go out there and just play the game,” Ben said. “It’s a […]

Cutting, purging, binging, substance abuse: Teens struggle, look for help to deal with depression, pressures of school, life, relationships

“Friends, family, and God with help them carry the burden of what they are going through. There’s never a lost cause. There’s never a time when a person’s life isn’t worth fighting for.”

The more you know: Sex education leads to prevention, not promiscuity

The issue over whether to teach sex education in schools remains a hot debate topic. In many cases, parents wish to solely be responsible for educating their children on sex and sex-related topics. On the other hand many teachers, administrators, and parents feel that education is the only means of decreasing teen pregnancy.

Students quack up: Teacher uses wit, background to keep class focused

A riveting sense of humor, impressive demonstrations, and interactive lessons on the laws of physics are what you can expect in an everyday class with physics teacher Robert Richards, but what students don’t expect is Richards’ unique background and interests.

Choices become complex, outcomes produce repercussions

Do I want grilled cheese or Chef Boyardee? Should I play outside or watch the next episode of Powerpuff Girls? Do I want pigtails or a giant bow in my hair? What were once time consuming decisions that filled my eight-year-old brain became futile as I grew up. One thing never changed; my decisions were impulsive and pleasing for that time.

Football field forges friendship, teammates inseparable on, off field

“Around BCS its not just VJ or Logan,” senior VJ Banks said. “We’re two individuals, but one person.” Varsity football duo, seniors VJ Banks and Logan Pottberg have been playing since a tender age, with VJ playing since 6th grade year for Pop Warner football, and Logan for Brazos Valley Patriots. Four years ago the […]

Miley’s not smiley anymore; Teen idol can’t keep tongue in mouth

What started off with a seemingly harmless haircut has spiraled into a full fledged change in character. The once sweet and innocent Miley is now more focused on partying and making a scene.

Dear Diary: Prequal surpasses original series

Tired of watching Gossip Girl reruns and boring episodes of Pretty Little Liars? This winter the CW introduced The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to the successful Sex and the City tv series.
Sex and the City targets middle aged women who could live vicariously through Samantha, Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte, as the four girls took on Manhattan in the 21st century.

Duo narrowly avoids flatline with Heartthrob

Overproducing and a bombardment of synth make for an okay album, unfortunately this is the case for Tegan and Sara’s 2013 album Heartthrob; which incidentally is somewhat of a heartbreak.

Little part of big sports legacy

“Sports are all I’ve ever known,” senior Brittany Little said. With Brittany’s father being a former professional baseball player and brother playing sports throughout high school, Brittany’s been around athletics since birth. “Ever since I was born, my whole life has revolved around sports, that’s pretty much all I’ve ever known,” Little said. “Since my […]

Catfish: MTV reels in new reality show

Decades of traditional TV shows have come to an end as our generation moves away from cartoons and family shows and into the world of reality TV. Reality TV seems to be all over TV station these days; serving a multitude of audiences, with shows targeting groups from middle-aged housewives to teenage mothers. The latest of these shows is Catfish.

Wrestler’s career ends amid head injuries

When faced with challenges or obstacles that arise in everyday life, many of us give up if we cannot see an easy solution. It seems that giving in when things get tough has become part of the teenage norm. Instead of considering other options or persevering through hardships, they turn to complacency. They are faced […]

College Bound: #NoFollowBacks

As we approach the second semester, many of us find ourselves struggling to plan out our futures and make life altering decisions. With college looming around the corner, the decision remains, to stay or to go.

Expressive perspective: Art provides opportunity for freedom

While many of us struggle to find our place in high school by searching for clubs and classes that spark our interest, a select few have broken free of these struggles by joining the art program.

Lurking in the Shadows, movie terrifies viewers

As we wrap up this second semester, many of us find ourselves struggling to plan out our futures and make life altering decisions. With college looming around the corner, the decision remains, to stay or to go.

Warped musical appreciation creates memories

Vans Warped Tour, an event that makes its way around North America for two short months each year, returned again this summer. Being that it was my first year attending Warped Tour, I was a mess of excitement, nervousness and anxiousness. I came in that day not expecting the revitalization of my love for music and the emotional experiences that would come with it.

No room for rockstars: Warped Tour 2012

What started off as a showcase for punk rock music and a haven for misfit teens over
ten years ago has since evolved into a nationwide tour, featuring up and coming bands every year.

Self expression more than skin deep

Many people see their body as a haven for self expression, and a blank canvas. The choice to alter the way you look by getting a tattoo is a serious decision. In most cases, once done, it can’t be erased.

Scholarly students finds success through music, academics

Most of us excel in at least one area of expertise, but there are those select few that go above and beyond, excelling in nearly everything they commit to. One such student is senior Landon McGee.

Beautiful things makes other artists Green with envy

Anthony Green’s music career kick-started with the formation of his post hardcore band Saosin. Popular for their lyrical and musical composition, Saosin quickly rose to fame. The increasing fame and rising conflict over the direction the band was headed led to Green’s departure in 2004.
Green later formed his current band Circa Survive. Alongside his work with Circa Survive, Green embarked on a solo project. His first solo album Avalon was released in 2008 and peaked at number 44 on the Billboard 200.

Wrestlers take down opponents to advance to state

Your opponent has you in a headlock, and there seems to be no escape. Seconds are ticking away as time runs out. You think back to all your hard work; everything you have done to prepare for this moment. You get a rush of adrenaline and suddenly, you get them down on the ground, trapping them on the mat. It’s all over, the referee raises your hand, signifying that you won.

Choir serves, serenades audience for night of splendor

The mood for Feast Of Carols was set as soon as you entered the door. It was as if someone sent you back a couple hundred years and you landed in Medieval Times. Knights stood all around, along with court jesters, lords and ladies lining the halls and ushering you forward.

Athlete makes fastbreak on court, in classrooms

Mastering the ability to balance commitment to a team, along with remaining dedicated to school is something many of us see as nearly impossible. One student, senior Khadijah Brisby, manages to execute the two seamlessly.

Paranormal Activity scares up big audience

Paranormal Activity 3 hit theaters October 21st as the third and last installment of the Paranormal Activity Series that debuted back in 2007.

Real Vikings wear pink: breast cancer awareness movement kicks off

As the scent of pumpkin pie fills the air and the leaves begin to cover the ground, the colors of brown and pink instantly come to mind. Pink, a color that may initially seem odd for autumn, will fill Merrill Green Stadium on October 28 in support of breast cancer awareness.

Annual tailgate to be held for Crosstown Showdown

As the Viking-Tiger rivalry reaches its peak, there’s no doubt that the Crosstown Showdown against A&M Consolidated is this week. In support and spirit of the big game, Student Council hosts an annual tailgate party outside of Kyle Field from 5:00-7:00.

MTV without music has no rhythm

When is the last time you saw a music video on MTV?

No, I’m not talking about those 20 second clips of songs in between endless reality shows; I’m talking about a real music video.