Boys will be boys, but girls get to choose

Ladies, take a look at the man in your life. What do you see? When I look at my boyfriend, I see an “adorkable” guy that only has my best interests at heart. He cares for me and only wants me to be happy.

The Coffee Party: Legality vs Morality

“Why not?” “Because I said so!”

I’m sure most of us have heard these words before, and if you were anything like me, you didn’t accept “Because I said so” as an actual reason not to do something. Yet, so many of us accept this excuse when it comes to the law.

The World according to Abel: Aggiecon

Aggiecon is a convention where you can find a Jedi to your left and a hobbit to your right where all the nightmares of the apocalypse come to life and geeks run free.

Coffee Party: “The Fictitious War on Religion”

As Americans, we pride ourselves in our rights and freedoms that are endowed by our Creator and guaranteed in our stall worth constitution. Above all other rights, Americans have always treasured and valued the freedom of religion, as decreed in the First Amendment.

ParentalStalkingBook violates privacy

As teenagers still living under our parents’ roof, finding a place to extend your social life online has become more and more difficult. One place where many of us decide to express our social lives is Facebook. With the accessibility of Facebook, we’re able to post statuses about our crazy weekend out with friends and pictures of us having a grand ‘ole time.

As Facebook’s popularity is sprouting and more people are creating accounts though, our privacy is going down, down, down. One specific group of people who ruins that for us. Who am I talking about? Well of course, the people we’re closest to -our very own parents.

Wrong kind of privacy

When you get a friend request on Facebook, you normally think that person is your friend, however, when your parents add you as a friend one would tend to feel as though their parents are trying to play a role that isn’t their place.

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.

World according to Abel:Relationships

A teenager’s first love is the greatest. When you think you’ve finally found a person you believe understands you and accepts you, it’s pure bliss. All the attention and acknowledgement you get from that person makes you so happy, but is this what love is? J

Zumba brings fun to the gym

Are you looking for a new workout routine that will make you never want to leave the gym? Zumba, a popular workout routine that incorporates Latin dance moves with a core workout, is gaining popularity in gyms all across America.

True to fashion, true to yourself

High school is the the place where teenagers discover who they are or who they want to be as a person. However, many teenagers are afraid of being

Bad decisions influenced by poor friend choice

Distancing yourself from the wrong crowd may be hard for some people, but succeeding in life depends on taking the right path to obtain your goals. As much as people argue against it, your friends do define who you are and which path you take in life.

Staple items hold wardrobe together – Tops

Fashion is one of the easiest and exciting ways to express yourselves, whether you’re a teenager in high school or a middle-aged teacher with kids. What you decide to put on in the morning is part of how you are defined as a person.

Staple items hold wardrobe together – Bottoms

Now on to the bottom half of an outfit. Whether you like it or not, denim is a must have. Without explanation, jeans are probably the most practical clothing item found in one’s closet. However, jeans are frequently disliked because they’re perceived to be uncomfortable. Personally, I don’t think there’s a reason to blame jeans for this problem since there are so many different kinds. If your jeans are uncomfortable then you haven’t found the right pair yet, keep looking.

Styles may change, but standards should stay the same

Over time, things change – people change, feelings change, and customs change. One of these very much changed customs is respect.

Fans stunt artists’ growth through selfish acts

Musicians have never been able to gain more exposure than now with the use of the internet. Websites and social networks such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr have made it possible for some artists to gain quick and widespread popularity.

The world according to Abel: Secret Prison

Time after time, I think what’s the use?

How can anyone hear anything I say?

My voice shall fade away like everything else I thought this school meant to it’s students.

The Coffee Party: Three-Ring Primary

The circus is in town! Actually, the circus is in the state–10 states.

It’s Super Tuesday folks, and the spectacle that is the Republican Primary season has been nothing short of a Koch Bros. Circus.

Broken vow disappoints movie goers

We’ve all seen the previews – our hearts melted, and we’ve been dying to see the movie ever since. If you felt this way about The Vow and haven’t seen it yet, lower your expectations.

Trend of being different makes hipster mainstream

Our surroundings have a big impact on us, and as a result, we think that we need to have what everyone around us has or we won’t fit in. As a kid, I wanted every new toy that came out just so I would fit in. Now it ironically seems that the one thing that everyone wants is to become “hipster”.

Are students college bound, or bound by college?

The prevailing attitude among students seems to be that the singular goal we should all work for is attending college. The belief is that if you earn a good GPA, participate in extra curricular activities; you get accepted to the college you choose.

Phony Photographers Be Gone!

With the recent advances in technology, just about every phone has one thing on it: a camera. This gives anyone the chance to freeze a moment in time simply by pushing a button.

Limiting letter jackets to exclude nonscholastic sports, unfair

At the beginning of freshman year, there’s a host of experiences and traditions incoming students look forward to like homecoming mums, spirit days, prom and letterman jackets.

Prevent teen suicide; add light, not darkness

Seth Walsh, 13, attempted to take his life on September 19, 2010. He was found by his mother hanging from a tree in their backyard, and was on life support for ten days. He had tried to take his own life because of the constant bullying he endured at school for being openly gay. Even before coming out he was called derogatory names and had to be home schooled on two seperate accounts.

Legalization of Marijuana Debate: Against

Marijuana legalization is a topic that has been debated for years now. No matter what you say, or do there are people who will always argue with you till the end. The surprising thing to most people is where I stand on the issue.

Legalization of Marijuana Debate: For

The legalization or banning of various substances is based on the harm they could cause to people who use them. Marijuana being the most used of these substances, and the cause millions of arrests and thousands of hours of police time being wasted.

Family overcrowded, under inspection

The Duggar family has 19 children and one on the way, 7.6 times the average family.

Be the One: get up, get involved

Adults are constantly complaining about their jobs, but do nothing to look for a new one. They complain about the relationships that they are in, but do nothing to make them better. This pattern does not begin out of the blue, but seems to start in high school. Teenagers in the same sense, complain, but […]

The world according to Abel: My Daddy

It’s not uncommon for kids today to live with their struggling, single, mothers who are striving to make ends meet and pulling their hair out with stress. My single parent is not an out-of-control mother but a half-deaf, metal head that I call daddy.

Coffee Party: Because we all need an ‘occupation’

This year, we saw the world give birth to a festive new street tradition in which hundreds of people throughout the nation camped out in their downtown streets and parks. They may look like they’re having fun with their street dancers and Guy Fawkes masks, but these campers are serious business. After all, they’ve finally found something to do with their lives! They’re occupiers and this is their occupation.

Plugged In: Personal Devices on Campus

It’s clear that students have become more accustomed and efficient with technology then ever before. Computers, smart phones and tablets are consistently used by students at home to do their homework and stay organized with their schoolwork. Yet, these devices are banned from the very place that’s supposed to promote learning and productivity. Of course, […]

Coffee Party: 2012 and……the new world order

The Mayans may have not been so crazy after all. December 2012, the predicted date of the world’s demise, is inching closer and closer. While the rapture may not be as imminent, it’s clear that 2012 really will usher in a different world than we’ve ever known before.

It seems fitting that 2011, a year that began with the Egyptian Revolution and Arab Spring, ended with the Russian winter, as thousands of Russians stormed the Kremlin this month in protest of Vladimir Putin’s corrupt government.

Be the One: show some respect

Students yelling at teachers has bec ome a familiar sight on campus. Whether it’s something as trivial as a dress code violation or as minor as a late assignment, these students are not afraid to be disrespectful to their teachers by raising their voices and exerting an insane amount of emotion.

These students seeem to be demanding respect and to be treated as adults by the teachers, yet they are not showing respect nor mature behavior.

DJ Diversity: Old radio with a contemporary twist

As teenagers, our mind is a constant whirlwind of what to do and how to entertain ourselves. One thing that always seems to be the solution to this frequent problem is music. If you have not already noticed, most of the time you are hanging out with your usual clan, chances are you guys will be listening to the new “hot jam” or a legendary classic.

Though many of us find music as an ordinary enjoyment, I feel that we don’t have a variety to listen to. For most people, their music source is normally the radio. As for the radio, there are more ‘cons’ than ‘pros’ when you listen to it.

The world according to Abel: In 25 years

Twenty-five years ago, my dad was a senior here. Twenty-five years later, I’m now a senior too. When my dad’s twenty-fifth class reunion came around and he took me with him, it was a scary eye-opener for me. As I met some of my dad’s old friends, I couldn’t help but think about myself in his place twenty-five years from now.

Consider power of words when speaking

We hear it everywhere we go. Countless times in the hallway, in the classrooms and maybe even at home, it’s frequently heard. Do you know what I’m talking about? Cursing.

You are what you eat, it’s not a myth

Obesity. It’s an epidemic, we’ve been told, and the facts are there to back it up. Since 1980, the percentage of adolescents who are obese has almost tripled, according to the CDC.

Government agencies and medical researchers can tell us that we need to lead better, healthier lifestyles and impose rules that enforce such assessments, but these rules are futile if we don’t actually make the decisions for ourselves.

Music de’notes’ odd ensemble

Our generation cannot live without music. Any place you find teens, you’ll also find iPods in their hands and headphones in their ears. One thing you see often, though, is that music often creates groups that people feel they need to fit into, based on the wide variety of genres people enjoy.

Plugged In: Online Classes

For years now, it seems that the entire world has proclaimed online classes to be the savior of public education. “The future is coming!”we’ve been told. Well, if this is what the future entails, I couldn’t be happier that I am graduating this year.

Out of the box thinking, success

Throughout high school, it’s typical for the average student to be taught that gaining certain academic achievements is the only thing that matters.

Obtaining the status of National Merit Scholar, Top 10%, or commended performance on TAKS seems to be all that teachers, administrators and other students talk about.

William vs. Harry, who is the real prince charming?

When it comes to royal masculinity, there are two princes who continue to sweep the world off their feet. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry ofWalesare two royals who have gained major popularity in recent pop culture.

The world according to Abel: The Lion King

The movie has a special place in not only my heart, but the hearts of my entire generation. When the news broke that it was going to be rereleased in 3D, my friends and I couldn’t contain our excitement.

The world according to Abel: Mayhem Fest

It’s 108 degrees at three o’clock on a Texas afternoon. Now, smart people would be inside with the air conditioner on full blast but not me! On Wednesday August 10, my dad,my best friend and I set out on a mission; a mission to release the inner monsters that were craving the mosh pits, the loud speakers in our face and the thrashing of guitars that went right to our cores. Mayhem Fest 2011 was our destination.

Paying attention to your body, know your symptoms

More often than not, when you’re feeling ill, you usually just take some over the counter medication and go about your day. But what happens if your illness is much more serious than you imagined?

It’s not easy being green in Texas

You always hear about people’s experience with “awkward moments”, ranging from seeing an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend at the mall, to bumping into people at school. I have a different type of awkward moment pretty much every single day.

Culture Shock: Transitioning from private to public school

Transferring to a new school is one thing, but transferring from a private, christian school to a public high school is a whole other story. That story is mine.

The world according to Abel: Growing up

If I had a time machine I’d go back to my childhood. I miss the days when I could jump off my roof pretending to fly and break my arm. Yet ,instead,my daddy would still tell me one day I would kiss the clouds; and I would believe him.

Students should stick to spirit

If you look around the school you might notice the banners hanging in the silver cafeteria and the sticker decals scattered around campus windows.

School should not waste limited funds

Have you ever noticed how many stickers or posters are on Silver Campus? There are other ways, the school could be spending money, like giving it to academics departments instead of cutting their budgets.

Withdrawal of American troops will cause chaos in Middle East

President Obama has recently outlined a plan to withdraw the majority of United States forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan by December 2012, which would leave only a small amount of soldiers behind to maintain order in the Middle East.

Culture Shock: European, American Gastronomy

Americans eat out a lot; there’s no denying it. Students pick up Chick-Fil-A after practice or go to Casa Rod if nobody feels like cooking. It’s normal to us; a way of life.

Essentially, anywhere you travel in the United Sates, you will see familiar faces, even if you are miles from home. McDonalds, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Pizza Hut exist all over the country.

In Europe, this isn’t the case. Although the streets may be full of restaurants, there are typically fewer chains. There are many home-style restaurants that cook traditional foods indigenous to that region.

Nuclear Power: Too Dangerous to Use

Nuclear power has been harming the environment through the radiation produced by nuclear power plants. We should decommission our nuclear power plants before they cause more damage than they already have.

Required classes come with added value

Students are often frustrated by the course requirements for graduation and what are sometimes seen as ‘useless’ courses that they are required to take. However, most of these classes are not ‘useless’ and there is reason to their requirement.

Waste of time: Students forced to take irrelevant classes

Out of all the useless classes we’re forced to take, math is the worst. I understand that in high school you don’t really know what you’re going to do when you graduate, so they compensate for that by throwing you into every possible class you might need.

Facebook remains at top of social media

Facebook or Twitter? One or the other. Which would you pick? I personally prefer Facebook.

The world according to Abel: Raves

What’s better than dancing to loud dubstep, bright laser light shows, and being in a room full of strange people who you’ve never met before hugging you and saying how much they love you, all while wearing crazy clothes and sharing their beautiful glowing kandi “braclets”? Nothing if you ask me!

Twitter dominates social media

Can you remember rushing home everyday after a long day in middle school to check if someone commented on your newest picture on your MySpace page? Or, Christmas morning your freshmen year, when getting your very first iPhone, you bolt to find 3G service so you can download the Facebook app? It may seem like every year there is just another social networking site trying to consume all of our lives, but I feel like Twitter will remain popular for a long time.

Plugged In: the cloud: now with less precipitation

As students gain access to school Google accounts this fall, much of the world will also be dabbling in the cloud, as services like iCloud and Dropbox become even more popular.

These services store user’s information online, reducing the need for people to keep their documents saved to their computer. Plus, these services also allow users to access their files anywhere, like on a smartphone or public computer at school.

Culture Shock: breaking language barriers, creating bonds

After not seeing some of my relatives for ten years, I finally had the opportunity to visit them in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I was thrilled about going. Not only would I be seeing my family again and living with them for two weeks, I was also going to be working with a medical brigade for the first time.

As the time to go drew near, I became more nervous. How would I fit in with my family? Would I be able to communicate well with everyone? Would I be able to adapt to a new atmosphere? I guess you could say I was just being too anxious about the whole trip, but to be completely honest, I was a little terrified about going for two weeks.

Coffee Party: Pick Your Battles (and make them up too!)

When President Obama isn’t off interrupting Bachelorette episodes or playing golf, he occasionally makes time to deal with pressing domestic and international issues, like taking down al-Qaida or rescuing the American auto industry.

Yet, the President and Speaker Boehner were apparently not content with just playing games on the golf course, for they also wanted to produce a full-fledged crisis that put our nation’s economy and credit in danger.

These hallways were made for walkin’

With only five minutes for each passing period this year, it has become increasingly important for everyone to get to class in a timely manner.

Yet, many students continue to act as if we have an endless amount of time to rendezvous at the school.

Students pencil in a troubling new trend

In the past, a high school student might go home after school and read a book for fun. Now, it’s common to find American teenagers sitting in front of the television set, mindlessly watching programs with no educational value. Though there are many ways to learn new things about the world around us, the desire to learn in adolescents is almost nonexistent.

‘Stereo’types found out of tune with reality

How many people would say that music is their life? I see it every day on Facebook, where someone is talking about their favorite music and how it soothes them, and allows them to escape the stress of everyday life. Sure, each person has their preference, but the music world has so much to offer and the majority of students only listen to a few genres, like the typical pop, rap, country and rock music on the radio.

On a Budget: Entertainment and Activities

Students are often complaining about being bored and looking for new forms of entertainment. Unfortunately, finding something affordable to do on the weekend can be tough. While the mall may be a popular hang-out spot, and shopping a fun activity for some, there are many more options that won’t cost an entire paycheck, and can still provide something fun to do.

All Grown Up: Fashion

The way we dress not only defines who we are, but also the way people perceive us. People tend to look back on the style of their youth with a grimace, but, parts of it inevitably creep back into the mainstream as years go by. It’s hard to believe that the fashion of the ’90s has made a comeback in today’s society.

Plugged In: Trains, Public Transportation

Today, many Americans think of trains as bygone technology and artifacts of the Wild West, symbols of rugged cowboys and pioneers. Yet, for the rest of the world, trains are ever-evolving technology and one of the easiest forms of transportation.

Instead of investing in high-speed rail, the United States has focused on fostering interstate highways and air travel. While these forms of transportation can be useful, they’ve put us in a difficult situations like with oil dependency and air travel security. Inter and intrastate train development could not only weaken our dependency on oil, and, reduce our carbon footprint, but provide an alternative, efficient form of transportation that doesn’t involve the hassles that modern-day air travel entails.

Belieber Press [Editorial Cartoon]

Sophomore Campbell Herman depicts the state of the modern mass media in his editorial cartoon “Belieber Press”

Grown Up: Music

Boy bands like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys have been replaced with the likes of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. While both artists have appeal, the music industry, as a whole, has lost its taste for high quality music.

On a Budget: Food

Americans, especially the younger generations, are known for eating on the go. The life of a high school student is hectic, so the convenience of fast food is very appealing to many students, but the fiscal and health consequences are often over looked.

When two heads aren’t better then one

Group projects have become a notorious part of high school. When it comes to these projects, it’s one thing to be assigned to work in groups with friends and another to be with a group of strangers.

With friends, there’s a better understanding of how each other works. Working with strangers, however, is a more than ambiguous situation. You don’t know what the others are capable of doing, or even if they’ll take the work seriously.

Chain reaction: social statuses gone awry

7. 278. 33. 1,892,907. What do these numbers mean? Absolutely nothing. Yet, thanks to Facebook, I’ve been getting nothing but random numbers and letters to people in my news feed.

The Dilemma of Standardized Testing

As Mrs. Willett would say, testing season has arrived. From the TAKS to the SAT, the spring semester of high school is filled with an abundance of standardized testing.

Plugged In: TSA Body Scanners

As technology progresses through time, the security of our personal privacy and safety has come into question. The internet, and thus the ability to post and share personal information, has made the access to such information of others almost ubiquitous and gadgets and gizmos can produce harmful radiation rays that could lead to cancer.

One of the most recent events to raise questions about each of these concerns is the use of full-body scanners by the Transportation Security Administration in airports across the United States.

Athletic Argument; Cheerleading as a sport?

Countless hours of training, a competitive edge, and athletic endurance are the elements that make up a sport, right? Competitive cheerleading involves all of these components, yet many still don’t consider it a “sport”.

Read between the lines: Bell Jar

In high school, teenagers frequently feel as though it’s impossible to uphold a perfect life. They look at each other and wonder how some teens can have it all together, considering how tough high school is.

Plugged In: 3D Television

After being introduced in the 1950s, it took almost ten years for color televisions to become a popular mainstay in the American home and render black and white television obsolete.

Now, an argument is being made that three-dimensional television is about to have the same, revolutionary effect on the television and movie industry that color television had in the 50s.

Getting in Christmas spirit

How would you portray a normal Christmas? Would you picture it with cookies and milk, waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and decorating your tree with your favorite ornaments or, would you picture it with amazing feasts at the dinner table, gifts around the Christmas tree and kisses under the mistletoe? Whether you picture it like any of the above or not, it is important to remember one of the main values of Christmas: family.

Overly-strict Parents: can’t live with them, can’t live without them

While most of us will often complain about rules and authority, the truth is that we actually need and respect the boundaries imposed on us by our parents.

As our parents make rules, it’s a sign that they actually love and care for us, because they are focused on our best interests.

All Grown Up: Toys

From Furbies, to Webkinz, the way toys are made today is just not the same as it was when we were little. You used to be able to be active and hands on with toys rather than just typing on a computer, today’s toys are designed for kids to be in front of a computer the entire time and ignore the world around them.

Celebrities serve as teen role models, for good or bad

“Get crazy, get wild. Let’s party, get loud. If you wanna have fun then do something crazy!”

Most teens today listen to the theme song of a popular television series, Jersey Shore, and think to themselves, “I want to be just like the Jersey Shore cast when I get older!” But is this really the way you want to live your life?

High School on a Budget: Books & Media

As high school students, we have plenty of required reading we have to do in school that forces us to purchase books. Along with school reading requirements, we also have leisurely reading, music and magazines that we enjoy, but these books and other forms of media are often at prices that can add up quickly.

‘Lookin’ like a fool’ with your pants on ground: derriere dilemma

After a Georgian assembly passed a law that regards the wearing of baggy pants as indecent exposure, the debate as been set afire as to whether or not the use of saggy britches is appropriate.

High school on a budget: Cutting cost for clothing

Most teenagers both need and want clothes. People like to look nice, stylish, and up to date with the current ins and outs of fashion.

Maintaining your wardrobe can be expensive, especially if you enjoy particular (and pricey) brands. Back to school shopping can cost the typical high school students anywhere from $100 to $500.

On a Budget: Shopping for Clothes

Most teenagers both need and want clothes. People like to look nice, stylish, and up to date with the current ins and outs of fashion. Maintaining your wardrobe can be expensive, especially if you enjoy particular (and pricey) brands, for back to school shopping can cost the typical high school students anywhere from $100 to $500. This is a pretty ridiculous amount of money to spend on clothes. With stores prices seeming to only increase, what can you do though to save money, yet still get your shopping fix?

Plugged In: Facebook Privacy

We’ve all sat through the lectures and heard the warnings about maintaining proper online privacy, like not giving out our address or phone number, but how many of us truly take steps to keep our information private?

All Grown Up: TV Shows

From Mr. Feeny, Cory and Topanga, to “The Situation”, TV shows just aren’t the same as they used to be.

The Friday night line up was full of family-friendly programming. How can you not love little Michelle on Full House, or the crazy but hilarious Cody on Step By Step and especially the ever awkward Steve Urkel?