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The coronavirus outbreak and the challenges that lie ahead

Illustration created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
March 25, 2020

When the coronavirus outbreak first made headlines worldwide, the tone around the disease almost felt like a joke. Not many people judged the severity of the situation correctly because the disease originated...

An open glance at men’s rights activism in the wake of feminism

The division in the discussion of gender equality does not help feminism, nor does it help men’s rights activism.
March 24, 2020

People today are more eager than ever to join in discussions about gender equality in terms of feminism. When you bring up, though, that men also face issues specific to their gender, and that these issues...

Speak to Silence: Junior Zoe Deyoung combats comparison

In a culture where only certain body types are accepted, many girls today feel inadequate and constantly compare themselves to others.
March 12, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/pwestpub/speak-to-silence-junior-zoe-deyoung-combats-comparison With a soft smile and slight roll of the eyes, junior Zoe Deyoung recited the commonplace quote, “comparison...

Club culture becomes an ‘arms race’ for college

Focusing on her homework, senior Angie Jia demonstrates the amount of work brought on by over-involvement. Jia is involved in many clubs and honor societies and has been since the beginning of her high school career. “The honor societies, sometimes I regret doing them because they don’t really mean anything,” Jia said. “I guess now that you’re in them you just stay because you want a cord [for graduation].”
March 11, 2020

Come spring, several honor societies open their gates to floods of applications. Collecting signatures, students race around the school, trying to prove their participation in clubs, sports and other extracurriculars....

Missouri’s presidential primary is Tuesday, March 10–here’s everything you need to know

Signs proclaiming “VOTE!” are illustrated against a blue background, a call to action heading towards the Missouri primary election Tuesday, March 10.
March 9, 2020

The general election in November is quickly approaching as we make our way through primary season. This Tuesday, March 10, Missouri will have its primary, deciding which candidate will receive the state’s...

Understanding the aftermath of Super Tuesday

The presidential candidates, former vice president Joe Biden (D), President Donald Trump (R) and Senator Bernie Sanders (D), give speeches in hopes of benefitting their campaign bid for president.
March 5, 2020

One of the most important days in the 2020 Democratic nominee election race, Super Tuesday, just ended, and the results may tell us who will win the Democratic nomination for the general election in November....

Speak to Silence: the causes of eating disorders and my story

Speak to Silence tackles eating disorders and opening up tough conversations in its first chapter.
February 27, 2020

It’s no secret that society today is seemingly exploding under the pressure of eating kale and riding a Peloton, having a perfect bikini body and idolizing models and influencers who behind the screen,...

Scarcity of striped shirts: Why there is a lack of referees

Shaking hands with the official, senior Walker Piles prepares to take the field. Due to the lack of officials, the football team was forced to play Thursday, Oct. 17, opposed to the regular Friday night games. “One reason is a lot of the officials are older and nearing retirement and are not physically able to do it,” varsity football coach Jeff Duncan said. “I think the most significant reason is a lot of refs, just due to the nature of parents and the way that they act and yell along with the coaches and players, makes it not an enjoyable experience for them.”
February 25, 2020

In recent years, it has become a far too frequent sight that sporting events turn into two teams versus the officials. While these events are meant to be a safe and competitive environment for the student-athletes...

The Iowa Caucus: What happened and what you need to know

Delays in results were due to errors in the app used to report results.
February 5, 2020

Iowa. It's the Midwestern state that conjures up images of citizen-packed state fairs and rolling green fields with an oddly high number of cows...but maybe that’s just what I think of. The Midwestern...

The student’s guide to the 2020 election

Today, the first Presidential nominating contest will take place in Iowa. Missouri’s election will follow, taking place March 10, a little over a month later. It’s time to prepare ourselves now so we can take action later.
February 3, 2020

“Ok Boomer.” It’s the phrase that sparks anger, divides generations and gets sent to the Supreme Court. It’s the phrase youth today are using to encapsulate their emotions and define a movement....

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