A virtual reality: Juniors tour their future schools online

More than 1,800 colleges in the US offer a substitutional way to get an on campus feel.
May 25, 2020

With colleges closed all around the country due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, college-seeking students have had to explore their future school options via virtual tours.  Juniors Reese Berry, Bri...

Why you shouldn’t be freaking out about the new coronavirus

What should you be freaking out about instead? A lot of things.
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February 7, 2020

News sites are overflowing with stories about the novel coronavirus spreading from Wuhan, China’s wholesale seafood market. They caution against travelling, post alarming statistics and generally predict...

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....

Patriot Act unleashes weapons of mass comedy

Patriot Act host Hasan Minhaj poses on cover art for the show. After releasing volume two Feb. 10, a new episode is premiering every Sunday.
March 1, 2019

Satirical, laugh-inducing and informative: three words that describe Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act,” Netflix’s new late-night news comedy. Minhaj brings a hysterical, somewhat explicit and understandable...

Sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe spreads power to peers through accessible knowledge

Using front page news and unbiased sources, sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe researches the topic of her next article for Balance the Ballot. Balance the Ballot is an organization run for kids and by kids to help educate them on current events, and McAuliffe has been writing for them since August. “I think information is so powerful. You want people to be prepared, especially in today's political climate where it's kind of need-to-know information. Having [it] available to students really enables us to better save the world,” McAuliffe said.
January 18, 2019

Passion for social justice and current events led sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe to write articles for Balance the Ballot, an Instagram account run by students, for students. “I really liked their message...

Social studies teacher Kristen Collins wins ‘Teacher of the Year’

Helping sophomore Kelsey Long with an assignment, social studies teacher Kristen Collins reads Long’s response on a review packet. Long enrolled in World History because it was a very engaging class. “Collins was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, because she helped organize us and she worked overtime to be sure we were successful,” Long said.
December 3, 2017

On Friday, Dec. 1, social studies teacher Kristen Collins won teacher of the year, an award that is annually voted on by the entire staff. “It is a huge honor to be recognized by your colleagues....

Dakota Access Pipeline remains on hold

Protesters marching past San Francisco City Hall.
December 13, 2016

Protesters are battling the Dakota Access Pipeline project to keep the 1,172 mile long pipeline from crossing under the Missouri River.  Controversy arose after its approval January 2015. The pipeline...

Don’t blink: a weekly recap

Don't blink: a weekly recap
August 24, 2015

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around every once in awhile, you might miss it.   Did you see something that we missed? Tweet or DM us on Twitter about your favorite weekly...

Understanding Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill

Governor Pence speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference on February 27.
April 14, 2015

In the past few weeks alone, Apple has pulled out of the Big Data conference scheduled for the end of April in Indiana, the NCAA Mid-American Conference has announced a boycott all events and championships...

VST Students Tackle Winter Transportation

Freshman Chris Bass prepares to board his afternoon bus for a 40 minute trip to his home in St. Louis city.
January 26, 2015

Sub-freezing temperatures, icy roads, traffic jams and waiting in the dark are all daily struggles that stand in the way of receiving an education for the 78 voluntary student transfers (VST). “It’s...

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