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Review: Staffer picks favorite albums from 2016

Review: Staffer picks favorite albums from 2016

2016 is looked at by the general public as the worst year in a very long time. Celebrities died, politics were pervasive and iOS almost got rid of the peach emoji. But, because of this brew [...]

Opinions: Staffer shares tips for a ‘Super’ Bowl party

Opinions: Staffer shares tips for a ‘Super’ Bowl party

It is approaching the end of the National Football League’s season, which means it is time to prepare for the best Super Bowl party ever. There are many elements to a great Super Bowl party, such [...]

Opinions: Staff member gives opinion on the NFL playoffs

Opinions: Staff member gives opinion on the NFL playoffs

With the National Football League regular season ending, many teams still have something to fight for, a championship. Twelve teams started in the NFL playoffs in hopes of becoming the Super Bowl champions. The NFL playoffs, [...]

Opinions: Staffer picks favorite movies from 2016

Opinions: Staffer picks favorite movies from 2016

Movies are a great way to relax. They can be based on books, they can be based on other movies, and most of them are good. In 2016, there were a lot of good movies, but [...]

Opinions:  While states legalize marijuana, it has many negative effects

Opinions: While states legalize marijuana, it has many negative effects

It goes by many names — cannabis, grass, pot, bong, burnie, weed, dope, hay and herb are just a few. Side effects include altered sense of time, brighter colors, short-term memory loss, slower reaction time, difficulty [...]

Opinions:  Student savors family Thanksgiving as times change

Opinions: Student savors family Thanksgiving as times change

The soft, sweet smells of fall, a 25-pound turkey in the roaster, potatoes on the stove top, pies freshly made in the oven and family arriving one by one. These are the sights, smells and sounds [...]

Opinions:  Growing up with siblings can lead to many pranks

Opinions: Growing up with siblings can lead to many pranks

Growing up in a family with multiple siblings can have its pros and cons. I grew up with three siblings in one house, all of us fairly close in age. I was the youngest, so that [...]

Opinions:  Staff member believes NBA trade affects entire league

Opinions: Staff member believes NBA trade affects entire league

Before the 2016-2017 National Basketball Association season started, former Most Valuable Player, Kevin Durant, had to make the most important decision of his career. Durant needed to choose what team he would sign with. During the [...]

Opinions:  Students should realize bonfires can be harmful

Opinions: Students should realize bonfires can be harmful

When in a situation with fire, especially during the cold winters or during the wildfire season, people must realize that fires, like bonfires, can help and hurt our environment at the same time. Fire can be [...]

Opinions:  National Honor Society needs more transparent process

Opinions: National Honor Society needs more transparent process

The National Honor Society is a very prestigious organization to be involved with in high school. All selection processes are different, which is acceptable by the NHS rules, but the Rock Creek High School NHS does [...]

Opinions:  Staff member shares first rock concert experience

Opinions: Staff member shares first rock concert experience

My brother and I were sitting in the car, waiting for the AC/DC concert on Feb. 28, 2016, which was my first “real” concert. When we got to Kansas City, my friends and their parents were [...]

Opinion: Staff member provides opinion on the Kesha case

Opinion: Staff member provides opinion on the Kesha case

293,000 people are sexually assaulted each year, and 68 percent of these assaults are never reported to the authorities, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Singer, songwriter and rapper Kesha Rose Sebert, known [...]

Opinions: Removal of dual credit classes worries student

Opinions: Removal of dual credit classes worries student

In the future, three classes may no longer be offered for concurrent credit through Highland Community College, including U.S. Government, American History and Anatomy. The change comes from an update in the Kansas Board of Regents [...]

Opinions: Winter Homecoming at Rock Creek much different than at Emporia

Opinions: Winter Homecoming at Rock Creek much different than at Emporia

Dances are a popular event for students to attend in high school. They are a fun and safe atmosphere for students to go to celebrate achievements during the year. Some kids like them, and some hate [...]

Opinions: iPads should not have been purchased for all students

Opinions: iPads should not have been purchased for all students

This year, Rock Creek High School decided to expand the personal iPads into the high school, along with continuing it in the junior high. However, I honestly think that iPads for everyone was a waste of [...]

Opinions: New operating system updates improve devices

Opinions: New operating system updates improve devices

Today, phones have become a large part of people’s day-to-day lives. Naturally, when changes come to them, we get excited and stressed if they do not work. This year has been a large year for phone [...]

Opinions: Spring Break practices beneficial for teams

Opinions: Spring Break practices beneficial for teams

Most kids during spring break will stay at home and play videos games all day, but not our baseball team. The baseball team practiced almost every day of break and ran a camp for younger kids [...]

Opinions: Winter Homecoming spirit week lacking spirit

Opinions: Winter Homecoming spirit week lacking spirit

Spirit week is supposed to help build enthusiasm for the Homecoming game night, but, lately, spirit week has been lacking in spirit. For this past Winter Homecoming, the spirit days consisted of New Year’s Monday, Hipster [...]

Opinions: New year, new me?

Opinions: New year, new me?

“New Year, New Me,” is a saying that is heard often around the beginning of a new year. I feel this saying is used by people who want to announce they are going to change or [...]

Opinions: Netflix, Redbox raising prices on movie services

Opinions: Netflix, Redbox raising prices on movie services

As of 2014, Netflix has 50 million users in more than 40 countries, according to the company, and Redbox rents out a single DVD about 15 times per kiosk making it the largest physical home media [...]