Despite some fun news, the most recent Nintendo Direct fell flat for several reasons.

A Disappointing Nintendo Direct

For the first time in over a year, Nintendo has released a Nintendo Direct; however, it has received a lot of hate and disappointment.
Brandon Dosen, Columnist March 3, 2021

It’s no lie that with quarantining and coronavirus, gaming has been growing rapidly. With all the people stuck in their house, video games have become a major way to pass the time. Game developers ...

Notation on sheet music goes back to the time of ancient Greeks.

The History of Music Notation

Most music that is performed today is from the 1600s or later. But it is a well known fact that humans have been creating music for much longer. How did composers indicate what notes, rhythms, and styles to perform the piece in before modern notation? And how did this evolve into the modern notation and music theory?
Noah Thompson, Columnist March 3, 2021

In music, notation, and music theory, nothing is ever a coincidence. The system of notation and music theory is so complex and thorough that it is baffling that such a system became universal across all...

We all make friends in different ways, and how you do may depend on your personality.

Online Friendship Versus Real Life Friendship

Is there a significant difference between the friends you meet online versus in real life? Does it say anything about you as a person?
Sophia Geisler, Columnist March 3, 2021

The internet is a vast place, and it’s easy to obtain almost anything, from information to shopping items. However, with the new generation of technology clashing with the social needs of teenagers,...

Part of a video from NASA of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars.

Past Martians or Life on Mars?

After waiting the past eight months, the Perseverance rover finally landed. Adam Stelzner, chief engineer of the Perseverance mission, who also managed the Curiosity rover’s descent to Mars in 2012, states that his team is “overwhelmed with excitement and joy.”
Adam Khogyani, Columnist March 1, 2021

Microsoft News says that Perseverance was launched on July 30, 2020, and landed on Mars February 18, 2021. Its hardest challenge was the process of landing on Mars, known as the “seven minutes of terror,”...

Distortion of the Mercator map projection can be seen through comparing the red dots.  Though different sizes, each dot represents about a 621-mile diameter.

Our Mental Map Isn’t Accurate

Madeeha Akhtar, Columnist March 1, 2021

Think about that giant world map we’ve seen in at least one classroom.  You know, the one that helped teach us geography.  That square version of the world map, called the Mercator map projection,...

Crocheting can be a fun and enjoyable hobby.

The 3 Most Common and Easiest Crochet Stitches

Ainsley Olvey, Columnist March 1, 2021

Crocheting dates back to the 11th century CE and is a very common method of cloth crafting ever since. Crochet uses two hooks to interlock loops of yarn and thread. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how...

The finished product

Homemade Waffle Cones

Whether you are longing for a delicious cold treat or want a fun activity to do with friends, homemade waffle cones are a quick and tasty way to enjoy a cool treat!
Nessah Wendt, Columnist March 1, 2021

Ingredients: 2 eggs  4 tbsp. melted butter ¼ t. salt ½ c. sugar  ⅔ c. flour  ¼ c. milk or cream A splash vanilla extract (optional) Instructions: Preheat waffle maker...

Princess Latifa's daring escapes have landed her a place in world news.

A Princess in Peril

Videos made by Emirati princess Sheikha Latifa saying that she is being held prisoner in a Villa by her family have recently come out. But the story of her life and escapes from her family go back to the year 2000.
Lilly Wolfe, Columnist March 1, 2021

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum is the daughter of the vice president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Despite her family’s wealth, her...

Because it is on an independent power grid, Texas got hit hard after storms.

Cold Fronts and Power Grids: A Recipe for Disaster

How an unusual weather system, decentralized power grid, and infrastructure built for warm weather led to many Texans struggling to stay warm.
Allister McLeod, Columnist March 1, 2021

Over the past week, every county in Texas has been put under a winter snow warning, with many of these counties experiencing snow for the first time in years. While this may seem like a time for Texans...

Tea can be a great tasting drink with great benefits too.

Benefits of Tea

Rebecca Harris, Columnist February 25, 2021

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water. There are 6 main types of tea; however there are over 20,000 different teas in the world, according to Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss in...

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