Safe for the Sun and Sea

Not all sunscreens are the same.

Madeeha Akhtar, Columnist

January 20, 2020

Oxybenzone is one of the most common chemicals found in sunscreen. However, this seemingly helpful chemical has been found to be extremely toxic to both the environment. As a result, many Pacific islands such as Hawaii and Palau are banning sunscreen with the chemical, according to The Guardian.  ...

Strange Space

Strange Space

Ben Geist, Columnist

December 19, 2019

Space is a vast, infinite place. From asteroids to galaxies, space is full of mystery; it’s far too expansive to understand everything. Even the most genius scientists have only grasped the tiniest pieces of the universe. Still, some incredible discoveries and occurrences have been found in the depths o...

An Ancient Ancestral Puppy

Dogor and his milk teeth.

Jolie Flack, Columnist

December 18, 2019

Dogor is the name of an 18,000-year-old puppy that was recently discovered in the frozen Russian earth, according to NBC. This prehistoric pup has been confusing many scientists. After several tests, it was revealed that Dogor is neither dog nor wolf. So, Dogor could be an early dog, wolf, or an ance...

Mr. Beast Speaks for the Trees

Saving the planet, one tree at a time.

Cameron Foley, Columnist

November 8, 2019

Internet personality and viral YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson, who goes by “Mr. Beast” online, was recently challenged to plant 20 million trees when he reached 20 million subscribers. In order to achieve this task, Mr. Beast established the TeamTrees organization on Oct. 25, 2019. Team Trees has teamed...

Black Sigatoka: The Banana Butcher

An image of Black Sigatoka disease.

Ben Geist, Columnist

September 27, 2019

The banana, one of America's favorite fruits, is approaching extinction. “Banana production as it stands is facing an existential crisis,” said Dan Bebber, a plant and disease specialist at the University of Exeter.  According to the HuffPost, The Black Sigatoka, “mycosphaerella’’ disease is a fu...

Exploring the Jaguar’s Backyard

Max Larsen, Columnist

March 14, 2019

On Saturday, Mar. 9, an unnamed woman went past the boundaries at the jaguar exhibit at the Wildlife World Zoo in an attempt to take a selfie with the animal. As expected, the jaguar scratched the woman's arm in self defense. According to CBS News, Adam Wilkerson, a man who filmed the aftermath of the att...

After the Drought, The Flood

Canyon Senna

Max Larsen, Columnist

March 8, 2019

Many different types of native plants have recently bloomed in Arizona due to the unusual amount of rain and cool weather. According to AZ Family, Arizona has accumulated over 10 inches of rainfall just this year, which is more than any year for the past decade. In this record-breaking year, some of A...

Polar Bear Migration Leads to State of Emergency in Russian Towns

Griffin Sonnemann-Creed, Editor of Features & Extras

February 15, 2019

It is not uncommon to hear about annual animal migrations. Many species of birds, insects, and other creatures undergo annual migrations, oftentimes following the changing seasons and climates. However, recent movements have included a species not particularly well known for its migratory habits - the...


Helena Ochoa, Columnist

February 1, 2019

Many cat owners let their cats out during the day, allowing them to prowl the neighborhood and go wherever they please. People don’t think much about it. They let their cat out, don’t see them for a few hours, and then let them back in to eat when they scratch at the door. Cats are independent anim...

A New Leaf on Life

A New Leaf on Life

Max Larsen, Columnist

December 21, 2018

There’s a new, more environmentally-friendly way to be dead—the burial pod. These burial pods will convert your body into a tree after you die. Your ashes will be placed in soil and allow you to nourish a tree. While this is a great way to keep a family member close to you, the total expense of th...