The Optimist

#MeToo, a social shift

Taylor Harmon, Staff Writer

November 1, 2017

Filed under Culture, News, Opinion

“In the US, 99 percent of sexual perpetrators walk free. Just let that sink in.” About 3 weeks ago, #MeToo broke the internet.  The hashtag was meant to spark awareness of the scale of sexual harassment and assault to...

Banned Books Week

Lilly Thomas, Staff Writer/Photographer

September 26, 2017

Filed under Culture, News

This week is Banned Books Week, an annual tradition that started in 1982. Judith Krug, a First Amendment and library activist, founded the week after the Association of American Publishers contacted her with the concern of more a...

Townie Hotspot

Will Gibbons and Taylor Harmon

September 20, 2017

Filed under Culture

Despite the claims of B-town born and raised teenagers, Bloomington is “blooming” with things to do. From food, to coffee, to outdoor excursions, here are some  hot spots guaranteed to earn you the title of a ”townie”...

Subs and the Humdrum

Seth Thomas, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017

Filed under Culture, Entertainment, Satire

What do you do when your substitute teacher, unencumbered by earbuds, is listening to CNN on his phone while perusing Amazon on the computer for the finest Shimano fishing rods? Do you do the unit 1.4 homework that your teacher...

International talk like a pirate day

Jen Crystal, Staff Writer

September 19, 2017

Filed under Culture, News

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. To celebrate, we asked students what their go to pirate phrases and jokes were. Here’s what they had to say: “Argh, shiver me timbers!” junior Lia Sokol. “Squawk sq...

Spikeball club callout meeting

Seth Thomas, Staff Writer

September 18, 2017

Filed under Culture, News

  Spikeball, created in Hawaii by CEO Chris Rudder, has truly turned into an American phenomenon. An increasing amount of people are buying Spikeball game sets and are playing the game across the U.S.A, from campgrou...

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