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Performative activism and how to avoid It

Lilly Thomas, Staff Writer/Photographer

November 21, 2017

Filed under Culture, Features

2017 has no doubt been one of the most controversial years in American politics, and everyone is learning more and more about the importance of getting involved and voicing their opinions. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware th...

Socioeconomic history of the beard

Seth Thomas, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017

Filed under Culture, Features

 This month is No Shave November to support men with prostate cancer, and the beard is more fashionable than ever.    A recent study by the New York Times found that approximately twenty percent of men in the U...

Eagle project a home run

Eagle project a home run

November 6, 2017

Panther Profile: DJ Maddog

Amanda Lewandowski, Staff Writer

October 30, 2017

Filed under Features

During school hours you know her as substitute teacher Ms. True, or Jay True’s daughter. After hours you may see her at various Bloomington events lighting up the dance floor as DJ Maddog. Optimist set out to learn more about...

Muschietti’s Magnum Opus: “IT” Manhandles horrific summer blockbuster season into the sewer

Seth Thomas, Staff Writer

September 12, 2017

Filed under Entertainment, Features

In 1986, a good while after construing The Shining, The Stand, and Salem’s Lot, Stephen King, alongside Viking Press Publishing, released one of the novelist’s most bloodcurdling narratives yet: IT. The majority of people who r...

What’s with the Sack?

What’s with the Sack?

September 5, 2017

Kluesner Study Sessions

Kluesner Study Sessions

August 22, 2017

Are online textbooks better than real textbooks?

Lilly Thomas, Staff Writer/Photographer

August 22, 2017

Filed under Features, Opinion

Students of BHSS have no end to their complaints about the troublesome and clunky devices they are issued at the beginning of their high school careers. However, these mammoth machines might be saving students in ways they haven’...

Friday Music

Seth Thomas and Calvin Prenkert

August 17, 2017

Filed under Features, News

Want to know if you can suggest music for the Friday afternoon announcements or understand how the music is chosen?

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