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Why SpinLaunch is the Future of Spaceflight Technology

Seth Thomas, Staff Writer

August 17, 2018

Filed under Features, Opinion

Imagine catapulting a rocket into space rather than launching it with fuel. That’s exactly what SpinLaunch, a spaceflight technology development company based in Sunnyvale, California, is trying to do.   How exactl...

The versatility of Snoop Dogg

The versatility of Snoop Dogg

Calvin Prenkert, Staff Writer

March 26, 2018

Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

Tide pods: a new snack?

Amanda Lewandowski, Staff Writer

January 22, 2018

Filed under Opinion

A new challenge has been added to the list of ‘Dumb Ways to Harm Yourself:’ the “Tide pod challenge,” which has become the new teen craze. Past honorable mentions on this list are the “cinnamon challenge,” the “salt chall...

Can I be Jewish and still love Christmas?

Can I be Jewish and still love Christmas?

Jen Crystal, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Satire

Battle of the Krogers

Taylor Harmon, Staff Writer

December 5, 2017

Filed under Culture, Opinion

One of the most highly debated topics among Bloomington residents is the argument over which Kroger (out of four) is the best. The results of a two day Twitter poll have shown that KroGucci (College Mall Rd.) is the prefer...

Why I’m mad about the removal of net neutrality (and why you should be too)

Elizabeth Rickert, Editor

December 4, 2017

Filed under Opinion

If you asked my mother what I spend most of my time doing, she would probably say something like “all she does is stare at her phone!” In truth, a large percent of my day is dedicated to looking at my phone. I’ll admit it...

High school newspapers struggle in fight against censorship

Calvin Prenkert, Staff Writer

November 20, 2017

Filed under Opinion

The Plainfield High School newspaper, “The Shakedown”, has made headlines in the past few weeks because of its controversial subject matter. The issue, entitled “Plainfield's High School’s Dating Survival Guide Declassif...

#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...

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