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Shadow and Dust

a short story by ANALICIA TORRES

The great clock  in the village’s square chimed. Several thunderous echoes boomed from the high tower that loomed over the bright city. The roarious crowd snapped their heads to look up at the small hand of the clock, their eyes watching in terror as the big arm moved in tortuous sweeps. With the sudden swiftness of a desert roadrunner, the citizens released a simultaneous shriek and ran, their business within the city long forgotten. Dust scattered in the wake of so many hurried footsteps; far off in the distance, a lone child wailed for the parents who had long forgotten him. Doors rushed to close, curtains ripped to shield the windows, shutters slammed shut to block out the darkness they knew was coming. A straggler swept up the abandoned child in his arms and stumbled to an open doorway. His foot crashed crookedly on the bottom step of a tavern; he landed on the ground in a heap of spilled coins and ribbons. The child rolled out of his grip and pulled at his arm to get him back to his feet. Continue reading Shadow and Dust

A List of Things That Do and Do Not Know Something

By JAROD STURYCZ – The Abstract Section

The color red will not know

If you are still looking at it.

The color purple does not know

It is royal.

Your watch does not know

That it reads the wrong time.

A quarter does not know

It is worth more than a dime.

A crown does not know

On whose head it is.

The color red knows

Its natural element burns.

The color purple will know

Status is not real.

Your watch knows

That it ticks.

A quarter will know

The sound it makes when dropped on the ground.

A crown will know

When it is no longer on someone’s head.


New Year, New Bucket List


This year is coming to an end quick and it will soon be 2018. We all have made great memories in 2017 so far, but it’s time to start thinking about plans for the upcoming new year. 2018 is your year to make an amazing bucket list. I’m sure we have all thought of certain things that we want to do in the future or always love doing every year, so why not just compile all of these components into one great list? Continue reading New Year, New Bucket List

Piercings Without Permission


To pierce or not to pierce. Many people in high school find themselves with the decision of asking their parents to get piercings or just getting piercings without permission. In high school many people are very close to being adults and want to make adult decisions on their own, such as getting piercings. Although they are very close to being able to legally making the decision on their own, some parents say no to new piercings. Continue reading Piercings Without Permission

School Rivalries


High school is a time for people to show school spirit with competitiveness in sports. With there being two or more schools people are bound to not like each other because of where the school boundaries end. Before 2006 people would show this competitiveness in person with fights or yelling matches. Now that the internet is popular and almost everyone is on it, people take their aggression and rivalries online. Continue reading School Rivalries

Link Crew


Join Link Crew to guide ninth graders through their first year of high school! Although only for juniors and seniors, Link Crew Leaders help transitioning freshman adapt to the high school experience “by adapting, supporting, and advising,” said junior Link Crew Leader, Jack Robbins. Advised by Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Chase, this energy filled club provides fun activities for everyone involved. Continue reading Link Crew

Team on the Rise: New York Knicks


The New York Knicks franchise has been plagued with one unsuccessful season after another for years on end, but could that change soon in the Big Apple? All the factors pointed to another bad season for the Knicks, if not far worse. The team has seen a massive amount of roster changes and transactions for a long time, which were meant to bring the team success, but gave them the opposite. Continue reading Team on the Rise: New York Knicks

Killing Net Neutrality Means the Death of Free Speech


Net Neutrality prohibits internet service providers from purposely slowing down your internet connection, censoring certain content, and blocking websites and applications. Net Neutrality is how the internet has worked in the United States forever, and it protects public libraries, schools, and you! The Federal Communications Commission intends to abolish Net Neutrality and allow internet providers the power to discriminate and control the websites you go on and what you see. Continue reading Killing Net Neutrality Means the Death of Free Speech

Angel’s Paws


Angel’s Paws is a foster based rescue located in Kenosha and runs completely on donations. This rescue is a small and often overlooked rescue, as it has no central building and isn’t advertised as publicly as the other rescues in Kenosha. It has been running for 11 years and consists of the creator of the rescue, the board, and two volunteers. Continue reading Angel’s Paws

Iranian Wrestling Codes


Alireza Karimi-Machiani is a wrestler that represents the country of Iran. During the past weekend he wrestled at the U-23 World Championships in Poland. In his match with a Russian opponent, he was winning 3-2 and was in complete control of the match. While Alireza was in his match, his coach saw that if he won he would have to face an Israeli opponent. At that time he screamed “Alireza lose!” Alireza refused at first but ultimately threw in the towel during the second period when his opponent easily took him down and leg laced him to the win. Continue reading Iranian Wrestling Codes

McGregor Speeds through Ireland


Conor McGregor has been fined 400 Euros after he was caught speeding in Ireland earlier this year. A court spokesperson told ESPN that McGregor appeared at Blanchardstown District Court Thursday where judge Miriam Walsh handed him a 400 Euro fine, which he has been given two months to pay. The spokesperson also confirmed that the UFC star was charged after he was caught breaking the country’s 100kph (60mph) national speed limit while traveling on the N7 in County Dublin on March 31. Continue reading McGregor Speeds through Ireland

Revival: Update


This past month there have been many rumors circling around the internet about Eminem new album. At first reports said the album would be released November 17, 2017. Many people were led to believe this was true. Fans were counting down the days until November 17th. While the days were getting close, there was still no official word from Eminem or anyone on his team. The day came fans were anxiously waiting for any sign that the album would release, but fans were disappointed when the album did not drop. This led fans to believe that the album did not exist and it was all just Eminem’s way of messing with us. Continue reading Revival: Update



To many teenagers living in the world of high school, drama is a constant, pain in the you-know-what that every student faces. Whether it comes in the shape of family or friends or “enemies,” the stress of grades and exams, the overly-exaggerated loathing for teachers— every high schooler goes through it. And while breaking up with your best friend does seem an earth-shattering, end-of-the-world thing, ten years from now you can look back on it and laugh. Who knows— maybe you will be friends again in the future. Continue reading #WorthIt

Knit Wits


“It is a wonderful, healing experience that allows students to bond while overcoming challenges. And *next week* I’m bringing snacks.”   -Kionna Babel, President of Knit Wits.

We attended a Knit Wit meeting on Monday, November 13, 2017, to experience the club for ourselves. We learned, from instruction from Mrs. Orth and members of the club, how to cast on and the beginning stages of knitting. All members were well experienced, yet extremely motivating and helpful to our amateur knitting abilities. Mrs. Orth supplied the colorful varieties of yarn so students could eventually create something that is personal to them. Continue reading Knit Wits



Since the very beginnings of civilization, humans have been advantageously altering their food through a process known as “artificial selection.”  The term “artificial selection” was first coined by famed naturalist Charles Darwin; he used it to describe the quintessential process of breeding that allows the most useful traits of a species to persist, resulting in the fittest possible organisms. This ancient use of artificial selection acts as a predecessor to the modern breeding technique of creating GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. Continue reading On GMOs

HIE THEE TO THE HALL: Madrigal Feaste Arrives Soon at Tremper


The annual Madrigal Feaste is almost here! The show celebrates its 43rd birthday this December, bringing with it the massive set in Tremper’s cafeteria and hundreds of performers for four nights. But beyond the visible aspects of the performance like the set, performers, and show, the audience is rarely given a look behind the scene’s of KUSD’s biggest show. Hundreds of hours of work go into the show, from rehearsals to set building to production, and no 36 hours are more integral to the show than the Feaste Retreat, a weekend of singing, improvisation, and shredded vocal cords. Based on my experience as a jester, here’s what you can expect from this year’s Feaste after a day and a half in a hotel with its most prominent performers. Continue reading HIE THEE TO THE HALL: Madrigal Feaste Arrives Soon at Tremper

reputation Makes Its Mark


Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, reputation, made its debut as it was released Friday, November 10, 2017, at 12AM ET. Within the first four days, 1.05 million copies were sold, and there were over 400,000 pre orders through iTunes and UPS. Her fifth studio album, 1989, sold 1.287 million copies within its first week. If expert predictions are correct, she will sell at least two million copies, breaking her own record. Within days of reputation being released, it instantly became the best-selling album of 2017. Continue reading reputation Makes Its Mark

Back to America


On Tuesday, November 7th, three UCLA freshmen basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting. The freshmen were Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and, most famously, LiAngelo Ball. LiAngelo Ball has faced the most criticism for his actions due to the fact that he in the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Lonzo Ball. The players were suspended for their first game against Georgia Tech. The University has not announced what further disciplinary actions will be taken upon the players. Continue reading Back to America

When The Stress Gets To Be Too Much


As high school seniors, both of us definitely felt the pressure that comes with being a good student. Staying on top of all seven classes at every waking moment is far from a simple task. “I seriously had to ask my mom to call me in for my first two classes because I stayed up so late last night doing homework,” said senior Cora Shircel. “Never have I ever done that in my entirety!” Continue reading When The Stress Gets To Be Too Much

First Five Day Week


Within the month of November, KUSD students were happy to find only one full week of school in the entire month. In the first week, students had Friday off for “asynchronous learning” and the next Friday off in the second week due to the end of the first quarter. Sadly, for the week of November 13th, students are back to the grind with an entire five day week. Continue reading First Five Day Week

Honoring California


When will the NRA say enough is enough? It is so very heartbreaking to see what our country has come to after the last few years of devastating violence. Approximately 120 miles from Sacramento,the  rural town Rancho Tehama experienced a traumatic scene on Tuesday, November 14th. Police claim the suspect ran over an elementary school’s gate with his vehicle, and began shooting randomly. Continuing their investigation, police found he shot his neighbors after participating in a fight with them. For now they are saying his fight with his neighbors must of have been correlated with him driving to the school. Continue reading Honoring California

Walk On Water


Eminem has put out a new single called Walk on Water. The single has  a very special artist featured: Beyonce. No one expected this particular duo to ever make a song together, so the internet lost it when they saw these two legendary artists come together for a song. There were mixed reactions from people when they first heard the song. It was very different, nothing that Eminem has ever done before, it was slow and calm. Continue reading Walk On Water



Motivation is the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way, or the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. Everyone gets into these moods of sadness or even some might call it moods of depression. For some it is quite hard to crawl out of that hole. Here are a few tips on how to motivate yourself. Continue reading Motivation

Distinction Between Sasquatch and Yeti


Is there a difference between a Sasquatch, A.K.A a Bigfoot, and a Yeti? Are they the same bipedal humanoid, or is there more than one? This is the questions many have asked for decades. Geography is the most important aspect of this tireless investigation. As many are aware, the Sasquatch is native to the North America’s Pacific Northwest region. Most sightings have been in Washington, but there are many accounts of others all over the United States. Continue reading Distinction Between Sasquatch and Yeti

Super Unnatural


Ah, okay. I’m not one to rant about things I like that often, especially TV shows. Supernatural is an exception. The show has been going strong through twelve seasons and is now entering its thirteenth. I have got to say, props to the many writers, actors and producers for doing such a great job with the show so far. Actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have been fantastic portraying the brothers Sam and Dean, it will be a sad day for many when the show comes to an end. Continue reading Super Unnatural



Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency currently worth $7,169 each. Cryptocurrencies are digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank. There are only 21 million bitcoins that exist making the price always fluctuate. Continue reading Bitcoin

Lil Pump


Rapping in this era of time has evolved into a lot of bass and auto tune.  The rap is called trap music where they talk about designer clothes money and other essentials.  Rapper known as Lil Pump grew up in South Florida and is 17 years old, rapping was the only way out for him.  Lil Pump was not the brightest kid in school, getting kicked out of high school in the ninth grade but then going to an opportunity high school but getting kicked out of that as well.   Continue reading Lil Pump

Steelers Escape with Nail-Biter Victory in Indy


The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts matched up on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was a sloppy game early on that turned into an exciting finish. The Steelers were led by 80 rushing yards from running back Le’Veon Bell and 97 receiving yards from rookie wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster; each of them scoring one touchdown. Continue reading Steelers Escape with Nail-Biter Victory in Indy

Chicago Cubs First Baseman; #44


Anthony Vincent Rizzo, 28 years of age; the Chicago Cubs astonishing first baseman. Drafted in the sixth round by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 draft, Rizzo played in the minor leagues for the Boston Red Socks for three years. Rizzo was then traded to the San Diego Padres after the 2010 season; and Major League Baseball debut was on June 9th, 2011. Two years later he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, where he is still playing. Continue reading Chicago Cubs First Baseman; #44



Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he’d be happy to assume the No. 10 role upon his return to Manchester United. The former PSG man has been sidelined since suffering a crucial ligament injury in his knee back in April. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hinted the retired Sweden international could return before January, and Ibrahimovic says he wouldn’t mind playing in a different position now that Romelu Lukaku took the No. 9 role this season. Continue reading Soccer

Bears Lose to Packers for the Second Time


The Chicago Bears have lost to the Green Bay Packers again. This time they lost 23-16 at home on Sunday. The Bears have now lost two in a row. This was the third start for Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley, who was 0-2 in his first two starts after he replaced Aaron Rodgers, who is out with a broken collarbone. Continue reading Bears Lose to Packers for the Second Time