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
By BLAIR WEISINGER and JAKOB JENSEN
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for public spaces all over the country to flip their stereos to a holiday-centric playlist. While the hits of some songs can be off the charts, these tracks are worth pausing your routine and indulging in some Christmas cheer. Continue reading Five Songs to Listen to This Christmas
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.
By ISABELLE MOLINA & CORA SHIRCEL
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
by MITCHEL HUDRICK and ALAINA SNIDER
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
By KATE BERTOG and COURTNEY SALISBURY
According to a survey released by the National Retail Federation, more than half of the American population states that they are planning to go Black Friday shopping. However, most of those individuals are unaware of the precautions they should take as Black Friday shopping can lead to various injuries and possibly death. Continue reading Black Friday Injuries
By SAVION BEBO, STEPHEN SCHMIDT and EDDIE MAKAR
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
by ZOEE ARREGUIN, CHLOE DETHORNE, RAEANNA MAEGAARD
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
By ALEC SERZYNSKI
College football rankings is a very controversial topic. ESPN reporter Kirk Herbstreit is widely known for supporting the SEC, the southeastern conference which has teams like Alabama, Clemson, LSU, and many more. Many teams do not get recognition from Herbstreit because he believes that strength of schedule is everything. Continue reading College Rankings
by BRIANNA NORTON
Kristopher Lee Bryant, “Kris Bryant”, was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 4, 1992. Bryant is 25 years of age, standing six feet and five inches, and is the Chicago Cubs third baseman. Bryant was drafted in the first round of the 2013 Major League draft, being the second pick. Continue reading Chicago Cubs Third Baseman #17
by JOSIAH MCCALL
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
By CHARLOTTE MARTIN
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
by BRITTNEY GATES
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
by FRANK GARCIA
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
By ADRIAN GARCIA
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
By ZARAHI ESTRADA
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
By CHRISTOPHER AGUILAR
The Chicago Bears have lost four in a row, and it was an ugly loss as they were just blown out by the best team in football, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday. Chicago played terrible and were completely dominated. Continue reading Bears Crushed by Eagles 31-3
By JAROD STURYCZ – The Abstract Section
Structure unmoved for 900 years
Has grown like roots and diamonds and tears.
Many kings and leaders have come and gone.
But only he that is true
Will heave the rifle from the stone. Continue reading The Rifle in the Stone
by ANALICIA TORRES
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
by ZOEE ARREGUIN, CHLOE DETHORNE and RAEANNA MAEGAARD
“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
By ROBERTA KELLER and REBECCA KELLER
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
By JOHN LYNCH
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
by MORGAN GARSKI, ALEXIS KOESSL, and JORDAN SQUIRES
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
by JACK STANARD
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
BY ALAINA SNIDER and MITCHEL HUDRICK
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
By ISABELLE MOLINA and CORA SHIRCEL
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
by TOMMY DOHERTY and LENNON MODORY
The Boston Celtics have a 13 game win streak and have the best record in the entire NBA at the moment. After starting off the season 0-2 and losing one of the best stars in the league, Gordon Hayward, the Celtics have rebounded from their rough start thanks to their well rounded roster. Continue reading Celtic’s Luck
by EDDIE MAKAR, STEPHEN SCHMIDT and SAVION BEBO
Christmas Music is casually played in December, but people who really get in the Christmas music start listening in the beginning of November. Some people sing along to almost every song while others just use it for background music. Continue reading Christmas Music
By COURTNEY SALISBURY and KATE BERTOG
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
By ZARAHI ESTRADA
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
by LEXUS PELLEGRINI
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
By CHARLOTTE MARTIN
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
by AMBER YOUNG
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
By FRANK GARCIA
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
By ALEC SERZYNSKI
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
By JOSIAH MCCALL
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
by BRIANNA NORTON
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
By SAM NUDI
In Pokémon anime, Ash is a 10 year old kid that has always been 10 years old. Some people say it’s just a show which means it’s fine, but in other animes, the characters age, so why wouldn’t this one? The show has over 800 episodes and has 20 movies, at this rate he should be a lot older. Continue reading Why Ash Never Ages
By ADRIAN GARCIA
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
By CHRISTOPHER AGUILAR
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