Category Archives: Opinion



Should students be allowed to grade their own teacher?  If students could grade their teacher it would lead to more efficient and better learning for the students.  Some teachers have the thought that they can sit around and just make the kids figure out how to do the work themselves and not teach their students.   Continue reading Grading

The Truth is Just One Page Away: The Dangers of “Fake News”


I have a pair of beat-up old gray Converse high-tops that I, in a fit of boredom, decided to subject to my admittedly middling artistic talents one bright afternoon this last Thanksgiving break. Armed with a black Sharpie, I simply let the pen flow and looked for aesthetically pleasing results. While working on this time-filling project, one thought seemed to percolate down through my subconscious thoughts of politics, my future as a journalist, and my view of the world into the ink that slowly filled the canvas shoe: The truth is just one page away. Cryptic and certainly not what I had expected from what was a simple artistic outlet for a boring day, that phrase has bounced around my head all day since my little project. The more I thought about it, the more I agreed with my own statement. After some pondering of the matter, I realized that the phrase represents every sentiment I associate with modern politics and the state of the world. Continue reading The Truth is Just One Page Away: The Dangers of “Fake News”

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



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

On Separating the Art from the Artist


I was rather recently informed of a horrid detail that was prominent in the history of the popular Swedish band ABBA.  Apparently, the lead singer, Agnetha Fältskog, suffered from a serious fear of performing.  She combated this fear throughout her career with alcohol, traumatizing her body and mind.  With this information now added to my schema of the band, a favorite of mine to casually listen to, I did not know how to respond.   Continue reading On Separating the Art from the Artist

The Misconceptions of Political Correctness and Free Speech


President  Abraham Lincoln once said that a house divided against itself cannot stand.  From social debates to governing ideals, this quote holds true more now than ever. The debate over what constitutes political correctness has become increasingly relevant recently, be it over the validity of a person’s sexual orientation, the sensitivity, or the way the public responds to the ideals of others. It was especially relevant during the 2016 election, during which Donald Trump often called into question the culture surrounding political correctness that his platform called weak or overly sensitive. Political correctness suffers from not only the misconception that it represents weakness, but also the way the citizens of the United States regard free speech. Continue reading The Misconceptions of Political Correctness and Free Speech

Who Do You Want Standing Next to You?


“Imagine a future moment in your life where all your dreams come true, you know? It’s the greatest moment of your life and you get to experience it with one person. Who’s standing next to you?” – Peyton Sawyer.

During your life you are going to experience lows and highs; during those lows and highs you should always have someone next to you to give you reasons; reasons to keep going. But who is that person? A parent, sibling, family member, friend? Why are they the person you chose? Continue reading Who Do You Want Standing Next to You?

Taking a Mental Health Day?


Mental health is a very controversial topic. Many people that do not suffer from mental illnesses often do not believe that they even exist. Schools are one of the most controversial places for mental illnesses, and often one of the most challenging. Schools push stress, anxiety, and many other problematic things onto students everyday. People with mental illnesses often struggle more during the school year, wrestling with all the responsibilities of balancing their lives, work, and school on one plate. Often times things get too rough, and people just need a break from it. Continue reading Taking a Mental Health Day?

Should Students Be Able To Grade Their Teachers?


A wide debate has been centered around schooling processes and grading, by both students and their parents. Some people believe that teachers should be the only ones able to grade students, mainly based off of course work, learning tasks, and assessments. The majority of people that agree with these are people of the community that have some level of superiority, like adults and teachers. Continue reading Should Students Be Able To Grade Their Teachers?

As Election Anniversary Looms, The GOP Descends Into Full Meltdown Mode


The GOP seemed poised to dominate American politics for the next four years following sweeps of both houses of Congress, the Oval Office, and several pending Supreme Court openings in the 2016 election. Their ability to influence US policy had just one opponent: Donald Trump. Trump’s divisive nature succeeded in winning the extremes of the Republican base, but in doing so radicalized the party’s platform and alienated much of the Republican establishment’s core leaders. His take-no-prisoners campaign burned more bridges than it built, and now that tactic is costing both himself and the GOP. Continue reading As Election Anniversary Looms, The GOP Descends Into Full Meltdown Mode

On the FDA


Most people have a general understanding of the responsibilities of the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, and with their understanding comes the impression that the FDA is terrible at administrating anything.  Stereotypical opinions consist of a combination of the following assertions: it takes too long for the FDA to pass anything or uncover the hidden agendas of major corporations, the FDA does not possess enough power, the FDA allows Americans to be poisoned daily, the FDA holds too much power, and the FDA accomplishes nothing. Continue reading On the FDA

Drug Testing Athletes


Competition of sports gets stronger when you age, going from middle school to high school increases the intensity by another level.  With the need to win, players have begun taking adderall, steroids and other enhancing drugs to help them focus on only the game and get become a stronger athlete overall.  In college or professional sports it is mandatory to drug test the athletes to make sure they are not using illegal enhancing drugs. Continue reading Drug Testing Athletes

The Situation with the NFL and Colin Kaepernick


This entire situation started with Kaep trying to take a stand against black oppression by sitting during the national anthem. People saw this as a serious problem as he continually sat and then eventually made his way to kneeling. The public lashed out on Kaepernick on his courageous kneel, turning this into a political problem. Continue reading The Situation with the NFL and Colin Kaepernick

Just Breathe


Today, it is becoming more and more common that we turn on the television or pick up our phones and read a new headline that broadcasts yet another tragedy. This past October was the Las Vegas shooting at a Jason Aldean concert. It seems that every day there is something on the news that tears us down and makes our country feel like nothing but a bloodbath. Depression in our nation is on the rise, but maybe there is a simple way to lessen the pain of it: turn off the news. Continue reading Just Breathe

Tremper Takes on Hamilton


When prompted to complete a task as difficult as casting the hit musical Hamilton, with the aspiring actors/actresses being anyone and everyone in the senior class, I was very intrigued. I questioned what I should focus on and overall decided that my casting wouldn’t be made based on talent or involvement in various drama programs, or gender, or race, etc. but solely on personality. The finalized list is posted below. This casting was written simply based on my opinion and is not meant to offend anyone (I’m talking to you, Connor Johnston). Continue reading Tremper Takes on Hamilton

Influence of  Minors


The new generation of kids are introduced to a new world of things never seen before by anyone their age. A child, 10 years old, can be introduced to the world of drugs simply by logging onto the internet. These children will grow up knowing only the internet and the world of social media, most likely losing the social skills they need to prosper in this world. This, with all negatives put aside, can also be a very good thing. Continue reading Influence of  Minors

Milky Chance


Milky Chance, a German indie group, which includes lead singer, Clemens Rehbein, as well as Philipp Dausch, and Antonio Greger. I, Alaina Snider, have been a fan for an ongoing four years now but despite this fact, I was unable to attend his most recent concert hosted by the Rave in Milwaukee. Although Mitchel has been a listener for a much shorter time period, he, indeed, was able to join the crowd of diehard fans. “I was very disappointed, as well as, jealous of Mitchel as he showed me videos from the concert,” Snider said in tears. According to Hudrick, his experience was one of a lifetime and he would definitely see Milky Chance again (hopefully with Alaina next time).



Sports are a vital part of a student’s lives. By setting aside a chunk of their day, students are able to release stress and tension from their day.  Sports can not only further physically but also mentally. Sports such as soccer and hockey that do not consist of set up plays enable students to work their brain and further their mental capacity. Thinking quickly about what to do on the field has many advantage to the brain. Continue reading Sports



Chocolate is my obsession. Nations around are known for different flavors and style of chocolate snacks. From Switzerland to Peru, we can find sweet chocolate that melts in your mouth to chocolate that burn your throat. It is all dependent on the ingredients; the amount of cocoa powder in the treat determines how bitter or sweet the chocolate is. Continue reading Chocolate

TV Review: Rick and Morty Season Three Lives Up to the Hype


Every so often, an already great show is able to iterate upon its original formula in new and innovative ways while still retaining the aspects that made it great. No show has been able to do that as well as Adult Swim’s cult hit animated show Rick and Morty. Following up two well received seasons, season three of writer Justin Roiland and producer Dan Harmon’s “high concept sci-fi rigamarole” delivers on all the beats fans had hoped it would. Continue reading TV Review: Rick and Morty Season Three Lives Up to the Hype

Next to Normal Review


The evening of Friday, September 29th, went from relatively uneventful to extremely emotional when I decided to see Next to Normal at Bradford High School.  The musical was highly philosophical  and packed with cast of talented musicians.  I left the theatre with the urge to wipe my tears but also to scream, because I could not have seen the show at a more prime moment in my life. Continue reading Next to Normal Review

Who Killed Markiplier?


As it is now October, it is officially time to get scared and make scary things for Halloween!  That is exactly what famous American-Korean actor and youtuber, Mark Fischbach, or better known as Markiplier, is doing on his YouTube channel.  Ever since October 5th, Fischbach has been post pictures on Instagram hinting towards a huge project that he and his friends have been working on for a few months now. Continue reading Who Killed Markiplier?

Jack-O-Lanterns, Black Cats and Mischief


I am so ready for Halloween. And chances are, there’s others out there that not only enjoy but look forward to this unique day. Why wouldn’t they, anyhow? Halloween lets you turn into someone else for a night. And get free candy doing it.

Here is a fun sized fun fact from Business Insider on Halloween…The origin of Jack-O-Lanterns comes from a Celtic folk tale of a stingy farmer named Jack who would constantly play tricks on the devil. The devil responded by forcing him to wander purgatory with only a burning lump of coal from hell. Jack took the coal and made a lantern from a turnip, using it to guide his lost soul. Of course, this has gradually been switched into the Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins we know and love today thanks to the time when turnips became hard to come by, but it’s still cool to see where the strange tradition came from. Continue reading Jack-O-Lanterns, Black Cats and Mischief

Athletics as a PE Credit


Many high school students play sports  for fun, for the competition, and because they simply love it. However, these athletes are still required to take a physical ed class for credits. Some schools allow the sports these athletes participate in as credit for P.E. These athletes spend so many hours before and after school practicing, working out, and making themselves better for their games. They do way more work  then most people do in a P.E. class. It’s not fair that someone who works and plays so hard to have to take P.E. also. I’m sure some people don’t mind, but I also believe they would like to be given the option to participate in a sport to replace a  P.E class. P.E. is to help us stay in shape and keep us active, and all these athletes are already doing it voluntarily. They represent their schools and try their best to make the school look good. A sport should count as a P.E. credit as long as they show up to practice and actually try their hardest.

Why America Will Not Address Its Gun Problem


On Sunday, October 2, Stephen Paddock opened fire from his 32nd floor hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on a crowd of country music fans attending a Jason Aldean concert, killing 59 at time of writing and injuring over 400. This tragedy marks the deadliest mass shooting in American history, surpassing the Pulse nightclub killing of 49 people in July of 2016. Authorities are currently maintaining that Paddock, a 64-year old accountant, acted alone in his attacks. Las Vegas police found 42 fully loaded guns in his room, along with thousands of rounds and loaded magazines. Police searches of his Mesquite, Nevada home revealed another nineteen guns and over a thousand rounds in his possession, along with several pounds of ammonium nitrate in his car, which likely would have been used to make explosives, according to ABC News. Friends and family of the shooter told news sources that Paddock had no criminal history or any guns. Paddock apparently took his own life before police could engage him. This horrific act of domestic terrorism maintains the grim trend America has followed over the past several years of an average of one mass shooting every two months. So what is being done to combat these terrible acts? In reality, not much. Continue reading Why America Will Not Address Its Gun Problem

My Best Investment


Everyone needs to buy a S’well! Investing in a S’well was a great decision and I believe everyone should invest in one too. S’wells are a brand of water bottle. I have had my water bottle for almost a month, and I have been using it every day since I got it. They keep your water/liquid cold for hours. Prices range from $25 to $45 dollar depending on size and design. You can pick from 9 oz.  to a 25 oz. sized water bottle. You can also choose from many different designs and colors such as palm trees, polka dots, and plain colors. They also offer different styles of cup, such as coffee mugs, water bottles, and to go mugs. S’wells are amazing bottles. Everyone should own a S’well water bottle.   

Why America Will Not Address Its Gun Problem


On Sunday, October 2, Stephen Paddock opened fire from his 32nd floor hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on a crowd of country music fans attending a Jason Aldean concert, killing 59 at time of writing and injuring over 400. This tragedy marks the deadliest mass shooting in American history, surpassing the Pulse nightclub killing of 49 people in July of 2016. Continue reading Why America Will Not Address Its Gun Problem

Days of Infamy


April 20th, 1999.

April 16th, 2007.

December 14th, 2012.

June 12th, 2016.

October 1st, 2017.

Do you recognize the dates above? It is a depressing fact that, for some people, they don’t. But to some families—  mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters—  these days will be forever burned into their minds. On each of the dates above, a human being picked up a gun and ended the lives of more than a dozen people. Continue reading Days of Infamy

Las Vegas Disaster


At roughly 10:10 pm on Sunday night, Stephen Paddock took the innocent lives of many. Country singer, Jason Aldean, was performing at concert grounds when an outbreak of gunshots began to fire. Several feet from the grounds, the murderer shot on the 32nd floor of his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Many witnesses claim the shots lasted approximately ten to fifteen, brutal minutes. After police searched the terrorist’s room and found 23 other weapons, they found Paddock dead as well. Continue reading Las Vegas Disaster

Opinion of Powderpuff


Powderpuff football at Tremper is not viewed as an important event. The game is a one night only event that consists of a girls flag football game. This event is fun to participate in due to the gender roles being flipped. This is a time that the spotlight is on the girls and they  are allowed to play a “manly” sport without feeling shamed. Throughout the last few years, I have heard about three people bring up the game. That is ridiculous! Continue reading Opinion of Powderpuff

Out With a Bang


As a Tremper High School senior, I have been to all four Homecoming dances since I was a freshman, and I can confidently say that this year was by far the best. From the theme to the music, I, as well as all of my friends, were extremely impressed. The DJ was constantly taking requests from the attendees and picking songs according to the mood being presented by the crowd. Also, the dance’s major success had a lot to do with the energy from the students. Walking into the gymnasium, you could instantly sense to positive vibes. I believe that the whole student body can safely say that Mr. Hardy, along with the rest of his Student Government members, really out did themselves with this one!

Standing Up by Sitting Down- A Rundown of Donald Trump’s NFL Culture War


Week three of the NFL regular season brought a surprisingly fun weekend of games to audiences following two opening weeks of mediocre outings on the gridiron along with its fair share of controversy. Before a single down had been played on Sunday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to reiterate his stance that NFL players who protest during the national anthem should be suspended or fired. At a speech in Huntsville, Alabama, the President railed against NFL owners and players, saying to a crowd of rabid fans: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a b**** off the field right now, out, he’s fired, he’s fired.” His expletive-laced tirade has received criticism from politicians on both sides of the isle, players, and teams across the country. Continue reading Standing Up by Sitting Down- A Rundown of Donald Trump’s NFL Culture War

Opinion of Standardized Tests


Choosing a college is stressful. When a senior in high school who strives to do their best starts looking for colleges, they become extremely worried and stressed. As a sophomore in high school, teachers and counselors have been discussing the best options for us. All students have been forced to participate in testing programs that are supposed to help prepare us for college. These programs included MAPS testing, ACT, SAT, and other tests. It is programs like these that have made students afraid of not getting into a specific university simply because their standardized test score misrepresented their intelligence. Continue reading Opinion of Standardized Tests

The Land of the Free: Divided Yet Again


Every morning in the United States, millions of students nationwide stand to pledge allegiance to a flag that was fought for with blood, sweat and tears. They hold their hands over their hearts and salute a star-spangled banner. For the younger ones, it is a routine in which they partake in daily out of respect for our history and the people who died to put it there. It isn’t until we grow older and more responsible that we learn what that red-white-and-blue flag truly stands for. Continue reading The Land of the Free: Divided Yet Again