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A Cycle of Industry Cover-Ups

Granulated sugar is poured in Philadelphia, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. A new study released Monday details how the sugar industry worked to downplay emerging science linking sugar and heart disease.

Kallie Buss, Features Editor

October 17, 2016

Exposed. After 50 years, nutrition scholar Marion Nestle of New York University uncovered the not so sweet truth about the real effects of sugar. Back in September, shocking research surfaced in JAMA Internal Medicine about an age old cover up of scientific evidence regarding sugar’s contribution to heart disease.   A sugar industry trade group was found to hav...

Summer 2k16 Bucket List

Ed Sheeran concert

Kallie Buss and Ashley Knapp

June 7, 2016

Summer is rapidly approaching, and less time in the classroom means more time for fun with friends. In case you’ve been spending your time studying, rather than daydreaming, here are some great things to add to your own summer bucket list!   Music Festivals and concerts  There’s nothing ...

Thank You Seniors

Seniors 'cap off' their time at AVHS

Sarah Crippes, Features Writer

June 6, 2016

Yeah, I guess it’s kind of cool roaming the hallways without the seniors.  We are the top dogs--the big kids on campus now.   As exciting as it is to be seniors next year, it is bittersweet.  We would not be where we are without the class of 2016.  Your senior goodbye articles have thanked t...

Hip Hop is My Culture, But Rap is My Passion

Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Jane Michaelson and Casey Dudley

June 3, 2016

When the weather turns above 10 degrees, Casey and I roll down the windows and turn up the bass. You might not have expected it, but rap music is our passion. From Nicki Minaj to Nelly, hip hop is an amazing way of life. In spite of some derogatory lyrics, rap has addressed a variety of issues--from rac...

An Open Letter to the Class of 2017

An Open Letter to the Class of 2017

AnaLiisa Olson, Features Writer

May 23, 2016

To the Class of 2017: Holy crap! You guys are seniors next year, and that’s big--go you! Next year is going to be stressful and fun and blurry. It's going to feel like times moving 10 miles per hour one second, and then moving 110 miles per hour  the next. This is my letter to you guys, my guide...

Corgi Minnesota Day

Corgi Minnesota Day

Sarah Crippes and Elizabeth Bertie

May 16, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II of England is often known for her charisma and devotion to Britain.  Her Corgi fascination, on the other hand, is a lesser known fact.  Multiple reports suggest that during her life, she has been the owner of over thirty Corgis. Queen Elizabeth isn’t the only avid Corgi ent...

Life: Explained by Game of Thrones

Season 5

Jane Michaelson, Features Editor

May 13, 2016

SPOILER ALERT! If you’re only thinking of starting Game of Thrones now, turn back before it’s too late. Life sucks. I know that sounds a little cynical, but let me explain. As a teenager in high school, life seems short and gloomy, but in comparison to a Game of Thrones character, we have it ...

Target Transgender Controversy Provokes Change

In this Aug. 23, 2007 file photo, a sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom  at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. For opponents of transgender rights, a favorite line of attack is to oppose policies that would allow people to choose whether to use a men's or women's bathroom based on gender identity.

Kallie Buss, Features Writer

May 6, 2016

On March 23, North Carolina passed a law--House Bill 2 or The Public Facilities & Security Act-- preventing transgender people from using the restroom in which they identify with, but instead the restroom of the sex that appears on their birth certificate. Not only that, but the bill also prohibi...

“Boo you whore.”

Protesters speaking up against slut shaming in our society.

AnaLiisa Olson, Features Writer

May 4, 2016

Slut. Whore. Skank. Hoe. What do those five words have in common? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not their sexual connotation, it’s not that they’re all one syllable--it’s the fact that these words aren't used to describe a  male. These words are derogatory terms aimed at females who are beli...

Don’t Fear Your Fears

Don't Fear Your Fears

Jane Michaelson, Features Editor

April 27, 2016

Your heart is racing, palms sticky with sweat. Your entire body is shaking, but no one around you can tell.  Your thoughts are racing faster than your heartbeat. As you gather the nerve to stand up, you wonder, ‘Why am I even doing this?’ Fear: one of the most common, and unexplainable emoti...

Recipe for Success on AP Tests

What do you need to do well on your tests?

Sarah Crippes, Features Writer

April 26, 2016

AP season: every student’s favorite time of the year.  The beginning of May is when students put their knowledge to the test, hoping their year of hard work in Advanced Placement courses will pay off.  Due to the tests’ significance and the potential thousands of dollars in college savings, stu...

The American Vitamin: Four Myths That Are Costing Us Billions

An unfortunate amount of vitamins.

Moti Begna, Features Writer

April 22, 2016

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A child wakes up in his bed with a nasty cough. The mom, hearing the child, rushes into the room to see what’s wrong. The mom asks, “Are you okay?” The child responds, “I don’t feel too well.” After examining the child for a solid ten seconds, the mom co...

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