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Social media affects communication

Social media affects communication

Lydia Johnson, Reporter

December 6, 2013


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Wake up. Check Facebook. Brush teeth. Scroll through Twitter. Zip up sweatshirt. Refresh Instagram. It is no doubt that social media is a huge part of this generation’s lives. Kids spend huge amounts of time looking at their phones and computers and it is affecting how they behave. The social...

Cyberbullying handled

Cyberbullying handled

Kameran Miller, Reporter

December 6, 2013


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Just as styles and trends change, so do the strategies of harassment. The current Program Supervisor in the School Safety Center of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia, Wash., Mike Donlin, explains the threat to teenagers. “Cyberbullying in Washington and around...

Why we do community service

Kyle Smith, Reporter

November 1, 2013


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Some people spend hours upon hours doing community service work. Others, may spend only as much time as needed to graduate from high school. There could be a reason why some people spend more time doing community service than others. These people, like senior and ASB President Jack Rose, could see...

Volunteers earn varsity letter for hours

Emma Miller and Sierra Tryon

November 1, 2013


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Students in Pierce County can receive a varsity letter in community service through United Way if they have completed at least 145 hours of community service. Last year, 54 of the recipients were from Puyallup High School. The letter is a way for students to officially document their hours spent...

Caffeine Dependency Evident

Sami Lynn, News Editor

October 4, 2013


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It seems as though the new fad is to walk around with a Starbucks cup in one hand and a set of books in the other. Often when walking through high school hallways the one thing anyone would notice is the amount of coffee and caffeinated drinks floating around. One may also notice the ongoing chat...

Students Sleep Late; Science Explains

Gabe Carroll, Managing Editor

October 4, 2013


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The human body primarily needs three things to function: food, water and sleep. Students tend to be pretty good at satisfying two of these three. Sleep is a different story. So why is sleep, something the body actually requires in order to function, so hard to get enough of? A possible reason is that...

Teens Suffer Sleep Deprivation Sensation

Emily Baker, Reporter

October 4, 2013


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You hear it every time you walk through the halls. You see it in the dark circles of your classmates. You smell it in the rich scent of coffee drifting from your friend’s mug. The effects of sleep deprivation, and the temporary fixes for it, are everywhere. Being tired has become a staple of the...

Misconceptions regarding use abound

Samantha Magin, Reporter

February 22, 2013


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Addiction has consumed the mind and body of students, according to recent survey results. The Healthy Youth Survey says 70 percent of seniors have tried alcohol and believe there is a low risk of harm trying marijuana once or twice. Forty-two percent abuse marijuana frequently. Numbers have gone...

Media shapes ideologies

Ashley Owens and Sierra Tryon

December 20, 2012


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Hollywood has been using the apocalypse as a major plot point in movies and TV shows causing some to think more about the end of the world and others to dismiss it as fiction. Richard Taflinger, a communications professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at WSU, sheds new light on...

Believers prepare

Patrick Fairbanks and Zach Halte

December 20, 2012


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Fire and brimstone raining down upon Earth, a massive flood or alien invaders—however they believe it will happen, numerous people believe the world is coming to an end. As the supposed apocalypse nears, many have taken vastly different opinions on whether it is actually going to happen or how it...

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