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The “pick me” girl trend extends a centuries-old practice of men turning women against each other, a costly diversion that halts progress, preserves a fruitless and prejudicial quest for validation.
The 'pick me' girl persists
Evelyn Griffin, copy editor • December 4, 2021

“I’m not like other girls.” “I could never wear heels and makeup like you.” “I can only have guy friends. Girls are too dramatic.” Over the past...

Class rank hurts everyone. Those at the bottom are made to feel hopeless, and those at the top put their rank above their learning, their mental health and even their physical wellbeing.
A chance to level the field
November 26, 2021
Thanks largely to influx of freshmen, girls golf team triples in size
With fourth-down stops, potent ground attack, Knights outlast Grizzlies in overtime to take bi-district title

With fourth-down stops, potent ground attack, Knights outlast Grizzlies in overtime to take bi-district title

November 18, 2021

Inside the line

Inside the line

November 13, 2021

Bringing cheer to senior year

Bringing cheer to senior year

November 1, 2021

Knights shine on court, in sand

Knights shine on court, in sand

October 27, 2021

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Cold weather: one more reason to curl up with a good book
Sink or rise

Sink or rise

October 18, 2021

Welcome to Levin’s Library

Welcome to Levin’s Library

September 16, 2021

Flavor Profiles: JewBoy Subshop

Flavor Profiles: JewBoy Subshop

September 1, 2021

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Sophomore Gabi Alfarache (left) mid-bout. Having a good coach is important to success, and Alfrache has just that. Coming from Yale University to central Texas, Michael Kim became another father figure for Alfarache, “My ultimate role model is my coach [Kim]. He came from Korea to the United States when he was a teenager, and didn’t start fencing until college. He’s coached world champions, olympians, and even left his coaching position at Yale University to come coach in Texas. I really do think of him as my second father.”
The extra extracurriculars of McCallum
Helen Martin and Elena Ulack November 29, 2021

McCallum is known for its creative and unique people, and this sentiment applies to more than just the Fine Arts Academy and athletics. While the school offers lots of extracurriculars...

Principal Griffith at the first Spectrum meeting of the year. Club leaders Caytie Brown and Ceder Herring invited Griffith to a meeting so she could share her story as an LGBTQ+ person. Having the support from Griffith has allowed Spectrum to facilitate more open discussions. I feel  like other schools would be weirded out,  Brown said. Like, The principals telling a story?  But I think Mac culture is pretty accepting.
A safe space for all
November 21, 2021
Senior members of the LBJ Fire Academy line up to put out the propane fire at their first live fire skill day of the school year. Each person in the line has a specialized job, first in line holds the nozzle of the hose, the second and third are backup and the fourth person is the hose wrangler, making sure they have enough hose left to turn. “We just had to learn every single job, and that was stressful,” senior and LBJ Fire Academy member Michael Valentino said. “Every person has their job and they have to do it, and if you don’t do it it’s gonna go bad.” Caption by Kennedy Weatherby.
Forged by fire (fighting)
November 14, 2021
Juniors Dylan Neal and Mason Michulka walk across the House Park field during halftime after being crowned Class of 2023 homecoming royalty.
King, queen and in between
November 10, 2021
The young Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) drifts in and out of the periphery of the narrative, lingering on the edge of a story that should inarguably belong to him.
At least we’ll always have 'The Sopranos'
Grace Vitale, staff reporter • December 5, 2021

It's 1967 in a racially divided Newark, N.J., during the Summer of Love, and Tony Soprano is an impressionable and deceptive young teenager. Tony Soprano’s origin story...

Fish No. 64: First
Fish No. 64: "First"
December 3, 2021
Fish No. 63: Vibe
Fish No. 63: "Vibe"
November 27, 2021
ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: The cast performs in “Something’s Coming.” “We bickered like siblings and annoyed each other to no end, but we also have such a tight bond that allows us to pull off these massive shows,” senior Meg Willimont said. “I am constantly astounded by the talented people I work with every day, and I know I will see them on TV one day.”
Denning: 'Sondheim is one of the greats. It's like Shakespeare dying.'
Samantha Powers, Meena Anderson, Ashley Chamberlain, Josephine Clarke, Emily Goulet, Zoe Hocker, and Madison Olsen November 30, 2021

Broadway composer and musical theatre revolutionary Stephen Sondheim died Friday at 91. In his career that lasted nearly half a century, he wrote the lyrics for West Side...

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At least we’ll always have ‘The Sopranos’

Grace Vitale, staff reporter
December 5, 2021

It's 1967 in a racially divided Newark, N.J., during the Summer of Love, and Tony Soprano is an impressionable and deceptive young teenager. Tony Soprano’s origin story film wastes no time in submerging us in its frigid world, as we are immediately introduced to its colorful cast of characters, all of whom find themselves on the lower rungs of the Italian DiMeo crime family. There’s Alessandro...

The ‘pick me’ girl persists

Evelyn Griffin, copy editor
December 4, 2021

“I’m not like other girls.” “I could never wear heels and makeup like you.” “I can only have guy friends. Girls are too dramatic.” Over the past year or so, sentiments like these have become a part of a popular trend on TikTok: the “pick me” girl. According to Urban Dictionary, a “pick me” girl “goes out of their way to impress boys and make them seem that they’re...

Fish No. 64: “First”

Kai Kirkham Macias, staff cartoonist
December 3, 2021

In this week's installment, Stephen and Frankie ask the age old comic question, "Who's on first?" Meanwhile, Manfred and Nessie continue to work on their chemistry.

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