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Student injured in hit and run; family seeks answers
Mac dance makes a move
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On Wednesday during Pride Week at McCallum, Spectrum members sponsored a Color Your Pronouns activity, where all students could wear a button or color a name badge to help normalize declaring pronouns in support of trans students. According to Equality Texas, Republican lawmakers have filed 140 bills targeting LGBTQ+ Texans during the 88th legislative session. Among those measures is HB 1686, a proposed ban on transition-related care for trans Texans under 18. HB 1507, meanwhile, seeks to prohibit public school districts and charter schools from organizing or hosting programs dedicated to celebrating or providing special instruction regarding a sexual preference. The Pride Week observation that made the Color Your Pronouns activity possible would no longer be allowed if the bill passes.
Happy International Trans Day of Visibility
Josie Bradsby, staff reporter • March 31, 2023

Happy International Trans Day of Visibility. It's a day that gives us one more reason to acknowledge that right now it's of the utmost importance that we support trans...

Protestors from the nationwide March For Our Lives protest on March 14 2018 gather in front of the Texas state capital. March For Our Lives was prompted by the Parkland shooting in Florida. Since then, there have been 165 school shootings in the United States.
Enough is enough
March 30, 2023
BeReals gimmick is sending out a notification to all users at once, urging everyone to post a photo and be real. However as the app has expanded in popularity, retakes and missing the alarm have become more common, making the platform just as manufactured as other social media sites.
Let's BeReal
February 27, 2023
Junior Nathan Nagy started his spring break as a starter for the Knights as they started district play against Crockett on Monday March 13. Nagy combined with reliever Sam Stevens to extinguish the Cougar offense as the Knights won at Northwest Park going away, 10-0.
From T-ball to team leader
Lanie Sepehri, co-print managing editor & co-people editor • March 29, 2023

When it comes to baseball, junior Nathan Nagy knows exactly what he’s doing. Because it’s part of him. It’s been part of him since he was 4 years old playing...

Joel (Pedro Pascal) embarks on a journey through an apocalyptic 2023 to deliver Ellie (Bella Ramsey) to the rebel paramilitary Fireflies. Over the course of the show, the two main characters form a bond that showcases how love can bring out the best and worst in people.
'The Last of Us': A show about people not zombies
Eliza Jensen, co-a&e and co-online managing editor • March 22, 2023

The Last of Us, a 2013 post-apocalyptic action-adventure game, quickly became known among fans as one of the greatest games ever made with one of the most breathtaking stories...

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PART OF HISTORY: Principal Nicole Griffith, journalism teacher Dave Winter and science teacher Elaine Bohls-Graham pose with pride flags on the first day of AISD PRIDE Week. At his previous school in Midtown, Atlanta, Winter witnessed a similarly accepting and robust observance of PRIDE week. However, he feels that McCallums history and culture, particularly with Spectrum, make Macs PRIDE celebrations unique. 

For as long as I have been at Mac and before that, [Spectrum] has been vital in providing a safe space for LGBTQ students to be themselves, Winter said. The group has had a lot of turnover with faculty sponsorship in recent years, but its essential role has stayed constant through all of that. I think that the main thing is that Spectrum and PRIDE Week helps to give students a voice on campus. 

PRIDE Week closely followed Black History Month, where students and faculty organized similar events, like student panels. In both instances, Winter saw how crucial and courageous it is for students to lead the conversations on issues like identity. 

I was impressed [by] the fearlessness and leadership of the panelists and the willingness of students and teachers to listen and work to understand better the experience of others, Winter said. 

Caption by Francie Wilhelm. Photo by Lillian Gray. 
Mac 'PRIDE' more than just school spirit
Gaby Esquivel, Morgan Eye, Shila Gill, Lillian Gray , and Francie Wilhelm March 28, 2023

Last week, the Spectrum club, or the Gay Student Alliance, organized AustinISD Pride Week to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at McCallum. The week of festivities corresponded...

Austin es una ciudad única con muchas actividades para hacer. Ya sea nadando o yendo a un museo de arte, hay muchas opciones para la próxima vez que te aburras en tu casa o quieras explorar, como Lake Austin.
Una guía para una 'staycation' en Austin
Carlos Aldrete , Maggie Coulbourn, Daniel Fuentes, Ana Mejia, Esmé Moreno, Liliana Rodriguez, Mateo Rodriguez, and Tallulah Wilson March 26, 2023

Si te encuentras en casa o disfrutando tu quedacasa durante estas vacaciones de primavera, mira la siguiente lista para unas ideas divertidas para aprovechar al máximo tu...

PART OF HISTORY: Principal Nicole Griffith, journalism teacher Dave Winter and science teacher Elaine Bohls-Graham pose with pride flags on the first day of AISD PRIDE Week. At his previous school in Midtown, Atlanta, Winter witnessed a similarly accepting and robust observance of PRIDE week. However, he feels that McCallums history and culture, particularly with Spectrum, make Macs PRIDE celebrations unique. 

For as long as I have been at Mac and before that, [Spectrum] has been vital in providing a safe space for LGBTQ students to be themselves, Winter said. The group has had a lot of turnover with faculty sponsorship in recent years, but its essential role has stayed constant through all of that. I think that the main thing is that Spectrum and PRIDE Week helps to give students a voice on campus. 

PRIDE Week closely followed Black History Month, where students and faculty organized similar events, like student panels. In both instances, Winter saw how crucial and courageous it is for students to lead the conversations on issues like identity. 

I was impressed [by] the fearlessness and leadership of the panelists and the willingness of students and teachers to listen and work to understand better the experience of others, Winter said. 

Caption by Francie Wilhelm. Photo by Lillian Gray. 
Mac 'PRIDE' more than just school spirit
Gaby Esquivel, Morgan Eye, Shila Gill, Lillian Gray , and Francie Wilhelm March 28, 2023

Last week, the Spectrum club, or the Gay Student Alliance, organized AustinISD Pride Week to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at McCallum. The week of festivities corresponded...

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A McCallum family is requesting help from the community to find video surveillance and information regarding a hit-and-run accident on the intersection of Guadalupe Street and Nelray Boulevard on March 11 at 6:54 p.m. A white SUV struck a McCallum student on his bike while crossing the street and fled the scene. According to the family, the student is recovering from their injuries. An image of the suspect vehicle was recovered this surveillance video captured by a security camera at the Guadalupe Marco House. The family of the student, which has requested anonymity to protect its privacy, is asking for neighbors and community members living on Guadalupe to check home video surveillance cameras on March 11 between 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. All information can be submitted to [email protected]
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