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There’s No Place Like Home

There's No Place Like Home
Crozet's development habit can't last forever
March 13, 2020

My childhood lines up with the history of Crozet’s Master plan and population “boom”-- my family moved into a new house in a small development in 2002. Since, I’ve watched the woods behind my house...

Not the Time to Draw the Line

Virginia Democrats should use their newfound leverage for the greater good of the nation
March 11, 2020

In 2010, Republicans nationwide were swept into power. Anti-Obama sentiment was high, the Tea Party had peaked and Democrats who traditionally voted stayed home for the midterms. As a result, the House...

Deteriorating Track Poses Risk To Athletes

Deteriorating Track Poses Risk To Athletes
March 9, 2020

The track at Western is in a rough state. After years of use from not just the students, but hundreds of different people, the track is slowly degrading.  “The track needs to be resurfaced more than...

Does Registering Early for AP Tests Lead to Higher Scores?

Does Registering Early for AP Tests Lead to Higher Scores?
March 9, 2020

A decision in 2018 by the College Board to require early downpayment for AP exams has led to much frustration for high school students and administrators alike. In the 2017-2018 school year, the College...

Don’t Ask Me About College!

Don't Ask Me About College!
Students having to deal with classes and applications shouldn't have to deal with the stress of personal inquiries.
December 18, 2019

The questions began as early as my freshman year. Since then, they’ve only gotten worse. It’s the dreaded go-to of nosy adults everywhere: “So where are you going to college?” The truthful response...

Lime vs. Bird: An E-Scooter Review

Rival e-scooters Lime (left) and Bird (right) parked in Charlottesville's Court Square.
Who will take the crown, or helmet in this case??
April 18, 2019

Hallelujah, it’s raining… electric scooters??? It seems as though they appeared overnight just a few months ago, and in fact, they did! The City of Charlottesville approved a dockless scooter and e-bike...

Editorial: More Than Just a Number

Making the argument for electives
April 16, 2019

With college at the forefront of many high schoolers’ minds, it’s not surprising that students want to maximize their scores on everything—including their GPAs. Sometimes, though, getting the highest...

Opinion: Let’s Not Repeat 2016

Graphic by Julianne Kirby
A moderate president is the only way to heal the political divide in the United States
April 9, 2019

The month-long government shutdown, Trump’s most recent presidential address, and his blossoming friendship with dictator Kim Jong Un have had me looking forward with a sense of desperation to the 2020...

Revolutionary Science: Gene Modifications

Revolutionary Science: Gene Modifications
Is the science world moving too quickly by editing the genes of humans, or has the time come?
February 7, 2019

In recent years, CRISPR, a gene editing technology that can make specific changes to the DNA of plants and animals, has grown into a technology that allows for absolute precision in the process of changing...

Thinking Outside the Gym

Thinking Outside the Gym
Cheerleading team indicates a lack of available practice space
February 7, 2019

Western Albemarle has worked to expand our athletic resources, including the construction of an auxiliary gym, but this is not enough to provide for all teams. “Having the two gyms is really helpful,”...

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LIII

Under Official Review: The Ads of Super Bowl LIII
February 5, 2019

Welcome back, dear readers, to the fourth installment of Under Official Review, your one stop shop for the best ads aired during the biggest sporting event of the year! This year’s Super Bowl was actually...

Has Christmas Become Too Corporate?

Has Christmas Become Too Corporate?
December 23, 2018

The phrase “Hallmark holiday”, named for the Hallmark greeting card corporation, refers to certain celebrations (e.g. Secretary’s Day, Boss’ Day, etc.) that claim to celebrate certain groups in...

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