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Dunbar Student Gets Fit

January 22, 2017

Over the winter break, people tend to eat copious amounts of food (influenced by grandma), spend time playing their new games which require no physical activity and overall get nothing done, putting them at one of their laziest points of the year. Resulting from this America-wide norm is the famous resolution people tend to turn to for motivation: “I want to get fit.” The Beginning Until the new year going into 201...

What’s Up With Chipotle?

What’s Up With Chipotle?

March 3, 2016

It all started in August 2015, when a norovirus outbreak occurred at a branch in Simi Valley, California. This was followed by E. coli outbreaks in October and November in Washington and Colorado and another norovirus outbreak in early December that infected 120 students at Boston College. In late December the Center for Disease Control and Prevention began investigating five more cases in Kansas,...

Why are Cigarettes Still Legal?

March 13, 2015

I am a second-hand smoker. For years, I’ve sat on the porch or in the passenger seat of a car and watched the way the soft, grey tobacco fluttered to the ground or zipped out the window with the deft flick of a finger. There was an art to the way a cigarette could be balanced between teeth and lips, an extension from the body, something that could only be perfected from daily practice. When they...

School, Sleep and Study Hall

February 12, 2015

What if we had school pushed back an hour? Would it solve the sleep deprivation that all high school students get? What about study hall for non-MSTC freshman? We asked students if school should be pushed back an hour. Sophomore Iain Cavins said, “I would like if school was put back an hour later because it means I get to sleep longer and I don’t really mind about getting pushed back later...

Breaking our Backs

Breaking our Backs

January 8, 2015

What do we consider when we choose a backpack? Yeah, it has to be practical, but we also want to look good. A backpack has to be good quality and have support, but it also needs to be affordable. And most importantly, high school students want to look cool, so they choose the bags that seem most relaxed. Unfortunately, it’s most likely that this factor causes back problems for teens. Back...



January 6, 2015

In the era of Instagram and Tumblr, not to mention Netflix and Twitter, it’s amazing students get any sleep at all. According to our survey* the average Paul Laurence Dunbar student gets 7.1  hours of sleep on weekdays and 8.32 hours during the weekend. The Sleep Foundation reports that the recommended amount of sleep that teenagers need to get in order to function their best is around 9.25...

The Flu: A School-wide Plague

December 19, 2014

It starts with that achy feeling when you wake up. You decide to drag yourself to school anyways—there’s a test you can’t miss. By third block, everything you touch feels like ice, and your mind is foggy. It’s fourth block, and it’s all you can do to stay awake. The second you get home, it’s PJ’s and bed-if you can fall asleep. You sleep the next day away, your head throbbing, simultaneously...

Gym Etiquette for Dummies

Jacob Blevins, Staff Reporter

February 25, 2014

In the past few years as my peers have started lifting weights, I have noticed the development of a disturbing trend. Many people my age are not educated on standard weight room manners, and it has become incredibly annoying. It is my hope that by identifying common errors, people will begin correcting their mistakes and create a much more enjoyable environment for all. There are many frustrating mistakes that are made, including what I call “girlfriend day.” I often see a guy my age come into the weight room with his girlfriend. It is understandable that you want to show them how “stupid yoked” you are, but...