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The Life Behind the Trigger: A response to Columbia’s recent shootings.

Rebecca Archer, Writer

April 30, 2016


Filed under Opinion

On Monday, April 25, Columbia experienced three shootings, and this has raised the question of safety within Columbia's community. Columbia is often known for great festivals, including the True-false film festival and Roots & Blues, but how will the recent shooting impact the feeling of saf...

“Mind of Mine” review

“Mind of Mine” review

Adrian Maddox, writer

April 29, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Zayn Malik recently released his first album as a solo artist. Upon his leave of his former band, I feel the time to listen to it, is now. Malik's new album "Mind of Mine" goes in to depth of his relationships in a techno, synthetic twist. "Mind of Mine" is zayn's showcase of his taste in music. Zayn...

Keeping College Ready

Madalynn Owens, Writer

April 29, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The past couple of weeks at Battle have been filled with a flurry of anxious students hustling to get their course requests in. Talk of graduation requirements, study halls and AP or honors classes were heard throughout the hallways. This year an honors option is offered for almost every cour...

Senior Activities: Good or Bad?

Senior Activities: Good or Bad?

Ross Terry

April 28, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Student Life

With graduation less than a month away, the excitement is rising. Seniors are making the final push to raise their grades and prepare for finals. Among all this, Battle High School has some activities planned for the seniors. On May 19th, the Senior Picnic is being held at Stephens Lake Park. Starting...

Columbia’s Fixation on the Population

Columbia’s Fixation on the Population

Roxy Garcia, funky journalist

April 20, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Downtown Columbia will look very different in the coming year. On the corner of Ninth St. and Locust St. a new ten story apartment building will replace the local businesses. Britches and Quinton's Bar have already been abandoned. Plans are being reviewed for the new Rise Apartments building accordin...

Putting an End to the Silence: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Putting an End to the Silence: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Rebecca Archer, your not so average teenage journalist

April 20, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

If you were to ask me what I'm talented at, I'd say it'd be coping with bad experiences. Through my dad being deployed across seas to witnessing the divorce at a young age, I've always had a way through smiling tough times and ignoring my emotions, but nothing could have prepared me for the day my life...

Be the Change

Be the Change

Rebecca Archer, Writer

April 12, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem"- Phil Donahue Suicide in the United States has become a nation-wide epidemic. The minority populations who are largely affected by this often aren't recognized in mainstream media, including our LGBT community. Suicide rates among this commu...

A Sampling of Sushi

A Sampling of Sushi

Hayden Elder, Online Editor

February 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Student Life

Living in Columbia we have the unique opportunity to get a taste of other cultures' cuisines. People from all over the world have set up shop around the city, offering everything from Polish pierogis to Indian curry. Recently, I had the opportunity to taste two of the best Japanese (specifically sus...

One and Done: Are One to One Programs Worth It?

One and Done: Are One to One Programs Worth It?

Hayden Elder, Online Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Student Life, Uncategorized

Today, technology is a part of our lives like never before. We wake up to our phone's alarm, we find our way to new locations with the built-in GPS, and we monitor every step with a Fitbit. Every waking moment technology is occupying our time. With this new surge of connectivity, the next logical step would be ...

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Hayden Elder, Online Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Student Life

  Winter is a car's worst nightmare. The sub-freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on many key mechanical parts, snow and ice turn the tires into an ice skating rink, and the salt put onto roads does its best to rip holes into the exterior of the car. Winter isn't kind to cars or people, most ev...

Weighted GPA’s: a Heavy Topic

Madalynn Owens, Freelance Writer

April 30, 2015


Filed under Opinion

People who work more stressful jobs often get paid more than those with a less stressful or less demanding job. Many people believe this system should be expanded past the real world and into high school; this system is called weighted GPAs. Currently, Battle High School does not weight student's...

Rad Fads’ Summer Edition

Hannah Dietzel, Writer

April 30, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Student Life

I've seen a great change this year when it comes to young ladies stepping it up into a women's heel. Even fourteen year olds are getting the hint these days by not tying their over large tee's with a scrunchie to make it look tighter. People are sticking with a more modern, classy look. Follow these...

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