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Board game day hosted to combat isolation

Board game day hosted to combat isolation

By Emily Widgren and Hannah Zalewski

January 29, 2018


Filed under Features, News, Showcase

In their Exploring Global Issues class, seniors Eva Ciaramitaro and Erin Kaled are combating the isolationism brought on by technology and phones and hosting a board game day for teens and the elderly on Jan. 20 at Central Library. “I can see how technology has influenced isolation with the different gen...

From YouTube star to pop star

From YouTube star to pop star

By JoAnna Alexander, Intern

January 26, 2018


Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

Former YouTuber and music sensation Troye Sivan released his new song “My My My!” on Jan. 10. In the past, Sivan has created hit songs like “Wild” and “Youth.” Sivan’s songs are dream pop, which is a subgenre of alternative rock. His fans expected a lot from the pop icon, and he has exceeded t...

Go Plane: Great concept, poor execution

Go Plane: Great concept, poor execution

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

January 26, 2018


Filed under Apps, Reviews, Showcase

Set above a blue sky, the controllable plane in mobile app “Go Plane” can actively dodge incoming rockets through the swipes and movement of a player’s finger. The app features a variety of unlocks and is packed with possible challenges, unfortunately caused in part due to multiple technical issue...

Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of Jan. 15-22

Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of Jan. 15-22

By Michal Ruprecht, Editor-at-Large

January 22, 2018


Filed under Keeping it brief, News, Showcase

1. Government shutdowns At midnight on Friday, Jan. 19, the U.S. government shut down. Although the House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill, lawmakers weren’t able to pass the bill in the Senate because there wasn’t a section on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program....

Our editorial: Building global citizens requires diverse leaders

Our editorial: Building global citizens requires diverse leaders

By The Editorial Board

January 20, 2018


Filed under Ideas, Our Editorial, Showcase

Throughout the years, school systems across the United States have made efforts to introduce minority faculty. But, as the student population at North continues to become more diverse in terms of ethnicity, religion and gender and sexual identity, the education system and its faculty must accommodat...

Smoke and mirrors: the cunning manipulation of a generation of smokers

Smoke and mirrors: the cunning manipulation of a generation of smokers

By Abbey Cadieux, Editor-in-Chief

January 18, 2018


Filed under Ideas, Showcase

Cotton candy. Blue raspberry. Strawberry shortcake. Browsing the aisles of a modern smoke shop is the equivalent of visiting a candy store for adults and (some underage) teens. The only difference between the two, however, is that this cotton candy is cancerous. As traditional cigarettes bec...

The flip of a page versus the click of a mouse

The flip of a page versus the click of a mouse

By Sarah Shanely, Intern

January 10, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Our lives are continuously evolving along with technological advances and school is no exception. Senior Stephanie Schaefer has noticed the shift from paper to the computer throughout her high school career. “(I noticed the shift) probably freshman year … so I got more used to it then,” she said....

‘Assembly Line’ is simple, yet addictive

‘Assembly Line’ is simple, yet addictive

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

January 10, 2018


Filed under Apps, Reviews, Showcase

Recently updated on Dec. 24 by its developer Olympus, the free app Assembly Line makes up for its lackluster, simplistic graphics in return for a game built around the creation of a variety of logic-based assembly-line processes. The major objective of the game is to create an efficient virtual assembly...

Gymnastics team falls short on first meet

Gymnastics team falls short on first meet

By Emily McCloskey and Sarah Shanley

January 8, 2018


Filed under Gymnastics, Showcase, Sports

The gymnastics team competed in their first meet on Dec. 12 at Fraser High School. The team lost by a few points, but sophomore Claire Yee is proud of how they did and is hopeful for the upcoming meet on Wednesday, Jan. 10. “What I probably enjoy most is the adrenaline I get from competing. I don’...

Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of Jan. 8-14

Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of  Jan. 8-14

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

January 8, 2018


Filed under Keeping it brief, News, Showcase

Michigan and other states’ Macy’s stores to close Macy’s announced that it would close 11 stores throughout 2018, including one at Birchwood Mall, located near Port Huron. While saving money through this, the chain can now focus more attention to its online store. For more information on the chain’s dwindling n...

Sports teams build meaningful friendships

Sports teams build meaningful friendships

By Katelynn Mulder and JoAnna Alexander

January 3, 2018


Filed under Boys Swimming, Hockey, Showcase, Sports, Synchronized Swimming

Mario Lorelli 12th grade varsity   Senior Mario Lorelli has played hockey since he was little, when his father first introduced him to the sport. “Well my dad played and all of his brothers played, so I started playing when I was young, and it's something I liked so kept with it,” Lore...

On Pointe: Top things to look out for the week of Dec. 24-31

On Pointe: Top things to look out for the week of Dec. 24-31

By Savannah Burguron, Intern

January 3, 2018


Filed under Keeping it brief, News, Showcase

The latest and last installment of the “Pitch Perfect” franchise came out on Dec. 22. The movie follows the Barden Bella girls on their final journey to prove to the world that they aren’t just a college club. “Pitch Perfect 3” earned a 31 percent critic rating and 52 percent user rati...