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Bachelor Finale Review

On this year’s Bachelor finale, bachelor/pilot Jake Pavelka made an unexpected choice by choosing this season’s villain, and my personal favorite, Vienna, as his bride….







New Versions of Monopoly Unnecessary

In celebration of Monopoly’s seventy-fifth anniversary, Hasbro and Parker Brothers decided to “redesign” the American classic by eliminating the signature aspects of the game.  In…


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Nine’s Director Didn’t Take Advantage

The highly anticipated musical-turned-movie, Nine, directed by the mastermind of Chicago Rob Marshall, premiered December 25. I was half expecting to fall head over heals…


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Pretty Colors Make Avatar Worthwhile

Avatar, a sci-fi action film by James Cameron, was released in theaters December 18, 2009. Making just over $1 billion in international sales, Avatar has…


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The Irregardless Cafe

I am a vegan, which makes eating out a daunting task in Raleigh, North Carolina. Even finding vegetarian-friendly restaurants is difficult, and when you finally…



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Final Fantasy XIII

Square Enix has delivered one of the most addictive system sellers ever created with the release of Final Fantasy XIII.  The video game has already…


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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes hit the big screen on Christmas day.  The movie stays true to the classic Sherlock Holmes—mystery.  However, it also brings in a lot…


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Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

These days it is extremely difficult to come across a band that has a distinct sound.  Artists like Daughtry and Nickelback blast continually on MTV…


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Top 10 Reasons to take Newspaper

Thinking about registering for Newspaper?  Consider these things first! 1)      You learn to never procrastinate.  Maybe you’ve gotten into that habit in other classes, but…






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GPAs are Calculated Inaccurately

A new policy adopted by the state board of education outlines the standards for a student’s electronic transcript.  This transcript, an official record of a…


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Tis’ the season to say…?

The winter season is a time of many holidays, and many students wish to communicate their well wishes to family, friends, and even strangers during…







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Paying for Grades a Bad Idea

If schools took donations for grades, various programs that require extra funds might thrive, but students’ motivation and quality of education would drastically decline. Leesville…






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Attitude to Blame for Poor Education

Recent studies prove that America’s economic and cultural domination will end within the century.  Whether today’s students like it or not, the U.S. is no…


LRHS’s Dracula Exceeds Expectations

Leesville’s fall production of Dracula, performed November 5-7, exceeded every expectation its audience had. Usually ranked second in quality to the school’s spring musical each…


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Christmas Here Too Early

The moment I walked into Target on Halloween night, I knew something was wrong: Christmas was here, but it was only October!  Alongside the discounted…


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A Day for Veneration, Not Vacation

November 11, 2009 marked the 90th anniversary of Veteran’s Day in America’s history. In 1919, when Veteran’s Day was known as Armistice Day, Woodrow Wilson…



Powder puff causes disunity at LRHS

The Powder Puff game and carnival is supposed to be just another outlet for the Loonies to release their surplus of school spirit. Students come…


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The Skinny on Fad Diets

Since reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan over summer break, I began to think about a question he asks in the beginning of the…


The Curls Prevail

I am not a fan of what the flatiron has done to society. The tool that burns like the flames of Hell has not only…



Dress Code Distractions

I understand that a dress code is necessary to provide an environment conducive to the students’ learning, but I believe that our school’s strict dress…



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Stop Complaining

President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, and since his surprising win, critics have not ceased complaining. Conservatives and liberals alike questioned the…



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Gym Etiquette

School sports are not for everyone. While some can score touch downs and make home-runs, others chose not to participate in team sports.  I am…