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After months of dissecting my game, I could hardly make a shot. The diagonosis? Yips. (Michael Bamberger/

Personal Column: My experience with “yips” and my lacrosse journey

By Joseph Mutagaya, Arts and Entertaiment Editor May 6, 2024

The summer after junior year was the hottest one I can remember. Each and every day that month, the sun beat down mercilessly, turning Mama’s Ultraviolet flower bushes into depressed piles of dead...

Bal Masqué, Charles Hermans, 1880

Revelry and Razzle-Dazzle: A Quick History of Masquerade Balls

By Tobias Hawes May 3, 2024

The ‘masquerade’ as many a senior would recognize it, with mystery, flouted social norms, wild parties, and glamour began as the Venetian festival of the Carnivale. In medieval and Renaissance Venice,...

Ruby (right) and I (left) together in a Walgreens basket, feeling the holiday spirit.

Personal Column: My love’s souvenir

By Lorena Chavez, Staff Writer April 21, 2024

“Ruby Chavez.” As the principal of my sister’s high school announced her name, applause flooded the auditorium. My parents, well in their 50s, slowly made their way across the stage: my mom in...

My first day at St. Johns, filled with uncertainty.

Personal Column: Finding my path

By Siddharth Dasari, Staff Writer March 5, 2024

No chance.  That’s what I was thinking as soon as I turned in my application to St. John’s School (SJS), which is considered Houston’s premier private high school.  To begin with, I was an...

Photo from NPR story, How Mass Shootings Are Forcing Schools To Re-Evaluate Safety.

Personal Column: The endless cycle

By Daniella Lopez, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., Dec. 2012: 26 killed. Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022: 21 killed. Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Parkland, Florida, Feb. 14, 2018: 17...

Boko Haram in undated photo. 
(Boko Haram, Nigeria.)

The Geopolitics of the Sahel

By John B. Covington, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Safety and security are at risk in the Sahel region, which extends across the African landmass from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. A complicated web of issues and conflicts exists in this region. The...

My sister, Claire, standing on UVAs lawn at 6 years old.

Personal Column: The lucky one

By Audrey Piczak, Opinions Editor February 22, 2024

Wish me luck! We all want to be the lucky one. I can’t count how many times I’ve wished it for myself, even more so for others. When I was younger and didn’t know any better, I would ask God for...

Red Chinese lanterns, often hung up as decorations during Lunar New Years

Personal Column: My year doesn’t start without red

By Ella Pham, Copy Editor February 21, 2024

“Happy New Year,” I whispered to no one. A dulled paint job and an empty house. Silence reared its deafening fangs in a manner that was all too harsh — it clamped down on the nightstand, then...

Palm Sunday celebration, getting ready to walk through the church with our shirts and palm leaves.

Finding faith: It’s okay to not know

By Adelynn Rubio, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

Please God, please. Please don’t let my parents break up. I’ll never ask for anything ever again God, just this once. I sat there crying, tears streaming down my face, meeting in the middle of my...

Young me in La Patagonia

Personal Column: Growing up in a world of colors

By Nicole Rodil Suarez, Photo Editor February 7, 2024

“Where are you from?” I hate that question. How am I supposed to answer? Am I supposed to say the country I was born in or the one I’m currently living in? Or should I say any of the other countries...

Me and Kriska sitting outside on a pretty day

Personal Column: Saying goodbye

By Bela Jotwani, Staff Writer February 6, 2024

How do you say goodbye to your childhood friend? That’s what I asked myself standing outside my quiet home after 18 hours of traveling. The air was silent and devoid of the familiar barks I called...

Andrew playing the violin as a 4th grader

Personal Column: Exceeding expectasians

By Andrew Lee, Staff Writer February 5, 2024

My paper was drenched. I stared at the numbers, rows of multiplication stacked on top of each other. The symbols, and my vision, began to blur. “Eric already knew how to do this when he was your...

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