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Businesses Question the Government’s Definitions of Essential During this Crisis

Banner made by Sign-Ups to remind people of preventative measures.

By Esha Sharma, Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

COVID-19 has effectively changed the way society operates on a day-to-day basis. During this time there has been an outline laid out for who is and isn’t an essential business. Shuchi (Sue) Sharma runs a sign manufacturing company, Sign-ups and Banners. Some small businesses, such as hers, are now qu...

A Way to Fit During Quarantine

By Donovan Snell, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

The See 10 Do 10 challenge has arose across social media sites, mostly Instagram, to encourage others to stay active during these tough times. The challenge works by being tagged on social media doing the challenge, once you are tagged you then do the challenge yourself and tag other people to partici...

What It Means to Pass Away During COVID-19 As a Buddhist

Many families visit Buddhist temples every Sunday for seven weeks after they have lost a loved one to fully honor the deceased's soul and to help them transition into their next life.

By Hilary Nguyen, News Editor

May 18, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the nation, the number of deaths continues to increase. Generally, one’s death is followed by a funeral. However, due to social distancing, many are not able to hold funerals, let alone be near their loved ones who have passed. As a Buddhist, Erica is concern...

The Unexpected, but Temporary, Benefit to Lockdown

African penguins roaming the streets of Cape Town

By Katherine Linares, Managing Editor

May 15, 2020

As people all around the world are tucked away in their homes in lockdown, the world around us is growing greener and cleaner. The animals all around the world are starting to come out, African penguins are parading the streets of Cape Town, deer are gathering around shops in Japan, and pigeons have ta...

An all-too familiar past: unfolding two of the past centuries’ deadliest pandemics

(top)Seattle drugstore employees gather downtown amid 1918's influenza pandemic
(bottom)Pedestrians crossing the streets of downtown New York City mid- COVID-19 pandemic, 2020

By Gabi Rodriguez, Features/ Sports Editor

May 13, 2020

With the global population enduring the unwelcomed arrival of COVID-19, our lifestyles have unanimously veered into a bender. We find ourselves in an age with no guidelines, where the amount of honors classes and life experience seem to fall short of preparing us to live in the wake of a pandemic. This...

HISD Adopts New Grading Guidelines as Schools Close

Since schools have closed, students, like Vincent Huynh, have been required to participate in online classes.

By Vivian Huynh, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

While COVID-19 puts enormous stress on families and students, HISD has taken steps to alleviate the weight by implementing more lenient grading guidelines.  Ever since March 13, HISD announced that schools were to be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, affecting education and gr...

Race and Coronavirus in America

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By Ashton Brown, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

COVID-19 and it’s rising death toll have become matters of concern for every person on Earth, after achieving pandemic status. Unfortunately, in America, the concern is greater for some groups of people than others. Recently, networks like CNN have been casting segments of slideshows, displaying some ...

Streaming Services and an Epidemic

Streaming Services and an Epidemic

By Jonathon Morales, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two months, you know about COVID-19. One thing you might have also noticed is how much more you are watching your favorite shows on Netflix, binge watching a YouTube creator, or even seeing ads for the new entertainment platform Quibi.  It doesn’t tak...

For the first time, all students take AP tests from home

For the first time, all students take AP tests from home

By Carys Oriana Reyes, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

Covid-19 has caused students across the United States to resort to online learning and the College Board has had to alter and change the 2020 AP Tests that are going to happen this May.  College Board has altered certain tests such as AP World History because of online schooling and has also crea...

One Small Step, One Giant Leap

One Small Step, One Giant Leap

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

May 12, 2020

From door-to-door sales and cookie booths, the Girl Scout cookie sales that come once a year have always been a comfort to Americans all across the nations. And now the Girl Scouts are giving back to the essential workers of the nation the best way they know how: through the delicious taste of Thin Mints, Caramel Delights, and more.  This quarantine has struc...

CVHS Students Share Their Cure to Boredom During COVID-19

Reaching two months of a stay-at-home order, students' struggle with isolation and boredom at home.

By Donovan Snell, Staff Writer

May 12, 2020

Boredom has peaked at an all-time high among students with the arrival of COVID-19. Out of 10 students surveyed, boredom levels have averaged at around a 6.3 out of 10. When the same people were asked their level of boredom before quarantine,  According to these students, the boredom originates from the rep...

Tips on how to focus on work amid distractions at home

I tidy up my workspace before I get started my

May 10, 2020

Many of us find it hard to focus on work within the comfort of our own home, but why is that? It can be due to many things that distract us, such as family, pets, a TV or your phone. People stuck in quarantine suffering from this problem are wondering just what they can do to be able to focus, and thi...

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