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The Apple Vision Pro was released by Apple on Feb 2, 2024 and has sold over 200,000 units

Apple Vision Pros: Dynamic or dystopian?

Selah DeVore, Copy Editor March 1, 2024

Apple’s new Vision Pro device was released to U.S. consumers earlier this month to mixed reviews.  The headset is designed to allow users to play games and complete productive tasks on a computer...

Making slime can be a messy, yet valuable process. Snoopslimes sales hit a staggering $11 million in 2022.

Sticky business: Young female slime entrepreneurs are redefining business norms

Alene Keppy, Feature Editor February 26, 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of entrepreneurship, a unique and unexpected trend has emerged: slime. What started as a childhood pastime has transformed into a thriving business niche, and it's the creative...

The Navy Blue Angels perform a flyover concluding the opening ceremony of Super Bowl 50
Ownership rights and Photo credits- Brandon C. Dyer

The price of stardom: Analyzing the cost of celebrities in Super Bowl ads

Abby Moroney, Business Manager February 26, 2024

The 2024 Super Bowl was watched by over 123 million people making it the most watched Super Bowl in history. Although 43% of viewers are indifferent to the actual football, only tuning in for the commercials. This...

The modern prevalence of plastic surgery often leaves women with self-esteem issues.

Botched beauty: Plastic surgery robs women of money and self-esteem

Ayah Alsheikha, Print Editor in Chief February 22, 2024

Between lip filler and Brazilian butt lifts, buccal fat removal and implants, plastic surgery has established itself as the most popular form of surgery in the 21st century -- and the most dangerous.  Since...

TikTok has provided the ideal platform for showcasing the intricate and mesmerizing processes of crocheting, knitting and sewing. TikTok crafters, many of whom are from Generation Z, use their platforms to share their projects, tips and techniques.

Crafting a new narrative: TikTok’s impact on the revival of traditional hobbies

Alene Keppy, Feature Editor February 20, 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of social media, TikTok has emerged as a driving force behind the resurgence of traditional crafts, particularly crocheting, knitting and sewing. Generation Z has embraced...

As Valentines Day approaches, people will rush to buy cards, flowers and chocolates for their loved ones– but is anything as valuable as hearing the words “I love you?”

The $25.8 billion question: Is saying “I love you” becoming obsolete?

Alene Keppy, Feature Editor February 14, 2024

This year, Valentine’s Day spending in the United States is expected to reach  $185 per person, or $25.8 billion in total spending. As Americans plan to express their love for all of the important people...

A loaded trap bar, typically used for deadlifts and shrugs
Photo by Ricky Bennison

Students oblivious to hidden risks of powerlifting

Abby Moroney, Business Manager February 12, 2024

Many people take to powerlifting for its benefits in strength training and building muscle mass. But what they may be missing are the dangers associated with the sport.  Powerlifting is an intense...

Orange peel test goes viral on social media

People on social media turn to fruit for relationship advice

Katelyn Morris, News Editor February 12, 2024

New social media trends are influencing the way teenagers and adults alike find value in their relationships. This rush of relationship content could impact the future norms of relationships. One new...

Elite betrayal: A dark stain on prestigious institutions

Elite betrayal: A dark stain on prestigious institutions

Ameya Menon, PV Only Editor February 5, 2024

Five of the topmost schools in the nation settled a $104.5 million deal on Jan. 23 in order to escape allegations of price-fixing. The Ivy League universities were held responsible for colluding to favor...

Empty night skies overlook Pleasant Valley High School, as excessive nighttime lighting in the Quad Cities pollutes the sky with artificial brightness.

Up in the air: Nights brighten as industry, urbanization and science compete for the skies

Margil Sanchez Carmona, Arts & Entertainment Editor January 8, 2024

When most PV students look up at the night sky, they are lucky to see even a couple of stars. After a few minutes, they may see a couple dozen. But never anything more. Star-curious PV students must...

HP inkjet printers, such as this ENVY Photo entice many consumers with low upfront cost and clever marketing, but more than make up for the slim margins through the inflated cost of their ink cartridges.

HP’s deceptive marketing schemes punish consumers

Troy Tomson, Site Manager January 6, 2024

HP and other companies have recently been called out for their unethical business practices by both tech news sites and tech youtubers. From monopolistic behavior to discouraging consumer repair, this...

One of LEGO’s sets aimed at a new audience

LEGO’s revamped branding brings on a new audience

Alex Lokenvitz January 3, 2024

For years, the LEGO company aimed to market sets specifically towards children. With their fun childish designs and sets resembling children's favorite movies, toys and brands, it is no question that LEGOs...

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