Spartan Shield

When encouragement became a shove: the accidental pressure of the “Girls in STEM” movement

The recent push for more women in STEM has put many girls in an uncomfortable position.

Alyce Brown, Staff Contributor

June 19, 2020

There need to be more girls in STEM fields, there’s no question. But the assumption that the deficit comes from lack of encouragement fails to consider one thing: simple disinterest. Women in STEM are seen as heros, which many are, but the lack of any intense recognition being extended to women i...

Be a better buyer: Costco vs. HyVee

An aerial view of a grocery store. As one of the most vital businesses staying open, people are relying on grocery stores as a constant source of food.

Preksha Kedilaya, News Editor

May 21, 2020

While there may be a pandemic causing many people in the United States to stay at home and avoid public interaction, there are some necessities that require people to leave their homes. Grocery stores have been quickly adapting and working diligently to keep their customers safe. However, because of COVID...

$2 Bills and Kennedy Halves: The Case for Forgotten Currency

At least two of the three “rare” forms of cash/coin are immediately available to customers at any local bank or credit union.

Rece Vining, Lead Editor

May 19, 2020

$2 bills have always brought with them a certain level of mystique. Featuring a reverse design as ornate as any American bill, they have been incessantly hoarded by the American populace due to the scarcity with which they appear in everyday transactions.  The primary reason behind America’s reject...

Supporting small businesses is an essential

Cars wait in line at Coffee Hound in Bettendorf  on May 16. to support the local business during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Karleigh Nading, Opinion Editor

May 19, 2020

With billions of people all over the world affected drastically by the Coronavirus economic impacts, there is one group that has been hit the hardest; small businesses.  Small businesses are run by everyday people in the community. With so many people only leaving their house for essentials during the...

To all of those who are struggling right now

Spartan Shield's Elise Johnson, senior, openly admits to struggling with depression and hopes to remind other who may be struggling during this time that they are not alone.

Elise Johnson, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic was nothing anyone could have prepared for. Now that it has taken over the United States, we are all feeling symptoms from the pandemic, whether we’re infected with the virus or not. With schools, shops, restaurants and almost all human interaction being taken away from us ...

Reopening America is More Complicated Than You Think

Depending on who you ask, protestors are either heroes against tyranny or a selfish danger to public health.

Rece Vining, Lead Editor

May 16, 2020

It has become fashionable in recent weeks, especially on social media, to cast the reopening debate as human life vs. the economy. On one side, proponents of continued shutdown argue no amount of money is worth a life, going so far as to call opposition “nothing less than moral bankruptcy”. Meanw...

Third parties: The ugly duckling of the presidential election

Some want to reject the two party system and vote third-party, prompting backlash in a politically tense time.

TJ Brown, Copy Editor

May 11, 2020

With the 2020 presidential election looming, tensions are running high. As many are hoping to get the historically unpopular President Donald Trump out of office, all variables are being scrutinized — including the presence of third party candidates. House Representative Justin Amash announced hi...

The Iowa-Inn Grand Re-opening

Dahm's cartoon featuring Governor Reynolds after her decision to reopen 77 counties.

Anton Dahm, Copy Editor

May 11, 2020


It’s only getting more difficult: Teachers are assigning too much homework

Online school work for many students increases as the end of the school year approaches. Many students realize that it is becoming more difficult to stay on top of their assignments and complete them on time.

Lena Ahrens, Social Media Manager

May 11, 2020

Transitioning from in-school learning to online learning has been difficult for many people. The students’ workload that comes along with this transition has seemed to increase and has been hard to stay on top of. On April 8 the Pleasant Valley eNews sent an email to parents and students in reg...

Control the Country: Trump placing blame rather than leading

The tension between the Democratic and Republican party rises as the election comes around the corner.

Preksha Kedilaya, News Editor

May 10, 2020

In the middle of a pandemic during election season, one would think staying proactive and outspoken would benefit a candidates race. However, just the opposite is occuring. Democratic candidate Joe Biden has been seemingly moving out of the spotlight to give room for President Donald Trump to demolish his ow...

Careful what you wish for: COVID-19 is changing views on the things we once took for granted

COVID-19 is causing many places to shut down.

Ilah Perez-Johnson, Sports Editor

May 5, 2020

The Coronavirus is affecting people everywhere. After almost 50 days in quarantine, it’s safe to say that many are missing those simple social interactions that happened daily.  Whether it was going inside to get a cup of coffee, going to Whitey’s with family and even going to school to see friend...

Exaggerations cloud criticism of lockdown policies across the nation

Citizens in Ohio protest their state’s lockdown policy.

TJ Brown, Copy Editor

May 4, 2020

Lockdown has now been in full effect throughout most states in the US, and many people are critical of the government for its way of handling the crisis — some believing the government is not doing enough while others claim they are doing too much, stifling the economy in the process. The latter h...

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