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Asritha Gunukula at Davenport Junior Theatre, a summer acting camp for kids

The dark side of child acting

Asritha Gunukula, Multimedia Manager April 8, 2024

From the “Quiet on the Set” documentary to the ‘downfall’ of Amanda Bynes adding to the long list of fallen child stars, viewers are finally having a serious discussion on the major impacts children...

Performative activism causes individuals to be more worried about their public image rather than making a change.

Performative activism: The pitfalls of seeking validation through online advocacy

Asritha Gunukula, Multimedia Manager April 2, 2024

While clicking from story to story and scrolling from post to post, young adults often come across the activism of others, not just celebrities but their peers. It seems remarkable for people to be so...

Pleasant Valley students become a possible target for gun violence after new bill passes.

Protecting education, not firearms: Why guns have no role in schools

Katelyn Morris, A&E Editor March 26, 2024

Iowa politicians passed House File 2586 on February 28, stirring controversy amongst students. The bill aims to increase security in grade schools across Iowa, but its outcome might be just the opposite. House...

Class rings stand out as a popular way to celebrate graduation

Opinion: High school graduation loses value as profit-driven companies capitalize the experience

Katelyn Morris, A&E Editor, News Editor March 21, 2024

High school graduation is being capitalized by large companies who aim to enrich the experience for graduating students. When a high school senior walks across the stage to receive their diploma, they...

PV alumn Leila Assadi and Senior Luci Patel at a pro choice rally, in the midst of the overturn of Roe V. Wade

Iowa bill requiring students to watch an anti-abortion video ignites controversy

Asritha Gunukula, Multimedia Manager March 20, 2024

Iowa’s human growth and development classes will now be requiring all students to watch a computer-generated video regarding abortion.  ‘Baby Olivia’ is an animated fetus that will be shown growing...

Orange is the color of gun violence awareness, a rising problem in American society.

Rising tide of gun violence: A looming crisis met with silence

Muskan Mehta, Social Media Manager March 6, 2024

It has become trite. The redundant, sorrowful news of another school shooting. Coping from the endless tragedies that have transpired, people desperately want to point a finger. The shooter, the parents...

Every year approximately 58% of all highschool seniors feel pressured to attend prestigious universities.

Rethinking success: The changing narrative of higher education 

Asritha Gunukula, Multimedia Manager March 1, 2024

Throughout high school, students are constantly told by the adults and media around them the importance of getting into a top university. While in the past this level of attention was reserved for exceptional...

Junior Sabrina Richards examines her scantron assessment

Measuring up: How the US education system’s performance falls short against international benchmarks

Ameya Menon, PV Only Editor February 15, 2024

When it comes to taking kids to soccer practice or art lessons, parents are ahead of the game. But when examining the entirety of the treatment of American children, the United States is far behind other...

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Beyond the books: The need for mental health days in high schools

Asritha Gunukula, Multimedia Manager February 14, 2024

When a student is physically ill, it is a given that they will stay home from school for the day as it is the responsible thing to do. However, when a student is mentally unable, suddenly they are considered...

Comedian Garry Shandling during the rehearsal of the 45th Emmy Awards, in September 1993.
© Photo by Alan Light // CC-BY-SA-2.0

When jokes cross the line: Navigating the boundaries of humor in award shows

Asritha Gunukula, Multimedia Manager February 5, 2024

From “The Slap Heard Around the World” to jokes on a celebrity’s antisemitism, award shows have turned from a moment to celebrate celebrity talent to a complete mockery of them. Is this moral? When...

From Rihannas billionaire status to Beyoncés billion dollar Renaissance Tour, the artistic reverence and economic success of women of color comes from the unrivaled support of their community.

Economics of community: The entertainment industry’s most sustainable business model is crafted by women of color

Margil Sanchez Carmona, Arts & Entertainment Editor January 5, 2024

Beyoncé’s BeyHive, Nicki Minaj’s Barbs, Rihanna’s Navy--arguably the most influential fan communities in the music industry.  All of these fan communities have one thing in common--they follow...

Junior Alika Cho watches TikTok influencer participate in the Fox eye trend. This influencer pulls her eyes back, a racist action that has haunted East Asians

The hypocrisy of beauty: Society’s resistance to accept cultural inclusiveness

Prerna Vanga, Assistant Edior-in-Chief January 4, 2024

There are no set rules for the standards of beauty. Trends and favored traits shift over the years, but one factor remains the same: there is absolutely a preferred race in beauty. Whether intentional...

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