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(Un)American expression: Showing public disapproval of our president

(Un)American expression: Showing public disapproval of our president

Carly Lundry, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

November 12, 2019

Following the public chants and boos from fans attending the World Series, Trump supporters falsely accused the audience of being un-American. Americans have the fundamental right to speak out for beliefs, and to share concerns about domestic policy. The United States has political parties, legisl...

Fight Culture: the need to prevent it before it manifests

Fight Culture: the need to prevent it before it manifests

Chris Cumberbatch, Photo Manager

November 11, 2019

An epidemic has progressed throughout the Quad Cities. Students at Davenport West, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley, Moline, and Central have had one fight a day across each respective high school. These recent altercations serve as a lesson about identifying the telltale signs of a fight, diffusing conflict ...

PV’s fight: Serious issue or blown out of proportion?

PV’s fight: Serious issue or blown out of proportion?

Jack Donahue, Opinion Editor

November 11, 2019

Pleasant Valley High School saw a fight involving multiple students last Wednesday that led to a  series of drastic responses from both the students and staff.  From an outside perspective: a fight is a simple matter, and nothing uncommon. Though in the past PV has had occasional altercations, the f...

Social media: the ideal scapegoat

Social media: the ideal scapegoat

Sanjiv Iyer, Multimedia Manager

November 11, 2019

As a series of fights take place in schools throughout the area in a matter of a week, one common theme has emerged: social media. On Nov. 6, an email was sent to everyone enrolled at Pleasant Valley High School. "The incident today was due to comments being exchanged through social media over th...

If he can do it, why can’t she…

If he can do it, why can’t she…

Maddy Licea, Editor-in-Chief

November 11, 2019

Congresswoman Katie Hill stepped down from Congress on Nov. 1 after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a member of her staff and pornographic images were released by her soon to be ex husband. Hill admitted to an inappropriate relationship with a female worker on her campaign trail;...

The double standard: Why Trump’s war against terror was ignored

The double standard: Why Trump’s war against terror was ignored

Morgan McCartney, Buisness Manager

November 10, 2019

As news of an ISIS leader’s death spread, the response from the country was less than desirable for President Trump. Compared to the announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death, the public’s reaction was minuscule.  On October 28th, President Trump declared Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a prominent ruler...

The reaction to a celebrity friendship showcases the overly-polarized state of society

The reaction to a celebrity friendship showcases the overly-polarized state of society

Taylor English, Staff Contributor

November 6, 2019

After a photo of Ellen Degeneres and George W. Bush watching a Dallas Cowboy game together emerged, the controversy that surfaced served as a reminder of the dangers of political polarization. Degeneres is a known liberal and has been vocal about LGBTQ+ rights, as well as other politically-charged topics. Bush’s time a...

Why foreign language must be taught at a young age

Why foreign language must be taught at a young age

Jackson Schou, Copy Editor

November 4, 2019

Learning foreign language at a young age comes with many benefits—benefits which most students at Pleasant Valley don’t have the opportunity to gain from.  The way that PV offers foreign language isn’t all bad. Students have the opportunity to take Spanish, French, Japanese and American Sign Lan...

Why daylight-savings is an outdated practice

Why daylight-savings is an outdated practice

Will Sharis, Photo Manager

November 4, 2019

Daylight-saving is a practice that was put into effect without any real evidence of its benefits, and instead, hurt the health of the people and childrens’ childhoods. Those effects could be corrected if the practice was simply abolished. The origins of daylight-saving come from Germany in the early 20...

Force feeding activity: Why physical activity should not be required

Force feeding activity: Why physical activity should not be required

Jackson Schou, Copy Editor

October 24, 2019

Although Physical Education is supposed to provide a break from the rest of the school day, it has become a time which students dread.  Gym used to be an escape from the rest of the academic school day, but it has now turned into a chore. With numerous standards put in place, gym has become a tediou...

Is the school taking profit on overpriced lunches?

Is the school taking profit on overpriced lunches?

Jack Donahue, Opinion

October 22, 2019

Every Wednesday, the main lunch option for students is pizza from various places in the Quad Cities. While most students appreciate the option of pizza for lunch, some also feel like they’re overpaying for them.  Principal Darren Erickson said, to his knowledge, the school does not take advantage of...

Time to use study halls more efficiently

Time to use study halls more efficiently

Jack Donahue, Opinion Editor

October 21, 2019

Whether it’s everyday or opposite of gym, most students have a study hall somewhere in their schedule. However, students don’t always use the full potential for the 45 minutes they are given. With exception to the few studious teenagers in every study hall period, instead of doing homework or stu...

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