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The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

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The criticism towards artists like Taylor Swift displays the imbalance between women and men in the music industry.

Double standards in the music industry are setting women up for failure

Sarah Chen, Copy Editor September 27, 2022

From 2012 to 2020, across 900 top songs, women made up only 21.6% of all artists and 12.6% of all songwriters. Shockingly, but not surprisingly, men have dominated almost all facets of society including...

Tesla is the leader in producing many of these arguably boring cars.

How EVs are destroying car culture

Sam Brown, Copy Editor September 26, 2022

Cars have provided transportation and joy for more than a century. Their roaring engines, numerous styles and amazing possibilities under the hood have preoccupied the minds of car enthusiasts for decades. Now,...

The murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini sparks protests in Iran at a magnitude that has never been seen before. As these protests rattle Iran, discourse about Western disconnect erupts on social media.

The hijab: more than an accessory, a symbol of autonomy

Leila Assadi, Opinion Editor September 26, 2022

Iran is a land of history and humanity, one of Earth’s oldest civilizations and the birthplace of rich literature, art, music and architecture. It is a beautiful country hidden behind the brutality of...

Wendy’s Company, who reported $1.51 billion revenue in 2021, is seen on Twitter participating in the “Little Miss” trend to their 3.9 million followers.

Manufactured personas: How big corporations trick consumers through social media

Pranav Suresh, Arts and Entertainment Editor September 19, 2022

“Prom?” “Okay, but don’t get handsy and we have to be home by ten.” This seemingly hilarious conversation between the 4 for 4’s pigtailed redhead Wendy and the King of burgers blew up...

The University of Iowa Hospital Eating Disorder Program which will be phased out.

Phasing out: The University of Iowa loses its eating disorder program

Emma Vaaler, Photo Manager September 19, 2022

Reproductive healthcare has long been a well-publicized and controversial medical issue in Iowa. With the overturning of Roe versus Wade in June, a new critical healthcare issue is developing. The University...

Seniors Kushal Maridu and Josie Kaffenberger are crowned 2022 Homecoming king and queen at the Homecoming assembly on September 16th.

Seniority in shambles: Homecoming class attendants change the meaning of court

Karin Fowler, Sports Editor September 18, 2022

As the school year kicks off, one of the more exciting events that students look forward to is the homecoming dance—and all of its traditions. With a new class of seniors emerging, the long awaited homecoming...

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic struck fear in more than one way.

A pandemic of words: The blame game on minorities

Tommy Glennon, Copy Editor September 12, 2022

As the world holds its breath with fear of another pandemic, marginalized groups have yet to recover from the last one. For much of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Asian people were subject to fear and violence....

The reemergence of reading is apparent in bookstores as entire tables have become dedicated to #Booktok and in this photo specifically, Colleen Hoover.

A New Genre: Romanticized Toxic Relationships

Sarah Chen, Copy Editor September 7, 2022

Online communities such as Youtube, Instagram and Goodreads once dominated book-reviewing platforms. COVID-19 switched the narrative. In the early stages of the pandemic, TikTok emerged as a new forum...

 Junior Lauren Masengarb looks at her Quizlet account before Spanish class. Like many high school and college students around the world, Masengarb has not subscribed to Quizlet Plus and now has limited access to Quizlet’s study tools.

New Year, New Frustrations: Quizlet switches to payment-based plans

Gretchen Highberger, Copy Editor September 7, 2022

Students of all ages around the globe were bittered at the start of this school year by a significant change to the accessibility of the dominant study site Quizlet.  Quizlet, a for-profit educational...

Young girls need empowering literature to overcome societal insecurities often stifled on women.

Struggling through stereotypes: Young girls unsuccessfully search for empowering literature

Anagha Sudhindra, Copy Editor May 25, 2022

Exposing children to empowering literature from a young age is essential to building strong and confident minds among today’s youth. Children’s literature has incorporated many important motifs about...

Through her work as an actress and young role model, Yasmin Finney is creating safe transgender representation in Hollywood.

Actress Yasmin Finney leads a new generation of trans equity in Hollywood

Caroline Sierk, Copy Editor May 24, 2022

Breakout actress Yasmin Finney made her debut in overnight Netflix sensation “Heartstopper” based on the graphic novels by Alice Oseman. Within only a month of the series’s premiere, Finney has established...

Popeyes new buffalo ranch chicken sandwich

Popeyes introduces new competitor into Chicken sandwich wars with New Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sandwich

Carson Knebel, Student Life Editor May 24, 2022

In 2019, Popeyes started the chicken sandwich wars with their addition of the chicken sandwich to their menu. When Popeyes first released their chicken sandwich three years ago, it sold out in just two...

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