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How to Read Faster

John Cavanaugh

February 14, 2017

Filed under Entertainment

Reading is something that many people have a love-hate relationship with. Whether you like the activity or not, everyone can benefit from doing it faster. There are some simple changes you can make to your reading habits in order to get it...

Inauguration 2017

Abbi Kissee

February 14, 2017

Filed under Community, Entertainment, News

The inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, and Mike Pence, the Vice President, was held on January 20, 2017. Shortly after breakfast and a church service the morning of Inauguration Day, Donald...

Beloved TV Actress Mary Tyler Moore Dies

Kevin Valdez

January 31, 2017

Filed under Entertainment

Mary Tyler Moore, an iconic TV actress whose performances helped introduce a new era for women on TV, died Wednesday, January 25. She was 80 years old.   Moore’s longtime representative Mara Buxbaum released a statement s...

Guide to the Golden Globes

Deven Stokes

January 27, 2017

Filed under Entertainment

  Unforgetful memories were made Sunday, January 8, as actors and actresses from around the globe gathered to celebrate the achievements made in the world of film. From the director of La La Land to the famous actress Mery...

Ed Sheeran’s new music

lexi hyer

January 24, 2017

Filed under Entertainment

After almost two years, English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran released two new songs on Friday, January 6th, 2017 from his new upcoming album, Divide. The two songs are called “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.” The...

Remembering John Glenn (1921-2016)

Kevin Valdez

December 14, 2016

Filed under Entertainment

John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth who later became a U.S. senator for 24 years, died Wednesday, December 8, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio. He was 95 years old. Born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio, John Herschel Glenn, J...

Justin Gunning is Leaving the Nest

John Cavanaugh

December 6, 2016

Filed under Entertainment

Justin Gunning, a senior, finds life in Ripon lacking in adventure. Gunning loves to sneak away from home and participate in his favorite hobby of all time: birdwatching. “My favorite thing about birdwatching is the beauty of the birds,” Gu...

Twitter Takes Vine Off the Grapevine


November 3, 2016

Filed under Entertainment, News

On Thursday, Oct 28, Twitter announced that their six-second video sharing platform, Vine, will be shutting down “in the coming months.” The company posted a statement on their Medium regarding the shutdown. “Nothing is h...

The Struggle of Being Left-Handed

Abby Pendleton

October 7, 2016

Filed under Entertainment

Being left-handed is not easy.  First of all, apparently I have been living my entire life without knowing that left-handed scissors existed.  After that discovery, I felt like my world had changed forever. It’s hard doin...

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