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December 23, 2014

Movie: ‘Interstellar’

“Interstellar” is a dramatic sci-fi film that came into theaters Nov. 7. With human life on Earth on the brink of apocalyptic termination, a team of explorers embarks on an intergalactic mission to find mankind a new home. “Interstellar” combines the virtues of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Gravity” into a dramatic, mind-bending adventure among the stars.

Album: ‘V,’ by Maroon 5

“V” is Maroon 5’s fifth and most recent album, showcasing their upbeat style and Adam Levine’s impressive falsettos. “V” spawned hit singles “Maps” and “Animals.” Featuring pulsing rhythms and highly energetic songs, “V” is Maroon 5’s first album since 2012’s “Overexposed.”

Book: ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand

The novel “Unbroken,” which is being released as a movie this Christmas, tells the harrowing true story of survivor Louis Zamperni. Emerging from a troubled youth to become a groundbreaking Olympic runner, Zamperni eventually joins the military only to wind up in a World War II Japanese POW camp. “Unbroken” is the powerful story of one man’s persistence and grit in overcoming impossible odds.

Try wishing each other happy holidays

December 23, 2014

The United States is often considered to be the melting pot of the world in terms of racial and cultural diversity, and along with this variance there comes an assortment of religious traditions during the winter season.

Zoe Buchli Issaquah High School

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High School

In modern America, we try to be conscious of how everyone celebrates the holiday season. However, there is an undeniable tendency for people to assume a majority of the population celebrates Christmas as opposed to other holidays during winter, such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule. Should Americans be expected to be more inclusive of these holidays, too, or is it perfectly acceptable to use the phrase “Merry Christmas” to anyone during the winter season?

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Photo of the Month

December 23, 2014

By Pratik Vaidya Issaquah High School decks the halls with some Starbucks-themed spirit.

By Pratik Vaidya
Issaquah High School decks the halls with some Starbucks-themed spirit.

Let’s Talk About It — What causes school shootings?

November 26, 2014

For decades, school shootings have plagued our country.

Zoe Buchli Beat reporter

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High Schoo

In fact, since 1980, there have been more than 100 college and high school shootings recorded in the United States. There are a plethora of theories as to why they occur so frequently, but is there a single, definitive reason for these shootings or do they result from a complex combination of things?

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The Mind Matters at Liberty

November 26, 2014

Monday, Nov. 3, was the first meeting of Mind Matters, a club at Liberty High School founded by seniors Jenna Purkis and Lily Dunlap.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

The club’s focus is educating the student body and cultivating the school’s awareness of the impact mental illnesses have on teenagers.

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New emergency policy aims to help protect students

November 26, 2014

Students and staff of the Issaquah School District have a new way to react to emergency situations.

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

Based on its relationship with local law enforcement (like the school resource officers), district officials have implemented a more fluid procedure, called “Run-Hide-Fight” to deal with on-campus threats as effectively as possible.

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Mental health services offered at schools

November 26, 2014

The Oct. 24 school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has raised awareness of the importance of mental health services offered at schools.

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
Skyline
High School

“While school shootings are rare, we do have to prepare for the possibility,” Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele wrote in an email to parents.

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Girls fight bullies, Find Kind in club

November 26, 2014

Four years ago, Eastside Catholic High School welcomed guest speakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson to talk about their campaign and film — “Finding Kind” — that discussed the cause and effects of girl-on-girl bullying.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

The idea caught fire: Shortly after Parsekian and Thompson’s visit, EC created its own club under the same name, where middle-school and high-school girls could meet up once a week and discuss bullying prevention.

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Hot List

November 26, 2014

Movie: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’

Beat HotListMovie 20141100In the first installation of the final ‘Hunger Games’ chapter directed by Francis Lawrence, heroine Katniss Everdeen continues to fight against the totalitarian Capitol. After destroying the arena of the previous games, Katniss finds herself in the elusive District 13 — without Peeta, who is being held prisoner and tortured in the Capitol. With the help of President Coin and other rebels, Katniss becomes the symbol of a nationwide rebellion.

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Photo of the Month

November 26, 2014

By Pratik Vaidya Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles  surrounding the  branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

By Pratik Vaidya
Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles
surrounding the
branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

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