Euro 2012: Watch some football for a change

Poland and Ukraine are known to many as the lands of Kielbasa and post-communism sentiment. These countries might seem irrelevant during your summer months while you soak up all that Northern California has to offer. But for you not-so-selective few that have spare time and would rather not watch Sal Palantonino derive meaning from Brett Favre’s trash can while the summertime ticks away, change the channel, invite a couple of…

May 23, 2012
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YOLO

Teenagers aren’t famous for making good decisions. They try stupid things, get into trouble, and justify themselves by shouting “YOLO”. We may say “you only live once,” but, as high school students, we sometimes delude ourselves into thinking that we’re going to live forever. And yet, we’re still trying to “live” as much as possible. Teenagers seek to fill the days of their youth with as many experiences and adventures…

May 23, 2012
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The bounty system in the NFL

A couple of months after the NFL season, a story broke that the New Orleans Saints defensive coaching staff had been running a bounty system. A bounty system, according to the NFL, is a system in which a defensive player will get rewarded cash for injuring an opposing team’s offensive player. After hearing these allegations, the NFL punished Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis, Head Coach Sean Payton, and Greg Williams….

April 24, 2012
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PHONY 2012

For about a week in March, you couldn’t go on Facebook without seeing at least ten posts, fifteen new groups and another 20 event invitations all asking you to buy posters, repost videos and arrest a defunct Ugandan warlord. You’re probably sick of hearing Joseph Kony’s name. That’s why this column isn’t about Kony—it’s about us. Why did we react like we did, and why did the hype die down…

April 24, 2012
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Racial humor: not a laughing matter

Racism exists in a shrouded state at Aragon. It’s not institutionalized racism such as segregation or discrimination, but every student is likely to be able to list examples of racism that they’ve been exposed to. And at Aragon, those examples come overwhelmingly in the form of racist jokes. While racist jokes can seem to be harmless, the term “racist joke” in itself is a contradiction—racism is not a joke, and…

March 7, 2012
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Atheletic role models…but only on the field

Look up on any kid’s wall across America and you are more than likely to find a poster of his idol. For some kids, it’s the Spice Girls; for other, Martin Luther King; for still others, it’s Marilyn Manson. Regardless of who is up on their wall, these kids are instilling a lot of trust in their idols. They idolize them for different reasons, but the meaning of this idolization…

March 7, 2012
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Charmin Ultra-Controversy

December was a month of controversy for Aragon students. Passions were ignited, sides were taken, and a “Winter Community Tree” was covered in toilet paper. Despite the controversy and rumor surrounding the “Winter Community Tree” Leadership put up last year, the actual story is pretty straightforward. A group of Leadership students—none of whom identified themselves as Christian—put up what they called a “Winter Community Tree” in an attempt to foster…

March 1, 2012
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Charmin Ultra-Controversy

Note: This article is on the “Winter Community Tree” discussed in December 2011. December was a month of controversy for Aragon students. Passions were ignited, sides were taken, and a “Winter Community Tree” was covered in toilet paper. Despite the controversy and rumor surrounding the “Winter Community Tree” Leadership put up last year, the actual story is pretty straightforward. A group of Leadership students—none of whom identified themselves as Christian—put…

February 7, 2012
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