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Stevenson Alum debuts EP

Namrata Sridhar, Story Ideas Manager

February 9, 2015


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Soccer player, the Voice auditionee and a student at Ball State University.  An avid singer and athlete, even after graduating Stevenson, Lauren Hall ’12 went on to play soccer in college as well as audition for the Voice. Hall began auditioning for singing shows her junior year of Stevenson and ha...

Students use YouTube as creative outlet

Aman Grover, Managing Editor of Production

February 7, 2015


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For almost a decade now, YouTube has allowed people to share music, ideas, and knowledge. Among members of the Stevenson community, there are also many who choose to use the site as a creative outlet. “It’s a great way to get yourself out there and express whatever it may be that you want to,”...

How does image affect the way we eat?

Namrata Sridhar, Story Ideas Manager

February 7, 2015


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Magazines, TV shows and advertisements are constantly bombarding students through mediums like social media. However, many times these ideas can create a negative image on the mentality of students. The media’s promotion of perfection and an idealized version beauty has brought on mental illnesses...

Has cosmetic surgery become more accepted?

Izabela Zaluska, Copy Editor

January 23, 2015


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accepThe connotations of plastic and cosmetic surgery have become more similar because of the media’s influence. However, problems still linger when it comes to the controversy of teenagers undergoing both plastic and cosmetic procedures. The tabloids in the supermarket are constantly covering which c...

To what extent do religion, culture influence us?

Nitya Gupta, Managing Editor of Production

November 19, 2014


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When it comes to religion and culture, people choose to observe related customs and practices in a variety of ways—and sometimes, not at all. Regardless of the religion or culture with which people associate, there is a potential for religion and culture to impact our actions. For many people in  the wo...

Where do political views come from?

Sami Sparber, Staff Reporter

November 18, 2014


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As high school students grow closer in age to official legal status, political talk becomes more prevalent in everyday conversations than ever before. Research suggests that family demographics and personal experiences are the most influential factors in determining an individuals' political views. ...

How do family, peers influence us?

Kayla Guo, Copy Editor

November 18, 2014


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Parents and friends generally play a role in shaping the behavior and beliefs of an individual—through parent expectations or peer pressure. Statesman investigates the negative and positive impact of adolescents who might develop a view independent of their parents. Discussing your day at the dinne...

What is the impact of entertainment and media on perceptions of beauty?

Hannah Jeon, Features Editor

November 18, 2014


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Different types of entertainment—what we see, listen or experience—often reflect what different societies idealize in terms of beauty, success and appeal. Therefore, what we are surrounded by affects our own perceptions of what we should be. Television, movies, music—entertainment is everywhere. Often wi...

Political Panda: Dold v. Schneider

Nikol Safronova, Staff Reporter

October 10, 2014


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As the November 4th election day approaches, talks of whether Congressman Robert Dold or incumbent Brad Schneider, will win the race to Congress in the Illinois 10th Congressional District (IL D-10th) have spread around all communities. The Illinois 10th Congressional District, currently represented...

How do individuals identify their sexual orientation?

How do individuals identify their sexual orientation?

Stephanie Namkoong, Features Editor

October 10, 2014


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Today, society is generally more open to the differing sexual orientations of people. However, there is far more than just heterosexual and homosexual sexualities. Sexual identity is part of who someone is, and isn’t the same for every person. It may be personal, but today, everything seems to be s...

How vast is the gender spectrum?

How vast is the gender spectrum?

Brenda Reyn, Graphics Editor

October 10, 2014


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People are typically labeled as either male or female. However, often times, society tends to forget that as human beings, there is no concise or conclusive method of how to define us. Nothing is written in black or white; in fact, the world is filled with many gray areas. Nowadays, our gender identi...

Do social misconceptions affect life choices?

Do social misconceptions affect life choices?

Sabrina Szos, Staff Reporter

October 10, 2014


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During the passing period, the football player makes his way past the cardio room and instead sits down in his advanced math class, waiting for the test that he studied diligently for to be passed out. Instead of cutting class, the lead singer of the popular student-made band cuts practice short to stu...

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