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The Stories of Thirteen Reasons Why

Lanie Render, Contributor

May 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized, Web Exclusives

The Netflix series of Thirteen Reasons Why has generated an intense debate surrounding the controversial message of suicide. Individuals who have seen the series are familiar with the main character, Hannah Baker and her traumatizing hardships. This anguish has been credited to thirteen individuals...

What Now? Album Review

What Now? Album Review

Rachel Zimmerli, Contributor

May 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

On April 28th, 2017, indie-pop band Sylvan Esso released their sophomore album What Now. From album to album, their sound has, for the most part, has been maintained. The only differences being the use of more acoustic instruments as seen in the songs The Glow, and Song. In the Sylvan Esso style, they ...

Donating Life: Organ Donation and the Meaning it Holds

Donating Life: Organ Donation and the Meaning it Holds

Hannah Holladay, Contributor

January 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion

“Would you like to be an organ donor?” Thousands of high school teenagers receiving their driving permits and licenses are asked this simple question. However, the implications behind the decision to become an organ donor are far more meaningful than a simple answer, “yes.” According to...

Animals: The Solution to Stress?

Lanie Render, Contributor

December 19, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Staff, Uncategorized

As finals roll around at BV West, the stress level for students is extremely high. Deadlines, final grades, and the nagging of your parents can be heard in many households and students need a outlet. How to deal with this anxiety? My answer is pets. Whether you are a dog person, a cat person, or prefer...

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Movie Review

Kayleee Alexander and Kristina Cripe, Contributors

December 19, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been exciting us since the trailer was released in 2015. The deep, dark hole that dwelled in our hearts after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was filled by hope that J.K. Rowling would bring our magical dreams to life once again. As soon as the fantastical...

Justice for Aleppo

Justice for Aleppo

Sydney Schranz, Contributor

December 15, 2016


Filed under News, Opinion

For years, civil war has torn Syria apart. Innocents have been murdered, bombs have obliterated cities, and as fighting continues--spurred by a failed ceasefire--more wreckage continues. So why are so few talking about it? And why is nothing being done? The truth is that America has yet to decide...

Is It Too Early For Christmas Music?

Jonah Park, Contributor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Every year, it seems like Christmas music is played earlier and earlier. Radio stations even proceeded to begin playing 24/7 Christmas music on November 1st. Sure, Christmas music is enjoyable and brings the holiday spirit, but how early is too early? It’s a reasonable argument to put Christma...

Military VS Professional Athletes

Military VS Professional Athletes

Izzy Watkins, Conrtibutor

November 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Web Exclusives

Soldiers risk their lives protecting our country and fighting for our citizens but make less money that a professional athlete defending a football. Many wonder why this is and if it is right. The military goes through many hardships that are emotionally challenging and financially challenging. Being...

Rally in Indianapolis

Rally in Indianapolis

Rachel Pickett, Contributor

November 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories, Web Exclusives

Last weekend I was in Indianapolis with five other BV West students for the National High School Journalism Convention. When Saturday rolled around, word got out that there was going to be a  peace rally on the steps of the Indiana state capitol building. After very little debate, myself along with ...

Why Voting in this Election Mattered

Stephen Kinder, Contributer

November 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion

No doubt about it, this election is probably the most hyped event of 2016. While the "hype" is a relative term, it is almost impossible to not hear about the election once a day. Stats from polls have shown that more people have voted early than ever. Yet, some choose not to vote for a candidate for...