Pittman Explains the Need for Gun Control

This piece was published in the December 2015 issue of the Prep News ———————————————————————————————————————————– As this piece is being written, we are currently on day 341 of 365 for the year of 2015. This year, we have had 311 mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive—if we define a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are shot. This year … Continue reading Pittman Explains the Need for Gun Control

Paris Attacks Raise Huge National Questions

This piece was published in the December 2015 issue of the Prep News ———————————————————————————————————————————– When I think of Friday the 13th, the first thing that pops into my head is black cats and a man with a hockey mask wielding a chainsaw. However, on Friday, November 13th, the world was exposed to a much worse horror. According to BBC News, 130 people lost their lives … Continue reading Paris Attacks Raise Huge National Questions

Overactivism Causes Harm on College Campuses

This piece was published in the December 2015 issue of the Prep News ———————————————————————————————————————————–  – Illustration by Noah Boucher   The name “Yale” has been in the news frequently lately, but not for the usual reasons. The university is not garnering attention for advancements in medicine or technology, and it is not making headlines for being a top-tier school. Instead, it is drawing the public eye for … Continue reading Overactivism Causes Harm on College Campuses

Service Director Offers Challenge to Students

This piece was published in the October 2015 issue of the Prep News, and is a letter to the editor written by Mr. Max Magee, Director of Ignatian Service Programs ———————————————————————————————————————————– Dear Editor, Thank you to Mr. John Godfrey and Mr. Eli Pittman for their well-written article in the last Prep News examining the culture of Rockhurst High School as elite or elitist. Their article seemed to … Continue reading Service Director Offers Challenge to Students

BOUCHER: Tattoo stigma shifting

As a kid growing up in the early 2000s, the stigma associated with tattooed people always seemed to ring true. In pop culture and cartoons, tattoos represented the tough, deviant and sometimes villainous. Even when my class watched The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in grade school, the antagonist “Injun Joe”, was replaced with “Tattoo Joe”. My parents never forbade me from getting a tattoo when I … Continue reading BOUCHER: Tattoo stigma shifting

LIVERS: Texting should be allowed at school

With the addition of iPads at Rockhurst High School, the students are now more tempted by texting than ever before.  Rockhurst currently bans all texting during school hours. However, with flex time, lunch and passing periods, students have plenty of free time that should be used to study, relax and spend time with friends.  Texting is important because it has became a necessary part of … Continue reading LIVERS: Texting should be allowed at school

HODES: History, the overlooked subject

History can pertain to anything that happened a few minutes ago to fossils dated one million years ago. And what I think makes history so fascinating is that it has so many elements that can grip anyone into studying past events. But the best part about history is that it is true. History has everything. It has violence, betrayal, love, mystery, sacrifice, among other things. … Continue reading HODES: History, the overlooked subject

ROTH: GPA not the best indicator of academic success

He gets home after a full day of school and a two hour basketball practice.  He takes a shower and pulls his iPad out of his backpack.  After opening MyHomework, he realizes he has two hours of homework and three tests the next day.  Influenced by exhaustion, he decides to just go to sleep instead of doing his work.  The next day he fails his math … Continue reading ROTH: GPA not the best indicator of academic success

LANG: National signing day is overvalued

Because highly recruited players believe in their own hype from National Signing Day, many of them fall into the trap of believing they are great without accomplishing anything yet. The fans take fault in the underachievement of most highly ranked college football players coming out of high school. Simply, fans beg and plead for high school recruits to choose their school, which sometimes tarnishes a … Continue reading LANG: National signing day is overvalued

ELDER: Rams should stay in St. Louis

The St. Louis Rams’ owner, Stan Kroenke, has recently been considering a relocation to Los Angeles for the team. He clearly wants out of St. Louis, but the NFL is making it tough for him. The city of St. Louis is hoping their city remains an NFL venue, while Los Angeles hopes to become one. Some people believe that relocating a team isn’t that difficult. … Continue reading ELDER: Rams should stay in St. Louis