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Logos are a popular way to introduce the aesthetic and values of a company, brand, or business. However, when the design is harmful or insensitive to a culture it can shut out a large population of people. Being smart with the symbolism used is important to create a welcoming and friendly environment.

Respect over intent

Kaden Roth, Staff Reporter
December 3, 2020
 According to computerworld, a smartphone can snap your attention even when it's not in use or turned off and in your pocket.

The harsh reality of phone addiction

Madison Brandis, Staff Reporter
December 2, 2020
The tag

TikTok’s fatphobia problem

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
November 20, 2020
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris wears suffragette white onstage to give her victory speech, a nod to the official colors of the National Woman’s Party. During her speech, Harris paid homage to the women who came before her: “Tonight, I reflect on their struggle, their determination, and the strength of their vision—to see what can be unburdened by what has been—I stand on their shoulders.”

Madam Vice President

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
November 19, 2020
Set up your favorite festive decor because this holiday season, staying home and limiting the size of gatherings will be imperative to stop the spread of the virus.

‘Tis the season to stay home

Emma Baker, Editor-in-Chief
November 13, 2020
this picture shows people wearing masks and being safe for this holiday

A new spin on Halloween

Madison Brandis, Staff Reporter
November 9, 2020
According to an analysis by the New York Times, CNN’s privacy policy has a Lexile score of over 1600, meaning that it would be a difficult read even for those in professional fields like law and medicine. Hulu, Airbnb, Zoom and Disney have similarly difficult policies with Lexile scores of over 1500.

Teens need to care about data privacy

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
November 6, 2020
Students within Millard West follow the mask mandate, but there is a lot of room for students to ignore it. Enforcing this rule will ensure that students and teachers stay safe and protected from COVID-19.

The major mandate

Brenna Batchelder, Staff Reporter
November 4, 2020
Social inequalities are still very present in the modern world. They affect every aspect of life, including income levels.

Proud to be an American

Olivia Edwards, Staff Reporter
October 29, 2020
Over 40 million people have voted by mail this year already, according to data from the US Elections Project. That includes almost 400,000 mail-in ballots returned in Nebraska. The 2020 election has brought unique challenges for voters, and unique opportunities for politicians looking to suppress voting.

Voting is a right, not a privilege

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
October 29, 2020
Don Bacon is running for re-election as US House Representative and faces opponent Kara Eastman. The two have created many ads, some promotional and others attacking. Either way, they’re getting more than enough air time.

A cacophony of campaigns

Emma Baker, Catalyst Editor-in-Chief
October 28, 2020
With adults as facilitators, political conversations can become opportunities for students to ask questions, process and see new perspectives on current events and issues.

The case for getting political in classrooms

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
October 14, 2020
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