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Aaron Bushnell lights himself on fire to demonstrate what is happening to the people in Gaza.

Suicide for Genocide: Free Palestine

Ally Knight, Features and Multimedia Editor February 29, 2024

On Sunday, Feb. 25th, right outside of the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C. Aaron Bushnell, an Air Force member who worked in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance lit himself on fire to protest...

February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Karma Goodson, Reporter February 27, 2024

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: One in every three teenagers will experience abusive behaviors in their relationships throughout their lifetime. Adolescents are dangerously susceptible,...

Album cover of Stick Season by Noah Kahan used through Fair Use.

REVIEW: Stick Season (Forever) Album

Reagan Westphal, Reporter February 21, 2024

On Oct. 14, 2022, folk-pop artist Noah Kahan released his third studio album. The album had 14 tracks, some of those tracks including a few of Kahan’s most popular songs like Stick Season and Northern...

An open letter for those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts. There is help out there for you. If you are experiencing a crisis, call 988, the suicide prevention hotline.

An open letter to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Kaylynn Crawford, Reporter February 20, 2024

Dear reader,  I hope this letter finds you in a moment of peace, even if it's just a small glimmer among the darkness that surrounds you. I am writing to you with a heart full of nothing but empathy,...

Up and coming music that is set to be released this month. Graphic made by Lucy Prescott. Elements used from Spotify, Vogue and GRAMMY.com

New Music to Pay Attention to

Lucy Prescott, Reporter February 9, 2024

Music is ever evolving and changing as time goes on. It is a big part of culture and and influenced, touched and moved many. Friday is a very big day in the music industry, it is the day of the week where...

Should schools be arming teachers?

Should schools be arming teachers?

Ally Knight, Features and Multimedia Editor February 8, 2024

Two schools in northern Iowa have plans to make teachers and staff in their school armed during the day. This idea came to mind as the rate of school shootings has increased significantly in recent years.  The...

Underrated Vs Overrated Things

Underrated Vs Overrated Things

Fernanda Jimenez-Crudo, Reporter February 6, 2024

Many teenagers are picky about what's trendy and what's not, certain things that don't meet the expectations of what's cool to do. Just a quick disclaimer as we dive in, this article is satire, please...

Cover of My Year of Rest and Relaxation from the painting Portrait of a Young Woman in White by Jacques-Louis David.

REVIEW: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Mallory Mills, Reporter February 5, 2024

I have seen this book all over TikTok and Instagram, and I finally caved in and decided to read it. "My Year of Rest and Relaxation" is a 304 page novel by up and coming novelist Ottessa Moshfegh. Following...

Album cover of american dream by 21 Savage used through Fair Use.

REVIEW: “american dream” Album

Reagan Westphal, Reporter February 5, 2024

On Jan. 12, 2024, music artist 21 Savage released an album titled “american dream”. The album features 15 songs; songs that feature collaborations with other well-known music artists such as Doja Cat,...

Graphic portraying the tweets sent out by various X accounts, Perry high school, and Perry shooter, Dylan Butler.

Let’s Talk About Perry

Ali Parkhurst and Kaylynn Crawford January 30, 2024

Here’s What Happened.  On Thursday, Jan. 4, 17 year old Dylan Butler opened fire in the cafeteria of Perry High School just after 7:30 am.  According to PBS News, Butler was armed with a pump-action...

The official 2024 Hinterland lineup, showing off all the amazing artists who will be traveling to Iowa to perform.

Hinterland puts Iowa on the map?

Lucy Prescott, Reporter January 29, 2024

Fans had the opportunity to purchase tickets Thursday morning for the musical festival taking place later in August. The big names headlining the festival drew a lot of attention, having fans from other...

An open letter from Insider staff member, Kaylynn Crawford, informing people struggling with their mental health that theyre not alone.

An open letter for those who are struggling.

Kaylynn Crawford, Reporter January 29, 2024

Dear Reader, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you, not out of assumption you aren't doing well, but with genuine and wholehearted concern and care. Life is full of mountains and valleys, especially...

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