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Exercise equipment laid out at a local gym. Taken November 24, 2021.
The Pandemic, Changing Bodies, and Being Imperfect
Angela Merlano, Reporter • December 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in one way or another: isolation, social deprivation, stress, numerous mental health issues, and more. In fact, from January to June of 2020, the National...

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Faces of ACC: Dalton Giesick
Donella Danielson, Contributing Writer • December 13, 2021

When you read Dalton Giesick’s writing – his plays, poetry, and essays – you get the sense that this young man is a romantic at heart. Relationship themes and musings about friendships, family,...

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ThunderRidge students assemble in front of their high school on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. to express their concerns in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. shooting.
Surviving a School Shooting...And Then Reliving it Over and Over Again on Television News.
Ashley Marcon, Contributing Writer • December 8, 2021

On April 20, 1999 one of the most horrific mass school shootings in history occurred 1.7 miles from my home at Columbine High School. Ever since I was two years old that is when my life was exposed...

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Beyond the Khaki
Jake Smith, Reporter • December 6, 2021

Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, it’s easy to dehumanize people in prison and think the worst of them. It’s an inherent bias in society that exists solely because the U.S. is terrible...

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Jennifer Jones demonstrating constellations at different points of the season. Taken on October 8th, 2021.
Out of This World! Arapahoe Community College Holds an Astronomy Star Party
Angela Merlano, Reporter • November 1, 2021

Humanity has always been intrinsically tied to the stars, according to Jennifer Jones, an astronomy instructor at Arapahoe Community College (ACC). Her efforts to make humans look up again include...

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Contagion: Viral Misinformation in the Age of the Measles Resurgence
Contagion: Viral Misinformation in the Age of the Measles Resurgence
Brittany Lee, Contributing Writer • October 22, 2021

Editor's note: With the on-going covid-19 pandemic, some may draw parallels to the resurgence of the measles. This piece has been republished for its historical relevancy. Imagine the panic that...

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Anti-Vax or Vaccine Safety?
"Anti-Vax" or Vaccine Safety?
Jaymes Grundmann, Reporter • October 20, 2021

This piece has been selected to be re-run by the Editor-in-chief as the United States wrestles with vaccine mandates and vaccine misinformation, and the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. All across the...

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Monica Fuglei posing on one of ACCs balconies, September 23, 2021
Faces of ACC: Monica Fuglei
Angela Merlano, Reporter • October 11, 2021

After climbing the stairs from the entrance of Arapahoe Community College (ACC) to the second floor, a proud display of names and plaques can be seen adjacent to the doors of the library. The one...

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East Troublesome Wildfire clouds by Rocky Mountain National Park
How Coloradans Can Do Their Part to Prevent Wildfires As Camping Season Nears
Casey Cheatum, Reporter • May 12, 2021

Colorado is perhaps most well known for the beauty of its mountains and wilderness, but the natural beauty of Colorado received some nasty scars in the Summer of 2020. The Summer of 2020 saw Colorado's...

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Unknown Players practice before their game. April 25th, 2021. Metzler Ranch Community Park, Castle Rock, CO.
CHSAA Shortens High School Boys Baseball Season.
Casey Cheatum, Reporter • May 12, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed high schools across Colorado last year, the season for spring sports was abruptly ended, with the majority of teams not even getting a chance to play a game, or...

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Skateboarder performing a grind on a rail at the Downtown Denver Skatepark.
Skateboarding Returns to Denver
David A. Bolanos Uribe, PhotoJournalist • May 11, 2021

At the beginning of the pandemic many skateparks were closed down; some like the Denver Skatepark were even flooded with sand to keep skaters out but with the pandemic nearing it's end skateparks...

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On the Anniversary of the STEM High School Shooting
Nico Spagnola, Contributing Writer • May 7, 2021

There are 130,930 schools in America. There have been 304 fatal school shootings since 1999. There is approximately 0.23218514 percent chance of being in school that has had a school shooting. It...

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Highlands Ranch Falcons come together as a team during halftime to figure out their game strategy for the second half at Highlands Ranch High School on March 9th, 2021.
A small window in to the CHSAA women's basketball playoffs
Jake Smith and Nick Palmer May 5, 2021

2021 finally saw a small return to normalcy after the CHSAA winter sports were all canceled in 2020. The Women's basketball programs in Colorado played a condensed schedule of only 14 games to limit...

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Kristi Strother at the Sturm Collaboration Campus on May 4, 2021.
Faces of ACC: Kristi Strother- Campus Navigator/Instructor
Taylor Scherck, Reporter • May 5, 2021

Navigating through college is not an easy process. College can bring about stress and anxiety in students as they figure out what they want to study and do with their lives. Luckily for students at...

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