Death at the Doorstep

A total of five detonated explosions in Austin, Texas has put the city on high alert. Packaged bombs have been left on doorsteps at what seems to be random. “It is very possible that these devices were activated by someone either handling, kicking, or coming in contact with a tripwire that activated them” said Austin Police Chief, Brian Manley. Many victims were hospitalized in well … Continue reading Death at the Doorstep

90th Annual Academy Awards

The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, are presented at a ceremony honoring the movie industry, including actors, actresses, filmmakers, producers, etc. Each year a total of 24 awards are given out. The categories include best picture, lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, best director, animated feature, animated short, adapted screenplay, original screenplay, cinematography, best documentary feature, best documentary short subject, best … Continue reading 90th Annual Academy Awards

Suiting Up

In the United States, there are 94 district courts, 13 circuit courts, and one supreme court. However, the inner workings of these courts are not well known to the general public. For years, mock trial has been giving students and spectators alike a first-hand experience of a courtroom. On February 27 and 28, 2018, three Urbandale teams competed in the regional mock trial competition for … Continue reading Suiting Up


After a mass school shooting that took place on February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, high school students across America are saying, “Enough is enough.” When this mass shooting left 17 people dead and many others injured, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School decided there needed to be a movement – a movement that would stand up for … Continue reading #NeverAgain

A Fight for the Net

Three months ago, under the Trump administration, the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, voted 3-2 under the leadership of Ajit Pai to repeal the net neutrality guidelines that were promoted under Obama. However, the fight for net neutrality did not end there. Recently, state governments, companies, and congressmen have all strived to keep an open and equal internet. Casey Clark, an educator at Urbandale High … Continue reading A Fight for the Net

Countdown to Nuclear Fallout

On January 28, 2018, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) set the Doomsday Clock at two minutes until Nuclear Midnight, due to rising tensions with North Korea. Nuclear Midnight is when the nuclear threat becomes reality. The Doomsday Clock represents the geopolitical stance of the current world. The scientists on the BAS determine if the time should be set closer or further from midnight … Continue reading Countdown to Nuclear Fallout


The 2018 influenza season has been the worst year for the flu since 2015. So far this year, there have been 53 influenza related children deaths in the United States. Roughly 9.7% of these deaths happened the week of January 7th through January 13th, with flu related illnesses. “The flu season has been significantly worse this year because the flu vaccine is built based on … Continue reading Achoo!

It’s Not All About the Game

“Super Bowl Sunday” is one of the most exciting phrases heard around the country. On Sunday, February 4, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles faced off against a familiar face to the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots. The high scoring, back-and-forth game, was exactly what  spectators hope for in a Super Bowl. For those who don’t enjoy watching a football game though, Super Bowl Sunday consists … Continue reading It’s Not All About the Game

Conscious Consumption

As high school students, it is not easy being aware of how one’s everyday purchases impacts the world. A wave of “conscious consumerism” is gaining popularity in a world of ever evolving consuming practices. From buying food, to school supplies, to the newest Supreme release, one’s everyday purchases can and will affect the world. This simple idea of consumerism could dramatically change the world. The … Continue reading Conscious Consumption