Online or traditional school: which is better?

Lily Deaton Social Media Editor Technology is changing so rapidly that it’s now possible to get an education in your pajamas. Many students consider virtual school an option not just because they can wear comfy clothes while learning, but because of the flexible schedule it can provide. However, virtual school isn’t for everyone, and students may want to learn about the benefits and disadvantages of … Continue reading Online or traditional school: which is better?

Second-hand clothing is changing today’s fashion

Riley Bridenback Layout and Design Editor Sorting through endless rows of clothes from the last three decades is shaping fashion and the way people wear their clothes. With the trend of ‘thrifting’ comes an ethical and economic impact to the clothing industry and the world as a whole. Fast fashion is “an approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making … Continue reading Second-hand clothing is changing today’s fashion

Plant-based living: the world-wide rise of veganism

Shay Porter Digital Editor For many people, the new year is a time for growth. It is a time to re-invent yourself or try new things. And for some, it is a time to go vegan. Veganuary is a charity started in 2014 for the purpose of encouraging people to try a vegan diet for the month of January. Participants sign up online at veganuary.com. … Continue reading Plant-based living: the world-wide rise of veganism

Goodbye after 24 years to Alyce Walkcavich

Harleigh Murray  Managing Editor  At the beginning of the school day on September 28, Nickelback’s song “Photograph,” played on the school speakers in dedication to Alyce Walkcavich, a visual arts teacher of 24 years at Douglas Anderson (DA).  Visual art students and DA faculty alike wore black and white, the colors of a Dalmatian, Walkcavich’s favorite animal to support during her last day at the school.  … Continue reading Goodbye after 24 years to Alyce Walkcavich

The Frog Man brings art to the Mandarin community

Harleigh Murray Managing Editor Deep in Mandarin three years ago on April Fool’s Day, the first cement frog appeared on a stump near the Mandarin Museum Historical Society (MMHS). From then on, the frogs began to appear in random places around Mandarin; found on stumps, street corners, and anywhere they could rest easily. Slowly, the community began to notice these eight pound frogs whose origins … Continue reading The Frog Man brings art to the Mandarin community

Operant conditioning’s role in the school system

Lily Stanton Staff Writer Operant Conditioning is a method of learning observed by American Psychologist, B.F. Skinner, referring to the actions and reactions of rats held in captivity. This observational study has many ties to the American school system’s way of teaching. Skinner’s study concluded that continuous reinforcement of a specific repeated actions would result in a robotic and instinctual repetition of said action in … Continue reading Operant conditioning’s role in the school system

Douglas Anderson students fight war on plastic straws

Shay Porter Digital Editor This past year, Douglas Anderson students among large companies such as Starbucks and Disney have joined the fight against plastic straws. This movement is part of an effort to reduce the amount of plastic going into oceans and landfills worldwide. If the world continues to produce plastic at the predicted rate, plastic in the ocean will outweigh the fish by the … Continue reading Douglas Anderson students fight war on plastic straws

Only at DA: Look at that hair!

Thaiyana Pittman Staff Writer What happens when students are given the opportunity to fully express themselves? Well, if you look around at the student body of Douglas Anderson (DA), you will see exactly what happens. Hair is a visual representation of who one is. It can represent what they stand for, or work as a way to showcase maturity in making decisions on their own. … Continue reading Only at DA: Look at that hair!

Landfill Harmonic Visits DA

Harleigh Murray Managing Editor    On November second, some students of Douglas Anderson (DA) high school were granted the opportunity to attend something special. At 10 o’clock, select students and staff headed to the DuBow Theater for a musical performance. Inside, the bottom section of the theatre seating was filled with chatter. On stage, a group of teens tuned their instruments. Many in the audience … Continue reading Landfill Harmonic Visits DA

Douglas Anderson: Student Activist Platform

Dariana Alvarez Staff Writer    In these past years, America has seen a rise in issues regarding LGBT rights, gun violence, and racism in our society. While some have sat back and were silent about their thoughts on these issues, there has been a rise in student voices being projected.    The students at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) have been actively practicing … Continue reading Douglas Anderson: Student Activist Platform