How will the world respond to the Paris attacks?

By Anna Starkey On Friday, November 13, Paris fell victim to ISIS as the world watched in disbelief.  More than 100 innocent lives were taken during bombings across the city. France has responded quickly, promising to fight back in the war against terrorism while seeking a global coalition to defeat the Islamic State (IS). Already, France has began to intensify airstrikes on IS militants in both … Continue reading How will the world respond to the Paris attacks?

Two yeas and a nay: Ohio’s election results

By: Anna Starkey As the first Tuesday of November arrived, polls across the state welcomed in voters.  This year, alongside local elections, Ohioans had the opportunity to vote on three important issues: Anti-Gerrymandering, Anti-Monopolies, and Marijuana legalization. The yea’s The first, and highest approved issue, was issue one.  This amendment to the Ohio Constitution ends the partisan process for redrawing districts within Ohio and replaces it … Continue reading Two yeas and a nay: Ohio’s election results

Top five local thrift shops

By Anna Starkey Whether you are searching for an outfit for a football game, a Halloween costume, or an ugly sweater, thrift stores offer convenient and cheap solutions to any wardrobe problem.  Luckily, the Dayton area is home to multiple second-hand shops. Here are the Top Five must visit thrift shops in the area:   Happy thrifting! (And remember to wash clothing prior to use.) Continue reading Top five local thrift shops

Four Fun Festivals to Visit this October

By Anna Starkey Get out and enjoy the season with these local fall celebrations! Ohio Renaissance Festival – now to 10/26 Located in Waynesville near Caesar’s Creek lies the largest Renaissance Festival in Ohio.  With over 30 acres of land, the festival truly takes you into the past.  The actors, artisans, and townspeople put on an impressive performance to make your experience as realistic as … Continue reading Four Fun Festivals to Visit this October

Keeping spirits high while the temperature falls

by Anna Starkey While summer fades and fall begins, it is difficult to come to terms with less daylight, fewer leaves, and less warmth.  Instead of allowing your mood to shift with the seasons, stay positive about the weather by incorporating these simple fixes into your life: Stay Outside! Instead of moping around your home searching for indoor activities, go back outside.  The weather may be … Continue reading Keeping spirits high while the temperature falls

Two trips in two days: How to travel efficiently

By Anna Starkey Between holidays, college visits, and school trips, fall traveling can be exhausting. In order to maintain a quick pace while also enjoying yourself, I have compiled a list of essential lessons I learned while traveling to Chicago one day, to setting up a tent in West Virginia the next. 1. Make a list! Organization is key while traveling long distances. Before you … Continue reading Two trips in two days: How to travel efficiently

The Force Awakens in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

By Anna Starkey The much-anticipated trailer for “Star Wars: Force Awakens” was released into the universe on Black Friday, thus marking the beginning of the newest era for the franchise.  Although only lasting a brief 88 seconds, the teaser gave fans across the world an insight into the galaxy that they have grown to love over the past 37 years. When Disney acquired Lucas Films … Continue reading The Force Awakens in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Miss Honduras Murdered weeks before Miss Universe Pageant

By Anna Starkey The bodies of  Maria Jose Alvarado, otherwise known as Miss Honduras, and her sister were found buried in a field near the Aguagua River in  Cablotales, Honduras six days after their disappearance on November 13, 2014. Maria Jose Alvarado’s sister’s alleged boyfriend, Plutarco Rico, confessed to shooting both Alvarado sisters’ then burying their bodies.  Rico’s friend, Aris Maldonado, assisted Rico in the … Continue reading Miss Honduras Murdered weeks before Miss Universe Pageant

Taylor Swift Tops the Charts…Again

By Anna Starkey Taylor Swift released her newest album on October 27, 2014, selling 1.287 million copies in its first seven days. This has allowed Swift to become the first artist to have three albums sell a million or more copies in a week  Since then, “1989” has become the only record to go platinum this year and is the fourth consecutive by Swift to … Continue reading Taylor Swift Tops the Charts…Again

Dayton Welcomes the Dead

By Anna Starkey Downtown Dayton welcomed the dead for the third year in a row on Saturday, November 1, 2014.  450 people from across the area gathered at the Convention Center then proceeded to march through the Oregon District to Missing Peace Gallery in the Saint Ann’s Historical District where traditional foods and alters awaited.  A wide array of smiling skeletons, vibrant colors, and lively … Continue reading Dayton Welcomes the Dead