Hallway of Rooms (Part 4 of a Series)

By Julia M.

You can read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this series.

At first, I ignored the tapping. But it seemed the more I tried to ignore it, the louder it was. It was almost like the noise was echoing through my head. As I sat up from the bed I scanned the room. My heart dropped into my stomach as I saw mirrors scattered across the room. They all seemed to be in a pattern, with many of them facing each other. Trying to be as quiet as possible, I slipped out of the bed and examined the mirrors. That’s when I saw the scratches. There were hundreds of scratches covering every mirror, glistening in the dim light.

Squinting, I could see a shadowy reflection passing between the mirrors. I watched it pass from the mirror on my left, to the mirror on my right. I stood still, afraid of it seeing me. But with my luck, the figure stopped in the mirror right in front of me. I held my breath, praying it would just pass by. In horror I watched as the shadow reached out, its hand passing through the glass. My heart skipped a beat, and I felt locked in place. I desperately wanted to run away but my knees had buckled.

I watched as the figure reached its hand out to my arm and grabbed me. I could feel sharp nails dig into my skin. With the little light there was, I could make out the shadow’s features. Its face was distorted, almost human looking, except you could tell something was off. It also had sunken eyes that stared right through me with an empty look. My eyes glanced down to see the shadow disappearing into my arm.


Fast Fashion

By Julia M.

What is fast fashion? Fast fashion is a popular form of shopping which typically consists of cheap clothes that dominate online shopping. Most people partake in buying “fast fashion” clothes whether or not they know they do. Some people have heard of it, but don’t know how it started or the problems it causes in our environment. 

How did fast fashion come to light? During the 1960s and 1970s, fast fashion began to gain popularity because it made clothing production quicker, easier and much cheaper. Then in the 2000s, fast fashion really picked up popularity because of online shopping. Many online shops used this form of fashion in order to gain customers and money. This cheap fashion made it easier to produce trending clothes quickly, further helping the industry grow. 

What are the problems with fast fashion and how does it affect our environment? At first, fast fashion seems to be an efficient and affordable way of producing clothes. But if you dive a bit deeper, you’re soon to discover all the problems it causes. Firstly, the use of toxic dyes has led to pollution in our waters. According to the website Good On You, “Fast fashion’s negative impact includes its use of cheap, toxic textile dyes—making the fashion industry the one of the largest polluters of clean water globally, right up there with agriculture.” 

Polyester is cheap and can be found in almost every clothing item. The problem with polyester is that it is a synthetic fiber made from forms of plastic. This means that microfibers can shed off of our clothes and travel into our waterways, to the ocean, and add to the growing amount of plastic already there. As stated in Good On You, “According to some statistics, in Australia alone, more than 500 million kilos of unwanted clothing ends up in landfill every year.” This means with the mass production of clothes, people tend to wear items for only a few uses then throw them out. 

Overall, these are just a handful of the problems that fast fashion causes. With the growing rate of clothes and products made, the problems are piling up. We need to put an end to fast fashion in order to save our environment.


Hallway of Rooms (Part 3 of a Series)

By Julia M.

You can read Part 1 of this series here and Part 2 here.

I sat on the floor rattling the lock, trying to break it open. Eventually, with the thin, inside part of my pen, I successfully picked the lock. I heard the relieving sound of a click! and pulled the lock off. Opening the trapdoor, I looked down to see a small staircase leading into a kitchen. I found it odd but proceeded into the room anyway.

As I looked around, I found myself in a cozy, dimly-lit home. Everything was tidy, as if it was specifically set up for someone. I made my way back to the trapdoor, brought my items into the kitchen, and placed them on the marble countertop. Opening the fridge door, I found it stocked with fresh food. My stomach growled at the sight of it. I hadn’t thought about how long I’d been in here until now. It’s probably been days… I desperately wanted to eat everything, but I just couldn’t. The circumstances seemed too perfect. It felt like I was being set up.

I decided to find a place to rest instead. I knew there had to be bedrooms somewhere in this house. After searching every room, I finally found the bedroom. It was large and even led to a bathroom. The bed was neatly tucked in, with not a wrinkle in sight. My only complaint was the slightly old scent of the room. It smelled like it had sat there for years without being touched. Although, if that was true, I wouldn’t be too surprised.

Assuming this would be my new home, I got comfy. I was able to find every necessity I needed: from clothes to toothpaste. As I grew tired, I crawled into the king-sized bed, and pulled the blankets up to my chin. Just as my eyes fluttered shut a slow, tapping noise began.

To be continued in Part 4


The History of Betty Boop

By Abby N.

Betty Boop was a 9-year cartoon running from 1930 to 1939. Betty Boop is well known for being a feminist symbol. Unfortunately, she is also a symbol for racism and sex which we will discuss later. 

Through the 30s

Betty first appeared in the 1930 cartoon Dizzy Dishes. According to Betty’s Wikipedia page, she was first designed as a singing french poodle but later became human as she got more popular. Betty Boop was inspired by jazz singer Esther Jones, though because of racism, Betty’s skin tone was changed to white. 


Betty Boop is a cartoon with music and cute animations. Or so you thought. Her constantly getting hit on, her suggestive body motions, the war propaganda, and the evident racism gives us evidence that Betty was strictly for adults. Her song “Ching Ling Choy” has racist words and lyrics.

Banned Episode

An episode of Betty Boop was banned for drug use. This episode was called “Ha, Ha, Ha!” and it was about Betty trying to pull out a tooth for her friend, Koko, but she ends up using WAYYY too much laughing gas causing everyone who smells it to laugh. T.V. executives were very strict about what they put on T.V. at that time, so the episode got banned immediately. 

Voice Actors

Margie Hines, Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe and Ann Little all have voice acted for Betty. The one who did it the longest was Mae who did it until the series ended. Mae was also the voice actor for Olive Oyl in Popeye and Buzzy Boop. Mae unfortunately died in 1998, but her legend still lives on.

Mae in the live action Betty Boop movie “Out of the Inkwell” Photo Credit (Youtube thumbnail): Youtube.com

Betty Boop is still very popular. You can watch her shorts on YouTube and can buy her merchandise in many places! 


Hallway of Rooms (Part 2 of a Series)

By Julia M.

You can read Part 1 of this series here.

I quickly realized that this was an infinite hallway of dimly lit rooms that were all painted a sickening yellow-beige color. It seemed like the more doors I opened and the further I went, the more the paint on the walls began to peel and flake off. The once new-looking building began to look as if it was abandoned. I had to take in every detail about this building in order to escape. 

As I went from room to room, I began to collect some of the items I found. Maybe they’d become helpful in the future; that’s probably why they were there. The items I’d gathered included a nearly empty matchbox, a clear glass jar, a torn towel, and a pen. Out of all the other random objects I found, these were the most useful because I could make tools out of them.

I gathered all of my items and decided to explore some more. Even though I was beginning to lose hope in finding anything new, there was always a possibility that I was simply missing something. Opening a few more doors, I examined every little thing from the ceiling to the floor. 

I began to notice that every door had a number faintly engraved on it. Assuming this was important, I started to take note of the number on every door. Although the numbers were jumbled around and not in a specific order, I continued to write them on my arm using the pen I’d found. 

Opening yet another door, I saw that this one didn’t have a number on the door. I scanned the room and noticed a square cut out in the carpet below me. Peeling the rug back revealed a door secured with an old-looking lock: the exit.

To be continued in Part 3


Rating Bath & Body Works Scents

By Julia M.

General scents:

Image Credit: Bath & Body Works

Vanilla Bean Noel: Honestly, I think this scent is okay. It is not amazing and definitely toward the bottom of my list. This one is overstated and I’m honestly tired of the basic vanilla scent.
Sweater Weather: This scent is one of my favorites. It is a nice comforting scent that isn’t overwhelming and smells amazing. It’s a ‘cool’ scent that I enjoy using. I recommend it.
Frosted Coconut Snowball: This scent is one of the worst scents to exist. It doesn’t only have vanilla but also coconut. I don’t like coconut or vanilla scents and BOTH are in this scent. I’ve only bought this scent once, and I’m pretty sure I eventually threw it out. The scent is somewhat overwhelming and in general not great. If you like coconut and vanilla scents, you can have this scent because I’ll pass.

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Gingham / Gingham Love: These scents are similar, although Gingham Love smells a bit sweeter compared to Gingham. Overall, I LOVE these scents and I proudly own both of these in my collection of Bath & Body Works. I highly recommend using either of these!!
Warm Vanilla Sugar: In general, I hate any vanilla scent, this one included. This scent is overwhelming and gives me a headache. Plus, the scent itself isn’t even as good as people make it out to be and I never buy this.

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Strawberry Pound Cake: In my opinion, this scent is one of my least favorites. It doesn’t smell like strawberry pound cake and even less like strawberries. If they remade the scent maybe i’d like it more, but as of right now, it’s not so great.

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Butterfly: As of now, this is supposedly a “new” scent, although I’m pretty sure it’s just the original Sweet Pea scent but renamed. Now, the Sweet Pea scent is much different from what it used to be, and not as good as it was. Butterfly is a new favorite of mine because it’s Sweet Pea’s original scent. As described in the name, it is a sweet-smelling body mist that will always be one of my favorites.
Japanese Cherry Blossom: This scent was good, but I’ve eventually gotten tired of smelling it. It’s way too overrated and now there is everything from hand sanitizer to shampoo in this scent. When Japanese Cherry Blossom first came out, it was one of my favorites but now it’s quite low on the list of scents that I like. I will use the scent but preferably not.

Men’s Scents:

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Bourbon: I love all of the men’s scents. Though, this one is my favorite out of all of them. It’s hard to describe what the men’s scents smell like, but all you need to know is that they smell immaculate. I highly recommend this scent.
Ocean: This one is another amazing men’s scent. As I’ve said before, the men’s scents are unique and hard to describe but they all smell good. This one is my favorite men’s scent and I highly recommend it. According to 7th grader, Duaa K., “I like this scent because it reminds me of vacation.”


What Are The Midterms?

By Duaa K.

One question that perplexes many kids, teens, and even adults around this time is, “What are the U.S Midterms?” Is it the Presidential Election? No, but it does get mixed up with the presidential elections quite often. So what are the midterms?

The midterms are notoriously known as “midterms” because they occur in between the Presidential elections. According to the BBC News, the midterms in a nutshell are elections for Congress. The U.S. Congress is made up of two parts – the House of Representatives and the Senate. To expand on that a bit more, Congress is in charge of making nationwide laws. The House and the Senate have different jobs; the House makes the decision about which laws can be created, and the Senate can accept or block those laws. The Senate has even more perks than the House of Representatives because it can approve people that the president appoints and can investigate the president.

Each state has two senators that represent it, and the senators serve for six-year terms. Representatives mainly speak for smaller districts within bigger states, and they sit for 2-year terms. The election in November had every member of the House of Representatives up for election while only one-third of the senate was up for election.

So, why does it matter? The midterms can give the citizens some type of idea of who will be running for the presidential candidacy. For example, Republican governor Ron DeSantis hopes that re-election will help him in the 2024 Presidential Election. According to NPR News, “If the Democrats can hold on to power in swing states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, that should give them some confidence as they build their 2024 campaign to get President Biden re-elected.” 

Voting in the midterms is also important because it can also determine the outcomes of some of the biggest issues going on in the state or country at the moment. 


The Hallway of Rooms (Part 1 of a Series)

By Julia M.

The bustling mall was noisy and loud. Crowds of people stood around; others filled the pathways. I weaved in between people as I looked for the hallway I needed to find. I saw the glowing exit sign which marked the hallway and made my way to it. As the double doors shut behind me, the hallway echoed, and I could only hear the muffled sounds of people talking. 

I could see the storage room at the far end of the long hallway, to the right. Every step I took made the hallway feel longer and never-ending. When I turned around the doors were right behind me. How had I not moved? I must’ve been imagining things because when I turned back around, I was face to face with the door of the storage room. I was confused but proceeded to open the door anyway. 

As the door shut behind me I looked around the room, only spotting a broom, vacuum, and box. It was oddly empty yet I paid no attention to that and grabbed the broom. When I turned around to leave, the door was gone. My heart began to pound. How was that possible? It’s a door; it can’t move.. I turned around scanning every wall, looking for the door. It has to be here- it can’t just be gone. Was I hallucinating?? I panicked. I needed to find a way out, I wasn’t going to be trapped. 

I sat on the chair going through possible ways to escape, in my mind. Was I just imagining all of this? I didn’t know what was or wasn’t real anymore. As I looked up, I saw the door. The door! I breathed a sigh of relief and immediately swung the door open, wanting to get out of that room. That’s when I saw the hallway. It was lined with door after door, none of which had been there before. My head spun, and I felt dizzy. How was any of this possible? I just wanted to leave. I walked to what I thought was the end and opened the door, hoping it’d lead to the busy mall I was once in. My heart dropped as I looked into a long hallway that seemed to never end, it was lined with even more doors. I began to think I’d never leave. I opened every door I saw, finding empty rooms that sometimes had small items in them. None of the objects seemed to be of much use and I focused on finding an exit to this never-ending hallway of rooms. 

To Be Continued in Part 2


The Cross Country Season Has Ended

By Amelie S.

The cross country team trained exceedingly hard this year. They trained by running routes over by the soccer field. One of the many routes is the fun run. For this one, you have to run around the soccer field, behind the back of the softball field, and in front of the pool. But wait! It’s still not done! You still have to run across the bridge, loop around, and start the route again by going to the soccer field yet again. 

There was one new route added to the list this year, the pool route! For this one, you go around the soccer field, around the back of the softball field, in front of the pool, and back to the field. 

The team also did a lot of drills during their practices like Indian sprints and timed runs. 

In all of the races they went to, the team members pushed extremely hard and got in the top 10 occasionally. Unfortunately, the cross country team did not qualify for postseason competition, but the girls’ cross country team did keep the championship trophy. 

According to Coach Doyle, the top time for girls was 14:29 for 2.2 miles. This was run by Avery M. and was also her personal record. The best time for boys was by Lucus L. and was 14:42. This was also his personal record. 

Overall, cross country is very entertaining, and I would recommend joining! Everyone on the team is nice and supportive! 

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Rating Clothes

By Julia M.

Photo Credit: Emmiol

This is an 8/10 because the baggy ripped jeans look good and are more comfortable than the typical ripped skinny jeans. They’re more fashionable and can be styled with simple tops. These are better because ripped skinny jeans are uncomfortable and kind of basic. I would rate this higher but if you’re out on a sunny day you’ll definitely get a terrible tan.

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10/10 Sweatpants are always comfortable and can be matched with basically any top. They are typically worn during fall and winter and are overall a good pick.

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9/10 It honestly depends on the type of hoodie you have, but usually they’re really comfortable. Most people own them and I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t own at least one. They’re popular and for a good reason. 

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5/10 Cardigans look okay, but I’ve honestly only ever seen English teachers wear these. I wouldn’t buy one if I saw it, but I feel like it can be easily matched with other clothes. It is definitely not my favorite option.

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8/10 Tank tops are cute and can be easily matched with jeans, shorts and skirts. They’re pretty popular and a bit basic, yet a good choice.