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In an Instagram post about the release of The Tortured Poets Department, Taylor Swift said, This period of the authors life is now over, the chapter is closed and boarded up. Graphic by: Isabella Fieros

Cougar Critique: Welcome to the opening of “The Tortured Poets Department”

Isabella Fierros and Christian Montecino May 30, 2024

Taylor Swift ushers in a new era with her new album On April 19, Taylor Swift released her 11th studio album, “The Tortured Poets Department.” Swift announced the album on Feb. 4 at the 66th Annual...

Cougar Critique: “Kung Fu Panda 4”

Cougar Critique: “Kung Fu Panda 4”

Aidyn Beltran Herrera and Coen Wagoner May 21, 2024

Does the fourth hold up to the original movies? I personally LOVE the “Kung Fu Panda” series.  The first movie was a great introduction to the story with awesome visual animation. Along with the...

Invest a short amount of time to fill out a FAFSA and unlock your potential with the financial key to higher education. Graphic by:

FAFSA is running late

Emmett Flynn May 7, 2024

VHS students need to start taking advantage of Federal Student Aid As senior students inch closer to their graduation, the looming question of how to finance higher education can often be unmotivating...

The namesake of the movie, blood and honey, is seen and symbolized throughout the film when Winnie the Pooh is on screen as hes a bear. Graphic by: Coen Wagoner

Cougar Critique: “Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2” movie review

Aidyn Beltran Herrera May 3, 2024

 Is it a good movie that's worth your time? The idea of turning a childhood icon into a serial killer is an invigorating idea to many.   In 2023, “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” was released...

I am very excited with the direction of women’s sports in our country right now. I think we have been on the verge of this positive change but needed the current athletes, personalities, quality of the overall sport and the vibe in society. I feel the increase of interest shows the openness for change. It isn’t a sharp turn but more of a choice to take a different fork-in-the-road, said Ann Larson. Graphic by: Ava Mohror

Opinion: A new dynasty for women’s basketball

Ava Mohror and Christian Montecino April 26, 2024

After two weeks, 68 teams, seven rounds and one winner, the women’s NCAA basketball tournament came to a close on April 7 with The University of South Carolina beating The University of Iowa in the championship...

 Theres a new Mean Girls movie after 20 years. Photo by: Alize Hernandez

Mean girls movie review and comparison

Alize Hernandez April 23, 2024

Which “Mean Girls” movie is the best? I am sure everyone has heard of the new “Mean Girls” musical which was released on Jan. 12, 2024. I was very excited when I learned about it, as “Mean Girls”...

Marvel movies have been declining in sales and audience as well as receiving poor reviews. Photo by: Aidyn Beltran Herrera

Opinion: Is the quality of Marvel Studios’ movies getting worse?

Aidyn Beltran Herrera and Coen Wagoner April 16, 2024

Are Marvel movies not good anymore? Ever since the pandemic in 2020, there has been talk amongst Marvel fans about the lack of quality in new movies. Marvel's latest movie, “The Marvels,” did not...

Temu advertises their free shipping and 90 day free return policies. Screenshot from: @temu on Instagram

The Rise of Temu

Weston Blackburn and Emily Nguyen April 9, 2024

The price of cheap comes at the cost of overconsumption Temu is a digital marketplace that offers a large range of products with astoundingly low price tags that originally launched in the United States...

The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs triumphed over a multitude of teams in their respective division, reaching the coveted Super Bowl. Graphic by: Christian Montecino

2023-24 NFL Playoffs: A Retrospect

Christian Montecino March 22, 2024

A look back at the highs and lows of a few of the NFL teams that made the playoffs Over the course of 18 weeks, three playoff games and one superbowl, the NFL season has finally come to an end. The defending...

Avry Girtsman 25 said, I loved the descriptions in the book. Her journey was really powerful and I couldnt stop reading. Graphic by: Brody Daw

Opinion: Every high schooler should read “Educated”

Sophia Denzler and Brody Daw March 20, 2024

Tara Westover’s memoir reminds students how education is a privilege “Educated,” by Tara Westover, is a powerful biography that follows a young girl throughout her life and her quest for an education....

The Bell Jar has sold more than three million copies worldwide. Photo by: Ava Mohror

Cougar Critique: “The Bell Jar”

Ava Mohror March 15, 2024

Sylvia Plath writes a chilling novel that closely resembles her reality Trigger warning: novel and article discuss disturbing topics, including suicide.  “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath was originally...

The 2024 Grammys took place on Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. Photo by: GoldDerby

Opinion: Grammys 2024 recap

Brynn Kightlinger, Ava Blau-Grinsel, and Vail Newman February 27, 2024

This year’s Grammys were an exciting moment for many popular artists and bands This year's Grammys took place on Feb. 4. The Grammys are awards presented by the Recording Academy to recognize achievements...

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