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To hug or not to hug? When a handshake is not enough

To hug or not to hug?  When a handshake is not enough

by Alicia Nasto and Erik Chapman

October 7, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Greetings vary by culture. In some places a handshake will suffice; in others, a kiss on the cheek is appropriate. In the United States, a handshake is traditionally used when first meeting a person or in a business setting, due to its undoubtedly platonic nature. However, for teens, it is more common...

Top 8 things to love about the new iOS 8

Top 8 things to love about the new iOS 8

by Brennan Nolan, Reporter and Photographer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Archives, Opinion, Showcase

Apple fanatics are ranting about the new iOS 8, both moaning and cheering. This update has been released simultaneously to the new iPhone 6. I did some informal research, and here are the top 8 reasons to love the newest operating system. Camera Options Apple’s camera features consist of the ...

Did you download iOS8? Love it or hate it?

by Erin Stewart, Social Media Editor

September 30, 2014


Filed under Features, Opinion, Showcase

There is much controversy about the new iOS 8 update. There are new apps and  more ways to communicate efficiently that are  in the new update, but there are things that people dislike about it. So the question is, Is the update even worth it? Click the picture to be a part of the poll. ...

Social media revolutionizes politics

Social media revolutionizes politics

by Emily Gorham, Reporter

September 23, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Years ago, if you wanted to connect with government and voice your opinions, you would have to write a letter, get an address, and send it off, with no way of knowing whether it reached its destination or not. Now, it's as simple as sending a Tweet to your local political representative. Over the...

Fantasy novel, The Song of Achilles, is a tune you don’t want to miss

Fantasy novel, The Song of Achilles, is a tune you don’t want to miss

by Izzy Peterson, Editor

September 16, 2014


Filed under Book Reviews, Opinion, Showcase

Finding good books to read nowadays is a task for the brave. I find that, depending on a reader’s luck, taking a dip into the pool of literary choices can have either rewarding or horrific results. Take a chance on the novel The Song of Achilles. While there have been mixed views for Madeline Miller...

Audiences held captive by Orange is the New Black

Audiences held captive by Orange is the New Black

by Erik Chapman, Reporter

September 10, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

A self-professed good girl and her drug running ex girlfriend, an ex mafiosa, and a transgendered hairdresser. Is this the setup for a Lifetime sitcom? No, it’s Orange is the New Black, America’s new favorite prison drama. Ever since its second season was released in June, Orange is the New B...

What is happiness? Has it changed over the last 50 years?

What is happiness?  Has it changed over the last 50 years?

by Julia Peigh, Public Opinion Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In June 1964, The Lance staff created a poem entitled “What is Happiness?” It was published with student answers such as “Happiness - is when the equation works out the very first time.” and “Happiness - is getting out of Advanced Biology for an assembly.” Fifty years later, Lancers, what do you thi...

Parade of Lights marches into your summer playlist

Parade of Lights marches into your summer playlist

by Olivia Goldstein, Editor

May 7, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Opinion

Summer anthem alert!  Los Angeles natives, Parade of Lights, released their EP, Golden, on March 25. Listen to it free on SoundCloud! If techno and indie rock had a baby it would be in the form of Parade of Lights. Their sound is along the lines of indie and alternative rock bands, MGMT and The ...

Do you dream of being a Disney princess?

Do you dream of being a Disney princess?

by Rebecca Downs, Reporter

May 6, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest maiden of all?” How many of you read that with the voice of the nasty witch from Snow White? As the first princess movie produced by Walt Disney on February 4, 1938, Snow White set the scene for their Disney princess dynasty. Seventy-seven years la...

We want our vacations back! Give us “cyber days?”

We want our vacations back!  Give us “cyber days?”

by Alyssa Mattison, Reporter

April 25, 2014


Filed under Opinion

We all know Mother Nature hasn't been nice to us this winter. Because of the extreme snow fall, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) used 12 snow days (five were already built into the school year). To make up for these days, FCPS took away four days from spring break (April 14th, April 15th, Apri...

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