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Face masks during pandemic—are they effective?

Face masks during pandemic—are they effective?

Saman Shariff, Journalism student

April 29, 2020

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 is spreading from America’s biggest cities to its suburbs and has begun encroaching many across the nation. The fight to prevention is taking its peak as many people are relying on face masks- whether it be surgical or homemade- in order to tackle the spread o...

Coping with quarantine

Coping with quarantine

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom line editor

April 8, 2020

Everyone understands how to wash his hands, sanitize surfaces and follow social distancing measures to protect physical health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic--but what about mental health?  While the idea of separating oneself from society during a quarantine can certainly be frightening and diff...

Social distancing saves lives

Social distancing saves lives

Huda Saber, Bottom line writer

April 8, 2020

While it may be disappointing to hear that sports events, festivals, school events, etc. have been canceled, there is a public health reason for these measures. In order to eliminate the spread of the coronavirus, we must practice social distancing.  Put simply, social distancing means minimizing contact with peop...

The coronavirus in a nutshell

The coronavirus in a nutshell

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom line editor

March 11, 2020

On December 31st, 2019, China reported numerous pneumonia cases in people linked to the Chinese Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. As the number of these cases skyrocketed, Chinese health authorities finally confirmed that this was caused by a novel coronavirus, COVID-19.   What is the coronavirus? Coronaviruses are a gro...

How to fight the flu

How to fight the flu

Huda Saber and Aisha Sudhir

March 11, 2020

The notable coronavirus has infected more than 71,000 people globally. There are 157 confirmed cases of this deadly disease in the United States, according to Market Watch. In addition to this, the most alarming aspect of the coronavirus is that its symptoms closely  mirror those of the flu, such a...

Psychology of attraction

Psychology of attraction

Huda Saber, Bottom line writer

February 3, 2020

Attraction refers to the action of evoking interest or a liking for someone. According to Psychology Today, it can take on many forms, including liking, love, friendship and admiration. What factors influence the process of attraction? What makes men and women more attractive?  Many factors influe...

Is this the end of young love?

Is this the end of young love?

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom line editor

February 1, 2020

Grease, High School Musical, 10 Things I Hate About You and Pretty in Pink—all these movies are the epitome of the perfect high school romance. To most people, high school relationships are a rite of passage--the first crush, the first date and the first kiss are an integral part of growing up. However, m...

How to de-stress over break

How to de-stress over break

Huda Saber, Bottom line writer

December 13, 2019

Final exam season is by far the most stressful time of the year for students. From the countless hours studying whilst keeping up with extracurriculars, the new material taught by teachers in an effort to wrap up the semester course outline, on top of the sleep deprivation, can lead students in a frenzy. ...

Five study tips for finals

Five study tips for finals

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom line editor

December 12, 2019

The week before final exams can definitely be a frustrating and exhausting experience if one is not properly prepared. Most students rely on caffeine rushes and all-nighters to get through exams, but the benefits of understanding how to prepare for finals far outweigh the burdens of staying up all nig...

Give Thanksgiving some thanks!

Give Thanksgiving some thanks!

Mint Sungvornyothin, Bottom line editor

November 15, 2019

When the clock strikes midnight after October 31, many already begin to put their Halloween decorations away. They take down the bats dangling on their doors and deck out their windows with red and green string lights. Many shops also do the same, dismantling their animatronic witches and arrange a cozy spot...

Thanksgiving history

Thanksgiving history

Huda Saber, Bottom line writer

November 15, 2019

Thanksgiving is a significant American holiday and the word evokes memories of football, family reunions, turkey, pie and, of course, giving. This holiday has always been pictured to look like a time to spend with loved ones, feast and experience the beginnings of the long awaited holiday season. Si...

Your voice matters

Your voice matters

Huda Saber, Bottom line writer

October 20, 2019

Teenagers are often neglected by the political arena. This is because when they are too young to vote, it is easy to feel like the world of politics is closed off to them. As a result, most teens show little interest in the political future of this country. However, teen involvement within politics is ...

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