The Fire Spreading

Over the past few months, there has been a noticeable increase in metro fires. December 18, 2017 Plaza Lanes caught fire, devastating thousands of people. On January 1, 2018, the Plumwood Terrace Condominiums caught fire for the second time in 10 years. The most recent fire was February 10, 2018. Fire and rescue crews were called to the scene of 2800 block and 80th Street … Continue reading The Fire Spreading

A Fight for the Net

Three months ago, under the Trump administration, the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, voted 3-2 under the leadership of Ajit Pai to repeal the net neutrality guidelines that were promoted under Obama. However, the fight for net neutrality did not end there. Recently, state governments, companies, and congressmen have all strived to keep an open and equal internet. Casey Clark, an educator at Urbandale High … Continue reading A Fight for the Net

Countdown to Nuclear Fallout

On January 28, 2018, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) set the Doomsday Clock at two minutes until Nuclear Midnight, due to rising tensions with North Korea. Nuclear Midnight is when the nuclear threat becomes reality. The Doomsday Clock represents the geopolitical stance of the current world. The scientists on the BAS determine if the time should be set closer or further from midnight … Continue reading Countdown to Nuclear Fallout


The 2018 influenza season has been the worst year for the flu since 2015. So far this year, there have been 53 influenza related children deaths in the United States. Roughly 9.7% of these deaths happened the week of January 7th through January 13th, with flu related illnesses. “The flu season has been significantly worse this year because the flu vaccine is built based on … Continue reading Achoo!

It’s Not All About the Game

“Super Bowl Sunday” is one of the most exciting phrases heard around the country. On Sunday, February 4, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles faced off against a familiar face to the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots. The high scoring, back-and-forth game, was exactly what  spectators hope for in a Super Bowl. For those who don’t enjoy watching a football game though, Super Bowl Sunday consists … Continue reading It’s Not All About the Game

Conscious Consumption

As high school students, it is not easy being aware of how one’s everyday purchases impacts the world. A wave of “conscious consumerism” is gaining popularity in a world of ever evolving consuming practices. From buying food, to school supplies, to the newest Supreme release, one’s everyday purchases can and will affect the world. This simple idea of consumerism could dramatically change the world. The … Continue reading Conscious Consumption

The Grassroots

A key part to American politics is the idea that every citizen should have the ability to change our nation. Recently, residents of Urbandale had the opportunity to shape Iowa’s political future. On Monday, February 6, 2018, the Urbandale Caucuses were held for the Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian parties. Anne La Pietra, a government teacher at Urbandale High School, explained the purpose of the caucuses. … Continue reading The Grassroots