• Front Page,  Opinion,  Stories

    Why the Ocean Keeps Bleeding

    By Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief) During the summer of 2018, red waters crept up the beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. As dead sea life washed ashore and a pungent smell ran through the sea breeze, it almost seemed as if the ocean were bleeding. Indeed, Heather Barron, head veterinarian at Florida’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, said of the frightening conditions last August: “Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn’t leave has died” (National Geographic). But why was the ocean bleeding? Perhaps you’ve heard of the culprit: red tide. Red tide is a natural phenomenon that involves the growth of microbial algae in ocean environments. Its name comes…

  • Opinion,  Stories

    Poll: Do you support gun control?

    Do you think the government should enact gun control laws? Tell us your opinion in the comments! You can find more info about gun control in Bella Ibrahim’s article from the March 2018 issue of The Vertical. Photo by Dean Hochman

  • Opinion,  Stories

    School Security

    Featured photo: Victims of the recent Stoneman Douglas High School shooting are advocating for legislation to increase safety in public schools. (Photo credit: ABC News) By Michael Savo-Matthews (Business Manager) With the recent school shooting in Southern Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, many teens have been led to question the security of the schools they attend. Students come to school expecting a safe environment where they can come to solely to learn and gain knowledge, but this can be jeopardized when emergency situations occur. It is very important that all students are safe and can feel comfortable in their learning environments. As senior Allie Pearson stated, “I think it’s very important to remember that Nease has…

  • Opinion,  Stories

    The Ugly Side of Beauty

    By Bre Jarvis (Web Editor) If you’re like the average human being, you’ve probably found yourself at one time or another in the checkout aisle of a grocery store, flipping through an issue of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, or the like. And if you’re like 75% of teenage girls, you probably ended up feeling “depressed, guilty, and shameful” about your body after finishing. While we often hear that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it’s not hard to tell that magazines tends to portray women as scantily clad, free of blemish, and thin—very, very thin. What most don’t know, however, is that there’s a lot that goes on between the…

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    Don’t Gag the Press

    By Bre Jarvis (Web Editor) “The Philippines’ slide towards illiberality is accelerating,” writes Washington Post writer Manuel Quezon III. The country has recently erupted in fear and confusion in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to denounce several news outlets. However, amid the protests and riots taking place in the Philippines, perhaps the United States can find itself in danger of the same fate. The freedom of the press, a right guaranteed by the First Amendment, has recently come under scrutiny by various American political figures, particularly President Trump. “It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want,” he said last October. Since the beginning…

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    Better Together

    By Nicole Scarbrough (Sports Editor) There has never been a more distressed time period in modern history. America has become a nation divided by an extreme difference in ideologies, to the point where a simple discussion cannot be held between either dominant party. The agreement that the government deals with domestic issues isn’t unheard of to any political party, regardless of their respective belief system. But while our foreign affairs begin to escalate, remaining in national unity is imperative to pulling through and remaining in an extensive period of prosperity. It is common knowledge that the political system remains in possession of three political parties, all three feuding in one…