Defunding Planned Parenthood? Might as Well Say Taking Away Our Rights

By Ellie Skjersaa, News Editor Orange leaves line the sidewalks throughout the city of Bend and Trump and Biden’s dueling campaign signs stand proudly in people’s front yards. The year is 2020—the year of a worldwide pandemic, the year of the Black Lives Matter campaign, and hopefully the year we get a new president. Trump has recently announced that, if reelected, he plans to defund … Continue reading Defunding Planned Parenthood? Might as Well Say Taking Away Our Rights

Student Spotlight: Living with Coronavirus

By Barbara Norton, Editor-in-Chief As the Coronavirus continues to spread both globally and locally, infection is on everyone’s minds: Are you feeling feverish—or just warm? Is that cough because of allergies… or something more deadly?  Though symptom lists and death rates dominate everything from neighborly conversations to the national news cycle, few people know what it’s like to actually be sick with Coronavirus. We sat … Continue reading Student Spotlight: Living with Coronavirus

The Rise of Videogames During Quarantine

By Viansa Reid, Editor-in-Chief My friends and I whip out our phones, log on to “Among Us” and start the game. I’m an Imposter. So is Iz. We corner people to kill them and vent to stay unsuspected, but someone has found a dead body. Already? Who are people suspecting? Kai says Mel and everyone agrees. I follow Quinn into Storage, pretending to do tasks … Continue reading The Rise of Videogames During Quarantine

Covid Conscious Consignment: How Covid-19 has Changed Thrifting

You hear the ding of a little bell on the door handle as you step inside, the smell of the old clothes not quite reaching your nose, as it once did, due to the mask encircling the better half of your face. You head into the aisle on your right, making note of the bright orange arrows on the floor directing the flow of traffic. … Continue reading Covid Conscious Consignment: How Covid-19 has Changed Thrifting

How Will Coronavirus Shape the Future of Standardized Testing?

By Wesley Gilbride, Staff Writer Standardized testing and the college admission process can now be added to the growing list of procedures and norms that have been upended by the coronavirus. High schoolers, already drowning in stress and existential crises are now questioning the future of the SAT and the ACT as these tests pertain to the college admissions process.  The pandemic has caused many … Continue reading How Will Coronavirus Shape the Future of Standardized Testing?

Into the Night; How One Junior Team Raced for 24 Hours Straight

By Natasha Visnack, Crest Editor (Left to right: Curran Jacobs, Jack Billowitz, Reid Farmer, Will Fogarty, Quinn Farmer, Jenna Raymond) In late September, a group of unassuming middle and high schoolers completed what many adults would never dare attempt—a 24-hour mountain bike race. While parent volunteers looked on from the team campsite, five junior competitors raced together through day and night for the Oregon 24 … Continue reading Into the Night; How One Junior Team Raced for 24 Hours Straight

What You Need to Know About Mail-in Ballots This Year

By Thomas Schwiebert, Opinions Editor Throughout this election season, President Trump’s administration has repeatedly called into question the efficacy and fairness of the 2020 election. With Covid-19 eliminating the possibility of a number of polling stations across the United States, many states are turning to mail-in voting: the primary target of contestation by President Trump. Despite the tirade of attacks against this long-proven system of … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Mail-in Ballots This Year

Virtual Love

By Lucy Jones After watching the newly released Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” I instantly deleted 75 percent of the apps on my phone. The documentary gives insight into just how much social media has taken over society–and how little most people know about its direct impact on our personal lives. Our phones are the basis of our communication, and our dependence on them has … Continue reading Virtual Love

The NOT-so-Non-Profit: The College Board and its ingenious Scholastic Assessment Test

By Brooke Leggat High school: said to be the best and worst years of your life. But hey, at least you’ve escaped the horrors of middle school acne and worries about who was wearing a skirt to school the next day so you “wouldn’t be alone”! Wrong.  Though free of correlating outfits or acne, who knew my Junior year would consist of reviewing seventh grade … Continue reading The NOT-so-Non-Profit: The College Board and its ingenious Scholastic Assessment Test

Review: The Midnight Gospel

By Natasha Visnack While some of the most recent Netflix Originals attempt to engage viewers through shock and wonderment, The Midnight Gospel greets viewers with a meditative, yet insightful experience. As we follow our guide, an alien video caster named Clancy, on his interviews throughout the universe via a broken down old world simulator, we are greeted by scenes of violence and disarray displayed in … Continue reading Review: The Midnight Gospel

Review: “Clench to Stay Awake” by The Garden

By Emily Smart Released in March, “Clench To Stay Awake” is the lead track of The Garden’s new album, ​Kiss My Superbowl Ring. ​The band—consisting of twin-duo Fletcher and Wyatt Shears, prioritizes classic punk sounds and sentiments throughout their wide range of musical influences. Epitaph Records produced the album, an alt-rock company founded by Brett Gurewitz of the 90s punk staple, Bad Religion. Gurewitz’s grungy, … Continue reading Review: “Clench to Stay Awake” by The Garden

Review: Euphoria

By Thomas Schwiebert Euphoria: a show with grueling depictions of everything but. Dripping with licentious scenes of sex and drugs, the show manages to submerge your heart in an emulsion of curious captivation and abject horror. Based on the Isralie drama of the same name, Euphoria tells the story of an unstrung teen drama that frantically spirals deeper into the stratum of carnal desire and … Continue reading Review: Euphoria

Review: Taylor Swift’s “Folklore”

By: Emma Andersen Though Taylor Swift is more recently known for clean cut chart-toppers, Swift’s new album “folklore” reverts back to her “Tim McGraw era” with slower underlying tones and indie influences. She has ditched the good girl pop vibe and traded it for an array of alluring cello, piano, and lyrics that capture listeners’ imagination. While Swift displays a new style, the break-up-song-to-get-you-over-any-ex-lover feel … Continue reading Review: Taylor Swift’s “Folklore”

“Grey’s Anatomy” Season 16 Review

By: Emily Orman Doctors. Death. Drama. Grey’s Anatomy, a teenage and adult favorite that seems to convince any viewer to strive to become a surgeon, recently released its 16th season on Netflix.  As usual, the season follows Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and her colleagues as they balance surgical cases and their personal lives. However, Season 16 focuses primarily on the social aspect of the hospital, … Continue reading “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 16 Review

Pandemic-Approved Restaurants

By: Viansa Reid Excited by Phase One, Bendites slowly began allowing people inside restaurants, but what about the restaurants killing the takeout game during the heat of the pandemic? And what about all those folks who still don’t feel comfortable dining indoors? These restaurants worked tirelessly to create a safe and smart environment and have  continued to produce delicious, affordable food. Wild Rose  150 NW … Continue reading Pandemic-Approved Restaurants

Good News June

By: Hannah Kenneth No one can overlook the overwhelming struggle, pain, and fear that has overshadowed this year. The media is ultra accessible today, stretching to almost every social media platform, making it so that you never miss a beat and almost always know whats going on in the world. It is often hard to escape the terrible news, both domestically and abroad. I have … Continue reading Good News June

Isabella’s Book Recommendations (pt. 2)

By: Isabella Cornutt Graceling by Kristin Cashore Picked by The Oprah Magazine for books to read over quarantine, Graceling is a perfect mix between Maze Runner, Hunger Games, and Divergent. The Young Adult fantasy novel is based in a world where some of the population is gifted in a skill, which could be as harmless as the gift of a green thumb or as deadly … Continue reading Isabella’s Book Recommendations (pt. 2)