Bend Protests Peacefully to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

By: Ellie Skjersaa On Tuesday, June second, Bend Oregon had the biggest protest that it’s ever seen. Thousands of individuals from across the community came together in support of the movement, black lives matter. It was truly amazing to see the passion people had in their voices and in their hearts. During a time where police brutality is still present and where black people across … Continue reading Bend Protests Peacefully to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Three Must-Make Disney Recipes

By: Madison Chambers Hello fellow food lovers! I am an average, no cooking experience, junior in highschool. During the pandemic, I noticed a trend of recipes being released for famous Disney Park foods that many students might have gotten to enjoy if our spring break plans didn’t get canceled.  Upon my realization that students would be missing out on the delicious, mostly unhealthy treats that … Continue reading Three Must-Make Disney Recipes

Two Must Have Backyard Games for the Summer

By: Parker Meredith Spikeball After it’s launch in 2008, Spikeball quickly sparked the attention of many. With its simplicity and portability, you can play anywhere and everywhere. Most likely, you too, have watched a round of spikeball being played by others at the beach, park or backyard. With a mix between volleyball and handball, two teams take turns alternating hitting the ball of the trampoline. … Continue reading Two Must Have Backyard Games for the Summer

Bendite Culture: Staying Active through COVID-19

By: Brooke Leggat Look outside your suburban home in northwest crossing and you may notice a similar theme of lululemon leggings and sweat streaked faces on the mission for fitness. This is the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic as Bendites find alternative ways of exercising. While Oregon’s pandemic protocol lowers the bar on community guidelines, some of Bend’s favorite workout outlets have closed their … Continue reading Bendite Culture: Staying Active through COVID-19

The College Board is a scam. Here’s why.

By Julia Burdsall I paid the $95 fee per test. I studied my rigorous Advanced Placement material for roughly two weeks. I attempted to review seven units of AP U.S. History, Physics 1, and English Language and Composition on my own. I subdued the stress sowed by the seeds of a worldwide pandemic only to replace it with the stress of online standardized testing. I … Continue reading The College Board is a scam. Here’s why.

Corona Corrects the Environment: Fighting an Invisible Change

Lucy Jones: The miraculous return of dolphins to southern Italy—some of the first positive news many of us heard in the midst of the pandemic. Although Covid-19 has caused global catastrophe—in everyone’s day-to-day lives, in the economy, in the workforce—it has also helped restore and revive aspects of the natural world that might not have been feasible otherwise. With the whole world on pause, carbon … Continue reading Corona Corrects the Environment: Fighting an Invisible Change

Money Heist Review: A Captivating Thriller From Minute One

By: Parker Meredith Brilliant. Powerful. Genius. Money Heist, or La Casa de Papel (“The House of Paper”) as it is known in Spain, has enthralled fans around the world. Stemming off from the classic heist plot, Money Heist features levels upon levels of a beautifully written story, transporting viewers from their couches straight into the Royal Mint of Spain.  Money Heist, a Spanish crime drama, … Continue reading Money Heist Review: A Captivating Thriller From Minute One

The Shock of Pass/Fail Grades

By: Emily Orman With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting every aspect of life, it comes at no surprise that grades are the newest addition to the never ending list. Instead of receiving a letter grade at the end of the semester that contributes toward an overall GPA, students in Oregon will now receive a pass/incomplete grade. This means that any student above a 60% at the … Continue reading The Shock of Pass/Fail Grades

“Social Distancing” and What That Means to Bendites

By: Madison Chambers On a beautiful sunny day, mass amounts of people flock to the dusty trails of Bend to enjoy the weather and exercise. But there is a problem with this flocking, and no, this problem is not limited to the possibility of catching or spreading  Covid-19 virus. Instead, it pertains to the decreasing amounts of friendliness that these trail-goers give to other passerbys.  … Continue reading “Social Distancing” and What That Means to Bendites

The Teacher’s Trouble: Technology

By: Parker Meredith A yellow light cascades over the teacher’s glasses and greying hair. He sits alone in the dark as the soft music plays, and the melodic tapping of his computer keyboard fills the air. It’s Monday night, March 31, 2020. Just two days before students return to learning, this time virtually. The teacher, who struggles greatly with technology, is forced to learn how … Continue reading The Teacher’s Trouble: Technology

Virtual Graduation: Pandemic Protocol

By: Brooke Leggat With the end of our eventful school year approaching, the Bend-laPine school district has opted for a collaboration of both virtual and “drive through” concepts of graduation ceremonies, generating a plethora of mixed feelings from students and parents in its wake.  The original blueprint for this year’s graduation had been conclusively virtual with strict state guidelines set in to equate social distancing, … Continue reading Virtual Graduation: Pandemic Protocol

A Message to Our Government

By: Julia Burdsall Roughly six years have passed since the devastating Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa. Fortunately, the rapid formation of treatment centers and isolation zones, the creation of charitable organizations worldwide, and vigorous screening of passengers at entrance ports aided the African continent in slowing and eventually bringing to a halt the spread of the deadly virus within a year’s time.  Despite the … Continue reading A Message to Our Government

Seniors Step into an Unpredictable Workforce

By: Lucy Jones As I watch my sister complete her fourth year of college—now with an unexpected twist—it’s clear the struggle she’s facing: no formal graduation, no chance for celebratory travel and, most alarmingly, a widespread hiring freeze. As for her life’s next venture, only more uncertainty awaits. She’s questioning when and how she’ll be able to get a job. And what will the job … Continue reading Seniors Step into an Unpredictable Workforce

What Will the Summer Bring?

By: Sasha Stringer As quickly as the coronavirus outbreak has been maturing, the question of what summer will look like in Bend has been on every resident’s mind.  With the prime vacation season approaching, many are wondering whether to pursue their travel plans to the Oregon coast, or to stay hunkered at home to float the river everyday and continue supporting local restaurants.  “For Bend … Continue reading What Will the Summer Bring?

Empty-Your-Pantry Recipes

By: Brooke Leggat In my countless hours of browsing the web (and TikTok, of course), I have learned over this unprecedented time of quarantine to get creative with my cooking. With shelves in grocery stores completely cleared of even the simplest ingredients, I have relied on what I already have in my house, and the results have been nothing shy of incredible. Whether you have … Continue reading Empty-Your-Pantry Recipes