The Dispatch

Stress of school overwhelms all

Stress of school overwhelms all

Riley Bennett, J1 Reporter

December 11, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Online, Opinion

School is supposed to be a place to learn and prepare students for the future. It should make students feel ready for whatever is coming next. In my opinion, some aspects of school are doing more harm than good. What I mean by this is that school can often take a negative toll on certain students. My...

Chat With Nat: Is the senior brag sheet really all that helpful?

Chat With Nat: Is the senior brag sheet really all that helpful?

Natalie Aman, Columnist

November 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Commentary

What are you most proud of? What words describe you best? What occupations are you considering? These questions, along with endless others like them, have been the focus of my mind since summer it seems like. And you can probably guess where they come from…. The infamous senior brag sheet. For those o...

Trans kids deserve respect

Trans kids deserve respect

Rey Gray, Reporter

November 23, 2018


Filed under Commentary

All around the school, in teachers’ windows and on bulletin boards, there are stickers and posters that say “AISD Proud” on them with a rainbow in the background. This, along with requiring that each school in the district the school have a SAGA (sexuality and gender acceptance) organization, ...

School funding is an enigma for Texas

School funding is an enigma for Texas

Madisen Johnson, Features Editor

November 22, 2018


Filed under Commentary

“The Robin Hood plan” - a fitting nickname given to a piece of legislation passed decades ago in Texas concerning the funding of public schools through a recapture system. The basis of the legislation relies on the taking from the rich to give to the poor, meaning larger and more well ...

America’s equal government is now divided

America’s equal government is now divided

Editorial

November 21, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Editorial

There is a divide in politics, and it’s not doing any favors for democracy or the people in America it represents. This divide comes down to the small number of citizens whose beliefs are being implemented by the government versus the country as a whole. Now that America is more split than ever bef...

Dress Code: Outdated and Unfair

Abbey Repka, Reporter

November 21, 2018


Filed under Commentary

Did you know that students in an Austin Independent School District (AISD) high school are not allowed to wear athletic shorts? This is one of many examples of how the dress code is outdated and unfair to students which leads to students being harassed about what they wear to school. Athletic sho...

The FDA’s crusade against youth vaping is warranted

The FDA’s crusade against youth vaping is warranted

Ian Miller, Commentary Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under Commentary

A student glances at his watch: two minutes until the bell rings. He reaches into his pocket for his sleek, USB-shaped vaping pen and, just like the rest of his friends, fogs up the bathroom mirrors with pure nicotine. The group hears a new person walking into the bathroom and quickly pu...

Air Conditioning: Necessity or Privilege?

Shikha Patel, Reporter

November 13, 2018


Filed under Commentary

Sweat trickles down in beads on the back and foreheads of Bowie students as they dart to class in the moist hallways. Everyone is made painfully aware of the lack of the Air Conditioning. As many of us know, the hallways at James Bowie High School don’t have air conditioning. I can definitely tell...

AISD treatment of sport injuries

Jake Brien, Commentary Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Commentary

A concussion is just like a toxic relationship. Hold on now, I’m not finished - hear me out. Much like a toxic relationship, a concussion can come out of nowhere, feel horrible, and leave anyone sitting a dark room staring at nothing in particular while the person wonders how it all happened. The likeli...

Chat With Nat: College applications cost more than just your personal time

Chat With Nat: College applications cost more than just your personal time

Natalie Aman, Reporter

October 26, 2018


Filed under Commentary

As soon as we began our year as seniors, it seems as if we hit the ground running with anything and everything related to college. It’s been a whirlwind of information that brings with it a mountain of things to accomplish in a small amount of time. It also seems as if everything we are tasked with d...

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