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Drake Drama’s Antigone X Captivates Audience in New Venue

Emily Cardwell, Reporter
November 14, 2019

Drake drama has a new venue. Following the retirement of beloved Drake drama teacher David g. Smith, his former classroom has been remodeled into a new studio theatre.  Antigone X is the first play performed within the David g. Smith Studio Theatre and the first show directed by Peter Parish. It provided a unique and intimate viewing experience.  Seating 65 people embellished with new surround...

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Fighting for their right to a future 

Melissa Auchard, Reporter
November 7, 2019

"What do we want?!”  “Climate justice!” “When do we want it?!” “Now!”

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Jack Reuter, News Editor
November 7, 2019

Ben Franklin once said, “The only certainties in life are death and taxes.” Now it seems plastic is a close third. Following plastic’s exponential rise, it's important to look back on the history of the industry and consider its place at Drake.  The history of plastic started with the first synthesized polymer in 1907. It was mainly used for combs and faux ivory, and it was made less brittle as the decades progressed. The refinement of their products and the post World War II consumer culture...

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Climate change movement widening political divide

Nick Anthony, Arts & Entertainment Editor
October 31, 2019

The loudest and most prominent climate change activists reject proposed solutions because the solutions operate under a system they deem unjust.

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Alexandra Fry
October 31, 2019

“I wanted something that was well insulated that can keep for many years,” senior Jasmyn Jansen said of her water bottle. A red, sticker-covered Hydro Flask.  A new subculture, the representation of which is known as a “VSCO girl,” has popularized the Hydro Flask water bottle. This subculture is characterized by the usage of popular photo-editing app VSCO, political liberalism, and eco-consciousness largely expressed through the products one owns. Products such as Burt's Bees, scrunchies,...

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Jeannette West, Reporter
October 31, 2019

In light of the recent protests, strikes and public outcry regarding climate change, scientists say we still have a fighting chance, but even if we mitigate climate change tomorrow, the damage will last for generations to come. The concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is the largest its been in three million years, never previously measuring over 300 parts per million, now has reached 408. This effect of excess greenhouse gasses has caused our planet’s average surface temperature...

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Popular clothing company helps save the environment

Sarah Barsky, Feature Editor
October 24, 2019

It’s Autumn now. With cold breezes replacing the hot summer air, it’s time to exchange our summer clothes with warmer outfits. Coat companies like REI, North Face and Eddie Bauer fill our mailboxes with advertisements, each trying to entice us with new styles, colors and warmer clothes. The problem with ordering and buying new clothing, however, is that the fashion industry is one of the major...

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Promoting environmental and human health awareness through veganism 

Melissa Auchard, Reporter
October 23, 2019

“Our use of animals as a food production technology has brought us to the verge of catastrophe. The greenhouse gas footprint of animal agriculture rivals that of every car, truck, bus, ship, airplane, and rocket ship combined. There is no pathway to achieve the Paris climate objectives without a massive decrease in the scale of animal agriculture,”

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Kelsey Riemer, Reporter
October 20, 2019

A truck with a large exhaust pipe drives through a sea of student climate change protesters in downtown San Rafael, belching fumes into the crowd. This irony begs the question of what impact youth action has on the environment, and whether or not adults are listening.  On Friday, Sept. 20, about four million people in over a thousand cities around the world marched to demand action against the global climate epidemic. Among these were 1.4 million students. “Our parents will die of old age,...

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California to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements

Natalie Agnew, Sports Editor
October 4, 2019

A controversial topic came under increased scrutiny this Monday as California took steps to address the compensation of college athletes while facing pushback from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).   Gavin Newsom’s signature, on the first bill in the US that allows college athletes to profit from endorsements, may have ended the days of college athletes remaining amateurs....

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Kelsey Riemer, Reporter
October 3, 2019

Ever wondered what’s underneath the Devonshire Bridge? According to SEA-DISC, there are myriad invasive plants, channelization of the creek, and faltering ecosystems. “Channelization of the creek, which prevents flooding of the town by altering the route of the creek, decreases the amount of vegetation which increases erosion. It also decreases the biodiversity of the plants which makes the ecosystem less adaptable to harsh changes. It’s not really pollution of the creek but it’s human...

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Alice Simenstad, Reporter
October 3, 2019

Over the next year, the entire small learning community (SLC) system at Drake will be overhauled to provide better opportunities for all students.                                         According to Principal Liz Seabury, the entire teaching staff is working on recreating the SLC program into a less stressful process that fulfills the needs and wants of all underclassmen equally. The present system presents a choice to entering freshmen that would mold...

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