The Black & White

Protest for the repressed

Sam Flodin ‘17 holds up a sign that reads, “We said never again, we meant it.” Flodin participated in a protest against the travel ban, an executive order by 
President Trump.

Andrew Maresca, Staff Writer

April 3, 2017

My first protest started with me writing on a piece of poster board as I ran to catch up with the crowd walking through downtown Des Moines. After I jerked my way into the herd of people marching, holding signs and chanting ,I felt more liberated than ever before. Although I was surrounded by complete...

Presidents change but moral standards should not

Trump address the crowd at his rally. He made a speech then answered questions from various invited interest groups, including the AARP, Tea Party Patriots, Veterans for Strong America, America's Renewable Future, Iowa Pays the Price and Rural Electric Cooperatives. The townhall-style rally took place Dec. 11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Angela Cai, Staff Writer

November 21, 2016

As I blew out my birthday candles Nov. 8, I wished with all of my heart for anyone but Trump to be elected the next president of the United States. My wish did not come true. I will admit that when I found out the results of the election, I cried. I want to make something clear. I am not some sniveling,...

Upholding a civil duty

Upholding a civil duty

Bryce Schulte, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 8, 2016

Before heading to school, Maddie Stoen '17 stopped at Starbucks to redeem her free birthday drink, then headed to vote. She traveled to Walnut Hills Methodist Church, determined to make her voice heard. Stoen has always thought of voting as one of the most important rights Americans have. In the...

Voting is a responsibility

Voting is a responsibility

Mason Lillegraven, Staff Writer

October 20, 2016

2016 is turning out to be one of the most polarizing elections in American history. I frequently hear people expressing their distaste for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and the whole “lesser of two evils” concept. Many people would rather not vote all together because of the immense drama...

We lack an ounce of nuance

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Edin Sehic, Staff Writer

October 19, 2016

“FDT” or using its intended title “F**k Donald Trump” by YG & Nipsey Hussle is a song that only could have been born of this political climate. A culture of dichotomies, dramatics and tabloid-driven stories that aim to be topical and more extreme than the last.  There's a complete lack of n...

Message to millennials

Message to millennials

John Greenwood, Staff Writer

September 28, 2016

These November elections are huge. And yet, many of us don’t care. Only about half the fourth period government classes knew who our two U.S. senators were. But, for the first time, some of us have a vote, and all of us have the opportunity to voice our opinions and to maybe influence others. Some seniors have the...