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Tragedy in Oregon: Shooting at Umpqua

A group of young women console each other during a vigil on Oct. 1, 2015 in Roseburg, Ore. after a shooter opened fire at the Umpqua Community College, killing several.

Ayman Farid, Comment Editor

October 3, 2015

On Thursday, the latest installment in a long-running series of school shootings in America took place at Umpqua College in Southern Oregon. The shooter reportedly entered the campus on Thursday with three weapons, including a long gun and handguns, and killed 10 people, while injuring seven more. ...

What You Want To Know About Syria, Without Having to Embarrass Yourself and Asking

Marleen Tipu, Staff Writer

September 30, 2015

This summer it was hard to not hear about the Syrian migrant crisis, no matter what means you took to avoid hearing the depressing news. While most people know that there is a sudden influx of Syrians in Europe, erupting a thousand new problems for the world, they don’t all know why that influx is hap...

Hillary Clinton’s falling popularity

Hillary Clinton stumps for U.S. Sen. Al Franken, left, and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton at the Leonard Center Field House at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

Tom Anderson, News Editor

September 28, 2015

Once considered to be the sure-fire choice to be the Democratic Nominee for the 2016 Presidential election, Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady, has seen her popularity falling in public opinion polls. Clinton, who is embarking on her second run for the presidency, ...

New gardens sprout up over the summer

New gardens sprout up over the summer

Marcell Subert, Managing Editor

September 25, 2015

Students returning to LB on the first day of school may have noticed that the barren front and rear gardens have recently gotten quite an upgrade. The new garden project was the brainchild of middle school social studies teacher Jane Gordon and the Students for a Sustainable Society. This project  was int...

Robinson Ram vandalized

Robinson Ram vandalized

Jake Alcott, Staff Writer

September 18, 2015

“Oh no, no no no no no- did we do this?” That was the initial reaction of class leader Anastasia Slepukhova at viewing the scandalous photographs shared across Twitter this morning. “I’m very disappointed in our school and the individuals who would stoop down to this level.” It’s well ...

Dr. Copeland departs for Westfield

Dr. Copeland departs for Westfield

Ryan Mullins, Staff Writer

September 11, 2015

Yesterday, it was announced that subschool 5 principal Dr. Anthony “Tony” Copeland has relocated from LB to Westfield High School where he will be principal. Copeland has worked as a subschool principal at Lake Braddock for the last four years and officially took over the position at Westfield on Se...

Alternative paths to college

Lucia Kim, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015

Not all seniors are attending college in the fall of 2015. Some are taking a gap year before heading to college. Students take a gap year for various reasons; they get a job, volunteer, travel or go into the military. Usually, students are admitted into college, and they defer their enrollment for a...

Seniors decide to reconfigure their dreams

Senior Madison Free is attending the New York University

By Jesse Sands, Art Director

June 5, 2015

For a majority of the senior class, college is set. Most seniors know where they’re going, have found a roommate, and have even filled out their housing applications. Stress is decreasing, senioritis is in full swing, and prom seems to be the only worry left. However, for some seniors, May and June...

National Merit Scholarship winners celebrate

By Hao Nguyen, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a competition that started in 1955 to recognize students for their academic excellence. All high school students enter this program after they take the Preliminary SAT or the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT). This year, two LB seniors,...

Japan Bowl team places second in nation

Sophomores Chae Un Park, Mimi Le and Julia Kelley pose for a picture at the Japan Bowl

Nikki Sheppard, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015

The Japan Bowl team competed in this year’s National Japan Bowl in Washington, D.C. Out of 36 schools participating, they won second place. This bowl is a competition in which high school students learning Japanese team up and answer questions based on Japanese culture, language and history. “We...

LB teacher nominated for FCPS Teacher of the Year Award

Teacher Maureen Goble explains an AP Environmental Science concept on the board during a class

Lucia Kim, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015

The most prestigious honor in the teaching profession in FCPS, the Teacher of the Year Award, is given to one teacher every year, and AP Environmental Science teacher Maureen Goble is one of the finalists for the 2014-15 school year. She has been teaching for 14 years at Lake Braddock. “This is a...

Gender identity now protected by FCPS

Sophomore Sarah Weatherington speaks at a Gender and Sexuality Association meeting.

Hao Nguyen, Staff Writer

June 5, 2015

On May 7, the FCPS School Board made the decision to add gender identity to their non-discrimination policy in order to ensure that every student is treated with “dignity and respect.” At the meeting, the majority of the board ruled in favor of this change; the crowd at the meeting was largely...