First Francis not so pure

He is the first Francis, defender of the poor.  His elected name was well thought out; Francis was a man against all corruption and frivolous spending. I question the tact of the Catholic Church, however, electing this specific man.  Why Señor Jorge Mario Bergoglio?  Why choose someone with such a dark cloud above his head? […]

Is drinking a problem?

It’s the weekend and you and your friends are making plans. Someone suggests that you go to a party, and you know there will be alcohol there. You know the whole DARE spiel, but really how bad could it be? The answer to that question varies. The obvious answer is: don’t drink. Every student in […]

Too much RDP?

While walking the hallways between class  it’s not uncommon to hear the comment, “West Side’s the best.” , being thrown around, especially in comparison to the surrounding high schools.  Although it is true that academically WLHS is successful, the staff of The Scarlette feels that our bark may be bigger than our bite. School is for […]

8th semester grades matter

Here at West Side, only the first seven semesters’ grades are factored into determining the valedictorians.  Which means, a student who gets a B semester three of high school, for example, cannot be valedictorian, while one who gets a B semester eight can.  As a staff, we believe that a senior’s 8th semester grades should […]

Being smart should be cool

I have often found myself in a battle of the not-wits.  Laughing, I shout out “Oh my god you guys, I just got a 3 out of 15 on this test.”  Someone shouts out from across the room, “Nope! Don’t worry, I got a zero!”  Everyone laughs.  Why? Why do we revel in the success of our […]

V-Day not that hard

I should probably start this article with the disclaimer that it isn’t necessarily the best idea to take relationship advice from me.  Not because I’m extremely bad at it, but because really, why bother?  Holidays shouldn’t exactly be the end of the world. Valentine’s Day can be tough. You need to find something both sufficiently creative and […]

We love food: OCMC recap

Natalia Carignano ’13 reviews the annual ‘One Community, Many Cultures’ event. Once again, OCMC was a raving success.  Among the convincing wax figures, lively performances and delectable foods, I saw no disappointed faces. A flooring performance by the Symphonic Band left the audience wanting more.  Several people agreed with me that the one woman show […]

Teachers with guns?

In light of the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the National Rifle Association has made a shocking suggestion: to protect our students, we should arm our teachers. The staff of The Scarlette feels that this idea is completely inappropriate; however, we do agree that our school and students in particular do not know […]

Why is Indiana so homophobic?

It seems like at the beginning of every congressional term, Indiana legislators still have one big thing on their mind—gay marriage. They are forever fighting to add an amendment to the Indiana constitution, outlawing gay marriage. There is already a law prohibiting gay marriage in this state, so why the amendment? Its it because they’re […]

Let’s not have required prayers

Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse’s bill to require the Lord’s Prayer blurs the line between legitimate legislation and a bill to make a point.  Kruse currently sits as the chairman of the Senate education committee, and he has also authored a bill that would require creationism to be  presented along side evolution which was shot […]

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