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Written for the Students, by the Students.

San Bernardino Shooting

San Bernardino, a city all too familiar with the trauma of shootings, has suffered another tragic homicidal shooting that has taken the lives of two local children.

A History of First Ladies’ Causes

Throughout our nation’s history, the role of the president has been widely known and popularized. Yet, working alongside the presidents are some of the most understated historical figures: the first ladies. From Martha Washington to Melania Trump, the first ladies have taken up nonpartisan causes that they believe will better the nation.

The Nike Pro Hijab

The famous swoosh and slogan “Just do it” have become the focal point of Nike products. Being such a large part of the athletics industry, Nike is always in the spotlight- especially with their new “Equality” ads for 2017’s black history month featuring Serena Williams, Alicia Keys and Lebron James. These ads speak to the inequality that many athletes of color and female athletes face with the words “Worth should outshine color. The ball should bounce the same for everyone. If we can be equals here, we can be equals everywhere.”.

Officer John’s Experience in the Prison System

Mr. John Norman-Flaum is a Cherry Hills Village police officer who helps out the SMA community to stay safe and comfortable to both students and faculty. Below is a Q & A on his experience in the prison system.

Opinion: Bystanders and the United Incident

By this point in time you have probably seen the video of a United Airlines passenger being dragged from a plane after refusing to give up his seat. If you have seen it you know that it's pretty terrifying. The image of a man being dragged off of a plane seems like something out of a dystopian novel. The story was quick to make national news mostly because of how frightening it is. One of the most frightening things about it is that other passengers on the plane did very little to improve the situation. History is full of examples of people standing by and watching, even while witnessing the pain of others. Why is this so common?

Passover and Easter: What’s the Correlation?

The month of April features two very important holidays for two major religions- for Christians, Easter and its companions Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, and for their close Jewish relatives, the High Holiday of Passover.

SMA Poets Society

Last night the SMA Literary Magazine, The Burning Page, hosted a poetry reading night at The Tattered Cover on Colfax. The night featured great company, good coffee, and an atmospheric setting surrounded by books.

SMA’s Construction Project

Saint Mary’s Academy is at the crux of a huge investment; the construction and renovation of the high school. Everyone is eager to hear details on the appearance and timeline of this construction. Kim Vance helped explain all this information and provided answers as to how this opportunity came about.

Book Review: First Women by Kate Andersen Brower

In her latest novel, New York Times best-selling author Kate Andersen Brower takes readers into the little-known, yet widely publicized, world of America’s first ladies- from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama.

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