Get your Midwestern cousins to vote Joe

Get your Midwestern cousins to vote Joe

Camille Grant, Managing Editor

October 1, 2020

Let’s be clear: We’ve already had Joe Biden in the White House. Voting for him isn’t a matter of supporting a hypothetical presidency, but rather favoring a return to the status quo instead of a Trump dynastic rule. While you should vote for Joe, too much concern is given to the tiny minority of...

Reconciling Role Models

Reconciling Role Models

Libby Eggert, Editor-in-Chief

September 30, 2020

On Sept. 18, at 6:28pm, I was finishing up a shift at work, and responding to a text from my boss. A push notification dropped down from NPR with the headline “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87.” Fortunately, no one was in the store, and my body crumpled to...

Media vilifies black teenagers to justify murder

Media vilifies black teenagers to justify murder

Dante Berry, Staffer

September 30, 2020

Late this summer, yet another young Black man became the victim of a high-profile case of police brutality. Jacob Blake, 29, was shot seven times in the back by police officers on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, suffering paralyzation from the waist down. He has three children. However, much of the news...

Is it time to break up with your phone?

Is it time to break up with your phone?

Elizabeth Short, Staffer

September 29, 2020

OPRF junior Maggie Blonski is spending time the way many teens do: on TikTok. She scrolls, watching video after video. And then she wakes up. Like 800 million users around the world, Blonski watches TikTok videos, and she is hooked. She admitted she occasionally dreams about scrolling through ...

Proposal: A fairer way of voting

Proposal: A fairer way of voting

Harrison Dear, Staffer

September 29, 2020

An NBC/WSJ poll in 2019 reported that almost 40% of the country wants a third major political party. Many feel unrepresented in the political establishment and look for parties such as the Green, Libertarian, or Constitution Party to support. However, 2016 Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson only...

Book Review: “Kobe Bryant”

Book Review:

Alex Goldstein, Staffer

September 29, 2020

Merriam-Webster defines ‘biography’ as “a usually written history of a person’s life.” Its sole purpose is to provide information, to encourage the reader to admire and reflect on the certain figure’s legacy. And Kobe Bryant is certainly a figure worthy of admiration and reflection. Written...

Work at the Election

Work at the Election

Libby Eggert, Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2020

In less than two months, we are facing an election in extremely unprecedented circumstances. Along with the presidential contest itself, going out into public feels unnatural after months of isolating ourselves. But even amidst a pandemic, perhaps even moreso, we have a public responsibility to continue...

What can we do about identity theft?

What can we do about identity theft?

Harrison Dear, Staffer

September 29, 2020

Some say we are the guinea-pig generation for technology. I would agree. However, unlike guinea-pigs, we have agency over many of our choices. Having had Internet access since I was little, I would say I have generally been careful. Like many of us, my parents told me not to talk to strangers, which un...

HASS TAKE: Thank you, Trapeze: What you gave me and why it matters

Ella Haas, News/Opinion editor

June 3, 2020

Technically speaking, I was on Trapeze before I was a high schooler. A few weeks prior to the start of my freshman year, I’d become set on joining the paper. By then, journalism had been cemented into me as my future career: I’d been composing stories for over a decade. I had dreams of owning the Ne...

A Letter From the Editors

Editorial Board

May 27, 2020

An Update from Trapeze:   As the 2019-2020 school year comes to an end in a way none of us could have expected, Trapeze is preparing for all the possibilities next year holds. We will continue to report updates regarding announcements and regulations as they come from the school board, the ...

Impacts of the N-word

Zaahir Hall, Contributor

May 8, 2020

Being on OPRF’s majority-white soccer team as the only fully-black kid, you’d think kids at a school who prides itself on being progressive would go out of their way to make me feel welcomed. I quickly realized it was the complete opposite case - maybe as early as the first week of OPRF soccer, ...

HAAS TAKE: A Hard Case for Decriminalization

Ella Haas, News/Opinion Editor

May 8, 2020

Opioid use is increasing within high-school age groups. According to RehabSpot, “21,000 (American) teenagers used heroin in 2015, and 6,000 of them had a heroin use disorder in the previous year. Unfortunately, it appears the problem is getting worse. Teenage opioid addiction rates increased by ...