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Students wear pajamas on Dec. 6 during the first day of spirit week at the Upper Campus.

Gallery: Winter spirit week

Alexis Velazquez, Staff Writer December 7, 2021

As the holidays and end of the semester approach, the Student Council has created Winter Spirit Week to increase student and staff morale. During spirit week, each day has a corresponding theme for...

Debris litters the street at a crime scene on Nov. 21 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. According to reports, an SUV drove through pedestrians at a holiday parade, killing at least one and injuring 20 more.

Five dead, 48 injured in holiday parade tragedy

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer November 23, 2021

WAUKESHA, WIS. — On Nov. 21, an annual holiday celebration turned deadly when a man drove his SUV through a parade, killing five and injuring more than forty.  Sunday evening, Darrell E. Brooks drove...

Popularized on the TV show Parks and Recreation, Galentines Day honors friendships between women more than romantic relationships and become an affirming alternative to Valentines Day.

A day for the girls

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

In a month characterized by sentimental Instagram posts, the corniest romance movies, and the loneliest of the lonely eating too many heart shaped chocolates, comes a holiday the ladies get to look forward...

Twas the Night is filled with crazy antics, a con artist santa claus, and terrible acting for all viewers to enjoy over winter break.

“Twas the Night”

December 17, 2020

“Twas the Night” is a hilariously bad holiday movie that originally aired on Disney Channel in December 2001. Directed by Nick Castle, who has led dozens of other productions including the 1991 classic...

Holiday recipes shouldnt be just for professionals, bloggers, or your crazy aunt who bakes a thousand cookies each December. These recipes are easy for bakers at every level.

Easy holiday recipes to celebrate the season

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director December 16, 2020

It’s the holiday season! With Christmas coming up quick people are excited to enjoy many festive activities. We all know the best part of any holiday is the treats, so here are four of my favorite easy...

Winter break during a global pandemic can only mean one thing: Down time. Here are twelve movies you can watch each day during break to keep yourself sane and happy during the holidays.

Groovy Movies: 12 days of movies

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 14, 2020

There may still be a global pandemic keeping us inside and cooped up, but that’s no reason to let it dampen our spirits! This list of 12 festive and fun movies will keep your spirits up this holiday...

Halloween vs Christmas op-ed

Point-counterpoint: Christmas in November

November 19, 2020

Every year one of the biggest debates comes around after Halloween: does Christmas start in November? Many people begin setting up Christmas decorations, listening to Christmas music, and drinking their...

Right as the Halloween decorations come down, it only makes sense to put up Christmas decorations. Why not make the most wonderful time of year a little longer?

Pro: The Christmas season begins November 1

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director November 19, 2020

Time to break out the Christmas Spotify playlist! What could be better than getting ready for the most wonderful time of year? When it’s November 1, Halloween is old news and it’s time to prepare. Some...

Theres a holiday between Halloween and Christmas called Thanksgiving. Lets celebrate each of these holidays one at a time and make the most out of them.

Con: Let’s celebrate one holiday at a time

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor November 19, 2020

During the beginning of November, people already string lights and hang wreaths. Although the holiday gets everyone excited, it's no fun to rush it. With Halloween just ending and Thanksgiving still to...

Students at West Campus celebrated Valentines Day on February 14 in a variety of ways—from giving carnations through Key Club, buying orange Crush from LASO, or just dressing up for the occasion.

Gallery: MCHS spreads the love on Valentine’s Day

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor February 14, 2020

Between enormous stuffed animals, LASO lollipops and soda pop, and Key Club carnations, students at West Campus celebrated Valentine's Day in many ways. Whether gifts were exchanged between couples or...

Point-Counterpoint: Valentines Day

Point-Counterpoint: Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2020

Few holidays divide quite like Valentine's Day does. Both those in relationships and those without a special someone find reasons to enjoy February 14—and reasons to complain about it. Here are two takes...

Valentines day is a holiday surrounding the idea of love and affection. Though, it might not spark the same feelings for everyone.

Con: Valentine’s Day brings out the worst of love

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor February 10, 2020

February is known more for its hearts, cheap chocolate, and flowers that die the next day than romance. Valentine’s Day is cute, don’t get me wrong, and most people whether in relationships or not...

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