A day off could pay off: The benefits of switching to four day school weeks

Opinion by AshleyJohanek You get to Friday and all you can think about is the ride home. You are exhausted, overworked, and your mind is elsewhere. I’m the same way. I cannot get through five days without imagining how I will feel at 3 on a Friday.  Fellow sophomores and freshmen, you may not have […]

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Mr. Tom Baker’s impact on the Marian community

Feature by MelinaPiperis In September of 1977, Jimmy Carter was President, a gallon of gas cost 62 cents and Mr. Tom Baker taught his first class at Marian High School. Marian had no air conditioning, no PAC, one gym and soph lot was a field. Over the last 45 years, Baker has shaped generations of […]

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Service experience in the Dominican Republic helps students bond

ClareDegan Annually, students are given the opportunity to serve communities in the Dominican Republic. Beginning at Marian in 2007, this service opportunity is through the Institution for Latin America Concern (ILAC) program at Creighton University, and students stay each night at the ILAC Center in Santiago, DR. The 12-day trip allows them to immerse in […]

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A letter from the editors: support from community inspires creativity

ElleianaGreen & AnnaRasgorshek Dear Marian community,When first tasked with carrying on the traditions of Marian’s newspaper, we were overwhelmed. Seeing the work of students before us and the platform they had created for aspiring journalists was intimidating. This past year we have grown closer as a team and have learned skills we will use for […]

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John Mulaney’s comedy show ‘From Scratch’ condemns monkeys

by ElizaTurco Stand-up comedian John Mulaney is back after his longest hiatus between shows yet. On April 22, Mulaney performed his new set “From Scratch” at CHI Health Center arena.  A former writer on “Saturday Night Live,” Mulaney entered the comedy industry with a promise of success. Despite a failed sitcom at the beginning of […]

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The Nanny Diaries: Amateurs advise first-time babysitters

ElleianaGreen With a handsome salary, flexible hours, and a pool membership for the taking, at first glance, nannying sounds like a cakewalk. This nontraditional summer job provides teenagers with experience they can use for the rest of their lives. Instead, after what feels like hours of playing Candyland, children running around, and constant bickering, nannying […]

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Christian Leadership: learning to lead as myself and not my gender

BaileyKollasch Non ducor duco. In English, it means “I am not led, I lead,” and this Latin phrase just so happens to be the motto of the semester-long course — Christian Leadership: A Woman in a Man’s World.  Last semester, seven  students and I were the first to experience the class despite its establishment in […]

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Single-gender education: Marian girls and Prep boys should just stay put

Commentary by MelinaPiperis It was just before dismissal when I stepped into Creighton Prep, gripping my laptop to prove I had reason to be there. Arriving after a long day at Marian, the overload of testosterone came as a shock. As I waited anxiously for my interviewee to arrive, the afternoon bell rang and the […]

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From Kalabasas to the kourtroom; Kim K wants to become a lawyer

LivBirnstihl Kim Kardashian has recently made headlines after taking the first steps to become a lawyer by passing the First-Year Law Students’ Examination, also known as the “baby bar,” after failing three times. Built on an image associated with a ditzy disposition, Kardashian has made steps to become highly educated, following in the footsteps of her father, […]

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More than a dance: LSU Tiger Girls bring light to gender disparities

AnnaRasgorshek Every year since 2005, the Louisiana State University’s Tiger Girls have placed in the top 10 of 100’s of teams at Universal Dance Academy (UDA) nationals. In 2021, the Tiger Girls were denied the opportunity to compete at nationals by their school, who cited “lack of staff in the training room.” The Tiger Girls […]

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Review: Can I un-meet your father? 

Review by ChiomaAloziem On Jan. 18, the series “How I Met Your Father” premiered on Hulu. Hulu is expecting to produce 10 episodes with each being about 30 minutes too long. The show is a spin-off comedy of the show “How I Met Your Mother.” In both shows the future narrator starts off by telling […]

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Football player’s behaviors highlight deep rooted issues

MaddieAdam During the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New York Jets on Jan. 2, Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown put on a spectacle. Brown ran off the field in the middle of the game, taking off his jersey and padding, along with his gloves and undershirt, which he threw into the crowd.  Brown claimed […]

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Diet culture, the predator that’s hiding in New Year’s resolutions

JordanMoser The New Year. A time for fresh starts, personal growth and of course, resolutions. New Year’s resolutions revolve around looking back at the previous year and seeing where you could improve. For some, that’s trying to not procrastinate, drink more water or to not drink as much Dr. Pepper (yes, I said it). For […]

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Kellogg’s strike generates support, action, settlement

ElleianaGreen For 77 days, employees at Kellogg’s local cereal plant went on strike demanding the creation of a new contract to benefit workers. Beginning on Oct. 5, a team of 417 employees left their positions to picket outside of the factory until a negotiation was made. “They were trying to take our health insurance away. […]

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Long-awaited Quinceañera surprises AP Spanish V student

EliseMoulton On Dec. 13, Eileen Jacinto Lopez was surprised with a Quinceañera hosted by her Spanish class and family. After waiting almost two years, Jacinto Lopez was finally able to celebrate her fifteenth birthday.  Quinceañeras are widely celebrated among Latino families. They mark an important milestone of entrance into womanhood when a girl turns 15.  […]

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It’s not liberal versus conservative: finding common ground

Staff Editorial Is Marian predominantly liberal, or is the liberal viewpoint more socially acceptable in this facility? In these past two years of high political tension, students have become more divided, with liberal viewpoints seemingly being the most dominant. But not everyone has the same opinions. Some liberal students feel that they cannot confidently express […]

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Young alumnae divulge memories, reasons why they returned to work at Marian

by ElizaTurco Senioritis is spreading like wildfire through the Class of 2022. Weeks of AP U.S. Government notes are being saved for the night before the test. Ankle socks are shrinking into uniform-prohibited no-shows. As early action decisions roll in, seniors can’t wait to leave.  So, what’s the deal with returning alums? Haven’t they had […]

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Local Omaha gem, Lisa’s Radial Cafe, exceeds expectations

Review by CarliAhsan Lisa’s Radial Cafe, a quaint breakfast cafe, is located on the corner of 40th and Cuming. Open from 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on weekends, Lisa’s is the perfect brunch spot. The cafe is next door to Sweet Magnolia’s Bake Shop, a great place to […]

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Psychopathic characters rule Gen-z media

LivBirnstihl Hollywood has always had a way with making viewers fall in love with the most dislikable characters. From Loki in the Marvel universe to Tate Langdon in American Horror Story, television writers are blurring the lines between heroes and villains. The newest method of allowing the “villain” to narrate portions of the show has […]

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Sophomore family comes together to celebrate Kwanzaa

EliseMoulton Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African American history and coming together as a community as brothers and sisters. Kwanzaa became a cultural tradition after the Watts Riots in Los Angeles, California in 1965. Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Black Studies at California State University, created Kwanzaa after witnessing the disheartening violence in […]

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Makeup is for self expression, not first impressions

ClareDegan “Wow, my boyfriend is really going to appreciate this extra line of highlighter on my cheekbone,” said no one ever. The stigma of doing makeup to impress other people has always been around, and it heavily affected me as I began doing makeup at a relatively young age. I felt uncomfortable wearing makeup outside […]

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Freshman shares unique perspective on holiday season

MaddieAdam Freshman Julia Ramadan was born in the country of Jordan in the Middle East and lived there for seven years. During her time there, her favorite celebration was Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, which is a holy month of fasting, prayer, and reflection. The dates of Ramadan change each year, and for 2022, […]

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Dr. Mae Jemison defies gravity, expectations, and societal standards

ElleianaGreen Established in 1975 in the basement of a local church, Girls Inc. began its mission of empowering young girls. Every year, Girls Inc. hosts a Lunch for the Girls to raise money to continue their mission. In past years, powerful women have keynoted the luncheon, including Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai and Chelsea Clinton. On […]

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Title IX levels playing field for women, leaves lasting legacy 

MakDarrow Sixty-six state championships. In 50 short years, Marian High School has become a powerhouse for women’s athletics, but it wasn’t always this way. Passed in 1972 by President Richard Nixon, Title IX leveled the playing field for women and men’s athletics.  Although Title IX didn’t apply to private schools, it created competition and allowed […]

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America’s pastime disregards American history

AnnaRasgorshek In the 2021 World Series championship game between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros, shortstop Dansby Swanson connected with first baseman Freddie Freeman to make the winning out. The Braves held their trophy high, celebrating their first national championship in 26 years. But their celebration left a sour taste in the mouths of many. […]

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Timothée Takeover: Chalamet’s career enters a new era

MelinaPiperis If you’ve found yourself at a movie theater lately, or have any understanding of current pop culture, you’ve heard of Timothée Chalamet. While his major Hollywood debut in “Call Me By Your Name” was almost three years ago, Chalamet’s filmography is expanding faster than ever. These days, I can’t open a social media app […]

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Masek the mascot: Meet Marian’s 2021-2022 mascot

ClareDegan On May 19, 2021, junior Anne Masek was chosen as the Crusader Mascot for the Class of 2022 at the Senior Honors Assembly. “When I found out I was chosen, there was a huge adrenaline rush, and I could not stop smiling,” Masek said. “I could not believe I was selected, and it was […]

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Immersive education & upcoming trips

Immersive learning outside of the classroom gives students real-life experiences that cannot be replaced. These activities excite students about topics, allowing them to form meaningful connections between the material taught in school and life. Giving students the ability to engage in exciting and educational field trips will diversify their experiences and expand their perspectives about the world.  Trips 2021 – 2026 […]

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Tensions within Greek Life influence college decisions

ElleianaGreen You made it. Outlasting the rounds of recruitment, you’re proud to meet the people you’ll call family for the next four years. In a crowded field surrounded by bright and hopeful faces, you finally don’t feel alone. You’ve found a home, and definitely your future bridesmaids. After all of your difficult decisions in your […]

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Suicide prevention month promotes awareness and increases support

AshleyJohanek Now is the time to advocate for suicide prevention. Suicide claims more than 48,500 American lives each year making it the tenth leading cause of death according to the CDC. To narrow that even further, between the ages of 15 to 24, it becomes the second leading cause of death globally. Despite the devastating […]

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Reduce, reuse, recycle trends?

LivBirnstihl With every new decade comes a wave of trends and style choices unlike anything seen before. From accessories to various articles of clothing, the concept of “fashion” is ever changing. That being said, is “new” fashion ever really new? With the recent social media revolution making it easy to spread information and communicate efficiently, […]

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Own your ‘Hot Girl Summer’ all year long

Opinion by MelinaPiperis With life in Omaha returning to normal, I designated the summer of 2021 my Hot Girl Summer. This title, however, was not of my creation.  In August of 2019, rapper and songwriter Megan Thee Stallion released “Hot Girl Summer,” a single featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. While the song itself […]

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Mental health over medals, Olympic gymnast teaches powerful lesson

Opinion by AnnaRasgorshek  Content warning: This story briefly mentions sexual abuse Simone Biles left the Olympic floor after a scary case of the “twisties” on vault.  “The twisties”—When your brain and body disconnect, you suddenly do not know where you are in mid-air. The twisties are incredibly dangerous for gymnasts—especially Biles, who is performing at […]

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Bluvas earns scholarships for future as Distinguished Young Woman

FionaGautschi As students spend hours scouring the internet for scholarship opportunities, there are many local and national programs to aid in covering costs for education. Senior Abigail Bluvas was able to earn scholarships and learn valuable skills through the Distinguished Young Women Program. Bluvas initially found out about the program through her friend Hanna Pohlman […]

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Money, Crypto, and You

ElizaTurco Cash really is worthless. The federal reserve estimates every $1 bill costs only 6.2 cents to print. A briefcase full of 100k, like in the movies, would only have $6,200 worth of linen. And if you tore it up, even a little, you’d have nothing. Yet, if that briefcase contained a stainless steel frame […]

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Students to kick off this year ‘Footloose’ style

KenzieDarrow The new school year typically starts off with auditions for the fall musical. This year Marian will be putting on the production “Footloose”. Marian performed “Footloose” in the fall of 2011. The musical is based on the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer and the remake that was released in 2011 starring […]

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Dominican Republic leaves lasting impact on student, staff community

AshleyJohanek After more than 2,000 miles of flight, 16 students and two faculty members reached the Dominican Republic. From May 28 to June 8, these girls spent time learning about the culture and the people, while serving those around them. Though their time in the D.R. was different than previous years, they made the most […]

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Network staff gathers for ideas, ice cream

Members of the 2021-22 Network newspaper staff gathered at school on July 17 to get a jump start on the upcoming school year. Every staff member brought an ice cream sundae topping to share. With everything from marshmallows and Twizzlers to homemade brownies and gummy bears, seniors were able to create original ice cream sensations. […]

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Forensic Science 101 camp students solve the case, learn detective skills

By Maddie Adam           On Monday June 14, seventh and eighth grade girls from schools around Omaha filed into chemistry teacher Mrs. Stacy Tunink’s room to participate in a forensics camp. This was part of Marian’s “Summer Sampler,” a chance for elementary and middle school students to experience what the high school has to offer.            To […]

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Burn magazine showcases Spring 2021 student creativity

QuinnFindley Burn is Marian’s literary magazine that showcases creative, original art and writing submitted by students. The magazine comes out once a semester and is made and published by students. But the magazine doesn’t include every piece of art, photograph, poetry, prose, creative writing, short film, or song thrown its way; the staff of Burn […]

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Senior Eva Watson organizes first Trivia Night

RyleeGregg The pandemic has stripped Marian of many traditions. Not having them to look forward to has certainly put a damper on the school year for everyone, students and teachers alike.  When senior Eva Watson was lamenting the cancellation of many events in the past year, she and her mom came up with the idea […]

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Freshman Stella Miner Sets State Cross Country Record

By J1 Reporter Elleiana Green Overwhelmed with uncertainty and fear, freshman Stella Miner joined Marian’s Cross Country team midway through the summer looking for an opportunity to make friends 1,400 miles away from her home in Princeton, New Jersey. Little did Miner know at the time, joining the team was just the beginning of her […]

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Marian students manage increasing levels of stress

Staff Editorial Stress is a common part of life for most high school students. From grades to activities, not to mention jobs and college applications for seniors, we have a lot on our plates to juggle. Often, all we can do is pray it doesn’t come tumbling down. The only positive thing that our staff […]

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Blue Ribbon Award validates staff, student efforts

RyleeGregg The day Principal Sullivan came on the announcements blaring the Husker Football tunnel walk song, the entire school sat in confusion. She went on to announce that Marian won, for the third time, one of the highest honors possible for a high school. And it’s arguably a bigger deal than a Husker Football win. […]

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How the 2020 election impacts teens, even if unable to vote

NaomiDelkamiller Right now our halls are filled with plaid skirts and respect, but some- day each of us will find ourselves in an environment where that layer of safety and protection is gone. Government teacher Mrs. Jillian Roger will no longer be there playing “devil’s advocate” to balance the conversation, and Mrs. Amy McLeay won’t […]

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Day in the Life of Pritchard: The Organizing Queen

By J1 Reporter Ella Plank From crying kids to the daily cup of coffee, Señora Amanda Pritchard is always tackling one of her daily tasks on her personal to-do list. Waking up bright and early at 5:30, she does every girl’s dream facial routine which consists of washing her face, putting on her vitamin c […]

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Lack of free tampon accessibility frustrates students

By J1 Reporters Megan Patterson and Amelia Roth “Hey, hey does anyone have a tampon? Or a pad? Literally, anything to help?” This conversation runs through Marian’s floors every morning, afternoon, and after school. Girls are always in need of these feminine products and most of the time girls are so busy with school, friends, sports, and […]

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Behind the Scenes of Marian Productions

By J1 Reporter Mary Ambrose For the audience, “The Juggler’s Gift” is one night of enjoyment, but for the cast and crew, it is months of hard work and dedication. The performance depends on the actors and actresses, but also the crew and the backstage environment. Without the support and help of one another backstage, […]

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Get involved through Marian’s connections

By J1 Reporter Megan Patterson It is easy to get caught up in our busy lives. Marian girls have a lot on their plates from competitive sports, to theater, to rigorous academics and then balancing that with family, friends, after school jobs, and personal time. We forget about what matters in our lives because of […]

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Field day cheerleaders cannot be in spring sports

By J1 Reporter Maria McLeay Field Day Cheer is one of the eight scoring categories for Field Day. The exciting routine is 3-5 minutes long and is created by the girls who make the team. Field Day Cheer is made up of 10% of each grade. Each girl much try out in order to make […]

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