Europe’s New Threat: The Ukrainian Crisis

By Cullen Knowles With the highly unstable climate that much of our world exists in today, Russia’s aggression over the past few months has strained an already tenuous relationship between the United States and its Eastern counterpart. After thwarting the U.S. in situations such as the Edward Snowden fiasco and the Syrian Civil War, Russia strained relations with the West to an even greater extent … Continue reading Europe’s New Threat: The Ukrainian Crisis

An Ode to Procrastination

By Aaron Thies I am a chronic Procrastinator. It is a recurring affliction that does more harm than good; it’s something I could learn to control, but in all fairness I don’t want to stop procrastinating.  Procrastination injects drama and tension to otherwise boring tasks such as chores, homework, and anything else that can be put off until the last minute. To procrastinate, in essence, … Continue reading An Ode to Procrastination

What Makes Monty Python Funny?

By Adam Grigg America has always had an on-again, off-again relationship with those crazy Brits. Our Nation’s history began with a few harsh feelings between us, but in the time since, we’ve gotten closer, if not friendlier. The British are strange, foreign and yet very familiar; they’re like a funhouse mirror, reflecting ourselves but oddly distorted. For example, they call French fries “chips” and chips … Continue reading What Makes Monty Python Funny?

The Not-so Magical Aspects of Movies

By Cullen Knowles During the holidays, members of every age group participate in an activity that seems to be an innate duty of every American: going to the movies. Hollywood is an extremely crucial part of American culture, and the thousands of motion pictures that have been produced over the last century have represented and depicted every idea, symbol, and characteristic of our country. However, … Continue reading The Not-so Magical Aspects of Movies

Should South Dakota allow uranium mining in the Black Hills?

By Cullen Knowles As our nation struggles to obtain its energy independence, we must examine a variety of resources that have the potential to fuel our way of life. However, some of these resources could easily wreak havoc upon our environment and endanger the lives of millions. As a result of this, we must thoroughly evaluate the benefits and detriments of an energy source before … Continue reading Should South Dakota allow uranium mining in the Black Hills?

Columnist: Political Parties the Cause of Government Shutdown

By Cullen Knowles For hundreds of years, political parties have held tremendous influence over our nation’s government. Unfortunately for our country, their impact has provoked rampant and destructive division over issues that require the temperance, comprehension, and cooperation of both sides. As a result of this division, our government often fails to conjure a resolution that is acceptable to the people that it is supposed … Continue reading Columnist: Political Parties the Cause of Government Shutdown

Opinion: Rapid City Journal not cheering on Cobbler football, but we will

The football team didn’t receive much encouragement from the Rapid City Journal after their victory in Sioux Falls–the Cobblers’ first victory against a Sioux Falls school since 2006. After the Journal‘s Saturday coverage of the game consisted of a republication of the Argus Leader‘s story, which naturally filters through a pro-Sioux Falls lens, in Sunday’s paper, writer Padraic Duffy leaked more rain on that victory … Continue reading Opinion: Rapid City Journal not cheering on Cobbler football, but we will

A Thinker Among Us: Rain inspired thinking

By Bailey Morgan How well do you know the people around you? How well do you know yourself? Do you know more about them, or you and which do want to know more about? I’ll admit that these can be pretty deep, almost soul searching questions and you don’t have to answer them, and I won’t be putting my answers here.  But it seems—and this … Continue reading A Thinker Among Us: Rain inspired thinking

A Thinker Among Us: Is being out of school always freedom?

By Bailey Morgan Play this scene in your head for me. You’re watching Dazed and Con fused (and if you haven’t seen it just bear with me for a bit). You are at the scene where school gets out, and people are just throwing their papers on the floor, screaming for joy, (and pain if they are freshmen), almost everybody wanting to get out as … Continue reading A Thinker Among Us: Is being out of school always freedom?

The Secret to Success

By Cullen Knowles Successful people do not perceive life as a terrible ordeal filled with impossible challenges and mindless struggles. They realize that life is filled with hardships and obstacles, but they also see the opportunities, benefits, and rewards that life contains. However, obtaining these rewards is extremely difficult and requires rigorous effort and training. In order to reap the benefits of life, a person … Continue reading The Secret to Success

A Thinker Among Us: Is money the root of all evil?

by: Bailey Morgan When asking a group of people their personal opinion on somewhat of a deep topic, it is very likely that their opinions will not vary.  Whereas if you were to do the questioning one on one, their answers would be as diverse as the bugs under a large stone. So I rejoice as well as regret this lack of opinion on the … Continue reading A Thinker Among Us: Is money the root of all evil?

History of Climbing the Needles Is Worth Preserving

by: Robbie Freidel The Needles in the Black Hills of South Dakota have an unusual attraction which lures thousands of tourists each year. No one embraces this attraction more than the local rock climbers. Each towering granite spire in the Needles tells its own rich history in the eyes of these climbers. Sadly, in the past few decades this history has been threatened. The Needles … Continue reading History of Climbing the Needles Is Worth Preserving

NHL Playoffs Marred by Cheap Shots

by: Alex Connor Fighting has always been a part of hockey, as it draws fans to the game, but in the NHL playoffs this season it has been nothing but cheap shots and fights. There have been several brawls this post season in nearly every series. One Central High School student said that he likes to see a good hockey fight, however there has been … Continue reading NHL Playoffs Marred by Cheap Shots

Weekly Roundup: Raider & Cobbler Fans, One Acts, & the Stock Show

Have you needed to find a parking place this week? Good luck! The stock show is in town, and students are happy to blame any tardies on the cowboys across the street, though the real parking problems were during the Evening of One Acts, which took place at night when the parking gets truly tricky over at the Civic Center. The stock show does tend … Continue reading Weekly Roundup: Raider & Cobbler Fans, One Acts, & the Stock Show