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My Experience Living in Ann Arbor as a Student with Conservative Views

It seems like I've been living here in Ann Arbor for my whole life, but the reality of it is that it's only been a year and a half. My time in Ann Arbor has flown...

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Optional Testing Causes M-Step Attendance To Hit Record-Low
Solomon Bernstein, Staff Writer
FutureStars participants are congratulated for their performances
2021 Virtual FutureStars Still A Massive Success
Bella Montagno, News Editor
Quoia Sam, far left, playing water polo: one of the many sports affected by the new halt (Image courtesy of Quoia Sam).
School Sports Paused Due to Rising Covid Cases Among Student Athletes
Clare Hong, Editor in Chief
The most recently released hybrid schedule stated to begin on April 19th. (Photo courtesy of AAPS)
Hybrid Learning: The Planned Schedule
Caroline Robinson, Staff Writer
Despite the obvious low number of students in classrooms and a reduced ability to go on the phone, in-person learning for some has brought back traditional high school experiences that were missed in the online setting.
Returning to School in Hybrid Learning Brings Back Familiar School Nostalgia
Ari Jacob, Staff Writer

“It just feels normal.” That’s what Pioneer junior Jonah Seinfeld had to say about returning back to in-person school after over a year of online...

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Why The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Should Not Have Been Paused
Lily Babicky, Staff Writer

On April 13th, the CDC recommended a pause in the use of the J&J vaccine due to reports of 6 individuals...

The U.S. Should Stay Closed–At Least For Now
The U.S. Should Stay Closed–At Least For Now
Solomon Bernstein, Staff Writer

As we pass the one year mark since our country was shut down, controversy still remains over how to best...

The Comfy, an idea introduced in the show Shark Tank, is now selling in 70 countries, becoming a quarantine and winter necessity.
A Review on The Comfy: a Quarantine Necessity
Lulu Zhang, News Editor

Flailing around hopelessly like a beached whale in my ever-so-messy pile of clothes, I’ve always struggled...

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Re-Signing Harbaugh Is The Right Choice
Heath Monsma, Editor In Chief

On January 8, 2021 the news broke on Twitter that Jim Harbaugh accepted a four year contract extension...

The Coat Who Cried Wolf
The Coat Who Cried Wolf
Clare Hong, Editor in Chief

Resting my head against the car window as we drove through town, the University of Michigan campus was...

Taking on a scenario that has never occurred in U.S. history, Designated Survivor presents viewers of a possible array of events that could happen in the case of a total governmental reform (Image is free use from pixabay.com).
'Designated Survivor' is an Applaud-Worthy Show of Moderate Dramatization and Gusto
Solomon Bernstein, Staff Writer

Designated Survivor, which ran from 2016-2019 and starred Kiefer Sutherland, is a...

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'Mortal Kombat' Disappoints On Multiple Fronts
Emma Pedroni Meyer, Staff Writer

Mortal Kombat, a reboot of the original 1995 film of the same name, was released...

'Nomadland' Captures The Gritty Life Outside Society's Boundaries
Emma Pedroni Meyer, Staff Writer

As announced this Monday, “Nomadland” by director Chloe Zhao has been nominated...

'Raya and The Last Dragon' Review
Lily Babicky, Staff Writer

  Although its plot is admittedly rather predictable, Disney’s latest animated...

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'Nomadland'–Director Zhao Empasizes The Small Details
Madeline Hollander, Staff Writer

Thanks to the brilliant directing of Chloè Zhao and a heart-wrenching depiction...

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'SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run' Misses Out on the Magic of Spongebob
Lulu Zhang, News Editor

The long-running, wildly popular animated series of SpongeBob Squarepants has remained...

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'WandaVision' Review—A Look Inside Scarlet Witch
Ava Walker, Entertainment Editor

“WandaVision,” a new television show on Disney+, is an intriguing sitcom-style...

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'Moxie' Succeeds At Its Goal of Female Empowerment
Quinn Duff, Staff Writer

Netflix’s “Moxie” starring Hadley Robinson and Amy Poehler, is a captivating...

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How New Transfer Rules Will Change College Sports As We Know It
Ben Jakabcsin, Sports Editor

Welcome to the new age of college football and basketball. Starting this offseason the NCAA has passed a free one-time transfer rule, meaning that players...

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NCAA Tournament Turns Tables in 2021
Ben Jakabcsin, Sports Editor

This year the Cinderella's have become the favorites, and the traditional national powers their prey. Duke, North Carolina,...

The Pioneer varsity hockey team celebrates their victory of the 2020 Jilek Cup.
Pioneer's Men Hockey Team Gears Up Amidst Season Delays
James Catanzaro, Opinion Editor

A short, sunny snow flurry in late October signifies that a long Michigan winter filled with hockey is right around the corner....

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Is Marvin Lewis a Savior for the Lions?
Ben Jakabcsin, Sports Editor

Face it Detroit fans, the Lions are a sinking ship. From the 2014-2017 seasons they appeared to be clawing their way back...

Jim Harbaugh speaks at a press conference (Wikimedia Commons)
Re-Signing Harbaugh Is The Right Choice
Heath Monsma, Editor In Chief

On January 8, 2021 the news broke on Twitter that Jim Harbaugh accepted a four year contract extension with the University...

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