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Alleged racial slurs from Bedford players cause Pioneer varsity football team to forfeit game in protest
Alleged racial slurs from Bedford players cause Pioneer varsity football team to forfeit game in protest
Ari Jacob, News Editor

Pioneer’s football program forfeited its varsity game against Bedford Friday night to protest alleged racial slurs directed at Pioneer players during the junior...

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Optional testing causes M-Step attendance to hit record low
Solomon Bernstein, Staff Writer

During a year with many twists and turns, the newest one came as a pleasant surprise...

FutureStars participants are congratulated for their performances
2021 virtual FutureStars still a massive success
Bella Montagno, News Editor

Pioneer Theatre Guild’s first ever virtual FutureStars presented new changes for...

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

With school buildings scheduled to reopen over the next few weeks, the Ann Arbor...

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

On Feb. 24, after weeks of back-and-forth discussions, the Ann Arbor Public Schools...

All 23 cases of the Covid variant in Washtenaw County have been linked to the University of Michigan (photo from Pixabay free use).
New COVID variants in Ann Arbor: What to know
Bella Montagno, News Editor

COVID-19 has once again presented new concerns to the people of Ann Arbor as a new...

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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 of 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...

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...

Michiganders protested Gov. Whitmers shutdown orders April 15 in Lansing by causing traffic gridlock.
'Operation Gridlock': A demonized protest
Arielle Sutherland, Web Editor

  On April 15, thousands of Michiganders flocked to Lansing to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s...

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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...

Blown Away: A Netflix show with a fitting title
'Blown Away': A Netflix show with a fitting title
Rachel Lewis, Staff Writer

In recent years, the popularity of reality competition shows has skyrocketed....

Ann Arbors summer events return with a new look
Ann Arbor's summer events return with a new look
Rachel Lewis, Staff Writer

Every year residents of Washtenaw County look forward to the eventful summers in...

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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 societys boundaries
'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...

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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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