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It was the first day of April, and the  students were anxious for the big event to begin. Sitting in the bleachers of the large gym, they cheered the representatives of their advisories on. Those down on the court paraded, waving flags bigger than them as drums pounded, manifesting as a slight buzz in the…

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Double edged shield: GOP candidates remain silent about the gun-free Republican convention

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Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz during the GOP presidential primary debate at the University of Miami’s Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla., on Thursday, March 10, 2016. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) Where is a good place to tote a gun in accordance with the GOP nominees? Public universities? Yes.…

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Dhivya Bovik

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Dhivya Bovik is a freshman at ARS, and this is her first year on the staff of the Polaris Press. This year, she hopes to improve her photography and writing skills, and write a great deal about social justice and student life. Dhivya can often be found drawing, playing with her numerous pets, taking pictures…

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Formation under discussion

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On February 6, Beyoncé released a surprise video for her new song, “Formation”, which she performed the very next day at the NFL Super Bowl 50. She also made the song available for download on Tidal following the release. The video contains controversial images: Beyoncé sitting on a sinking police car, a young black boy…

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Going the extra 26.2 miles: ARS students run their second marathon

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“When you finish a marathon, you feel really proud of yourself,” sophomore Anabel Martinez said. Martinez was a part of Marathon High last year, and ran her second marathon last Sunday. “If I can do it once, why not do it again?” Fifteen girls at ARS trained since September to run the full or half…

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The results are in: New Hampshire and Iowa citizens first to cast votes in presidential race

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A New Hampshire voter checks in at a polling station in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, as both Republicans and Democrats register votes in their respective presidential primaries. (Bao Dandan/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS) Over the past two weeks, the process of voting for the next president has begun. First, Iowans caucused on Monday, February 1.…

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Code and tie: Senator John Cornyn visits ARS, endorses female STEM education

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Senator Cornyn discusses coding with Violet Villarreal (6). Photo by Keyla Blanco. United States Senator and Majority Whip John Cornyn and his wife Sandy Cornyn visited the Ann Richards School on February 8 to meet with the sixth graders, who spent the morning learning to code from Google representatives. Aside from meeting with the Class…

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Can’t stay away: Alumnae return with tokens of wisdom

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Ann Richards alumnae returned on January 8th to give words of wisdom to their younger “sisters.” The morning consisted of a college fair for middle school where graduates had a table for their college or university to answer questions, as well as a Q&A panel for the high school students in the small gym, cafeteria and…

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A fine line: ARS Community analyzes cultural appropriation and exchange

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“I woke up like disss,” read the caption under an Instagram picture posted by the corn-row-wearing, pouting, socialite Kylie Jenner in July of 2015. Below the picture, “The Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg began a conversation about cultural appropriation by criticizing Jenner for wearing an African American hairstyle, but not standing up for African American…

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Oregon Standoff: What’s going on?

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Ammon Bundy speaks during his daily press conference at the top of the road leading to the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 6, 2016 near Burns, Ore. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard/Zuma Press/TNS) Early this month, a group of armed anti-government protesters occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Burns, Oregon. This situation struck…

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Dumping the Trump; The UK to potentially ban Trump from entering the country

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (John Fitzhugh/Biloxi Sun Herald/TNS) Republican candidate Donald Trump has been at the center of attention ever since he decided to run for president. With his controversial opinions, many believe he isn’t fit to…

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License to Kill: New “Open Carry” laws implemented in Texas

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The organization “Open Carry Texas” reportedly held demonstrations by filming themselves walking into a Chili’s and a Sonic with semi-automatic weapons strapped to their backs, in an effort to see how management would respond. This was followed with criticism from the NRA, and these tactics were outlawed in six national restaurant chains. On June 13,…

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