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Highline hosts an event centered around alcohol safety

Highline’s student integrity conduct manager held a learning table for students open to learning about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to alcohol. 

Isabelle Wroblewski, the student integrity conduct manager, held a learning table outside of the Cafe Bistro in Building 8 on the second floor to spread awareness about having a responsible relationship with alcohol, and to teach students about the proper serving sizes of alcohol.

The joys of participating in a literary journal: Launch party June 8, 2023

Arcturus hosts its 55th annual launch party that uncovers a collection of art through the lens of the editors.  

“Arcturus” is Highline College’s literary and art journal run by students. It has been supplying Highline’s students with an imaginative outlet for 55 years. Over those years “Arcturus” has published works from students, staff, faculty, and alumni. In the newest edition, arriving on June 8, the journal features a compilation of poetry, prose, art, and photography.

Conquering challenging courses: Tips for students tackling difficult subjects

For many students, dealing with difficult subjects can be a daunting and a discouraging task. However, Highline provides multiple ways for students to get encouraged and become productive within their studies.

It is essential to understand that learning is a process of struggle and perseverance. The best way to deal with difficult subjects is to approach them systematically and with a positive mindset. 

Some of the subjects that students often find difficult include mathematics, physics, chemistry and foreign language. These subjects can be challenging due to the complexity of the content and students find themselves struggling with understanding some of the concepts involved.

Get growing with Highline’s greenhouse and garden

The days are getting sunnier and hotter which causes us to spend more time outside; lucky for Highline students there are various things they can do to help on campus, including getting involved with the greenhouse and garden.

A greenhouse is a glass building in which plants are grown in during the winter so that the cold weather doesn’t affect them. A garden is a chunk of ground that is used to grow different things like flowers, vegetables, and herbs.

Sound Transit makes progress on the roundabout construction near Highline

Sound Transit has partnered up with Highline to construct a roundabout on campus to be linked to the Kent-Des Moines Link light rail extension that also connects to the Federal Way Link extension. 

The contract to build this part of the Sound Transit project was settled in 2019.

“The construction of the roundabout is included in Sound Transit’s F200 Design-Build contract for Federal Way Link extension. The contract was awarded in 2019,” said David Jackson, a public information officer for Sound Transit.

Striking a balance: Navigating the challenges of personal and academic growth for today's students

Highline students are assisting themselves in such a way that they are able to balance both their personal and academic life.

Stability of academic and personal responsibilities is crucial in order to maintain some semblance of balance.

The biggest challenge faced by students is time management. It can be difficult to juggle school work and work responsibilities, as well as other commitments such as family and social activities.


Living with roommates may be hard, but these tips might help

Highline students may find difficulty in living with roommates, but establishing trust, communication, and rules can help elevate a better bond between you and your peers. 

Here are some tips that will help with living with other people in a productive and harmonious manner:

Don’t know what to do this weekend? Why don’t you spend some time learning about cultures around the world at ShoWare Center

The mission of the Kent International Festival is to highlight the diversity of Kent and the neighboring areas, by bringing people together from many cultures. The theme this year is “Learn from each other.” 

This year’s festival will be held at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., this Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The address for the ShoWare center is: 625 West James Street, Kent, WA 98032.

Voices from those who suffer from homelessness in Des Moines, Washington

Homelessness is a complex and pressing issue that affects individuals, families, and communities around the world.

It is a state of extreme uncertainty and vulnerability, where individuals lack stable and adequate housing, often facing extreme hardships and marginalization. The causes of homelessness are multifaceted, encompassing a range of factors such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, mental health challenges, substance abuse, and systemic inequalities.

Warm weather welcomes hikers to the Washington woods

There are a variety of hikes to try out along the Pacific Northwest, even if you’re just beginning.

Moreover, this is the time when nature endures lots of changes. People transition from wearing jackets to short sleeves or staying inside to going outside.

“Spring is a great time to still get some backcountry skiing or snowshoeing in at the higher elevations, but I’m generally transitioning now to more hiking, mountain biking, and sea kayaking,“ said Highline faculty Chris Gan.

Art and Wine Walk in Des Moines helps raise money for the community

Destination Des Moines held the Waterland Art and Wine Walk last weekend, which helped highlight many small businesses and new artists in the area.

There were at least seven artists involved and 15 different businesses total that participated from the city of Des Moines.

The event, which was sponsored by Des Moines Legacy Foundation, John L. Scott real-estate, Port of Seattle, and the Waterland Blog, was held on Saturday May 13 and was widespread throughout the city as it started along Marine View Drive South and wrapped back around to 7th Ave S.

There were 178 tickets sold in total, 141 presale and 37 sold on the day of. Tickets, however, were not required for walking around to the businesses and looking at or buying the art; tickets were only required for the people who wanted to participate in the wine tastings.


A look into the past and future of Highline’s men’s soccer team

As Highline’s soccer season starts back up in only a few months, let’s look back at the men’s 2022 season.

Their season started off rocky, and by September they had a record of 5-4. But they didn’t let that get them down, they were determined to improve and win games.

Highline welcomes new head coach for the women’s soccer team

The Highline women’s soccer team had an exceptional 2022 season, showcasing their skills and determination on the field. With a series of impressive victories, the team established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the women’s soccer scene.

As they look forward to the 2023 season, they are also thrilled to welcome their new head coach, Marco Monzon, who brings a wealth of experience and a fresh coaching philosophy to the team.

Highline’s tennis team came so close to winning the NWAC title

At the conclusion of an exciting season for the lady T-Birds’ tennis team, they finished second both in the league and the championship. 

Highline’s women’s tennis team came in second at the NWAC championships that took place on May 13 and 14 at Wenatchee WRAC. Winning their semi-final match against Spokane 5-4, but fell short in the finals against Bellevue with a score of 6-3.

During the championship weekend, Thunderbird Kinsey Lockhart was named NWAC player of the year after the incredible season she had.

Three Thunderbird golfers participated in the NWAC championships

Three Thunderbirds participated in the NWAC championships while six teams competed, including Highline.

North Idaho Community College took first place in the men’s team competition, posting a score of 589. Bellevue College took first place for women by posting a score of 499 as a team. 

A disappointing season ends with T-Birds' loss

Highline College’s softball team concluded their forgettable 2023 season with a doubleheader against Douglas College at home. Unfortunately, the T-Birds failed to end on a high note, losing their last game.

In the first game, Highline faced a forfeit, resulting in a disappointing start to their final outing. In the second game against Douglas College, the T-Birds struggled to find their momentum.

Douglas College dominated the game, scoring consistently throughout. The final score stood at 10-1 in favor of Douglas College. The Thunderbirds managed only three hits during the game and were unable to mount a comeback.

Doubleheader ends in disappointment for Highline’s softball team

Highline’s softball team faced off against Edmonds College in a doubleheader this past Thursday. In the games, which were rescheduled from April 11, the Thunderbirds fell to the Tritons 13-3 and 12-3, respectively.

In the first game, Edmonds College came out strong with their batters displaying remarkable performances. Jaelyn Myers, playing as right fielder, led the offensive charge for Edmonds, going 3-for-4 at the plate with 2 runs.

Taiana Round, Nanea Andrade, Jordyn Relethford, Sydney Rucshner, and Taylor Eskew also contributed with hits, adding to the team’s total of 12 hits for the game. Grace Humes even managed to hit a home run, providing a significant boost to Edmonds’ score.

The Thunderbirds golf team swings their way to seventh

The Highline golf team finished seventh in the Southwestern Oregon Community College competition. At the Bandon Dunes golf course in Bandon, Ore., seven teams competed, including Highline.

Bellevue College took first place in the competition for men and posted a score of 580 as a team. Fraser Valley took first place for women as they posted a score of 474 as a team.


Loner gets reincarnated into another world with a goddess

“KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!” (January 2016, Studio Deen) is another isekai title, however it’s one that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

This anime follows the loner shut-in named Satou Kazuma (voiced by Fukushima Jun) dying in one of the most embarrassing ways, thinking he was saving a young girl from an oncoming truck, where he ends up meeting the goddess of reincarnation named Aqua (Amamiya Sora).

“Rocky Balboa” manages to end the original saga on a high note

When “Rocky V” didn’t exactly set the world on fire, the series was put on an over 15 year hiatus. But Sylvester Stallone, who felt unsatisfied with the final product and did not want to leave the series on a low note (see my review last week if you want more details), decided to make one more Rocky movie before officially retiring the character’s boxing career.

That movie would be the confusingly titled “Rocky Balboa” (2006) with Stallone returning to the director’s chair after taking a break from it in “Rocky V,” alongside his usual job of writing, starring, and probably coffee runs.

The ins and outs of K-pop

The current rise of K-pop in the west is called the Hallyu wave: The idea that South Korean culture has grown in prominence to become a major motivator for modern-day culture. From Korean dramas on Netflix, like “Squid Game,” Korean cosmetics, and the epicenter of this widespread craze, Korean pop.

Korean pop is known for its addictive melodies, a distinctive blend of genres, choreography, amazing production values, and attractive South Korean performers who spend years training to be in the spotlight. 

Being a basketball player in NYC

When playing basketball a lot of emotions can come up, and the way you show them can affect the way you play and can impact your career. For Stephon Marbury, his emotions affected the way his profession went, both good and bad. 

The documentary “A Kid From Coney Island” is about the former NBA player Stephon Marbury’s path to greatness, through intimate interviews with Marbury himself, along with family, friends, and former teammates.

Middle school boy needs to fall in love to become a vampire

“Call of the Night” (July 2022, Liden Films) is another story about a middle school student’s boring life and how it got turned upside down by a chance encounter with a being thought to be fiction.

This anime follows two characters, Kō Yamori (voiced by Gen Sato) a 14 year old boy and Nazuna Nanakusa (Sora Amamiya) a female vampire. In this world vampires are real and their way of reproduction is making a human falling in love with them and feeding off of them.

“Rocky V” is a definite low point in the saga

If “Rocky IV” represents the peak of Sylvester Stallone’s career, “Rocky V” (1990, directed by the first film’s director, John G. Avildsen) represents the point in which Stallone’s career (that being mainly in the ‘90s) started to go downhill.

It’s right after “Rocky IV” and Rocky Balboa (no points for guessing that he’s being played by Sylvester Stallone) is back in the good ol US of A after surviving his match with Ivan Drago (along with probably ending the Cold War and causing the Soviet Union to collapse.)

The Italian Stallion faces off against communism in the insane roller coaster ride that is “Rocky IV”

The first “Rocky” brought Stallone into the limelight, while “Rocky II” solidified that he was here to stay, and “Rocky III” was the beginning of director/writer/star Sylvester Stallone really hitting his stride in Hollywood, but it is “Rocky IV” when the franchise hit its zenith.

Stallone was about to hit what some might argue to be the peak of his career with both “Rambo: First Blood Part II” (directed by George P. Cosmatos) and the subject of today’s review “Rocky IV” (once again written, directed, and starring Sylvester Stallone, who I’m surprised didn’t do the catering too.)

Two teenagers work with each other to have their crushes notice them

“More Than a Married Couple, but Not Lovers” (October 2022, Studio Mother) is an anime about two people who don’t like each other being forced to pose as a married couple.

This show follows Jirō Yakuin (voiced by Seiichiro Yamashita) and Akari Watanabe (Saori Ōnishi) being forced to pair together for a mandatory school project in which couples of the opposite gender are forced to simulate a married life. Jirō’s crush Shiori Sakurazaka (Saki Miyashita) is paired with Akari’s crush Minami Tenjin (Toshiki Masuda), causing Jirō and Akari to work together so that they can switch to the partners they actually want. Will the two succeed in fooling the system, or will they really fall in love with each other?


Opinion: Education plays a crucial role in shaping individuals' futures

Education is a powerful tool that helps ensure children’s survival, growth, development and well-being.

It can also be described as the art of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits.

Getting an education not only helps students learn to think critically, but it also enhances their imagination, exposes them to new ideas, and helps them find the path to a career that they want to pursue as they get older.

Opinion: Social media is making us less social

While social media can help us connect with others it can also lead to a decrease in face-to-face interactions and other activities, which overall, is making us less social.

Social media is online platforms and/or applications that allow users to connect and share content with others. For instance, some popular social media platforms include: TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

In the 21st century social media platforms have expanded how people connect with friends and family, exchanging your thoughts or experiences, and staying up to date on the latest news, such as what’s happening with the Kardashian sisters.


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