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Stadia: A Personal Experience

Varun Prasanna, A&E Editor October 18, 2021

Stadia has had an underwhelming welcoming in November 2019, with the average consensus being that it is far too unreliable (thanks to Google's previous track record). Major worries have included the fact...

Sarah Dietrick

Dietrick: An Odyssey through Math

Varun Prasanna, A&E Editor September 23, 2021

The lights flickered on, the board scribbled with formulas and practice problems waiting to be solved, math teacher Sarah Dietrick starts her day at AHS ready to teach.  I had the pleasure of interviewing...


Dieter: A Farewell Song

Varun Prasanna, A&E Editor June 7, 2021

Mrs.Dieter has been at AHS since the fall of 2005. She has been teaching exclusively at AHS for the past 5 years and has been influential in shaping a good part of the music department during her time...


Mr.Mooney: Around the World in 37 Years and Counting

2021 Staff Retirement
Varun Prasanna, A&E Editor June 7, 2021

A face that has been recognizable since the 80s, and teaching Ames High about “old, dead white guys” is retiring this year. If you haven't guessed it already, I am talking about Mr. Mooney, who has...

Source: Nasa and USA Today

If we wait for ‘the science to settle,’ there will not be anywhere for us left to settle

Varun Prasanna, A & E Editor May 3, 2021

The previous year's rains did not come, forcing the farmer to sell his land. With no money, he must move to an area which is not affected by climate catastrophes, he passes through flooded roads, past...

18c on the vegetarian menu, Credit: Varun Prasanna

A-dong: A Great Restaurant for Vegetarians

Varun Prasanna, A&E Editor April 7, 2021

A-Dong, a restaurant that has been open since 1989. For a restaurant to last that long and still thrive successfully is something in its own right, but to be able to cater to those who cannot or chose...

The 2 main characters: Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance. Credit:Valve Corporation

Half Life 2: an Amazing Sequel

Varun Prasanna March 2, 2021

Hey, and welcome back. If you have kept up with my previous reviews, you will know what to expect and you will see what I think of this series overall. Well, I am glad to say that this game has surpassed...

Courtesy of Valve, image depicts the main character, Gordon Freeman, in his HEV suit

Half Life 1: Something to play after 20 years?

Varun Prasanna January 28, 2021

Half Life 1 is a game developed by Valve to run on the original source gold engine, with one of it’s most famous developers Gabe Newell, leading the project (created in 1998). The game takes place in...

Credit: Carbon Footprint, example of project in South America.

Lowering Your Carbon Footprint by Not Getting Up from the Chair

Varun Prasanna, WEB Editor January 28, 2021

Despite how the world was going last year, there was one major positive that happened that is sort of unsurprising when you think about it. Overall carbon emissions were down last year due to less people...

The same trees greet me on my walk every time.

Walking: A Sense of Familiarity

Varun Prasanna, Reporter December 17, 2020

When Covid happened, everything that resembled order was thrown out of our lives. Nothing was set in stone anymore, things we took for granted were no longer there. During the early months of quarantine,...

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