The Bengal Beat

Lack of Faith and Judgement

Lack of Faith and Judgement

Haydn Burton, Reporter

May 10, 2019

I feel as if there is a negative connotation that surrounds atheism or even agnosticism. You tell somebody that you don’t believe in God and they immediately start making assumptions and silent judgment fills the air. This obviously isn’t true with every individual, but I’ve certainly encountere...

Happiness In The Form of Self-medication

Happiness In The Form of Self-medication

Haydn Burton, Reporter

May 2, 2019

Everyone has a different way of coping with their issues and everyone has demons that they desperately try to suppress. There are many healthy ways that people can deal with problems in their life, whether it be going on a bike ride to distract yourself or meditating to put your mind at ease. On the f...

Consent 101

Consent 101

Mary Miller, Opinion Writer

April 22, 2019

Consent. Con·sent. Consent is defined as permission for something to happen or agreement to do something. Everyone knows the word consent. Everyone knows the definition. People just seem to either misunderstand it or ignore it entirely. For those of us who were unfortunate enough to fail to receive...

Why Band Has Made Me Who I Am Today

Why Band Has Made Me Who I Am Today

Cristina Olvera, Editor

March 26, 2019

I started band in sixth grade, wide-eyed and heart racing trying to anticipate the journey this activity would take me on. You see, my mom did band too. She’d tell me stories of her time in it, helping me create a mindset of respect and admiration towards band. Stories about how when I was little,...

Why I Started Looking at Colleges Early

Mary Miller, Opinion Writer

March 20, 2019

With my Senior year just around the corner, the time has come to start cracking down on college research. Much of my time has been spent looking through different websites like Niche, making spreadsheets, and looking through different universities websites. I started looking at colleges really early,...

Valentines Day is for the Capitalists, not the Lovebirds

Valentines Day is for the Capitalists, not the Lovebirds

Mary Miller, Opinion Writer

February 14, 2019

Every year as Valentines Day rolls around, people flood to whatever store is nearest to them, often at the last minute, to spend absurd amounts of money on things like flowers, chocolates, and cards-- which die, get eaten, and thrown away a day later. People waste their hard earned money on superficial, meaningless...

Nothing Has Changed

Nothing Has Changed

Dani Wilson, Opinion Writer

February 13, 2019

My vision began to blur as I felt my legs move forward before my mind could catch up. The shouts and fast-moving bodies of the people around me practically gave my already-clouded brain whiplash as I was ushered by the crowd of people through the red double-doors. It was February 4th, 2015 at Ryan High Schoo...

You Can’t Separate Men From the Rape they Commit

You Can’t Separate Men From the Rape they Commit

Mary Miller, Opinion Writer

January 14, 2019

Bill Cosby. Woody Allen. Harvey Weinstein. Louis C. K. Kevin Spacey. R Kelly. The list of men in the spotlight who have been accused of sexual assault is ever growing. It has become a frequent topic of discussion on whether or not these men’s works can be separated from them and ...

To All the People Who Have Lost Someone

To All the People Who Have Lost Someone

Dani Wilson, Reporter

December 13, 2018

“Honestly... it’s nice talking about her like it’s normal. Like it’s not some tragedy.” I tapped the spacebar on my keyboard to pause the Netflix show, noticing the few stray tears escaping down my cheek. I took a deep breath and wiped one away. I wasn’t crying because I was upset. I...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Mary Miller, Opinion Writer

December 13, 2018

Every year I get the same looks of confusion and almost disgust as I tell people that I don’t enjoy the holidays. “How could you not like Christmas?” “Do you just not celebrate?” “Do you hate holidays?” Questions endlessly pour from people’s mouths as they are stupefied by my aversion to the...

Why You NEED to Vote (Yes, Even in Midterms)

Why You NEED to Vote (Yes, Even in Midterms)

Dani Wilson, Reporter

October 25, 2018

November 6, 2018. Around 10 a.m. Midterm election voting day. Part of the population of the United States is on their way to the polls. A fraction of them will go later, trying to sleep in as late as they can. And, finally- a decent chunk will not vote at all. I understand the distress. You ...

Behind the Bedroom Door

Behind the Bedroom Door

Gissell Martinez, Reporter

October 3, 2018

All names in the story have been changed to protect the identity of the characters.   With balls of hair in Claire's fists, hot, salty tears ran down her cheeks hitting the pillow in her lap. She felt completely hopeless. No person in her mind could help the pain go away. To make her go away…...

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