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Emergency online learning day due to bus driver shortage poses larger problems

The school district has been experiencing a domino effect of problems since the outbreak of COVID-19. The most recent domino to fall is the shortage of bus drivers. As a matter of fact, Oswego High School had to host school online due to the lack of bus drivers on Sept. 21. The immediate change to online led to more problems within the school for teachers having to figure out how their day was going to go. 
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Oswego to host Homecoming Dance after COVID hiatus

With the pandemic cutting so many celebrations short within the past school years, there is little wonder as to why this year’s homecoming dance is creating such a hallway buzz. At 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, Oswego will host its annual homecoming dance, after it was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Compromising with both the dance and disease, this year´s homecoming will be outdoors.
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Administrators, teachers struggling to enforce COVID-19 protocols in the cafeteria

As students at Oswego High School adjust to being back in school, they are also adjusting to new guidelines in the cafeteria in order to lower the risk of transmission of COVID-19. However, staff members are struggling to enforce protocols in the lunchroom because of the limited space and large number of students. 

Features

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Hispanas at OHS

This year, I decided to take a moment and focus on other young Hispanas like myself who attend Oswego High School. It's about time that we put the spotlight on the generations of our hardworking Hispanas and listen to what they have to say. By doing this, we can make it up to our abuelitas that lacked the opportunity to make their voices heard, paving the way for generations yet to come. 

Fit Check: Homecoming 2021 Edition

Trinity Heard, 42Fifty’s multimedia editor, interviews Oswego students at their first outdoor homecoming. This is the second episode of the fit check series, this video being the homecoming edition! She interviews about where outfits are from, if anyone is matching with a date, and asks many more homecoming-related questions.

arts & entertainment

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Top 5 animated works from 2021

Animation can tell stories without the boundaries of our reality, without human restrictions, and can use various elements of art to further develop characters and plotlines. Animation has been growing rapidly over the last 10 years; show writers and filmmakers have been using this format to tell deep and heavy stories, important morals, and life lessons to those of all ages. Animation is quickly written off as something just for children simply because of the cartoony style; however, animation is for everyone to enjoy. If you are wondering where to start your exploration into animation, here are my picks of the greatest works of animation to come out this year.

sports

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MLB Postseason: Who has lived up to the expectations and who...

This Postseason was what fans wanted after a year of limited fan amounts due to COVID-19. However, what they may not have wanted was their favorite team to leave the playoffs so early. With that in mind, and the MLB Postseason coming to a close, the three of us, Kira Farooqui, Jake Dickerson, and Brady Monahan, take a look back and review who met expectations and who surprisingly fell.

Opinions

Mental health matters, and so do you

Getting back into a routine, staying atop work, and balancing school along with everything else in life can truly stress one out!...
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It’s only getting worse: Teachers assign too much homework

With the school year coming to an end, we all understand the rush of getting assigned a bunch of work during the last few weeks of school. But do teachers assign too much work, or are students overreacting?

What survivors wish you knew about sexual assault

Sexual assault and sexual violence are the most under-reported crime in America. The month of April has been dedicated to sexual assault awareness and prevention.

Podcasts

Crucial Comparisons, Ep. 1: Donda vs. CLB

In the first episode of Crucial Comparisons, 42Fifty Editors Austin Lamb and Delaney Holman discuss the especially viral albums Donda by Kanye West and Certified Lover Boy by Drake.

Videos

Fit Check: Homecoming 2021 Edition

Trinity Heard, 42Fifty’s multimedia editor, interviews Oswego students at their first outdoor homecoming. This is the second episode of the fit check series, this video being the homecoming edition! She interviews about where outfits are from, if anyone is matching with a date, and asks many more homecoming-related questions.

Galleries

A matching face mask is a perfect accessory for Halloween costumes...

As Halloween approaches, it’s important to celebrate safely. With that said, here are some costume ideas that pair well with masks.

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