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COVID-19 lockdown shortens junior’s stay in France
Coronavirus

Lucy Marco | March 30, 2020

For most of us, the coronavirus quarantine means a shuttered school, incredibly limited human interaction, and staying locked inside all day. But for junior Kenta Asazu, this pandemic meant crossing the…

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The last #dayinthelifeatmac for a while
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Dave Winter | March 27, 2020

Richard Salazar and Elise Baughman practice an appropriate more than six feet of social distancing as they await their appointment time of 11 a.m. to come into the campus today. Prior to the city’s…

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Hosack: Mac to launch online classes April 6
Coronavirus

Stella Shenkman | March 26, 2020

In the 13th edition of The S-Word, senior co-hosts Stella Shenkman and Jk Smith reconnect with principal Brandi Hosack regarding the resumption of classes online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following…

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COVID-19 wreaking havoc on 2020 Election
Coronavirus

Anna McClellan | March 25, 2020

Primaries postponed. Events eliminated. Rallies a thing of the past. COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has been making a slow progression around the world, spreading to almost every continent, and more…

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City issues stay home order to stop Coronavirus spread
Coronavirus

Bella Russo | March 25, 2020

The city of Austin, Travis and Williamson counties will begin acting under a shelter in place order effective on Tuesday at 11:59 p.m . The order, called Stay Home/Work Safe, was introduced by Mayor Steve…

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A Sunday stroll on a desolate campus
Coronavirus

Elisha Scott | March 25, 2020

In pre-COVID-19 times, the Drag just west of campus would have been teeming with UT students returning from spring break, but on the Sunday that would have brought the regularly scheduled spring break…

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Mac alums adapt to year disrupted by COVID-19
Coronavirus

Elisha Scott | March 24, 2020

Remembering back to March 6 when South by Southwest, which would be wrapping up on Sunday, was canceled, it’s hard to believe how much has changed in just a few weeks. Now, every restaurant, supermarket,…

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Hosack discusses COVID-19 concerns, current plan for senior class events, rest of school year
Coronavirus

Stella Shenkman | March 24, 2020



In a very special edition of our podcast, co-hosts Stella Shenkman and JK Smith share a phone conversation with Principal Brandi Hosack today, in which they discussed how the current school year…

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Austin restaurants brace for COVID-19 economy
Coronavirus

Samantha Powers | March 18, 2020

We’ve all seen it: grocery store lines are getting longer as restaurants begin to look like they belong on the set of a ghost town movie. 

The impact of the global coronavirus pandemic is already…

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To thwart COVID-19, AISD extends spring break as it plans to transition to distance learning
Coronavirus

Samantha Powers | March 17, 2020

If it weren’t for a global pandemic that caused today’s school news, it might have seemed like a utopia for McCallum students.

In a three-hour span today, students learned that the governor was…

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COVID-19 measures put Mac sports on hold
Coronavirus

Grace Nugent | March 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has left sports fans around the world without the NBA, the NHL, March Madness, MLB spring training, professional golf, tennis and international soccer.

The disruption to spring…

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First cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Austin
Coronavirus

Alysa Spiro | March 16, 2020

This morning, shortly after 6 a.m., city health officials confirmed the first two “presumptive positive” cases of Coronavirus in Austin.

“This is concerning but not surprising and we have…

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Concern over COVID-19 outbreak prompts cancellation of band, color guard events
Coronavirus

Madelynn Niles | March 13, 2020

Within the past three days, the recent whirlwind of cautions, community impacts and cancellations regarding the recent COVID-19 pandemic have gone from a topic of conversations in classrooms to national…

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It’s better than walking
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Anna Nagle | March 12, 2020

In this week’s #TuesdayTop10, we take a virtual flight to Brenham’s Southern Flying Diner with pilot John Blossom-Boyd on a quest to find the famous Hundred-Dollar Burger. Along the way, we’ll learned…

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Coronavirus fears affect Mac community
Coronavirus

Ellen Fox | March 12, 2020

Even though coronavirus diagnoses haven’t hit McCallum, the effects of the virus are still being felt by many students. Especially with the cancellation of South by Southwest and UT’s extension of…

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Amid coronavirus fears, city cancels SXSW
Coronavirus

Alysa Spiro | March 12, 2020

On Friday, seven days before the scheduled start of South By Southwest, the City of Austin officials announced that the popular festival would be cancelled.

The cancellation of SXSW came as a shock…

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Context is everything
Opinions

The Shield editorial board | March 11, 2020

The commonly used “OK” hand symbol can be defined as many things, depending on who you ask. It is used to check one’s scuba gear after entering the water and in yoga to symbolize inner perfection….

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Banners installed, removed, replaced
News

Ellen Fox | March 11, 2020

At a Jan. 21 meeting, the boys and girls basketball teams, their parents, school officials and associate superintendent Dr. Craig Shapiro met to discuss the district’s decision to remove and ultimately…

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Sexual harassment exacts heavy toll
News

Evelyn Griffin | March 9, 2020

High school has always been a time for teens to experiment, test limits and break boundaries. However, some poor decisions are much more serious than sneaking out late or cutting a class or two. Even though…

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One with the arts, one with the Earth
Features

Lucy Marco | March 4, 2020

Teenagers these days, so lazy, not a care in the world.

Well, senior Sabri Armani-Khaldi proves that stereotype to be doubly false. He sure isn’t lazy, and he cares a great deal about the world. He’s…

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Hegar opening doors with U.S. Senate run
News

Alex Dowd | March 3, 2020

Last week’s Democratic presidential debate from the Paris Theater in Las Vegas smashed the previous records, becoming the most watched Democratic debate in American history at 19.7 million viewers; national…

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Primarily speaking: What to look for next Tuesday
News

Anna McClellan | March 2, 2020

March 2, also known as next Tuesday, which is also known as Super Tuesday, is one of the biggest days in the election year. Fifteen of the 50 states, including Texas, are holding their primaries next Tuesday,…

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Checking out the Grand Hotel
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Alysa Spiro | February 28, 2020

It’s 7:30 on a Thursday evening. The fluorescent lights of the McCallum Arts Center Theater dim into a foggy combination of reds and purples. A sudden hush falls over the crowd: whispers replaced with…

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Strengthening community at Mac
Features

Samantha Powers | February 25, 2020

Have you ever noticed that at school, students tend to retreat to the safety of their phones rather than socializing? Or that everyone sits with the same people at lunch? Or that teachers have to spend…

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Music to Mac’s ears
Features

Madelynn Niles | February 21, 2020

Slow jazz spilling softly from the record store down the street. A violinist, case open for tips, pouring melodies onto the sidewalk. That monthly summertime magic of Blues on the Green on the cool grass…

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I’m sick of nic regulation
Opinions

Alex Dowd | February 21, 2020

This new law changing the smoking age to 21 isn’t going to be as effective as the government hopes it will be.
I’m a senior in high school. I’m 17, one year away from becoming an adult. In under…

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Black History Month at McCallum
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Josie Bradsby | February 18, 2020

UT professor Leonard Moore speaks on history of race in United States
For the sixth straight year, Dr. Leonard Moore, a U.S. history professor at the University of Texas, spoke at the Black History Month…

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How to be a ‘mate’ from miles away
News

Samantha Powers | February 18, 2020

Email to Michelle Heustess from Paul Laws:

Subject: Cry from smoky, smoggy Melbourne

Hello Michelle,
The last few days, it’s like fog here, 24 hrs a day. Except it’s smoke from the bush fires…

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Passion for fashion
Features

Madelynn Niles | February 17, 2020

“Scrapbook.” To many, images of heart stickers and seasonal stamps may flash by. Thoughts of double sided tape galore and zig-zag-cutting scissors may flood in. But, in this case, what we are talking…

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Super Bowl Halftime Show: sexy or sexist?
Opinions

Samantha Powers | February 14, 2020

The 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira was extravagant, to say the least. Audiences were on their feet for an energetic performance by two strong, talented women that celebrated…

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Spending money for your honey
Opinions

Tomas Marrero | February 13, 2020

Have you ever noticed that every year it seems Valentine’s Day season starts earlier and earlier? Or how there’s a seemingly endless stream of commercials claiming the only way you can truly express…

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House impeaches Trump; Senate acquits him
Impeachment, At Home

Grace Nugent | February 11, 2020

With a new decade comes political history being made. Until Dec. 18, 2019, there had only been two presidents in U.S. history who had been formally impeached. On Dec. 18, president Donald Trump became…

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From City Council to the U.S. Senate?
News

Alex Dowd | February 4, 2020

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas in August of 2017, leaving the proud metropolitan city flooded with over 40 inches of rain in less than four days. Grocery store shelves were stripped, and the once…

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Micro-Moon prime movers transform Austin Film School into concert venue
Arts & Entertainment

Lily Prather | January 31, 2020

Marlee Foster peaked out at her soon to be captivated crowd. The space was big, and it was pretty dark, except for a couple of dull purple-and-orange lights. Seeing the crowd, Foster felt a sense of anticipation,…

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Behind the front desk at the ‘Grand Hotel’
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Lily Brode | January 30, 2020

With the final dress rehearsal set for tomorrow and opening night for Thursday, it seems to us a perfect time to use our #TuesdayTop10 to take you behind the scenes of Grand Hotel for a sneak peak of…

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Inspired by Bryant’s legacy, Knights mourn his death
Sports

Lindsey Plotkin | January 28, 2020

When talking about basketball, or just sports in general, everyone knows the name Kobe Bryant. Bryant, a five time NBA champion, 18 time All-Star, two-time NBA Finals MVP and 2008 NBA MVP for the Los Angeles…

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This film is ‘Rotten’ but not rotten
Arts & Entertainment

Angus Sewell McCann | January 21, 2020

The purple and pink-tinted LED lights are set. The handheld DSLR camera rig is rolling. The boom pole is propped over the awaiting actors, and the sound is recording. The director of photography, Bella…

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Will Texas Democrats be saved by Bell?
News

Alex Dowd | January 17, 2020

During an election, politicians find wisdom and inspiration in many places. Congressman Chris Bell shared that he found his political guidance in an usual place: a cartoon.

In his conversation with…

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Banning guns is not a panacea
Opinions

Julia Kay Smith | January 13, 2020

As a high school student in the United States, I know it’s out of the question to strip citizens of their Second Amendment right to own firearms. Prying military style assault rifles from the cold and…

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Say hey to Glossier
Arts & Entertainment

Julia Kay Smith | January 7, 2020

What’s pink, clean, and currently on South Congress? You guessed it! The Glossier pop up store is here, and it’s everything you could ever imagine. The interior design, lighting and people combine make…

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Be polite, but know your rights
Opinions

Tomas Marrero | December 30, 2019

As more and more McCallum students get their driver’s licenses as the year goes on, the likelihood of you or a friend getting pulled over by the police increases with it. There seems to be a general…

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Board unanimously approves new sex-ed curriculum
News

Kate Boyle | December 26, 2019

The Austin ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a new sex-ed curriculum on Tuesday, Oct. 22, but this did not happen overnight. The new curriculum is something that the school district has been working…

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Happy Challahdays!
Opinions

Alysa Bijl-Spiro | December 20, 2019

My fondest Christmas memory is my fourth-grade “holiday” concert.

After months of practicing Christmas songs, ranging from the lighthearted “Jingle Bell Rock” to the heavily religious “Oh!…

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A whole lot of holiday music
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Scarlet Frese | December 20, 2019

JINGLE BELL JAZZ: As finals and winter break rapidly approach, band celebrated the festive season with its annual holiday concert on the of Monday Dec. 9. Many band members even dressed up in red and…

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Campus closures spark controversy
News

Bella Russo | December 19, 2019

The historical marker outside Pease Elementary School, celebrating the campus as the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas, has been sharing the spotlight with frantic handmade fliers and…

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In Austin, ‘Tonight Show’ is a three-Knight show
Features

Josie Bradsby | December 17, 2019

Jimmy Fallon brought The Tonight Show to Austin on Nov. 7 and filmed an episode centered around UT, highlighting both its students and campus. Fallon also included actor Matthew McConaughey, rapper Gucci…

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Enjoying the future but never forgetting the past
Features

Kristen Tibbetts | December 12, 2019

On the 14th anniversary of her own father passing away from cancer, McCallum teacher Deirdre McGahon sat at the front of room 138 A and checked her email. She read a note from guidance counselor Mickey…

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When blue and gray leads to gold
Sports

Kennedy Weatherby | November 25, 2019

It was a sweltering summer day in Rome and the emotions ran high in the 1960 Summer Olympics games. After the U.S men’s basketball team dominated previous opponents by an average of 42.2 points per…

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They can be heroes … or villains
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Anna Bausman | November 20, 2019

The McCallum choir performed its most widely anticipated concert of the year: Cabaret, in the MAC, Thursday through Sunday. This year’s theme was “Heroes and Villains of Broadway.” The choir performed…

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New music podcast gets right to The Point
Audio

Tomas Marrero | November 20, 2019

In inaugural episode of Feedback Loop, The Shield’s new music podcast series, host Tomas Marrero and producer Stella Shenkman speak with the The Point, a musical duo consisting of senior Jack Montesinos…

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