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2019-2020
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Stories from McCallum High School
There has to be a simpler way
Opinions

Evelyn Griffin | October 22, 2019

Imagine being incredibly passionate about your education, but never being able to concentrate on just one thing in class or complete your homework before the due date. You know you deserve more time, but…

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TribFest enables candidates to speak uninterrupted
News

Max Rhodes | October 15, 2019

In many ways, the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, which took place in downtown Austin on the weekend of Sept. 27-28, was a typical TribFest.

The festival featured hundreds of speakers and panel discussions,…

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New AISD dress code aims for equity
News

Samantha Powers | October 9, 2019

Students from all over Austin come to McCallum for the Fine Arts Academy, giving the school a reputation as a safe place for students to be free to express themselves. One way students display their individuality…

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Save the planet and be on trend
Opinions

Olivia Capochiano | October 9, 2019

A river in Taiwan runs the color of taro bubble tea. The water is an opaque purple, reminiscent of Crayola’s violet acrylic paint. Miles of the area’s freshwater supply directly adjacent to the Jiayang…

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Calling out for change
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Samantha Powers | October 1, 2019

A CRY FROM THE YOUTH: The morning of Friday, Sept. 20, over 300 students and adults alike gathered at the steps of the Texas State Capitol to protest climate change. The strike, which was organized…

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Pom poms and pep tunes
Features

Madelynn Niles | October 1, 2019

Contrary to what Taylor Swift has to say, these two girls wear both short skirts and sneakers, are cheer (captains) and on the bleachers. Doubling their experience under the Friday night lights, senior…

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UT for almost-free
News

Kristen Tibbetts | October 1, 2019

Over the summer, the University of Texas System Board of Regents voted to offer free tuition for all in-state undergraduate students whose household income is $65,000 or less annually. For students whose…

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Lighting Rod brings energy to the Knights
Sports

Grace Nugent | September 25, 2019

Hyped up. Positive Energy. Great Attitude. Those are just a few of the words that come to mind when people think of the new face, actually more like a loud voice, on the sideline of McCallum football….

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MAC Band’s New “Swedish Fish”
Features

Madelynn Niles | September 25, 2019

She walked into the stadium with the other flute players, not completely sure what to expect — her eyes getting wider and wider, taking it all in. The rhythmic chants of the cheerleaders bobbing up and…

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Fad diets are bad diets
Opinions

Ellen Fox | September 17, 2019

Fad diets. We have all heard of them. Ranging in extremity from diets we may think are good for us, like the paleo diet (where you eat no processed foods) or the keto diet (an extreme, 90 percent fat diet)…

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The story of a scout
Features

Alex Dowd | May 31, 2019

“On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.”

If…

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Just Fund It, Texas
Features

Bella Russo | May 30, 2019

In a time where it seems like activism is dominated by Instagram rants and hordes of recycled, witty protest posters, Just Fund It TX, a grassroots, student-led campaign has turned to love letters to get…

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In the seventh episode of ‘The S Word’, senior Excalibur co-editor in chief discusses her story
Audio

Stella Shenkman | May 14, 2019

In the seventh episode of The Shield podcast series, The S-Word, podcast host Alex Dowd, and producer Stella Shenkman sit down with one of McCallum’s 2018-2019 Excalibur co-editor in chief’s, senior…

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Garrison to retire after 16 years as principal
Features

Sophie Ryland | May 14, 2019

When Winsley Melancon was displaced from New Orleans in 2005 by the devastating Category 5 Hurricane Katrina, her life changed. She was living in the Austin Convention Center, well aware that she could…

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Girls soccer makes it rain at Drip, ends Tigers’ reign
Sports

Kristen Tibbetts | April 19, 2019

As the perfect addition to International Women’s Day yesterday, 21 Lady Knights varsity soccer players deserve their names all over the McCallum Wall of Notable Women after a 1-0 victory over the previously…

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Photo essay: Surveying South Congress
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Anna McClellan | April 19, 2019

South Congress, also known as SoCo to local Austinites, is home to Amy’s Ice Creams, Homeslice Pizza, and many other local hotspots. Whether you walk, drive, bike or scooter, SoCo is definitely worth…

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In second episode of ‘The S Word’ podcast, GAHSMTA nominees take us behind scenes of ’42nd Street’
Audio

Alex Dowd and Stella Shenkman | April 11, 2019

In the second episode of The Spoken Word, host Alex Dowd and producer Stella Shenkman sit down and talk with GAHSMTA-nominated members of the cast and crew of 42nd Street. Lauded as Austin’s version…

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Why they left McCallum
Features

Ellen Fox | April 3, 2019

Over the four years of their time, classes of high school get smaller. Every high school will have some students leave before graduation, and that’s nothing out of the ordinary. Students leave their…

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Bond around the ball
Showcase

Grace Nugent and Anna Schlett | March 27, 2019

It’s easy to show up and play when your team is obliterating the opposition. In that respect, the 2017 Mac football team had it easy, enjoying a record-breaking season, in which the team reeled off 14…

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Schooling the stage
Arts & Entertainment

Laszlo King-Hovis | March 25, 2019

McCallum’s second fifth annual teacher’s pageant was on Friday, Feb. 15.

“I actually screwed up with the Teachers and Tiaras poster,” film teacher Ken Rogers said before the show hit the stage….

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Caldwell leaves lasting Mac legacy
Sports

Kristen Tibbetts | March 19, 2019

At Coach Don Caldwell’s funeral service on Jan. 19, Caldwell’s wife, Dorothy thanked the McCallum community for being behind her husband throughout his career. They were all behind him because as multiple…

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Meet those dancing feet
Arts & Entertainment

Olivia Watts | March 12, 2019

Almost a month after MacTheatre closed its production of 42nd Street, the cast and crew are still reaping the rewards from their sold out musical.

Tuesday morning, members from the cast and crew of…

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Texas first in uninsured children
Features

Sophie Ryland | March 8, 2019

Last December, both of junior Rose Dotson’s parents lost their jobs, and with them, their family’s health insurance. It became a serious issue when her brother appeared to have walking pneumonia, costing…

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Improving improv skills under the bright lights
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Madelynn Niles | March 7, 2019

Members of the jazz band had the opportunity to play Sunday night at the packed Parker Jazz Club on Fourth Street, a prestigious club known for its incredible music. Along with raising more than a $1,000…

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The secret Samaritans of the school
Features

Lily Dashner | March 6, 2019

Lights are out, doors are locked, all you can hear is the AC turn on and the footsteps in the ceiling tiles that you know aren’t human. The lights turn on.

It’s six in the morning and even though…

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Fulmore MS embraces Lively change
News

Jazzabelle Davishines | March 4, 2019

The AISD Board of Trustees voted on Dec. 17 to rename the Fulmore Middle School campus due to the Confederate ties of its namesake. The district has been going through the process of renaming several campuses…

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Remembering Carson Smith
Opinions

Sarah Slaten | March 1, 2019

Until my coach sent out a picture of Carson Smith, I didn’t know who he was. I had been trying to put a face to the name for a day, and this was the first time I actually realized who he was.

So,…

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From McCallum to mother to mayor
Features

Anna McClellan | February 21, 2019

People would tell her that it was “too tough for a woman,” that she should “stay in the house and take care of her family, cook dinners, and let the men take care of the government and political…

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Mr. Whiz to retire after 49 years of teaching
Features

Lucy Marco | February 10, 2019

Forty-nine long years. That’s about 17,885 days since McCallum’s Richard Whisennand began teaching. Whisennand or “Mr. Whiz” started teaching in 1969 but first came to McCallum in 1985, where he’s…

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Photo essay: A broken family. A broken home. A broken heart.
Photo

Maeve Walsh | February 5, 2019

Shane (not his real name) has been homeless for 6½ years. He has been living in this place for one month now. He has decorated his place with graffiti and things he has found for free rather than typical…

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