The Chariot

The Rise of the School Safe Space

The Rise of the School Safe Space

Leah Graham and Kendyl Gatzemeyer

February 13, 2017


Filed under Carousel, In-Depth

The only harsh thing about eighth grader Red Scanlon is the double piercing at the edge of his left eyebrow. A soft-spoken, androgynous kid, standing in a science classroom at Smith Middle School, he surveyed the dozen or so members of Diversity Club. Several were stretched out on their stomachs making...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Sarah Semon, Sarah Funk, and Natalie Suh

December 19, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

December 2013. The ambulance ride was silent. The EMT asked basic questions, only receiving one word responses. After all, senior Noah Miller was tired. He was left alone with his thoughts for the remainder of the ride: family, friends, tomorrow at school. “The entire thing seemed so surreal. I...

Facing Off Across the Political Spectrum

Facing Off Across the Political Spectrum

Bianca Bucholtz and Liam Clancy

November 3, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

FOR CLINTON “I like Hillary Clinton because she is not sexist and doesn’t assault women. She tries to connect with people. She is very prepared. She knows that this is not a joke, it is not something to gain publicity, it is very serious. Voting for Trump is voting for a man who disrespects any...

Community Mourns Student Death

Community Mourns Student Death

Leah Graham, Editor

June 13, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

The Troy Assembly of God is relatively small as far as churches go. On Saturday, June 4, the unassuming building is nearly overwhelmed by the crowd that has gathered for the memorial service of junior Danial Ashtiani. Mourners file into the church, the line stretching into the parking lot. Family and...

Modern Students Experience Unprecedented Levels of Stress

Modern Students Experience Unprecedented Levels of Stress

Leah Graham, Editor

March 18, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

Camped out in booths at Panera Bread, juniors Amruth Atyam and Andrew Li hunker behind piles of laptops, notes and print-outs. “Hey, Andrew, do you know how to do any of this?” Atyam asks, gesturing to his calculus homework. Li walks over to Atyam and together they delve into the solutionless...

Liberty and Justice For All?

February 16, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

The notion of punishing an individual for committing a crime was envisioned to create stability and order since ancient times. Though the definition of crime can vary by culture and community, punishments such as imprisonment remain consistent across the world. Although the legal justice system remains...

The Fight of a Lifetime

The Fight of a Lifetime

December 12, 2015


Filed under In-Depth

Everyone is crying. Except, of course, for the doctor, who stands by dutifully in her white lab coat. It is Wednesday, Oct. 28, and junior Karen Barrientos has just been diagnosed with cancer. In a private room at St. Joseph’s in Pontiac, language teacher Dr. Angie Griesmann breaks the news to Karen’s ...

Prescription Addiction

Sabina Ravindran, Staff Writer

November 16, 2015


Filed under In-Depth

“Maybe I’ll just have one more.”   This is how a prescription pill addiction begins. Unlike other drugs, the biggest danger that comes with prescription pills is that addiction and abuse can start without the person even realizing they are taking a drug and that drug can have detrimental...