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Puppies are cute. So are tea sandwiches. Your teachers are not.

Puppies are cute. So are tea sandwiches. Your teachers are not.

Griffin Smuts, News Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Recently, I have noticed the word “cute” used (or rather misused) in such a way that I find troubling. This dawned on me the other day, when I sat in a local cafe and a friend approached me with an exciting story to tell. “Earlier today,” she exclaimed, “my dad texted me a quote from Walt Whi...

The Reality of Reality TV

The Reality of Reality TV

Judy Zhang, Staff Writer

March 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

A swift tap of the keyboard and numerous articles regarding The Bachelor appear, complete with a Wikipedia page listing the cast members and producers, along with a detailed description of the show’s plot. The buzz surrounding Corinne Olympios, the show’s most dramatic contestant, is endless and t...

Why Everything Should Have Pockets

Juliet Denbaugh, Staff Writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Pockets: the billion-dollar invention that still hasn’t gotten enough attention. You heard it here first folks, pockets are actively being deprived of much-needed appreciation, and they won’t stand for it any longer. From being inadequately sized to being deliberately excluded from certain clothin...

Junior AcaDepression

Juliet Denbaugh and Jojo Levey

February 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Junior year: The year of terrifying, life-altering decisions. The grade in which students are pressured to figure out what colleges they want to attend, what careers they are most interested in and how they are going to achieve all of these lofty goals. In sophomore year, you are told that you have plen...

How Flaws Became Flawless

How Flaws Became Flawless

Olivia Maybank and Juliet Denbaugh

February 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

There was once a time when people would cover their freckles with makeup, pluck their bushy eyebrows to a thin line and wear baggy clothes in hopes of hiding their voluptuous rear ends. Now, however, each one of these qualities is not only accepted, but celebrated. It’s common to see people pencil on ...

The Vegan Dilemma

Kiana Karimi, Copy Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The roaring growls of students’ stomachs lead them to venture off to the cafeteria, only to find their journey to be in vain. The aroma of pepperoni pizza satisfies the majority of lactose lovers but leaves a vegan student in dismay. Cream soup, chicken tenders, but no quinoa? There are multitudes...

Why 2016 Wasn’t the Worst Year Ever

Why 2016 Wasn’t the Worst Year Ever

Rachel Bernstein, Staff Writer

January 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion

By the end of 2016, social media was filled with posts declaring the year to be one of the worst in recent memory. These claims are not without merit. Anti-semitism, racism and many other forms of discrimination increased. Britain decided to Brexit. America elected its 45th president, and, to the des...

March of the Women

March of the Women

Charlotte Bota, Staff Writer

January 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

After spending an hour finding parking, my mom and I left our car, posters in hand and clothing adorned with pins. After approximately five minutes of walking through the streets, I was already asked to have my picture taken, hugged by a young woman with the same bright pink scarf and accompanied by a...

Carpe Teen-em

Rachel Bernstein, Staff Writer

January 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In the eyes of some, teenagers are young and it brings about a much-lamented truth for adolescents. As Santosh Kalwar, a Nepalese writer, once said, “I am too young to be called wise, and too old to be called young.”  As young children, we are told to be quiet, to listen, to not question what we...

Fast-Fashion: How Stores Like H&M Are Taking Over The Fashion Industry

Fast-Fashion: How Stores Like H&M Are Taking Over The Fashion Industry

Katherine Wei, Staff Writer

January 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

When you walk into H&M, the first thing you see are racks of clothing everywhere: against the walls, lined up neatly into rows, spaced for walking room. The sea of colors blur your vision as you soak in the endless collection. If you are anything of a fashion-fanatic, the thought of this excites ...

A Loss for One is a Loss for All

A Loss for One is a Loss for All

Sophia Hughes, Features Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

My first exposure to politics was at five years old. In kindergarten, my teacher took a poll. As none would expect five-year-olds to have a vast knowledge of the subjectivity and the complicated policies associated with politics, this exercise was likely a way for my teacher to find out which parents were ...

The Necessity of Trigger Warnings

Lilly Wollman, Assignment Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion

According to Dictionary.com, trigger warnings can be classified as any “statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material.”  This very definition leaves room for subjective interpretation. What is con...

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