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Saudi Arabian video combats sexism

Lauren Kuhr, Staff writer
March 20
Filed under Opinion

Women across the world are subject to sexism and prejudice every day, some more than others. Much of Saudi Arabia, an Arab state in Western Asia, has in a deeply conservative culture where women are placed under tight restrictions. According to a New York Times article published Jan. 2017, Saudi women...

Despite political shift, empathy must be valued

Dorrie Geang, staff writer
March 17
Filed under Column

Old Haitian culture believed in the power of voodoo dolls. Everything the doll experiences—a prick with a needle—is mimicked by its respective, paired person—a sharp pain in the stomach. This mirroring is how Paul Bloom, psychology and cognitive science professor at Yale University and author of...

School’s elevators need tune-up

School’s elevators need tune-up

Emlyn Langlieb, Staff Writer
March 17
Filed under Opinion

The door closes. The elevator moves, then abruptly stops with a loud thump. You flail at the emergency button and finally hit it. If you’re lucky, an alarm blares. No response. You cry out for help. You pick up bits of conversations in the hallway and realize no one hears you. You try to call the school...

March for science matters

March for science matters

Grace Knotts, Editor-in-Chief
March 17
Filed under Opinion

I distinctly remember the day when I fell head-over-heels in love with science. My ninth-grade biology class was in for a treat – a bus with a built-in laboratory had rolled up in the bus loop and was parked in the adjacent lot. Heart racing, I stepped in. Determining if someone had a chance of inheriting...

Sexist gibes impede progress

Sexist gibes impede progress

Julie Chotivatanapong, Editor-in-Chief
March 17
Filed under Opinion

It’s one thing to personally witness a teacher make an unfitting remark that targets gender, but it’s another to lose track of the number of times you hear about it happening throughout the school. Cue the eye rolls. Before I continue, let me begin by making one thing clear. No, this isn’t going...

On the Better Side of Average: Nevertheless, these women persisted

On the Better Side of Average: Nevertheless, these women persisted

Tirzah Khan, Managing editor
February 15
Filed under Column, Opinion

Ask your teacher. Ask your mail carrier. Ask your boss. Chances are, even if they don’t say it in as many words, this scenario was familiar to them: Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plight Feb. 8 as she read Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter detailing the anti-black rulings of now-Attorney General Jeff...

Mishap mandates prudence on social media

Mishap mandates prudence on social media

Hayden Cohee, Staff writer
February 15
Filed under Opinion

It all arose from boredom. During their regional gathering last month, Model UN delegates, -- who grew weary of watching dozens of competitors in Hershey Lodge conference rooms – began to complain through the anonymous social media app Yik Yak. But the second night of the conference someone went...

Planet could suffer under Trump

Planet could suffer under Trump

Claire Vecchioni, Staff writer
February 15
Filed under Opinion

Sitting cross-legged in my lifeguard chair, I attempted to stay hydrated by forcing down my third bottle of water. My fifth hour of prolonged sun exposure approached as I baked in the 113-degree heat Aug. 13, the hottest day of the year. Not only was 2016 the hottest year ever, it was the first time...

Fake news poses real threat

Fake news poses real threat

Patrick Dochat, Staff writer
February 15
Filed under Opinion

The Trump administration seems to disdain legitimate facts. This was most notably on display when counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway defended Trump spokesman Sean Spicer’s overestimate of the inauguration crowd size as “alternative facts.” But it didn’t start there. There is a problem...

Still seeking formula to terminate cheating

Still seeking formula to terminate cheating

February 15
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

After six years of annual cheating surveys, it seems far too many students toss morals aside and do whatever they must to get a high grade. Even in this age of mastery grading—complete with retests—79 percent of students surveyed said cheating has helped them get a better grade. Last year that...

Letter to the editor: on Trump

Michael Zimmerman
February 15
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, While this is in response to the editorial “Does Trump victory forebode havoc?” I want to be as clear as possible: this is not arguing for Trump. The facts show that he is a racist and a misogynist and not fit to lead the country, and speaking out against him through writing and protests...

Closing race gap in advanced classes

Closing race gap in advanced classes

Maria Eberhart, Staff Writer
February 15
Filed under Opinion

Advanced Placement classes mean rigorous course loads, challenging assignments, and a blatant lack of black and Latino students. That harsh truth prevails despite efforts of educators nationwide. Guidance reports that Black and Latino students make up 26 percent of our school’s total enrollment....