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It’s Like This: Words Can Denigrate

It’s Like This: Words Can Denigrate

Dorrie Gaeng, Staff Writer
December 14, 2016
Filed under Column

A group is eating lunch. One person complains about a teacher who gave him a B because he turned in an assignment late. The kid’s insult of choice is the derogatory f-word referring to a gay man. Another group of friends is hanging out over weekend. One is dared to steal something. When he hesitates,...

Are mission trips purely benevolent or part selfish?

Are mission trips purely benevolent or part selfish?

Jessie Dorety, Staff Writer
December 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion

A group of rich strangers appears in a town with a set of power tools and an overly enthusiastic greeting, claiming to build new schools. Once the school is built, they leave with an equally enthusiastic goodbye. Then, another group shows up a week later. This is the life of a child who witnesses...

City’s defeat of plan to rename Columbus Day makes sense

Matilde Cascella, Associate Editor
December 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion

I have nothing against school holidays. They mean an extra day off and time that I get to share with friends or family. What I feel is a waste of calendar space are days like National Boyfriend Day, Flag Day or Columbus Day. When the Baltimore City Council debated changing the name of Columbus Day,...

Dear Santa: here’s our holiday wishlist

Dear Santa: here’s our holiday wishlist

December 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

1. A new, state-of-the-art school 2. Wifi reception in every classroom 3. Water coolers that are promptly refilled 4. A bigger senior parking lot and speed bumps that don’t scrape cars 5. A deep cleanse for all bathroom clipboards 6. More sleep and a later start 7. The same redo policy in all...

Defending Trump’s agenda: Pipes, roads, bridges will fuel economy

Defending Trump’s agenda: Pipes, roads, bridges will fuel economy

Drew Persinger, Associate editor
December 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion

As the realization of Donald Trump’s coming presidency sets in, Americans must unite to create an environment of positive change for the next four years. Trump’s policy on infrastructure will inspire bipartisan support for a country with improved transportation and employment for blue-collar workers. Trump...

Defending Trump’s agenda: Watch jobs return

Defending Trump’s agenda: Watch jobs return

Kevin Zorbach, Staff writer
December 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s the economy, stupid. Bill Clinton won using that strategy in 1992. It can be argued Donald Trump won with that too. To make America great, surely we can agree that jobs on American soil must make a comeback. Already, the president-elect, who won in part by promoting this idea throughout his...

Thanks to mom, she applied to 19 colleges and lived

Thanks to mom, she applied to 19 colleges and lived

Mykayla Milchling, Staff Writer
December 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Apply to college, they said. It won’t be that bad, they said. You’ll be fine, they said. I am here to attest that applying to college is that bad and that, no, I am not fine. It began at the beginning of this year when the guidance counselors stopped by senior English classes and explained how...

Does Trump’s victory forbode havoc?

Does Trump’s victory forbode havoc?

Tirzah Khan, Managing editor
November 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Great job, guys! We did it! We elected Donald J. Trump as our 45th President. We elected someone who is inexperienced in politics, who was accused by 12 women of sexual assault and who has a history of consistently discriminating against minorities. We elected him over Hillary Clinton, an incredibly...

Mastery grading policy has evolved: attitudes must as well

Mastery grading policy has evolved: attitudes must as well

Matt Ellis and Victor Yang
November 17, 2016
Filed under Staff Editorial

Mastery grading, whether people like it or not, is here to stay. Announced in late August, the policy is the subject of much debate. The intent was to ensure that students are graded on how well they have learned rather than mere behaviors, such as participating or turning in work. On paper, mastery...

Curfew challenges ardent shoppers

Curfew challenges ardent shoppers

Claire Vecchioni, Staff writer
November 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion

With Black Friday approaching quickly, the curfew at the Towson mall is becoming increasingly bothersome. They call it “Parental Guidance Required” and justify it as an effort to make the mall a more “family friendly” commonplace. As a young person who this policy negatively affects, I’m up...

Reevaluate heating policy

Jules Dotterweich, grade 11
November 17, 2016
Filed under Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, It was Sunday night and Baltimore County had just made the call to cancel schools the next day. I recall opening my email and seeing a message from my varsity soccer coach, Aaron Velky. From the subject of the email, “I hate being told what to do,” I could tell he was furious that...

Mastery grading questioned

Julia Clark, grade 12
November 17, 2016
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Uncategorized

Dear Editor, I would like to offer an additional perspective on the issues central to a recent article “Defending Mastery Grading,” Oct. 20. While I can agree with many of the points addressed, like the improvement of study habits for me personally, the article and related piece, “Critics seek...