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March for science matters

March for science matters

Grace Knotts, Editor-in-Chief
March 17, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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....

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,...