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Democrats must perservere

Emma Walz, Managing editor
November 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion

My fellow progressives, While booking a one-way flight to Canada may seem tempting, it is our duty as Americans to have a say in our government’s decisions. Our only choice moving forward is to work with President-elect Trump when he offers reasonable options and to stand firm on our morals when he...

Failure promotes growth

Failure promotes growth

Matt Ellis, Associate editor
November 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion

A few weeks ago, my 5-year-old sister wrote the word “red” as “reb” on a pizza box after dinner. I smiled and gently corrected her, then asked her to try to spell it again on her own under the image of Papa John. On her third attempt, she spelled it correctly, breaking out into a grin. Reflecting...

Rethink the post Labor Day start policy

Rethink the post Labor Day start policy

Tirzah Khan, Managing Editor
October 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Gov. Larry Hogan signed a second executive order Aug. 31 mandating that schools start after Labor Day and end by June 15. “Yay!” you must be thinking. “Longer summer!” Oh, young grasshopper. Let me educate you. First off, the logistics don’t line up as nicely as you may have expected....

Guaranteed: more heated debate over new policy

Matt Walters and Will Behm
October 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s cool now, but we all know the heat will return. If you told me that the heat index would be 90 degrees that early in the morning on any given day, I wouldn’t believe you. Until it happened. Not one day, but two, creating the five-day-weekend of children’s dreams and a nightmare for non-AC...

School needs transgender bathrooms

School needs transgender bathrooms

Randhika Aturaliya, Deputy Editor
October 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Going to the restroom is a simple process. You do your business and wash your hands. But for transgender people going restroom with their identified gender has been a losing battle until recently. The Webster dictionary defines “gender” as the cultural traits typically associated with one sex....

Lewd remarks trump all

Lewd remarks trump all

Meher Hans and Meera Rothman
October 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion

This was Republican nominee Donald Trump’s response to Jessica Leed’s accusation of sexual assault: “She would not be my first choice.” Even if Trump didn’t assault Leed or the 14 other women who have come forward with reports of assault, his response says enough about how he sees women. “Nobody...

Corralling students saps efficiency, irks students

October 18, 2016
Filed under Staff Editorial

Among new policy changes this year was the decision to limit student access into the building in the mornings. Only given 15 minutes to attend to their morning activities, students feel inconvenienced. Athletes must drop their bags off in the excessively-crowded locker room and students who need to...

Defending mastery grading

Sophie Bates, Editor-in-Chief
October 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion

I bombed my first reading check in Advanced Placement Psychology. But good news came quickly when my teacher, Tom Maranville, informed the class that we would be able to redo these note based checks. What set his class apart from others was his grading policy. His technique aimed to encourage students...

Surviving restroom treks: clipboard speaks out

Dorrie Geang, staff writer
October 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Dear diary, They told me that I’d be a delicate asset, cherished by every student for years to come. Their witty deception has zapped me. Huffs and puffs and exasperated exhales create an aura around me. Stomps and eye rolls approach me, as if this passive-aggressive form of protest could culminate...