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Don’t ditch fiction

Lindsay Docken, Grade 11

May 18, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, We are facing a serious dilemma: the egregious lack of fiction in school. I could discuss the strong positive correlation between those who avidly read fiction and the number of phrases and words—even sentence structure- picked up as one reads or that that fiction novels have been scientifically...

Shift school start time

Eugene Choe, Grade 11

May 18, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, If you look around the school, hundreds of groggy teenagers trudge through the halls, resigning themselves to another day fighting their bodies to get to class on time. The solution for sleep deprivation is simple: push back school times to allow students to get more sleep. Although this...

Seek activities that fulfill

Kirsten Roys, Grade 11

May 18, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Why do so many students participate in clubs or activities that they are simply not interested in? I often hear peers rejoicing when a club or practice is cancelled, and I don’t understand why anyone would want to be a part of something that doesn’t appeal to them. Nearly every student...

Never have I ever, but …

Never have I ever, but …

Tirzah Khan, Managing editor

May 18, 2017


Filed under Column, Opinion, Showcase

Let me cut right to the chase: I didn’t enjoy high school. Like, not one bit. Every day felt like a chore, and I’m not just saying that. I wasn’t taking classes I enjoyed, I didn’t like the competitive atmosphere that increasingly pervaded interactions between my friends—and I’m really just...

Find best college, not best college ranking

Amanda Musolf, Editor in chief

May 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The last time anyone in my household applied to college was 1986. This said, I had no idea where to apply to college. Enter the often-referenced US News & World Report’s “Annual Best Colleges” web page. But what criteria actually made these colleges the “best?” Malcolm Gladwell of the...

Uneven workload, grade fixation impede

Uneven workload, grade fixation impede

Olivia Summons, Staff writer

May 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

When I hear “group work,” my stomach sinks and my mind fills with flashbacks of partners’ lackluster presentations. I hear a combination of high fives and groans. While teachers tend to preach the importance of group cooperation, it’s problematic seeing that projects usually mark the divide...

Group effort can promote innovation

Group effort can promote innovation

Grace Knotts, Editor in chief

May 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Two new books tout collaboration. Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach’s “The Knowledge Illusion” notes that groups access a pool of knowledge, thereby sharing the mental workload. Agustin Fuentes’ “The Creative Spark” posits that collaboration promotes individual and community growth—even...

Classism creates gap in education

Classism creates gap in education

May 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The Griffin spoke with teachers and students from all levels to adequately consider perspectives and experiences. Consider a ladder. Students begin at the bottom, climbing higher as their academic challenges and work ethic rise. Teachers are the steps, motivating the students to reach closer to succe...

Conquering fear of failure

Conquering fear of failure

Victor Yang, Staff writer

May 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Failure coupled with success, a combination perhaps only bested by PB & J. The reason? It’s inspirational. Seeing Chris Gardner get rich at the end of “The Pursuit of Happyness” or marveling at a broken Bruce Wayne climbing out of a 50-foot pit in “The Dark Knight Rises” is both motivational...

Saudi Arabian video combats sexism

Lauren Kuhr, Staff writer

March 20, 2017


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, 2017


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, 2017


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...