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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...

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...