The Griffin

Feelings trump free thought

Audrey Bartholomew, Staff Writer

February 1, 2018

In a predominantly upper-middle class, suburban high school, it has never been more important to talk about politics, the normalization of hate, and everything that makes us human instead of alien to each-other. Last summer, white nationalist riots rocked the town of Charlottesville, Virginia. Ending...

Trump thwarts birth control mandate

Trump thwarts birth control mandate

Dorrie Gaeng, Editor-in-Chief

November 22, 2017

After the election, a multitude of women joked about rushing to their doctors to get an IUD implanted before Trump took over, one that would hopefully outlast his presidency – little did they know their concerns would actually come true. The movement for women’s reproductive rights suffered a...

Taking a stand by sitting down?

Noah Wilkens, Staff Writer

November 22, 2017

As someone with red-hot American pride pumping through their veins, the national anthem brings goosebumps to my skin. Being able to live freely with guaranteed rights is awe-inspiring. The national anthem symbolizes individuality, freedom and relentlessness. Not standing for the Star Spangled Banner...

Kneeling to protest injustice

Quinn McCabe, Staff Writer

November 22, 2017

African Americans are subjects of racism, victims of pervasive police brutality and expected to stand for a national anthem that demeans slaves in the third verse. And we are going to tell them that peacefully protesting their mistreatment is disrespectful? Sounds pretty ironic. During the 2016-2017...

Students’ grade obsession dismissed as the new norm

November 22, 2017

You know there’s a problem when your browser home page is BCPS One. Freshman year, students are bombarded with lists of dozens of clubs and introduced to Naviance, your new college mentor. Sophomore year, students are pressured into AP classes and rival peers for leadership positions. Junior year,...

What my school dress code taught me about shame

Audrey Batholomew, Staff Writer

November 20, 2017

Rule number one, first and foremost, never show the skin you were brought into this world with. Unless, of course, you’re a boy. In that birthright exception, muscle tees, shorts and V-necks will never receive a second look. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 60 percent...

iPhone X far from a 10

art by audrey houghton

Timur Malamud, Staff Writer

November 20, 2017

The iPhone X, released Nov. 3, is the perfect phone for all your money-wasting needs (only one grand!) Featuring all-new outdated and ineffective features such as no home button, terribly programmed face recognition which can be fooled by a high-resolution picture and now plated with the most ‘durable’...

Monitoring BAC ensures student safety

Karina Wang, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017

It is startling to discover that students around us who are as young as 14 have already begun consuming alcohol. Issues at our homecoming dance have called attention to whether monitoring blood alcohol content (BAC), with a Breathalyzer should be enforced. Despite the controversy of this topic, the answer...

Don’t ditch fiction

Lindsay Docken, Grade 11

May 18, 2017

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

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

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

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...