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AP Season: How Important is it to pass AP Exams?

Kalia Richardson, News Editor

May 6, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Top Stories

As we arrive into the months of April, May and June, springing swiftly into end of the year exams, tensions rise and palms sweat. This buildup of emotions equates to the dreaded AP exam: a wasteful series of procedures that may not even ensure passing to begin with. Consider the uncomfortable situation:...

Does Being Vegan Actually Help the Environment?

Olympia Rodriguez, Print Editor-in-Chief

May 2, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Top Stories

Since late 2014, the vegan community has risen in ranks, expanding their platforms across all multimedia outlets. Veganism, the omission of animal products from one’s diet, owes its success to far more than its online presence; the growing hole in the ozone layer and the disintegration of the Great...

Can Popular Music be Purposeful?

Jack Cruz-Alvarez, Online Managing Editor

April 26, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Top Stories

In February pop princess Katy Perry released her single “Chained to the Rhythm,” which features reggae artist Skip Marley. The song tells a tale of social ignorance in the modern age and how we easily distract ourselves from the issues of today like poverty and war. Perry describes the single as t...

Remembering the Holocaust while anti-semitism rises

Benjamin Spiegelman, Sports Editor

April 24, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Top Stories

On the day of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we recognize the hatred the Jewish people have experienced. Antisemitism is a problem that Jews like myself have had to face in one way or another at some point in our lives. Whether it be Holocaust jokes or the graffiti of swastikas on desks in school...

FACEOFF: Is Jose Fernandez sculpture justified?

Thomas Martinez and Benjamin Spiegelman

April 14, 2017


Filed under Editorial, SPORTS, Top Stories

Intro: The Miami Marlins earlier this week announced plans to build a nine to ten foot tall statue in front of their ballpark to remember recently fallen pitcher José Fernández. They already wear a number 16 patch to honor his jersey number, left his locker the way he left it and plan to retire his...

Issue 6 Staff Editorial

March 22, 2017


Filed under Archive, Editorial, OPINION

We would all like to believe we are unbiased, always choosing the most qualified candidate without letting our personal prejudices cloud our judgement, but this is not always the case. But when it comes down to it, we often hold partiality to a friend or to the name we know well. This is not nece...

Want to ban books?

Want to ban books?

Marlowe Starling, Feature Editor

March 18, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Top Stories

A girl named Scout recounts when her older brother Jem broke his elbow, so begins one of the most famed and daring literary creations of all time, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” To the poor souls who have yet to read Harper Lee’s novel that has made banned book lists across the country for decades, this...

Should parents give students more credit?

Mia Zaldivar, Design Editor

March 13, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Top Stories

Throughout generations, expectations for students grow immensely. According to Statista, from a little under 6 million people attending school in 1965 to over 20 million college attendees today, competition for college has surged in the past 50 years.  With the loss of medium-skill jobs due to techno...

Why high schools need breaks in between each grading period

Natalie Askowitz, Copy Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Top Stories

One hundred and eighty days of a student’s year is spent at school. One hundred and eighty days of slamming the 6:20 alarm clock, contemplating being late for just 10 more minutes of sleep. One hundred and eighty days of running on four hours of sleep to do homework. One hundred and eighty days of ...

Day 13: Distance doesn’t really make the heart grow fonder

Day 13: Distance doesn’t really make the heart grow fonder

Alexandra Pedrosa, Staff Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Top Stories

Many high schoolers believe their relationship will last through college but due to trust problems and a new places, that is most likely not going to be the case. The reality is that only five percent of high school couples survive college together. Once one enters college they are surrounded by a comple...

Day 12: A recent history of sexual assault victims being failed by the state

Day 12: A recent history of sexual assault victims being failed by the state

Allessandra Inzinna, Copy Editor

February 12, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Top Stories

Sexual assault is notoriously difficult to prosecute. Consent is almost always impossible to prove and oftentimes physical evidence is not as common as shows like CSI would portray it to be. Fluids and fibers are rarely present and medical examinations are not always clear-cut evidence. Thousands of cases in...

Day 9: The importance of a fulfilling college experience

Day 9: The importance of a fulfilling college experience

Thomas Martinez, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION, Top Stories

It is simple. We live in a world where a college degree directly correlates to success. When employers see Northwestern, or Duke or Harvard on your resume, they salivate and hire inexperienced 20-something year-olds based off the prestige of the institutions they paid hundreds of thousands of dollar...

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