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Message from Lopes: How to Avoid Senioritis

Message from Lopes: How to Avoid Senioritis

Sydney Edgecomb

August 31, 2017

Reflect on those who have helped you along the way. Make sure you enjoy your time with them and show them how grateful you are for their guidance and support. Pass it on to the younger ones. Just as others have helped you, be inclusive to the younger students by hanging out with them and givi...

Losing Touch

Losing Touch

Sydney Hlavaty

May 18, 2017

It’s funny how phones and Instagram followers rule kids’ lives today. Posting online is more important than talking in person, and everything we think about has roots online. Could we even begin to imagine a life without checking our Instagram, or keeping our streaks on Snapchat? Is there a...

Thirteen Reasons Why [Not To]: Teen Suicide

Thirteen Reasons Why [Not To]: Teen Suicide

Carina Tedesco

May 16, 2017

The main character of “13 Reasons Why,”  the newest binge-watching obsession on Netflix, digs a razor into her wrists and bleeds to death in a bathtub after multiple accounts of bullying. Yet, she appears at the top of the list of “The Most Annoying Characters” in the show on satire and po...

SMALL WORDS. BIG IMPACT.

SMALL WORDS.  BIG IMPACT.

Clara Hillis

May 4, 2017

Columbia professor Derald Sue defines microaggressions as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” In other words, a transgression not as blatant as a hate crime,...

Cat Calls

Cat Calls

Carina Tedesco

April 27, 2017

It may seem paradoxical, but receiving compliments from strangers on the street lowers my self confidence significantly. Unlike some women who view catcalls as complimentary ego boosts — for example, New York Post journalist Doree Lewak, who wrote the infamous “Hey, Ladies — Catcalls are Flattering!...

The Face Behind the Screen: Are They Really That Mean?

The Face Behind the Screen: Are They Really That Mean?

Peter Smith

April 12, 2017

Who doesn’t love social media? It allows us to see what our friends are up to, see babies grow and it gives us a window into people’s thoughts, dreams and hopes for the future. But others love social media for the wrong reasons. There are those who strive to abuse the power of the internet, those...

iPhone Sea: A Digital Age Observed at Sunset

iPhone Sea: A Digital Age Observed at Sunset

Ava Morouse

February 9, 2017

Grasping a moment of stillness in the midst of an ever-changing social and emotional state is a sensation that has proven itself to be a rarity to me. Even when a free afternoon arises, my mind finds itself searching for better, more productive things that I could be doing; the new world of responsibility...

TRUMPOCALYPSE

TRUMPOCALYPSE

Jack Stein

January 13, 2017

Since the beginning of time, humanity has awaited its judgment day. We speak of it in hushed tones, in rumors sheltered under the rippling shadows cast by the labyrinthine alleyways of the deepest recesses of human fear and disbelief. The Bible, needless to say, fables of a day of judgment in ...

In The Name of Success

In The Name of Success

Luke Smillie

January 6, 2017

America is an achievement culture that measures educational success by virtue of standardized tests, AP courses, and GPAs. It takes what makes a person special and unique, and turns these qualities into a number to be scrutinized. Growing up is a race to the finish line, and along the way people are...

Gender Mutual

Gender Mutual

Clara Hillis

January 6, 2017

With the LGBTQ+ community now receiving more advocacy than ever, in both the media and the Supreme Court, the country has been progressively normalizing acceptance. Laguna Blanca is following suit, and, this year, three gender neutral bathrooms have been added to campus. These bathrooms are another...

Skimp on Shrimp

Skimp on Shrimp

Jules Bernard

January 6, 2017

It’s a warm, sunny afternoon and you’re touring the aisles at Whole Foods. You scan for the perfect thing to make for your dinner party. You pick up some garlic, parsley, and lemons to season your meal before it is dipped in cocktail sauce. Then, you wait in line and purchase one pound of shrimp. Un...

Red, White, Black, and Blue

Red, White, Black, and Blue

Luke Smillie

December 9, 2016

4,486 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq and 2,345 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan since 2001. That’s 6,831 dead soldiers in 15  years. On the streets of America,  in the last two years, close to 2,000 civilians have died. One might think a war is happening here in our country. And, in some...

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