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Raving: Worth the Risk it Poses?

September 6, 2013

Eleven years ago, music promoter Pasquale Rotella produced a rave that set the stage for electronic dance music to surface from its Ecstasy-charged urban underground. It ended in the deaths of five people, all in consequence of overdose and drug-related car crashes during or shortly after the Nocturnal...

The “Good-Grade Pill”

May 13, 2013

Student abuse of Adderall and Ritalin isn’t a new problem. What have been deemed the “good-grade pills” have long been providing college campuses with the fuel to get through all-nighters. But, according to The New York Times, secret addiction to prescription stimulants has trickled down t...

Between the Cross and the End Zone

Between the Cross and the End Zone

May 11, 2013

In the beginning, our Founding Fathers aimed to establish a nation that would protect its people from religious persecution. The first amendment guarantees citizens freedom of religion. Its purpose is to ensure that all people can worship as they chose and that the government not impose a “state...

Cutting the Arts Cuts Opportunities

Cutting the Arts Cuts Opportunities

March 10, 2013

  As a musician and an actor, our lives have always revolved around the arts. The stage is a workspace and a place where we are free to express ourselves as artists. For both of us, the arts are our passions, possibly even our future careers, and we have dedicated our hearts and our free...

In Sickness and in Health: How We Treat Mental Illness

In Sickness and in Health: How We Treat Mental Illness

March 9, 2013

Last year, there were 16 mass shootings in the United States. This year, in January alone, America was faced with a total of eight school shootings. Since Sandy Hook, the Federal government has been moving swiftly to take action against future school shootings by pushing to tighten gun control, enhance...

Staff Editorial: Resolve to Publish

February 4, 2013

    Twenty two seconds to react. In the 22 seconds after Ki Suk Han was pushed onto subway tracks to his death, subway-goers suddenly became a part of a story. While many of the witnesses stood stunned, R. Umar Abbasi, a New York Post freelance photographer, used his camera to ca...

Hunger Hurts

February 4, 2013

The girl in the picture is thin.  Maybe a little underweight, definitely not overweight, but slender.  She is wearing a striped dress and maroon socks, and her blond hair hides her face. She looks normal.  Beneath the picture, however, her Tumblr profile tells a different story. “I don...

What’s your favorite thing about winter?

What’s your favorite thing about winter?

December 4, 2012

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Changing the Face of Standardized Testing

November 1, 2012

I recently changed my name on Facebook. I don’t have anything to hide, and I am not entirely sure what swayed me to do so, but for some reason I felt like I should. So, with the submit button on my common app growing increasing foreboding, I am now “Olivia Paige” to the world in which we all vi...

A Shot Defied Around the World

A Shot Defied Around the World

November 1, 2012

We are the millennial generation. A generation that does not tolerate what is wrong and demands change through the tools accessible to us. We cover 40 percent of people around the globe. We are members of a shrinking world—we are global citizens. On Oct. 9, 14 year-old Malala Yousafzai was targeted...

This Human Ideology

June 4, 2012

M y family has always aired on the side of pragmatism. My younger sister went to a Christian preschool because it was across the street from my elementary school. Although I was growing up in a reformed Jewish household, as a seven-year-old, I really wasn’t phased by the idea. My toe-headed, four-year-old...

An Appeal for Preserving Creative Senior Pranks

June 4, 2012

A canvas “Seniors 2012” banner was strung across the entrance gate to Hope Ranch, and a giant bouncy slide filled the senior quad. Saran wrap, toilet paper, and fishing line covered the school. Kalfas was a blizzard of Post Its. In spite of all of this chaos—or perhaps, because of it—I have...

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