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When classrooms become a boys’ club

When classrooms become a boys’ club

By Hannah Feuer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Blogs, Showcase

Girls are told from a young age that being “well-behaved” means being quiet and polite, while for boys, being assertive is deemed more acceptable. The result: while males hold up their hands, females fall into the background.

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‘One size fits all’ clothing is unrealistic

‘One size fits all’ clothing is unrealistic

By Ella Atsavapranee

December 12, 2017


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When manufacturers only make one size, they fail to consider the reality that women come in all different heights, weights and body types.

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Increase learning, make foreign languages fun again

Increase learning, make foreign languages fun again

By Katherine Sylvester

November 29, 2017


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I didn’t take Spanish, but it seemed to me that I was witnessing a metamorphosis—the Spanish 4 crowd had undergone a rapid transition from sluggish students to excited learners.

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Lift the college app burden: mandate homework-free weekends

Lift the college app burden: mandate homework-free weekends

By Elisa McCartin and Michelle Silver

November 17, 2017


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It’s unfair for students to have to make these choices; both schoolwork and college applications are necessary components of a student’s high school experience. It’s essential that students are given ample time to complete their applications, which are a milestone in any student’s academic career.

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Students need more spots to study during lunch

Students need more spots to study during lunch

By Ella Atsavapranee

November 17, 2017


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But when the media center is closed for classes or testing, it’s difficult to find a quiet place to study. The cafeteria and hallways are usually too crowded and hectic to serve as a study space because students constantly walk around and socialize.

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College isn’t the only option: let’s acknowledge that

College isn’t the only option: let’s acknowledge that

By Maddy Frank

November 15, 2017


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These people seemed so happy, yet they hadn’t accomplished what I had assumed was the end goal of all my hard work: college- a crucial link in the chain of my plan.

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Your scholarship money may not save you money

Your scholarship money may not save you money

By Hannah Feuer

November 4, 2017


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This student’s experience is not uncommon: 50 percent of colleges replace their financial aid money that doesn’t need to be repaid with students’ scholarship money, in a practice known as scholarship displacement, according to a survey by the National Scholarship Providers Organization.

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Give the WNBA the recognition it deserves

Give the WNBA the recognition it deserves

By Sydney Miller

October 30, 2017


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This issue is bigger than just my personal experiences. Society in general writes off women’s sports too easily, even after almost half a century since the 1972 passage of Title IX.

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Locked out of lunch: Don’t schedule specialized classes during lunch period

Locked out of lunch: Don’t schedule specialized classes during lunch period

By Jenny Lu

October 30, 2017


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Every year, students choose to take more specialized classes end up with no lunch block and a free period due to scheduling conflicts.

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Sexism isn’t a partisan issue; speak out for conservative women

Sexism isn’t a partisan issue; speak out for conservative women

By Hannah Feuer

October 24, 2017


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Yet, mainstream media, likely paranoid of being perceived as supporting a conservative agenda, seems reluctant to call out sexist comments directed at conservatives, says Carol Stabile, chair of the women's’ studies department at the University of Maryland.

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Mass shootings: yes, we still need to treat them as tragedies

Mass shootings: yes, we still need to treat them as tragedies

By Elea Levin

October 16, 2017


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To be clear, I’m not claiming that my friends or teachers are ignorant or unsympathetic. I simply find it disturbing that we as a society now accept mass shootings as a day-to-day reality, unworthy of mention.

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Homecoming hassle: keep it fun, not forced

Homecoming hassle: keep it fun, not forced

By Elisa McCartin and Michelle Silver

October 10, 2017


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Why does homecoming need to be this stressful? It’s only one night that comes around once a year. The point is to have fun and hang out with friends. But expectations make this event unnecessarily dramatic for the student body. Everyone wants to have a flawless night that fits the quintessential  high school experience. Putting less pressure on having the perfect, seamless night would allow students to actually enjoy homecoming.

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