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College Etiquette 101: 15 rules for college talk

College Etiquette 101: 15 rules for college talk

By Elisa McCartin and Michelle Silver

February 8, 2018


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During senior year, college talk is inevitable. But often college conversations are frustrating and leave students feeling self-conscious about their college options. Whether it's judgmental statements or persistent pestering about personal decisions, discussing college is often uncomfortable for students. By following these 15 simple rules, we can reintroduce etiquette into our college conversations.

It’s time to make a change in gymnastics culture

It’s time to make a change in gymnastics culture

By Elea Levin

January 31, 2018


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Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman testified on Jan. 19 as part of a victim statement to Larry Nassar, the Team USA, USA Gymnastics (USAG) and Michigan State Gymnastics doctor who repeatedly molested and sexually abused her.

Asian Americans are more than models

Asian Americans are more than models

By Ivy Xun

January 30, 2018


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The umbrella term “model minority” generalizes the complex diversity of Asian American ethnicities while discrediting individual struggles of oppression and discrimination.

Why Shakespeare’s stories should just be considered stories

Why Shakespeare’s stories should just be considered stories

By Jeremy Wenick

January 30, 2018


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In order to combat this negative connotation and give relevance to Shakespeare’s text, teachers often attempt to reinvent his plays by pointing out his genius use of poetry and Elizabethan word choice. In fact, the classic “Shakespeare is like a rapper” trope happens so often that it’s become a cliche, mimicked in everything from movies to Saturday Night Live. But the current problem with how we learn Shakespeare is that it varies too much from how we read and analyze other novels. If we focused on other aspects of his works, like his characters and story, his words would be a lot easier to swallow.

School is fueling the technology obsession

School is fueling the technology obsession

By Anna Koretsky

January 29, 2018


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With all the new technologies available for students to use, we often face scrutiny for being on our electronics too much. New advancements like Google Classroom, myMCPS and Chromebooks, however, mean many of our assignments and homework are on computers as well. I tracked how I used my computer and phone for a week to see if I was “technology-obsessed” or if I just needed to get my schoolwork done.

Artists don’t owe you their political opinions

Artists don’t owe you their political opinions

By Ivy Xun

January 22, 2018


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All citizens have a right to privacy at the ballot box, and entertainers are entitled to privacy on this matter despite their fame.

I’m liberal, and I watched Fox News for a week

I’m liberal, and I watched Fox News for a week

By Hannah Feuer

January 22, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

For one week, I held off on my trusted news sources in favor of watching Fox News, including Hannity, The Five, Fox & Friends and Special Report. I tried my best to go in with an open mind.

Happy Days? For some, I suppose.

Happy Days? For some, I suppose.

By Eva Herscowitz

January 22, 2018


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For many, the 1950s have an idyllic luster. A Google search of the decade produces images of milkshakes, drive-in movie theaters and Elvis Presley. From those images alone, it’s difficult to perceive that beneath its gilded sheen, the 1950s produced the beginnings of the Cold War, mounting racial tensions and post-war gender roles.

There’s more to succeeding than leading

There’s more to succeeding than leading

By Katherine Sylvester

January 19, 2018


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Any functioning society, government, club or group needs a lot more than leaders, to avoid a vicious situation similar to the Hunger Games where everyone is constantly vying to be at the top. Among some of the non-leaders that we need: followers, team players and independent thinkers.

Sit with Us app does more harm than good

Sit with Us app does more harm than good

By Jenny Lu

January 5, 2018


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While the idea behind the app is noble, the app itself isn’t an effective way to communicate with others, primarily because few students have downloaded it. Even if there are students that want to meet others to sit with during lunch, the lack of people using the app dissuades them from using it.

Reaching across the aisle when policies trump persona

Reaching across the aisle when policies trump persona

By Maddy Frank

January 3, 2018


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A year after the election of Donald Trump, our country is still polarized between his supporters and detractors. In the liberal community of Bethesda, it’s common to hear critical remarks about the president and his policies, but it’s just as common to hear insults about the people who voted for or support him.

Why I want to get a job this summer—and you should too

Why I want to get a job this summer—and you should too

By Katherine Sylvester

December 19, 2017


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But the more people I talk to and the more research I do, the more I feel that regular jobs—like working at a grocery store or restaurant or even babysitting—deserve a lot more respect than they’re getting. While activities like internships have particular benefits or attractions, we shouldn’t discount summer jobs as an eminently worthwhile way to spend a summer.