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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

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.

Homecoming hassle: keep it fun, not forced

Homecoming hassle: keep it fun, not forced

By Elisa McCartin and Michelle Silver

October 10, 2017

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.

Let’s embrace broken language

Let’s embrace broken language

By Ivy Xun

October 9, 2017

Today, society mocks “imperfect” language; we laugh at odd accents and alienate unfamiliar dialects that don’t seem to fall under neat categories. English language proficiency is used as a social marker to classify and negatively evaluate people of non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB), according to a 2008 study by Megan-Jane Johnstone, a nursing professor at RMIT University.

‘America First’ has no place in history classes

‘America First’ has no place in history classes

By Hannah Feuer

October 3, 2017

In order to create a more informed student body, MCPS should incorporate global perspectives in social studies curriculums beginning in elementary school.

Hollywood: let’s shake it up; I’m sick of cliches

Hollywood: let’s shake it up; I’m sick of cliches

By Maddy Frank

October 1, 2017

While movies used to represent excitement and innovation in American culture, Hollywood today doesn’t have that glamour.

Yes, Trump has done something good

Yes, Trump has done something good

By Katherine Sylvester

September 15, 2017

The ironic reality is that the harder Trump fights, the more the media benefits.

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