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Art helps children with special needs to express themselves

A study conducted by assistant professor Karen DeMoss of the University of New Mexico found that integrating art in the education of students of all achievement levels creates a more independent desire to learn, as well as improves memorization and problem-solving skills.

Carla Vreeland and Isabella Castelo

June 20, 2019

When it comes to the development of children, art plays a significant role, especially for children with special needs.  A study conducted by assistant professor Karen DeMoss of the University of New Mexico found that integrating art in the education of students of all achievement levels creates a m...

Aspiring writers weigh the odds of pursuing their craft

The Huffington Post predicts that nearly 80 percent of Americans would like to pursue writing.
However, many of these Americans cannot achieve their dream.

Isabel Lindsay

June 20, 2019

Every author has to face rejection from a publishing company at least once during their career. However, for one particular author, who happens to be Stephen King, his experience was particularly unfortunate, as his first novel was rejected over twenty-five tines. After finally being accepted by a com...

New documentary shows realistic view of Bundy

Known to most as Ted Bundy, Theodore Robert Cowell was a serial killer notorious for murdering countless young women.

Kaitlyn Hammond

June 20, 2019

Wicked, evil, vile. Among many others, these words can easily be used to describe serial killer Ted Bundy. But with the recent release of Netflix’s “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile,” I was afraid I would hear him described as “handsome,” “intelligent” or even worse, “charming.” ...

“Fitspo” accounts harm users’ self-perceptions

Juice cleanses have become popular in the fitness community, included in a trend called 'detoxing'.

Carla Vreeland

May 10, 2019

Juice cleanses, kale chips, spin classes and Lululemon apparel: these represent the epitome of fitness in 2019. Fitness and wellness bloggers frequently display these health ‘standards’ on social media through fitness inspiration, or “fitspo,” accounts. According to Pew Research Center of Internet...

Pop-up museums offer unique spaces for photography

Senior Amanda Di Benedetto of Ocean draws at the Color Factory, a pop-up museum in New York City

Liam Umbs

May 10, 2019

To make the most of their social media feeds, users often “do it for the gram.” Pop-up museums promote Insta-fame, especially during warmer months. In a colorful room filled with candy, sugar and sweets, one visitor jumps off a diving board at the end of a giant tub filled with sprinkles. Th...

“Finstas” allow for self-expression, but create a new platform for cyberbullying

Instagram allows users to have more than one account, leading to the trend of 'finstas.'

Rebecca Heath

May 10, 2019

Failed selfies or embarrassing stories won’t be found on a normal Instagram account. Instead, teens have turned to ‘finstas’ to post the truest content about themselves. The name finstagram, commonly shortened to “finsta,” comes from the combination of “fake” and “Instagram.” Accordin...

True crime media turns the evil into misunderstood celebrities

Serial killer Ted Bundy sits in court during his murder trial. Bundy is one of the many criminals covered in recent movies.

Emily Toro

May 10, 2019

You binge watch Netflix for hours only to end up with burning eyes and a strong, confusing appeal to the series’ attractive and emotionally broken serial killer. People are sometimes more inclined to empathize with serial killers after gaining a greater perspective into their lives and mental states...

Selfies: more than just a snapshot

Freshman Ryan Hart of Freehold takes selfies during his bus ride home from school.

Jordan Durkin

May 10, 2019

While self-portraits have existed since cave drawings, the popularization of the ‘selfie’ as society now knows it didn’t happen until the 21st century. This photo, in which an individual takes a picture of themself, stands to commemorate every holiday, vacation or birthday. But, the selfie g...

Tumblr upsets users with new censorship policy

Tumblr changed its policy regarding NSFW content in December 2018.

Madeline Holobinko

March 15, 2019

Ever since Tumblr first launched in 2007, it has been a home for storytelling and self-expression. But this all changed in December of 2018, when the social media platform decided to rid itself of “adult” content, sparking controversy. According to Newsweek, Tumblr’s explicit content first became ...

Movie sequels don’t always live up to the originals

Kaitlyn Hammond

March 15, 2019

Look at the show listings for any movie theater and there’s bound to be a sequel. From “The Avengers” to “Harry Potter,” the movie industry has recently seen too many sequels to count. Since the film industry began, the success of sequels has been a widely debated topic. According to Den o...

Pen names allow writers and artists to share their work while still maintaining privacy

Survey of 116 students from Jan. 2 to Jan. 14.

Carla Vreeland

January 25, 2019

Known to avid Harry Potter readers as J.K. Rowling, author Joanne Kathleen Murray published her notable wizarding novels disguised by a pen name. According to the Sun, her publisher thought the book would appeal to a wider audience if they masked her gender. The publisher believed readers would be less ...

CHS photographers say their craft can be a form of art, just without the paintbrush

The 2017-18 Visual Mass Media Class practices taking photos.

Liam Umbs

January 25, 2019

CHS is one of the most artistic high schools in Monmouth County. But even though artists of all types make up a large percentage of its student population, most don't immediately think of photography as an art form. In a survey of 115 CHS students, 47 percent said painting was the first form of art that ...

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