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Modern art has more depth than meets the eye

Senior Merina Spaltro of Allentown practices her technique by working on a sketch at an NAHS watercolor workshop.

Rebecca Heath and Jacynth Apora

November 21, 2018

“Cold Steam” by Cy Twombly looks like chalk scribbles on a blackboard, no art techniques applied. At its core, society characterizes modern art as experimenting and abandoning tradition. In fact, the contemporary art of today is so wide-ranging and abstract that critics often debate its credibility. ...

Little correlation found between mental illness and creativity

Artist Vincent Van Gogh is suspected to have suffered from depression in his lifetime.

Carla Vreeland

November 21, 2018

People often say that pain leads to great beauty, but does the same apply to art? Throughout history, scientists have researched the link between mental illness and creativity extensively, and people often generalize artists as having forms of emotional disorders. While this may be true for co...

Fashion world pushes for realistic beauty standards with models of all sizes, shapes and backgrounds

Senior Sydney Karlin of Matawan struts down the runway at the 2018 CHS Fashion Show.

Madeline Holobinko

September 14, 2018

Thanks to a recent rise in inclusivity, unrealistic expectations in the fashion industry may be a thing of the past. Today, identical models do not fill runways as they have before. Now more than ever, there has been a push for diversity that the fashion world lacked for years. Robin Givhan, a ...

“Queer Eye” sheds light on social issues while entertaining

Lauren DeFelice

September 14, 2018

I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the 2000s. But when I told my mom I was watching “Queer Eye,” her eyebrows rose. “Oh, you mean ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’?” she asked. I didn’t know the Netflix show was a reboot. So, I researched and learned how Netflix improved the formula. ...

Kendrick Lamar steals the show and stirs controversy with music Pulitzer Prize win

Kendrick Lamar received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music, which stirred much controversy among musicians.

Kaitlyn Hammond

September 14, 2018

The prestigious Pulitzer Prize is often associated with extraordinary works of journalism and literature, awarded to the most influential pieces of the year. When the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the music category winner to be Kendrick Lamar earlier this year, controversy stirred among classical compose...

Pros and cons of art on social media

Junior Emily Madeira of Howell posts her artwork on her social media accounts.

Madeline Holobinko

September 14, 2018

From sketches to photography to paintings, art is just a click away, thanks to social media. According to Mashable, over 3 billion people take to social networking apps like Instagram and Snapchat to stay connected with the world. With such a large audience at their fingertips, artists have started t...

Digital art brings new perspective to art world

Junior Merina Spaltro of Allentown creates visual artworks. Follow her on Instagram @Noozibii.

Liam Umbs

June 15, 2018

From the earliest of cave drawings to the intricate paintings of the Renaissance, art remains an integral part of society no matter what media characterizes the time period. Coinciding with the development of new technologies, more and more artists experiment with digital art. Programs such as Ph...

Graphic novels qualify as literature

Survey of 163 students from May 15 to May 22, 2018.

Isabella Antoon

June 15, 2018

Whether telling one continuous story from the first page to the last, or a series of shorter plots through a series of strips, the variability and eccentricities of graphic novels continue to raise controversy since their creation in the early 1920s. Often in a comic strip format, many critics today pose the quest...

Effects of photography

Effects of photography

Emily Toro

June 15, 2018

Photography acts as our eyes to the world. Photos allow artists to capture ideas they would not be able to write on a piece of paper. They translate the beauty of life into a story. Photographer Stacy Kranitz captured images in the Central Appalachian region to convey its poverty-stricken state. ...

Cannes affected by controversy

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Meredith Prud'homme

June 15, 2018

Every year, 30,000 people flock to the Cannes Film Festival, also known as the International Film Festival, according to Forbes. Audiences full of fashion moguls and actors preview new films and documentaries and flood the small town of Cannes, France. On the 71st birthday of the festival, attend...

Students discouraged from pursuing arts in favor of STEM

Junior Grace McCaffrey of Middletown codes and tests her final project in Java. Computer science is one STEM field that is encouraged instead of humanities fields.

Khushi Kadakia

June 15, 2018

As high school students explore potential college majors and careers, they face a difficult choice: whether to enter the world of STEM or the humanities. According to the University of California, STEM promotes education in science, technology, engineering and math. In contrast, Stanford University def...

Indie filmmakers trade recognition and money to follow their passions

Juniors Kera McGovern of Tinton Falls, Vivian DeRosa of Ocean and Emily McNeill of Colts Neck created

Jacynth Apora and Rebecca Heath

June 15, 2018

In 2016, the nominations for Best Picture at The Academy Awards included only three independent films. But in 2017, the outcome completely reversed when the nominations included only three films produced by major studios for the Oscars under the same category. Usually, films produced by major studios rec...

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