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Citizens and politicians interacting via social media can be beneficial or futile

Citizens and politicians interacting via social media can be beneficial or futile

Linda Badaracco

April 20, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

With political posts frequently making headlines for better or for worse, politicians’ social media communication is front and center in the public eye. As of 2014, 16 percent of registered voters follow politicians on a social media site, according to Pew Research Center. This share of voters dou...

Activists utilize social media to bring change

Activists utilize social media to bring change

Sally Ehlers

April 20, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Activism has been prevalent since the start of the United States and is still a common occurrence in 2017. As the times and technology have changed since the American Revolution, many utilize social media as an outlet for political advocacy. Political activists can be defined as people who promote certain...

Twitternation: politicians work social media into political platforms

Twitternation: politicians work social media into political platforms

Lara Graney

April 19, 2017


Filed under In-Depth

The hashtags. The likes. The retweets. For some social media users, Twitter is just that. But for the modern-day politician, the versatile 140-character message can be a powerful weapon, self-endorsement or even a soapbox speech. And our current president – also known as the “Commander-in-Tweet”...

CHS students discuss their virginity, and when it’s a good time to lose it

CHS students discuss their virginity, and when it’s a good time to lose it

Sarah Lynch and Maddie Curtis

February 18, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

The average American loses his or her virginity at age 17, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between the ages of 20 and 24, about 12 percent of females and 14 percent of males are virgins. While some sources argue the average age is slightly earlier or later, statistics...

Students say masturbation is stigmatized based on gender

Students say masturbation is stigmatized based on gender

Courtney Kushnir and Lara Graney

February 18, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Masturbation. Just saying the word can bring cringes, averted eyes and red cheeks, which is why there are hundreds of euphemisms to avoid saying it. But here’s the truth: a 2011 study by JAMA Pediatrics, a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association, surveyed 800 teenagers between...

Families address, or avoid, the “S” word

Families address, or avoid, the “S” word

Caroline Monaghan

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Approximately 65 percent of CHS students do not talk to their parents about sex, according to a survey of 228 students from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, and 68 percent do not feel comfortable bringing up the subject. Conversations with parents about sex can be anything from awkward to helpful, with rules set...

The music industry says “sex sells”

The music industry says “sex sells”

Julia Pardee

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Even before Salt-N-Pepa’s 1990 iconic song “Let’s Talk About Sex,” the music world hasn’t shied away from sensual references, and studies say the word “sex” is here to stay in the pop realm. Researchers Dawn R. Hobbs and Gordon G. Gallup Jr. at the State University of New York in Albany...

SAT prep courses popular among students

SAT prep courses popular among students

Phoebe Drummond

February 10, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

While nearly 2.1 million students from the Class of 2016 took the ACT, nearly 1.7 million opted for the SAT, according to The Washington Post and the SAT Suite of Assessments, respectively. Both of these tests have been a factor in college admission decisions for decades. To strengthen their chance...

‘It’s all about the commercial’

‘It’s all about the commercial’

Vaughn Battista

December 22, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

In “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Dr. Seuss tells the tale of the un-jolly Grinch that eventually learns that the holiday spirit prevails without gifts and feasts, illustrating that material things are not what the holidays are about. Nineteen percent of CHS students are unhappy with the commercial...

Lattes bring revenue

Lattes bring revenue

Madelyn Curtis

December 22, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

Every year, the hype for Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes and other seasonal drinks seems to increase. Starbucks’ U.S. sales rose 9 percent in the U.S. and 8 percent globally during the last three months of the year according to The Chicago Tribune. At CHS, the verdict on seasonal drinks goes...

December movie releases most lucrative

December movie releases most lucrative

Maura DeRose and Lara Graney

December 22, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

This December, 40 new movies will hit theaters, according to Moviefone.com, and of those films, three will open on Christmas Day. Christmas Day movie releases have gained popularity in recent years, starting with Paramount Picture’s release of “Road to Rio” on Dec. 25, 1947, according to Minyanvill...

Teen friendship can have a hefty pricetag

Teen friendship can have a hefty pricetag

Phoebe Drummond

December 22, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

They say the best gift is giving, but for students on a limited budget this is not always an easy task, especially with the pressure of buying friends a good gift they will enjoy. At CHS, 90 percent of students exchange gifts with friends, according to a survey from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 of 248 students;...

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