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Americans ask: do teachers need guns in the classroom?

Americans ask: do teachers need guns in the classroom?

Meredith Prud'homme

May 4, 2018

Just turn on the television or listen to the radio and you are bound to hear dozens of news stories pertaining to gun violence. With the dangerous threats of the modern world come a need for self defense across demographic lines. However, each person chooses to defend themselves in different ways. For a 70-y...

The NRA and the 2nd Amendment cause controversy

The NRA and the 2nd Amendment cause controversy

Hannah Arbeitel and Alexis Colucci

May 4, 2018

Since its addition to the Bill of Rights, Americans continue to debate the interpretation of the Second Amendment, with different organizations taking different stances. As an organization with a stance, the National Rifle Association (NRA) generates much controversy with their polarizing support for on...

Medical marijuana blazes a new trail

Approximately 2.3 million patients use medical marijuana in the U.S. as of August 2017, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.

Sarah McNey

March 2, 2018

Medical marijuana has a long history. The Chinese used marijuana, also known as cannabis, for its healing properties as early as 2700 B.C., and Arab doctors treated patients with marijuana during the Middle Ages. Even 19th century American medical journals recommend marijuana to relieve pain, according...

Students get blunt with their marijuana experiences

According to a survey of 159 CHS students from Feb. 9, 2018 to Feb. 14, 2018, 84.3 percent have never used marijuana in any form.

Elizabeth Klemm and Emme Leong

March 2, 2018

Whether at a house party or in the backseat of a car, many students at CHS are no strangers to using marijuana, despite issues with its legality. One student, whose name will be kept anonymous, said they smoke marijuana almost every weekend. “It’s mostly in social contexts, so when I’m with...

The risks of marijuana: weeding out fact from fiction

In high doses, marijuana use can cause hallucinations, panic attacks and psychosis, according to the DEA.

Cailey Ruderman

March 2, 2018

Heroin, LSD and ecstasy are widely known as some of the most dangerous drugs in existence, and the federal government agrees. These deadly substances are ranked by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as Schedule I drugs due to their high potential for abuse. But, among them is marijuana. Fatal...

Marijuana legalization hits new high

30 states have legalized medical marijuana, and nine have legalized marijuana for recreational use, according to Governing Magazine.

Alexis Colucci

March 2, 2018

With over 200 slang terms from “weed” to “Mary Jane” and its growing popularity in everything from music to recipes, marijuana influences the lives of adolescents and adults across America. Despite its rising acceptance in society, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. The Drug Enforcement...

Rise of Amazon

Amazon became the leading resource for online shoppers by reinventing itself

Isabella Antoon and Meredith Prud’homme

February 10, 2018

Amazon became the leading resource for online shoppers by reinventing itself from an obscure online bookstore to a household name with an annual revenue of over $61 billion. While the concept of buying and selling products online existed in the early 1990s, it was the tech and retail entrepreneur Je...

The state of shopping

 Teens are now more likely to prefer shopping online and spend more money than ever.

Allie Beekman and Kate Dickenson

February 10, 2018

Over the past few decades, consumer culture in America continues to change greatly, especially among teenagers. Teens are now more likely to prefer shopping online and spend more money than ever. A study conducted by Pew Research Center in December 2016 found approximately eight in every 10 American...

The Mall-pocalypse

Malls around the country have seen declines in recent years.

Kaitlyn Delaney and Hannah Arbeitel

February 10, 2018

Malls and retail stores have been slowly declining as a result of the increasing popularity of online shopping. Because of digital age advancement, physical storefronts have to compete with various online platforms. From 2010 to 2013, visits to malls in America declined by 50 percent, according ...

A Higher Cost : How CHS students and alumni dealing with the price of a higher education

Andrew Wang

December 18, 2017

For the average American, the issue of attending college is a matter of numbers. As reported by Forbes, for 44 million Americans as of February 2017, that number is $1.3 trillion, the total amount of student loan debt. For the graduating class of 2016, that number is $37,172, the average amount each...

Why today’s teen aren’t getting enough sleep: Stress

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Andrew Wang

September 15, 2017

When it comes time to tuck in at night, experts say we need eight to 10 hours of sleep every night – and too few of us are getting it. According to The National Sleep Foundation, or NSF, as of February 2015, adolescents should be hitting somewhere between the eight and 10 hours mark Instead, ...

Why today’s teens aren’t getting enough sleep: Technology

Technology has been proven to affect sleep patterns, especially in teens.

Alexis Colucci

September 15, 2017

Phones plugged into bedside outlets, televisions blaring at nighttime and laptops dinging with notifications come as nothing new to teens. Neither is the lack of sleep that tech can cause. Technology impacts the vast majority of teens, with more than three quarters of teens having access to cellpho...

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