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Older generations wrongfully criticize rising pop culture

Older generations wrongfully criticize rising pop culture

Vaughn Battista

March 9, 2020

The term “born in the wrong generation” has come to encapsulate a pervasive mentality about modern art. There is a consistent notion that pop culture is simply worse than it once was, becoming more homogenous and corporate than ever before. But this sentiment lacks any serious evidence behind it ...

News organizations hold power over public elections

News organizations hold power over public elections

Nicola DeGregorio

March 9, 2020

At the time of what the New York Times called “the most controversial and dividing presidential election”, I was twelve years old. Despite doing all the trivial things a middle schooler would do, such as homework and  soccer practice, I was also deeply invested in the debates occurring in our co...

Founding Fathers’ history of slavery shames America

Founding Fathers’ history of slavery shames America

Samantha Skolnick

March 9, 2020

The Founding Fathers are known for creating the democracy of America and signing the Declaration of Independence when separating from Britain. However, it is almost never shown that these men, who are held as American heroes, were actually slave owners. Founding Fathers such as Geroge Washington and T...

Drug testing fails to decrease substance use

Drug testing fails to decrease substance use

Ryan Swanson

March 9, 2020

The odds are extremely high that the average high schooler has had a run-in with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. It’s the most widely used prevention program in American education, but its quality isn’t on par with its quantity, or so scientific research from PBS has proven. I...

Political apathy harms democracy

Political apathy harms democracy

Tess Rempel

March 9, 2020

Democrat versus Republican. Feminism versus Misogyny. Racism versus White Supremacy. In a time of divide and polarity, political apathy is threatening our nation more than ever. In a nation whose constitution opens with “We the people,” political apathy is extremely destructive to both our socie...

Step out of the academic safety net

Step out of the academic safety net

Katherine Lombardi and Evan Kuo

March 9, 2020

Most high school students have to wait until their final year for the cushy benefits of “senioritis.” But sometimes at CHS, it strikes early. Easily-shifted deadlines may as well be advertised in the info sessions and complaining be included as part of the curriculum. When multiple classes’ tests overlap on th...

Streaming services threaten cable television’s existence

Streaming services threaten cable television’s existence

Ryan Hart

January 17, 2020

With the mass increase of different streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and Disney+, becoming a more efficient way for people to watch their favorite movies and shows, cable television has been on a downward spiral.  However, this does not necessarily mean that the benefits of cable television h...

Commercialization techniques manipulate shoppers

Commercialization techniques manipulate shoppers

Ryan Lemberger

January 17, 2020

As the holiday season rolls around, stores increase marketing and advertising to get customers through their doors, with successful stores showcasing unique twists and deals on products. However, some advertisements are misleading. Consumers do not realize that advertisements highlight positive aspect...

Mentorship program favors the fortunate, ignores others

Mentorship program favors the fortunate, ignores others

Madison Vigdor

January 17, 2020

In theory, the Communications High School mentorship program is a privilege. Seniors have the rare opportunity to sample potential career paths and step into the shoes of those whom they aspire to become. Students can discover the ins and outs of professionalism without the fear of failure or rejectio...

Players tackle penalties on and off the field

Players tackle penalties on and off the field

Sam Skolnick

January 17, 2020

A punch, a spit and a push to the ground are all considered assaults that would likely lead to charges in everyday life. Yet on the football field, these are normal behaviors that go unpunished. However, after recent events, the idea of whether NFL players should face charges came into question. ...

Normalize mental health days

Normalize mental health days

Maggie Schneider

January 17, 2020

The stigmatization of mental health issues is a pressing issue in our modern-day society. Mental illness and mental health are commonly misrepresented in the media we consume everyday. We see debilitating mental illnesses being turned into the plots for mainstream television shows and movies. Some teenager...

MCVSD: collaboration over competition

MCVSD: collaboration over competition

Katherine Lombardi and Evan Kuo

January 17, 2020

“At least we’re not MAST,” commented senior Emily Madeira of Howell on an @MonmouthCountyMemes Instagram post. Left in response to a post potraying CHS as “stupid,” especially in comparison to our fellow career academies, the remark quickly garnered over 30 likes from Madeira’s peers. The pos...

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