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Unhealthy comparison: a habit to be broken

Unhealthy comparison: a habit to be broken

Katherine Lombardi and Evan Kuo

September 13, 2019

For a school without rankings, CHS students create their own subtle methods of comparison and competition, arguably forgetting why CHS publishes no class rank in the first place. Through the guise of casual conversation, students pry for their peers’ grades to try and reduce concerns over their own ...

Plastic straw ban can’t save the planet alone

Plastic straw ban can’t save the planet alone

Eli Tapia

September 13, 2019

Climate change has been an issue since the early 1800s when greenhouse gases began warming the surface of the earth, according to NASA, and now the United Nations recently claimed that there are only 11 years to prevent irreversible damage to our planet. Since then, social movements and corporations have...

“Cancel Culture” promotes positive self-improvement and accountability

“Cancel Culture” promotes positive self-improvement and accountability

Madison Vigdor

September 13, 2019

Ariana Grande. Kevin Hart. James Charles. It seems like every day, a new celebrity is trending on social media for all the wrong reasons. Even an off-hand remark made a decade ago can land someone in the not-so-exclusive “cancelled” club, a metaphorical time-out for prominent individuals who face ...

Automation: a blessing in disguise for the unemployed

Automation: a blessing in disguise for the unemployed

Ryan Swanson

June 20, 2019

It’s 2040. Kids around the world are dead broke, and at no fault of their own. Work just simply doesn’t exist. The “summer job” has become an obsolete novelty, ground under the boot of economic progress because a piece of machinery can do their jobs slightly more efficiently than they could eve...

Billionaires waste money on Notre Dame reconstruction

Billionaires waste money on Notre Dame reconstruction

Madison Vigdor

June 20, 2019

Not too long after a fire ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral on Apr. 15, billionaires virtually threw their money at its burnt remains. Businessman Francois-Henri Pinault started the trend with his donation of $112 million and was followed by a chain of egotistical magnates, some investing up to three time...

Body image pressure rises in the summer

Body image pressure rises in the summer

Emily Toro

June 20, 2019

As summer nears, teens begin swiping through social media feeds to find photoshopped models in custom-fit bathing suits.  Social media engulfs teens with unrealistic standards for their bodies and leaves them expecting  what society calls a “summer body.”  Senior Amanda DiBenedetto of O...

Don’t get “tide” down by beach fees

Don’t get “tide” down by beach fees

Sally Ehlers

June 20, 2019

The feeling of warm sand between your toes, the cool gusts of briny air as the waves crash, the giggles of children as squabbling seagulls fly overhead. Nothing compares to the ideal summer at the Jersey Shore.  But, unfortunately, beach access is not free to all, so neither is this vision of summerti...

EICs say final farewell to The Inkblot News

EICs say final farewell to The Inkblot News

June 20, 2019

“Hoo, Boy.” That was our first group chat name, and it described our first issue. It came from a crossword clue on Alexis’s newspaper hat, and encompassed our entire Inkblot experience. The honor to serve as co-EICs went quicker than anticipated, but we tried to leave a lasting impression thro...

Lack of political inclusivity at CHS furthers the divide

Lack of political inclusivity at CHS furthers the divide

William Dean

June 20, 2019

Communications High School has a problem. It isn’t inclusive enough. It does its best to be inclusive to the LGBT community, women and ethnic minorities, but fails to reciprocate inclusiveness for another minority: conservatives.  An Inkblot survey of 91 CHS students from May 21 to May 31 found...

Private education is not necessary for a successful career

Private education is not necessary for a successful career

Eli Tapia

June 20, 2019

 As their high school career comes to an end, most students are faced with the decision of how to continue their education. Students fight for a spot in the college of their dreams at whatever cost. But buying a degree from a prestigious university has become more valued than a well-rounded education. ...

Consider the dangers before dieting

Consider the dangers before dieting

Kaitlyn Hammond

May 10, 2019

“Lose 24 pounds in 3 weeks!” is a very real and very scary headline. All over the internet, unrealistic clickbait ads target society’s pursuit of perfection. Since society thinks only those with the flattest stomachs are built to succeed, it’s hard to avoid dieting culture. In a 2011 s...

Politicians need to regain control over big food companies

Politicians need to regain control over big food companies

Caroline Monaghan

May 10, 2019

Think of the last thing you ate or drank today. Whether it be from the cafeteria or your pantry, Wawa or a vending machine, there is a good chance that one of ten companies manufactured it. These ten companies – Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg's, Mars, Associated British F...

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