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Burdensome physical textbooks find a solution online

Burdensome physical textbooks find a solution online

Ryan Swanson

November 15, 2019

Millions of high school kids groan and protest every school day while hauling their calculus and history textbooks to and from their classes. Their complaints are justified, as cinder block bags lead to bad backs. But these books didn’t cost them a single cent, making them a luxury that broke colleg...

Racial slurs have no place in a learning enviornment

Racial slurs have no place in a learning enviornment

Eli Tapia

November 15, 2019

From “The Crucible” to “The Catcher in the Rye,”  the public school high school curriculum includes a number of books written decades ago. Because of this, the language chosen by their authors can reflect past discrimination towards certain groups of people. However, even if a book uses that type o...

America must prioritize language education

America must prioritize language education

Ryan Hart

November 15, 2019

Although not a national requirement, nearly every high school throughout America requires their students to take a foreign language. However, a majority of these language classes are disregarded and treated as just an extracurricular course. In addition, the languages that are typically taught in th...

Crossing lines in comedy

Crossing lines in comedy

Tess Rempel

November 15, 2019

In an age where everyone can seem to find a reason to be offended, comedians struggle between what boundaries to cross in order to do their job.  According to the Huffington Post, a great comedian can “take a tough social issue and break it down into something that people can laugh about.” Wheth...

Spirit Week fosters animosity over unity

Spirit Week fosters animosity over unity

Evan Kuo and Katherine Lombardi

November 15, 2019

In a school where a supportive environment is touted as our trademark, a student-run event that fosters hostility and rivalry could seem out of place. Spirit Week may increase team spirit among classes, but too much competition can pit students against each other. We work hard and play hard, but when th...

Vape manufacturers to take a hit from e-cigarette ban

Vape manufacturers to take a hit from e-cigarette ban

Vaughn Battista

November 15, 2019

Vaping is one of the most culturally prevalent issues today. Its popularity has risen extremely fast, with the CDC reporting that over 1 in 4 high school students vape. At the same time, concerns about its health effects have also risen, with 23 reported deaths linked to vaping-related issues in 201...

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...

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