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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...

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...

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