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Controlling an industry does not eliminate competition

John D. Rockefeller, owner of Standard Oil – the only big oil company in the 1890s.

Ryan Swanson

May 8, 2020

Right behind journalism teacher Wayne Woolley’s desk in 107 stares the famous muckraker Ida Tarbell. She’s attacking Rockefeller’s Standard Oil – the only big oil company in the 1890s – for squeezing extra high profits out of the public, all because there was no competition to save the day....

Lack of AP courses limits future college performance

According to a survey conducted by Inside Higher Ed, 70% of colleges view AP courses to be rigorous while only 59% think the same for a selection of honors classes.
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Madeline Holobinko

May 8, 2020

As an eighth grader applying to CHS, I was utterly amazed by what the school had to offer. Specifically, the concept of taking all honors classes sounded like such an impressive feat.  And to think, I may take one of the two AP classes offered! I was confident that no matter what happened during m...

Is higher education necessary to be successful?

Brookdale Community College is one option contrasting to a typical university that most CHS students attend, and gives students an opportunity to obtain credits at a low cost with the ability to live at home.
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Sally Ehlers

May 8, 2020

From the minute I stepped into high school, the concept of college stuck to me like a shadow. Whether I was at school, at track practice or even just checking my emails, the topic of college always seemed to come up. Starting in freshman year, we take the PSAT to train for the test that will supposed...

Older generations wrongfully criticize rising pop culture

Streaming allows for experimental artists to bypass traditional mediums to gain popularity, not having to compromise their vision to get played on the radio. Only in 2019 could Tyler the Creator’s genre-bending, innovative album “IGOR” reach #1 on the Billboard charts over international superstar DJ Khaled’s radio-friendly, formulaic album “Father of Asahd.”

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

A study titled “The Political Impact of Media Bias” by UC Berkeley
and Stockholm University researchers found that in 2007, Fox News’
positive coverage of the Republican Party persuaded 8% of the
population to vote Republican.

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

Two of the four presidents on Mount Rushmore, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson,
owned slaves in their lifetimes.

Sam 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

DARE is the most widely used prevention program in American education.
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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

JSA Mock Primary Debate candidates “Joe Biden” and “Elizabeth Warren,” portrayed by senior Colin Martin of Middletown and freshman Joey Esposito of Tinton Falls, respectively, shake hands with students.

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

With the rise of streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, a movement emerged for cable users to “cut the cord” and cancel their
subscription. According to Forbes magazine, 69% of consumers pay for some type of internet video streaming service, while only 65% of consumers pay for cable or satellite subscriptions.

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

Black Friday, which is honored by companies with low prices and heavy discounts, is one of America’s biggest days for sales. According
to the New York Post, customers spent an average of $520 on Black Friday in 2018.
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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

Participating in Mentorship, which is a required course, requires a form of transportation.
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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...

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