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Players tackle penalties on and off the field

Despite Myles Garrett’s indefinite suspension for
demonstrating violent behavior, Cleveland Browns fans continue to support the former defensive end and team.

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

According to Merriam-Webster, a mental health day is defined as “a day that an employee takes off from work in order to relieve stress and renew vitality.” 
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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

Sharyn O'Keefe's United States History II class has access to both online and physical textbooks for convenience and extra learning activities.

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

Survey of 103 students from Oct. 14 to Oct. 28, 2019.

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

According to Eurostat, 84% of European students start learning their first foreign language in elementary school, and roughly 60% of middle school students continue their education with more than one foreign language.
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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

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, above, is known for his strong opposition to

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

Although manufacturers created e-cigarettes to help guide consumers to a

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

According to National Geographic, around 500 million plastic straws are used everyday in the U.S. alone. But plastic straws only make up 0.025% of the 8 million tons of plastic that washes up on beaches and oceans, while the rest comes from other items such as soda bottles and grocery bags. 
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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

Former fans and critics of Kanye West cancelled the rapper after he claimed that slavery was

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 ...

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