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Attention spans shrink as technology use expands

Seniors Colleen Megerle of Colts Neck, left, and Khushi Kadakia of TInton Falls.

Sally Ehlers

May 10, 2019

Stop reading this and look around. Whether you are eating lunch or sitting on the bus, it is likely that at least one person near you is looking at their smartphone. They stare into the unnatural glow of the screen in front of them, not fully aware of what is happening around them. As daily techn...

Prom season places social equality at risk

Students dance at CHS prom on May 11, 2018 at Trump National Golf Course.

Tess Rempel

May 10, 2019

The season of promposals, Instagram posts and shopping has begun in a rite of passage for all teenage girls: prom. From buying dresses to posting on social media, modern prom rituals send damaging messages about the value of conventional beauty, sexism and class. Modeled after a formal ball for the elite to...

Forbes awards Jenner for inheritance

Last July, Jenner was named one of America's Richest Self-Made Women.
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Madison Vigdor

May 10, 2019

When Forbes placed Kylie Jenner on the cover of its magazine for its America’s Richest Self-Made Women list last July, it was a slap in the face to all entrepreneurs and aspiring businesswomen in the country. Although Forbes defined a self-made person as "someone who built a company or established ...

Diets fail to support healthy habits

Countless diets exist including paleo, Whole30, keto, and much more.
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Tess Rempel

May 10, 2019

From keto to paleo to Whole30, a quick Google search of the word “diet” returns millions of results, but long-term weight loss and body positivity takes much more than counting calories. Diet culture is a trend that, despite providing quick weight loss methods, often results in detrimental eating h...

Women’s March leaders support anti-semitic ideas

The first Women's March occurred in Jan. 2017.
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Madison Vigdor

March 15, 2019

A sea of pink hats washed over the nation, signs and chants flooded the streets and the arms of many opened wide in acceptance. Protestors at the Women’s March had political agendas and passion, the perfect recipe for starting healthy conversations about reforming legislation and social rights. But, after t...

Gender associations with reading impact ‘shelf’ esteem in children

Society considers reading a feminine activity. Therefore, older boys are less likely to value reading than girls.
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Caroline Monaghan

March 15, 2019

We are too young to remember the days our parents spent reading to us as children, when we got lost in the maze of the Barnes & Noble kids section. But, we were not too young to internalize the gender associations with reading that extend beyond our bedrooms and bookstores. Gender associations with re...

Leftists should oppose Trump impeachment

Donald Trump and Mike Pence speak before an immigration policy speech in Phoenix, AZ.
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Vaughn Battista

March 15, 2019

With Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s Russian connections gaining traction, many Democrats believe that his impeachment is imminent. But while the Russian collusion debate rages on, few consider that removing Trump could lead to an even worse president: Mike Pence. While...

Apple’s tech reign begins to rot

The Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Eliane Tapia

March 15, 2019

It seems that with every passing day, technology advances exponentially. Now, phones have the capability to track things like health and sleep, and complete tasks with a simple voice command. Through the years, Apple has dominated the technology market with their watch, computer and smartphone sales. ...

Warren shows great promise if elected as president

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks in Manchester, NH.

Sam Skolnick

March 15, 2019

“Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President,” Donald Trump tweeted on Feb. 9. 2020: the year the Democratic Party is waiting for. The year the tides could change. The year hope returns into the hearts of Democrats. Nearly a dozen Democrats...

YouTube stars overly compensated for lifestyles

YouTubers use their personalities to make a living off the platform.
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Eliane Tapia

March 12, 2019

YouTube is one of the largest entertainment media platforms, with billions of videos uploaded each day about topics ranging from gaming to conspiracy theories to daily vlogs. But the biggest YouTube stars have one thing in common: their over-the-top lifestyles. A YouTuber makes approximately 10,000 dollar...

Body positivity movement does not glorify unhealthiness

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Tess Rempel

March 12, 2019

The campaign for body positivity is everywhere and leaders of the body positivity movement promote the idea that sizes, shapes and skin tones don’t define beauty. According to the American Psychological Association, 84 percent of American women and 43 percent of American men are unhappy with thei...

Do what you love or do what pays

Millennials are often forced to make a decision whether to work for money or work in the field they're passionate about.
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Tess Rempel

March 12, 2019

As millenials, we’re often left wondering: should we give up a high-paying salary for self-satisfaction, or sacrifice it to support ourselves? The job market is a difficult hierarchy to climb, and for some, a barren system. Having passion in a career can drive success through motivation, and set work...

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