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Schools struggle to find balance between arts and STEM education with limited funds and time

A survey of 103 students from Oct. 14 to Oct. 28.

Madeline Holobinko

November 15, 2019

With the value of an arts education up for debate, schools are finding it harder than ever to balance this discipline with STEM education.  In the last few decades, there has been an increase in the number of students pursuing an education in the STEM fields. According to the Integrated Postsecon...

Indie filmmakers trade recognition and money to follow their passions

Juniors Kera McGovern of Tinton Falls, Vivian DeRosa of Ocean and Emily McNeill of Colts Neck created

Jacynth Apora and Rebecca Heath

June 15, 2018

In 2016, the nominations for Best Picture at The Academy Awards included only three independent films. But in 2017, the outcome completely reversed when the nominations included only three films produced by major studios for the Oscars under the same category. Usually, films produced by major studios rec...

Group eliminates art depictions of slave owners

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Emily Toro

March 2, 2018

Movement group Take ‘Em Down NOLA (New Orleans, LA)  continues to eliminate iconic statues and monuments of accomplished figures who owned slaves, according to The Advocate. Like any other movement, they are a  group of people trying to obtain a political goal. Last summer, the group and local governments...

Open mics give students a voice

Open mic nights give people the chance to express themselves in a variety of different ways.

Emily Toro

November 13, 2017

A wooden stool sits in the foreground of a deep stage. Performers hear the sound of ice clicking against glasses and whispers in the back row. Their abdominals hurt from laughing at the witty comedian while in store for them a girl awaits to sing Whitney Houston. The lights go dim and she steps onto the c...

“Lion” draws attention to global ignored issues

Movie poster obtained from IMDb through fair use from The Weinstein Company.

Michael Landolfi

February 18, 2017

“Lion” is a poignant film from first-time director Garth Davis. Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and the eight-year-old Sunny Pawar, the movie takes place in India and Australia, telling the true story of a young boy who was separated from his family, until an Australian couple adopts...

59th annual Grammy Awards set to take place tomorrow

The Grammy Award, sought after by the music industry's top artists.

Michael Landolfi

February 11, 2017

The Recording Academy will host its 59th annual Grammy Awards tonight. The show honors musical achievements during the eligibility year, which was from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016. R&B singer Beyoncé is this year’s nominee to beat, with nine nominations total. Although there are over 80 ...

“The Crown” sheds light on the life of Queen Elizabeth

Photo obtained from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

Veronica Yaron

February 7, 2017

For as much as Americans fought to get away from the British monarchy’s control, we sure love to soak in all their royal drama. Screenwriter Peter Morgan doesn’t hold back in Netflix’s newest show, “The Crown.” Its 10-episode run follows a young Elizabeth as she maneuvers from Princess to new...

“Jersey Boys” ends after 12 years on Broadway

Survey of 228 students from Jan. 19, 2017 to Jan. 20, 2017.

Izzy Cavazzoni

February 5, 2017

After passing through lines of people and a glowing marquee into the lobby of the August Wilson Theatre, viewers of “Jersey Boys” on Broadway are greeted with a sign warning of “flashing strobe lights, loud gunfire, and authentic, profane, Jersey vocabulary.” Since 2005, the musical has delivered everyt...

Emmys prove to be biggest night in television

Cuba Gooding Jr. played O.J. Simpson in the hit show

Grace Treshock

November 9, 2016

The Emmys are considered to be the biggest night of television. As opposed to the Academy Award winners, Emmy award winners determined by a television academy of 6,000 people, 200 more than the Academy Award panel. Each member of the Emmy academy judges for five categories. For each category, they must wa...

Kendall Jenner graces Vogue’s famous September issue

Kendall Jenner, the September Vogue covergirl

Izzy Cavazzoni

September 16, 2016

Back to school commercials. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The return of seasonal Starbucks drinks. Each evoke feelings of familiarity as autumn begins its annual reign on weather and fashion alike. Yet the September issue of magazines, such as Vogue, have earned a reputation for predicting fall fashion tre...

Summer concerts become right of passage for teens

The Lumineers played at The Stone Pony this summer.

Izzy Cavazzoni

September 16, 2016

Like learning to drive or filling out college applications, there are plenty of coming-of-age rituals that teenagers from across the world welcome (or endure) as they embark on their journey into adulthood. Still, teenagers from Monmouth County might experience additional rights of passage: that first t...

Coney Waffle brings ‘Freak Shakes’ to the Shore

Sophomore Emma Hecht of Wall tried the new shake.

Allie Kuo

September 16, 2016

Toppings for a milkshake typically consist of whipped cream, or perhaps a maraschino cherry on top, if you’re feeling adventurous. But that is not the case at Coney Waffle on Ocean Avenue in Belmar, N.J. Their “Freak Shakes” are giant milkshakes topped with enough sweets and desserts to make yo...

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