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“That time of the month” continues to go unacknowledged

Nearly three-quarters of CHS’s student body will spend one week per month bleeding for the next 40 years. Yet despite the female-majority population, it seems some in-school stigma remains around menstruation. 

Beatrice Karron

May 8, 2020

Nearly three-quarters of CHS’s student body will spend one week per month bleeding for the next 40 years. Yet despite the female-majority population, it seems some in-school stigma remains around menstruation.  Though society has come a long way since discreetly selling pads without labels or id...

In-school nutrition guidelines provide food for thought

Based on Mar. 17 to Mar. 19, 2020 research by Brigid McCarthy.

Brigid McCarthy

May 8, 2020

The vending machine that sits in the back right corner of CHS’s cafeteria is popular among students who skip breakfast or forget lunch. It holds a variety of eats, and never goes too long without reliably restocking. While being excellently equipped to stifle student hunger, however, the vending ma...

Coronavirus Update: MCVSD now closed for two weeks

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Katherine Lombardi

March 13, 2020

As the Coronavirus becomes a growing concern across Monmouth County and the MCVSD, the Inkblot will provide ongoing web coverage, following our original print story published on Mar. 9, in order to keep students and parents updated. This is the fourth installment in our series. In a press conference this afternoon, Governor Phil Murphy said it would likely be "a matter of days...

Coronavirus Update: No school, in-person or online, for students on Friday

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Katherine Lombardi

March 12, 2020

As the Coronavirus becomes a growing concern across Monmouth County and the MCVSD, the Inkblot will provide ongoing web coverage, following our original print story published on Mar. 9, in order to keep students and parents updated. This is the third installment in our series.  The Monmouth County Vocational School District announced this evening that all career academics, in...

Coronavirus Update: CHS to dismiss early on Friday, among more cancellations

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Katherine Lombardi

March 11, 2020

As the Coronavirus becomes a growing concern across Monmouth County and the MCVSD, the Inkblot will provide ongoing web coverage, following our original print story published on Mar. 9, in order to keep students and parents updated. This is the second installment in our series.  On Friday Mar. 13, CHS will follow an early dismissal schedule to allow faculty to prepare for onl...

Coronavirus Update: Events face cancellation, postponement as administration braces for county outbreak

According to the Asbury Park Press, a Little Silver borough resident tested positive for the virus this week, becoming one of the first Monmouth County residents to be diagnosed with the disease. 
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Katherine Lombardi

March 11, 2020

As the Coronavirus becomes a growing concern across Monmouth County and the MCVSD, the Inkblot will provide ongoing web coverage, following our original print story published on Mar. 9, in order to keep students and parents updated. This is the first installment in our series.  On Monday, Mar. 9, Principal James Gleason held grade-wide meetings with each class in o...

Teachers and students are worried sick over in-school illness

A survey of 57 students from Feb. 10 to Feb. 24, 2020.

Lillian Chen

March 9, 2020

It’s an iconic scene from the hit 1986 movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:” a teacher taking attendance monotonously repeats “Bueller” to no avail, for the aforementioned high school student is faking sick and playing hooky for the day.  Flash forward to the present, where rather than feigning illness...

Faculty prepares for possible Coronavirus closure

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Katherine Lombardi

March 9, 2020

When asked if she thought the global epidemic Coronavirus was on track to infect New Jersey, MCVSD Head Nurse and district crisis team member Dorothy Condon had one word, repeated for emphasis: “Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely.”  While the Coronavirus has yet to strike the Garden State as of M...

Consider the dangers before dieting

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 95 percent of all dieters regain their lost weight in one to five years.
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Kaitlyn Hammond

May 10, 2019

“Lose 24 pounds in 3 weeks!” is a very real and very scary headline. All over the internet, unrealistic clickbait ads target society’s pursuit of perfection. Since society thinks only those with the flattest stomachs are built to succeed, it’s hard to avoid dieting culture. In a 2011 s...

Politicians need to regain control over big food companies

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Caroline Monaghan

May 10, 2019

Think of the last thing you ate or drank today. Whether it be from the cafeteria or your pantry, Wawa or a vending machine, there is a good chance that one of ten companies manufactured it. These ten companies – Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg's, Mars, Associated British F...

Exercise is a necessary ingredient for a successful diet

Out of 107 students surveyed, 38.3 percent
 have tried a specific diet.
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Sally Ehlers

May 10, 2019

As the obesity epidemic spirals in America, the desire for a thin shape escalates as well. As a result, diets are more popular than ever before. According to The Washington Post, 45 million Americans started diets in 2018. In fact, starting a diet and losing weight are two of the most common New Year...

“Fitspo” accounts harm users’ self-perceptions

Juice cleanses have become popular in the fitness community, included in a trend called 'detoxing'.
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Carla Vreeland

May 10, 2019

Juice cleanses, kale chips, spin classes and Lululemon apparel: these represent the epitome of fitness in 2019. Fitness and wellness bloggers frequently display these health ‘standards’ on social media through fitness inspiration, or “fitspo,” accounts. According to Pew Research Center of Internet...

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