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Independent Study: A chance to learn what I want

Independent Study: A chance to learn what I want

Charles Simmons

November 8, 2019

Last year, I wrote an opinion piece on the role that religion has played in my life and how central it is to my identity. This year, I have continued to explore the complex theme of religion and have even connected this with my love of English. For my senior year Independent Study, I chose my topic...

Religious holidays are for religious practice not academic pressure

Religious holidays are for religious practice not academic pressure

Jack Crovitz

November 8, 2019

Horace Mann’s policy on homework exemptions for religious holidays (or lack thereof) is seriously in need of improvement. It puts extreme pressure on religious students of all backgrounds and betrays our values of openness, equality, and respect. In essence, the current policy says that students...

Breaking down “back to the Bronx”

Breaking down “back to the Bronx”

Nshera Tutu

October 25, 2019

When I saw the “Back to the Bronx” slogan emblazoned on the front of this year’s Homecoming shirt, my immediate reaction was surprise and confusion. Back to the Bronx implies that we left the Bronx, which is geographically inaccurate (contrary to widespread belief, Riverdale IS in the Bronx). After...

Hatred isn’t heroism: Forming bridges not barriers

Hatred isn’t heroism: Forming bridges not barriers

Noah Phillips

October 25, 2019

I grew up in a predominantly Jewish environment. I attended Jewish day schools, am a regular and ardent advocate of my synagogue, and am known --for better or worse-- as a “Jewish” individual throughout the Horace Mann community. And just as my Jewish faith and practice have governed much of...

It’s a service learning privilege, not a requirement

It’s a service learning privilege, not a requirement

Julia Goldberg

October 18, 2019

By now, most of us are aware that the service learning requirement for sophomores, juniors, and seniors has shifted from an ongoing community project to a one-day event; however, it’s still up to us to decide how we want to respond to this shift. Although I still don’t entirely agree with the new...

The consumerization of cancer awareness

The consumerization of cancer awareness

Sam Keimweiss

October 18, 2019

This year’s pink week was amazing, and before I tear it apart, I want to thank everyone who contributed to making it the awesome celebration it was. We had cookies, donuts, hot chocolate, a bake sale, and events that showed our support for those going through breast cancer. We brought our community...

Why I strike: my reflection on the climate march

Why I strike: my reflection on the climate march

Natalie Sweet

October 11, 2019

If you’re not scared, you’re not paying attention. Considering the current carbon emission levels, what is left of our CO2 budget will have completely disappeared within less than eight and a half years, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In 2017 alone, 18 million...

Kill it with kindness: combating competition in our community

Kill it with kindness: combating competition in our community

John Mauro

October 11, 2019

I will always place kindness above humility, integrity, and intellect. To me, it doesn’t matter if you’re the smartest friend, the strongest, or even the most humble. I find that the thing most telling of your character stems from kindness: how you respect and treat others. I don’t claim that...

My Hispanic heritage’s influence on my daily life

My Hispanic heritage’s influence on my daily life

Tiger Moreno

September 27, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month means feeling comfortable and familiar in a space where I am usually the person coming from an unfamiliar background compared to the majority of people in a room. I’m half-Puerto Rican and half-Irish, and have lived in the South Bronx my whole life. My family made sure that...

Accessibility vs privacy: towing the line of internet use

Accessibility vs privacy: towing the line of internet use

Sam Chiang

September 27, 2019

Although data collection can be considered an infringement on people’s privacy, sharing your data can help society create better modeling tools and algorithms to identify early warning signs of major issues such as poverty, homelessness, and cancer. Data collection has been around for centuries...

Enough shopping, start adopting

Enough shopping, start adopting

Pascale Zissu

September 20, 2019

Chances are if you have a dog, you bought it from a breeder. In the United States, 3.9 million dogs enter shelters each year but only 25% are adopted and 1.2 million are euthanized. This means that last year alone, 1.2 million dogs needed homes, in addition to those who were not adopted but didn’t...

New cell phone policy: the double-edged sword

New cell phone policy: the double-edged sword

Vivien Sweet

September 20, 2019

In 2014, Nicholas Epley, a psychologist at the University of Chicago, approached commuters on Chicago’s Metra train to ask them for a simple favor: to talk to a complete stranger during their morning ride and report their experience. Some, however, were asked to keep to themselves, and others were...

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