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Editorial – Senioritis

Editorial Board

March 1, 2019

Beware the crippling plague that bites every senior like a blood-thirsty vampire at the start of the spring: senioritis. Experiencing symptoms of faltering academic motivation, repeated absences and tardiness, a strange persistent rash, and a diminished incentive to tend to extracurricular responsibil...

The Amazon dilemma: a resident’s approach to the gentrification of Queens

Tenzin Sherpa, Columnist

March 1, 2019

On Thursday February 13th, Amazon announced that it was no longer planning to build half of its second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens due to opposition from legislators, protestors, and residents. The company will now build one half of its headquarters in Nashville instead of Queens and one half...

A year since Parkland: continuing the fight against gun violence

Pascale Zissu

March 1, 2019

To many, Valentine’s Day is seen as a day of love and chocolate. However, to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the day brings memories of cowering for their lives and watching their friends shot down in front of them. On February 14th, 2018, seventeen members of the Marjory Stonema...

Addressing the State of the Union

Solomon Katz

February 8, 2019

President Trump gave his second State of the Union Address on Tuesday. As an informed student body, it is essential to look and understand what our current president has deemed important. And while many of us automatically criticize, if we do so indiscriminately, the construct of the complaint loses its pow...

Red Fish, Blue fish, stop playing big fish

Lorenzo Hess

February 8, 2019

On January 12, I made a meme and posted it on Facebook in which I deemed anyone who played Big Fish “a fool… [who wastes] time playing a game that does not add to… intellectual capacity… does not require strategy, and annoys others.”  William Golub (12), who spearheaded support of Big Fish, replied t...

Editorial: Embracing Black History Month

Editorial Board

February 1, 2019

The start of February today signals a variety of different things for members of the community. It may mean bracing ourselves for increasingly frigid weather or thinking about Valentine’s Day. For seniors, perhaps it means easing up on work ever so slightly. For all of us, however, February should signif...

Consuming the news as the daughter of two journalists

Gabby Kepnes

February 1, 2019

The news cycle controls my life. From the time I wake up in the morning to when I go to sleep at night, Joe and Mika on MSNBC and Rachel Maddow are key components of my daily routine. Growing up, it was never a fight for the remote over Disney Channel or Cupcake Wars, but a decision of which network to...

Comparative Race and Ethnicity: studying black culture in a safe space

Taussia Boadi

February 1, 2019

When I think about black people and our history, my mind immediately jumps to the Triangle Trade and slavery in America, as if the history of black people began when American chattel slavery did. I often forget about the rich history and culture that existed in Africa outside of slavery. I forget abou...

Power of faith, tradition, and religion

Julia Robbins, Staff Writer

January 25, 2019

Ben Hu (12), a Buddhist, has taken away from religion what he thinks most people have, regardless of their faith: be there for others, try to do the right thing, and emphasize the importance of family, he said. Similarly to Hu, Nyle Hutchinson (12) believes that religion has taught him the significa...


Nshera Tutu

January 25, 2019

From first grade until fifth grade, every morning on my way to school, I walked past a parked police car. My young self always made sure I presented myself well, making my posture perpendicular to the ground my eyes focused on. My own internalized fear of police existed before I knew of its name or e...


Regan Henderson

January 25, 2019

Being pulled over doesn’t make me nervous. I know this statement may be shocking. As a Black woman in America, I should be wary of the possibility that a run-in with the police could lead to something terrible. However, I have never personally had a negative encounter with the police and do not fe...

Editorial – Reflection on the First Semester

Editorial Board

January 18, 2019

As all of you know, the first semester is coming to an end. As the Editorial Board, we feel an obligation as Horace Mann students to continue in our pursuit of knowledge inside and outside the classroom no matter how “draining” the year has been so far. As the first year of students under the seme...

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