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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...

Opinion: Ferdman (11) reflects on Song of Solomon

Jordan Ferdman

September 13, 2019

I have little interest in romanticizing my experience of reading Song of Solomon. I didn’t fall head-over-heels in love with the story, or even Toni Morrison’s writing, for that matter. Reading a chapter or so per night was yet another academic chore: skimmed through quickly on the subway or, ye...

Opinion: Don’t cut slactivism any slack; act meaningfully

Talia Winiarsky

September 13, 2019

On a frigid January morning, picket in hand, I made my way down Columbus Avenue with thousands of others during the Women’s March and felt a rush of excitement. Young activists, however, are substituting their pickets for hashtags as they engage in social media activism. In 2019, it’s easier than ever to be...

What I wish I knew on the first day of ninth grade

Rohan Bhatia

September 3, 2019

When I first stepped into Olshan lobby in the fall of my freshman year, I was daunted by a Latin phrase that I believed I could very well translate. Magna est veritas et prævalet. It in fact took me several minutes longer than I would have liked to decipher the meaning of this phrase, but I still c...

What Rwanda taught me

Alena Underwood

September 3, 2019

Here’s a little fun fact about me: I’m really bad at checking my emails. So, when Mr. Asoluka sent information to my class grade about an upcoming trip to Kigali, Rwanda, I was the one who almost missed it. I can confidently say that this trip changed my life for the better. Thinking back on it, t...

Welcome Back from the SBPs!

Welcome Back from the SBPs!

Roey Nornberg and Isha Agarwal

September 3, 2019

Dear Upper Division Students, Welcome back! We hope everyone had a relaxing summer and is ready for the 2019-2020 school year. We are so excited to see all of you again and can’t wait to get started on making this year the best it can be for all of us! As Student Body Presidents this year, one of our mai...

One signature signs away women’s right to choose in Alabama

Rohan Bhatia

May 29, 2019

Alabama state representatives signed a bill on May 14th that bans abortion at any  stage  and criminalizes doctors who perform the procedure. These doctors could go to prison for up to 99 years.The bill represents a large scale change occuring in our nation today. States like Alabama are using the...

College Board “adversity” scoring policy

Ryan Eastep and Charlotte Cebula

May 29, 2019

Ryan Eastep: The new adversity score is the wrong answer to the right question.  First of all, it’s important to contextualize every application and its contents in order to fully understand an applicant’s qualifications. That said, a singular score on a scale of 1-100 is extremely surface leve...

Expanding horizons: broader perspective, broader understanding

Lily Seckendorf

May 20, 2019

Going into 11th grade, I was overwhelmed by the numerous options of history classes. Junior year was the first time in my life that I could choose from an array of regions, time periods, and themes to focus on. Before filling out the course selections sheet, I explored the curriculum booklet and loo...

Seeking balance: a complicated relationship with the metaphysical

Charles Simmons

May 20, 2019

While most of my friends spent their Easter weekend relaxing with their family at home, I was visiting a different type of home. I attended three different church services in the span of two days. I live in the threshold between three different worlds: the church, the home, and the school. My relatio...

‘Privileged poor’: discussing money among affluent peers

Faijul Rhyhan

May 16, 2019

While browsing the New York Times Opinions page in an impressive bout of my senior slump, I came across an article titled “What the Privileged Poor Can Teach Us.” The privileged poor are lower-income students who were placed in private high schools, usually through community based organizations....

Telling my grandfather’s story

Roey Nornberg

May 16, 2019

My grandfather Arie was released from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany 74 years ago. By age 10, he had undergone more horrors than most of us will experience in a lifetime. Though he was lucky enough to escape death, close family members of his were not. His sister, at the age of five...

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