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Analyzing the Xenophobe, Mr. Donald Trump

Analyzing the Xenophobe, Mr. Donald Trump

Ashar Farooq, Opinion Writer

March 10, 2016


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This 2016 election season is shaping up to be the most unique in perhaps all of history. The candidates are doing or, rather, saying things we could never have imagined in our lives. From calling other candidates “liars” to insulting the Muslim population, Donald J. Trump is defying the norms of t...

Apple vs. Samsung

Apple vs. Samsung

Ashar Farooq, Opinion Writer

March 8, 2016


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If you own an iPhone, how do you feel about it? Is it the best thing in the world? Perhaps, you own a Samsung phone and love it. The debate over Apple vs. Samsung is not new at all. Many people, perhaps including you, have strong opinions about which is better. Which side of the debate are you on? Th...

One Step for Women, One Plus-Size Leap for Mankind

Rebecca LaManna, Opinion Writer

March 7, 2016


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In today’s society, plus-size men and women face many challenges in their daily lives, but discrimination should not have to be one of them.  People of all shapes and sizes deserve to be seen as beautiful even if they do not necessarily fit the stereotype. 28-year-old model Ashley Graham shocked the world ...

Are Men and Women Equal in the Workplace? (You Should Say No)

Are Men and Women Equal in the Workplace? (You Should Say No)

Ashar Farooq, Opinion Writer

March 7, 2016


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The constitution of the United States of America says that all men are created equal. What do you think? Are all men created equal? It’s a question that not even the Socratic method can answer. It has to be true, though, for it to be in the supreme law of the land, right? Well, it seems like the phrase ...

Gendercide Epidemic Ravages Indian Domestic Life

Gendercide Epidemic Ravages Indian Domestic Life

Taylor Fox, Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“I just strangled it soon after it was born. Why keep girls when raising them would be difficult?” In this excerpt from the 2012 documentary It’s A Girl, an Indian woman describes a practice long endemic to the South Asian nation’s domestic culture: gendercide. As she motions to the spot where she...

Common Sense: Not That Common

Common Sense: Not That Common

Ashar Farooq, Opinion Writer

February 24, 2016


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Imagine you're in class. The teacher is checking a thing labeled as a “review sheet” that was due today. Suddenly, someone asks, “Do we have a test soon?” Now imagine there was a hazardous blizzard that dumped more than a foot of snow. The temperature is -10 degrees Fahrenheit. You go out...

Has Technology Become a Hard-Working Person’s Savior?

Has Technology Become a Hard-Working Person’s Savior?

Ashar Farooq, Opinion Writer

February 22, 2016


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Answer this simple question: Can you live without the device you are using to read this article? Chances are, you can’t. This is a known fact to almost all of us. We are truly dependent upon our technology and electronic devices -- not to mention that we are also addicted to them. Think about it: will y...

Humans and the Environment: A Disturbing Correlation?

Humans and the Environment: A Disturbing Correlation?

Ashar Farooq, Opinion Writer

February 22, 2016


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Humans are obviously dependent upon the environment. We interact with our surroundings in various ways. For example, we adapt to our environment. People use umbrellas when it is raining and wear warm clothes when it is cold. Obviously. Humans also need our environment for things like sunlight and o...

After School Programs: Our Next Line of Defense by Shelbi Wuss

After School Programs: Our Next Line of Defense by Shelbi Wuss

Shelbi Wuss

February 22, 2016


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Do you know what it feels like to have an intense fear of going home because you don’t know what mood your parents are going to be in? Do you know what it feels like to have pain constantly reminding you that you haven’t eaten dinner in two days? Do you know what it’s like to live in a house that makes the Warsaw Ghetto look like the Palace of Versailles? Do you know what it feels like to cry yourself to sleep because you don’t know if your dying dad will ever call you his “little angel” again? If you’ve ever gone through any of these things, I am truly and deeply sorry. If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky. Consider yourself lucky that while you might not get the pair of boots you wanted, someone else might be working sixty hours every week just to put food on the table. We should consider ourselves lucky that we have parents who support our decisions. It is proven that parental encouragement can improve grades and raise self-esteem. Abusive or absent parents don’t encourage their kids. So where does that leave those kids?

The Subjective Nature of Modern Intelligence by Sarah Tabibzada

The Subjective Nature of Modern Intelligence by Sarah Tabibzada

Sarah Tabibzada

February 20, 2016


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We find ourselves here, in an AP classroom. We are the smart kids. We are the studiers, the thinkers, and the “leaders of tomorrow,” as the Board of Education likes to say. Isolated from the “regents kids,” we compete within our own faction of Whitman. And within our little faction, we find a series of sub-factions. Here, you will find both the apex students and the pseudo-academics.

The Absurdity of AP Summer Assignments by Taylor Epstein

The Absurdity of AP Summer Assignments by Taylor Epstein

February 20, 2016


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Does anyone enjoy spending vacation time completing projects and immense amounts of homework? Does anyone enjoy missing out on parties, on visiting relatives, and going on vacation to do busywork, that, for the most part, is never even looked at or graded? Does anyone actually retain all or any of the information “learned” from summer assignments, or is it rushed to completion because you are not allowed out until it is done?

Whitman Speaks Out

Whitman Speaks Out

February 20, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Summer assignments are often bemoaned by students as unnecessarily laborious and detracting from a much-needed two months of relaxation. This year's task for AP Language students, however, was designed to tackle the reason why most students dread these assignments in the first place. Juniors were tasked...

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