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Being Muslim: Post-Paris

Being Muslim: Post-Paris

Rebecca LaManna, Opinion Writer

November 30, 2015


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Many Muslims in America have faced discrimination their whole lives, and after the recent terrorist attacks on Paris, conditions have only gotten worse. Just because ISIS is a Muslim-based group does not mean that every man, woman, and child of Muslim descent should be feared and victimized. People...

College: What’s Important When Applying?

College: What’s Important When Applying?

Meghan Italo, Opinion Writer

November 30, 2015


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The idea of going to college weighs down on every high school student’s head at one point or another. While some have a clear-cut plan of what they want to become in life, others may still be finding their calling. Is standardized testing really a good way to judge a student’s abilities when it come...

Starbucks’ Cup Controversy: Don’t We Have More Important Things to Worry About?

Starbucks’ Cup Controversy: Don’t We Have More Important Things to Worry About?

Rebecca LaManna, Opinion Writer

November 19, 2015


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Lately, there has been quite a bit of controversy over the Starbucks holiday cups. Apparently people have nothing better to do thancomplainabout the fact that there aren’t any Christmas-themed images or snowflakes on their cups of coffee. Who knew a simple red cup could cause so much conflict? Shouldn’t we ...

Do We Take Our Loved Ones for Granted More Often Than We’d Like to Admit?

Do We Take Our Loved Ones for Granted More Often Than We’d Like to Admit?

Meghan Italo, Opinion Writer

November 18, 2015


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We all have people that are close to us, whether it be parents, siblings, or friends. We spend much of our time with these people, and we are not afraid to be ourselves around them. Do we sometimes take for granted the fact that we’re so close to our loved ones? People tend to be more open around tho...

Shaming and How It Affects Our Society

Shaming and How It Affects Our Society

Rebecca LaManna, Opinion Writer

November 17, 2015


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In today’s society, people make assumptions about others they don't know based on their appearances, superficial standards, and social norms. For instance, people will decide whether they want to form a relationship with someone based on things like weight and perceived sexuality, depending upon the w...

On Surrogates: Her Body Bears My Baby

On Surrogates: Her Body Bears My Baby

Kevin Vasquez Martinez, Opinion Writer

November 17, 2015


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Many women have issues when it comes to getting pregnant. Some are understandably frightened about the changes occurring in their bodies, while others may not be able to carry their babies naturally. Whatever the reason, some women choose different methods of becoming a parent including surrogacy an...

The Millennial Generation and Politics

The Millennial Generation and Politics

Ashar Farooq, Opinion Writer

November 16, 2015


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Statistically, millennials are the least politically involved generation. According to the United States Census Bureau, the percentage of citizens aged 18-to-29 that voted in the 2012 election was 45%, compared with the overall rate of 61%. That is much less when contrasted with the 72% of people 65...

Orphaned Student Thrown Across Classroom by Police Deputy

Orphaned Student Thrown Across Classroom by Police Deputy

Megan Neuman, Politics Writer

November 9, 2015


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Kids who already face enormous amounts of pressure now find themselves subjected to state-sponsored violence while in school. One 16-year-old female African-American student should have felt refuge at Spring Valley High after recently being orphaned by the death of her mom, but thanks to a police deputy...

Does the Law Always Lead to Justice?

Does the Law Always Lead to Justice?

Kevin Vasquez Martinez, Opinion Writer

November 9, 2015


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Laws are rules that people  follow for the good of our society. Every law that we follow today was supposedly created to let people live peacefully and avoid as many problems as possible. The question that many ask is, "Does law always lead to justice?” Well, justice is a very tangled concept. It c...

Do Social Media Movements Really Help Their Causes?

Do Social Media Movements Really Help Their Causes?

Meghan Italo, Opinion Writer

November 4, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Over the past year, most people have seen or taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. That is just one example of the many social media movements that have spread across the Internet. Social media is an easy and efficient way to communicate and spread thoughts, ideas and news. Although quickly shar...

Athletics Prized at the Expense of Academic Progress

Joseph VanGostein, Managing Editor

November 2, 2015


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In twenty-first century America, there is a big emphasis on academic success, being at the top of your class and going to a prestigious college. However, are these just empty expectations? Do our schools really care about our grades and achievement in the classroom? At first, you might say of course ...

Debate: Are Athletics More Important Than Academics in America?

Debate: Are Athletics More Important Than Academics in America?

November 2, 2015


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At Whitman, it's not uncommon to find students juggling multiple sports per academic year. Highly successful teams like Boys Varsity Soccer are a unifying force within the halls of Whitman, fostering a universal sense of school pride among the student body. But is this emphasis on athletics overshad...

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