MHS Cheerleading: Underappreciated and Overlooked

Many of the students at MHS participate in at least one sport over the course of their four years in school. For those who have played a varsity sport, they are familiar with the typical six day commitment: one to three games a week, and practice filling in the remaining days. In addition to playing their respective sports, athletes must also remain in good academic standing, and still somehow find a way to get to bed at a reasonable hour. It’s hard to believe that some athletes do even more than this, yet receive little to no recognition. The cheerleaders, in addition to practicing upwards of 12 hours a week and performing at halftime, are responsible for a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. Continue reading “MHS Cheerleading: Underappreciated and Overlooked”

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XY Days: Unnecessary and Unproductive

On block days, students at MHS have four classes a day for an hour and 22 minutes, as opposed to a regular day of six classes of 56 minutes. These days, known as XY days, give students eight minutes to get to class instead of the usual six. With nearly 30 minutes of extra time added on to classes, teachers sometimes struggle to come up with a lesson to fill the extended period. XY classes can be tedious; sitting in one class for an extended period often causes students to lose their focus and interest in the subject at hand. Comparing the two schedules, it is clear that having six classes a day provide students with just enough class time without getting antsy. Continue reading “XY Days: Unnecessary and Unproductive”

Students Open Up About the New “Summative” Schedule

Over the past several years, MHS has tried different methods of testing students mid-year: the traditional midterm week set aside soley for testing, summatives, and this year, MHS is trying a new “assignment” schedule. The assignment schedule gives teachers freedom to choose the way they want to assess their students mid-year, whether that be a group project or unit test. Additionally, at the end of each quarter, each subject is given a designated “testing day.” For example, math can only test on certain days a week, and sciences on a different day. Continue reading “Students Open Up About the New “Summative” Schedule”

2018 Music in Review

2018 was a controversial year for music. Some of our favorite artists came out with underwhelming music, some newer artists emerged with albums, and some people broke records. By category, here are the best (in my opinion) and worst albums of 2018.

Rap:

Possibly, the most controversial category of the year, rap was probably the most prominent genre in 2018, with all big names, like Travis Scott, Drake, and Kanye West releasing new albums. Although I don’t think I can settle with one favorite, I do have my pickings.

Kids See Ghosts by Kids See Ghosts (Aka, Kanye West and Kid Cudi): If I was forced to choose my favorite rap album of the year, this would most likely be it. West and Cudi combined musical genius to create a nearly perfect, seven song album. Highlights: 4th Dimension, Reborn.


Swimming by Mac Miller: The late Mac Miller was simply getting better with time when he passed in early September of 2018. His last album, Swimming, was a perfect representation of both Miller’s rapping and vocal ability as well as his lyrical prowess. A great follow up to 2016’s The Divine Feminine, Swimming was a beautiful work. Highlights: Ladders, Hurt Feelings, What’s the Use? Continue reading “2018 Music in Review”

2019: New Health Trends

2019: a year full of potential for new and exciting trends. It follows 2018, a year which brought up important ideas of women empowerment, set the stage for youtube fandom, and emphasized a large focus on exercise. In the realm of health and fitness, there have been many advancements with new technology and ideas surrounding mindfulness. In 2019 there is sure to be only more high tech gadgets and new theologies. Make sure to look for: Continue reading “2019: New Health Trends”

Seasonal Food For Winter: Why Eating Local, Sustainable Food is Important

We’re currently in the middle of winter, and finding a delicious and healthy snack can be challenging. While we can still buy a lot of our favorite produce this time of year, we often find it to be tasteless, or just not the same as it is in summer. This problem may make it seem like our only option for every meal is prepackaged foods. However, the best option would be for us to eat based off what is fresh at that time of year, a concept known as “seasonal eating.”

There are many benefits to seasonal eating. To start, this system allows the consumer to save money. It takes a lot of energy and resources to manage, package, and transport foods out of season. Additionally, foods that are out of season are less abundant than they are in season, meaning companies and supermarkets can raise their prices. Seasonal eating also benefits the environment. When a food is grown out of season, energy is used to recreate its growing conditions, and fossil fuels are used to transport the food from all different parts of the world to you. Eating seasonally can also be more nutritious. Studies have shown that fresh crops can be up to three times more nutritious than crops grown out of season. All of the time and effort it takes to harvest a crop early, transport the food, and actually have it sell in stores considerably decreases the nutritional content of the food. Continue reading “Seasonal Food For Winter: Why Eating Local, Sustainable Food is Important”

Black Mirror Bandersnatch: Choose Your Own Adventure

When choosing your cereal for breakfast, do ever think how it will impact the rest of your day? Well for Stefan Butler, the protagonist of the new interactive Black Mirror movie, Bandersnatch, the choice of Sugar Puffs or Frosties is just one of the many decisions to determine a new day and a potential future.

In Bandersnatch, viewers are able to make choices throughout Stefan’s day. Stefan wants to create a video game based on the fictional choose your own adventure book, Bandersnatch. Not sure whether to create the game at home or with Tuckersoft Media Company, he meets new people, encounters the past, and questions the present. The choices appear along the bottom of your screen, allowing ten seconds to make a decision. Choices include the type of music you will listen to, whether to take a job offer or not, and some even making you second guess yourself. The story line gets tangled up very quickly, leaving various strings untied.

Without giving away too much, Black Mirror has produced yet another breathtaking and thought provoking storyline. The multiple metaphors and plot twists keep you guessing even after the show is done. Although people speculate that there are around five endings, the creator and writer, Charlie Brooker, is unclear about how many there really are. Fans of Bandersnatch have watched it over and over again, making every possible decision and jotting them down to create detailed charts based on the outcomes. Unlike many Black Mirror episodes which take place in the future, this one is set in 1984, hinting at the future. With over five hours of footage, numerous endings, and plenty of decisions, the story is filled with surprises. Continue reading “Black Mirror Bandersnatch: Choose Your Own Adventure”

Adopting the College Model: Should MHS Institute Teacher Evaluations?

Teachers are constantly evaluating their students.. Each test, paper, or homework assignment is given a grade on a scale of 0-100 which is a representation of their accuracy and sufficiency in completing the assignment. What would happen, though, if students evaluated teachers? The majority of the Globe staff thinks that this could be an effective way to keep a conversation going between students and administrators regarding the performance of teachers. If implemented at MHS, teacher evaluations would likely take place at the end of the year, in a required google form sent straight to the administrators. Continue reading “Adopting the College Model: Should MHS Institute Teacher Evaluations?”

High-Stakes Standardized Testing: Descriptive Measure or Discriminatory Misjudgment?

We all know those students: the ones who are hard working and intelligent, yet are unable to achieve high test grades. Then there are the exact opposites: those who don’t study but still receive stellar test scores time and time again. Most would contend that the effort students’ apply determines how successful they are. A hard-earned B means so much more than an easy A, right? Continue reading “High-Stakes Standardized Testing: Descriptive Measure or Discriminatory Misjudgment?”

Girls Fight Back

Educating students on sexual harassment and self-defense

You’ve probably seen the posters hanging up along the walls as you make your way across the overpass: “Girls Fight Back at MHS”. The club was created by junior Liana Haigis and is set to raise awareness throughout Mamaroneck High School. Haigis relayed, “I first created Girls Fight Back at MHS with the goal to expose young women like myself to the realities of sexual harassment, assault, and sex-based discrimination that that most women still experience in the United States, as well as to help empower my peers to fight for change.”  Continue reading “Girls Fight Back”

Semester One Done

How are MHS freshmen adjusting halfway through the year?

Freshman year is very different and a huge transition from the early years of school and adolescence. It is your first year in high school; the time when you must adjust to a new school environment that will become your home for the next four years. This new space is bigger, not only in terms of the size but also in the metaphorical sense. Just when you were getting used to middle school, you suddenly enter a new place with new people. Just as you were the oldest, you get bumped back to being the youngest. This can be nerve-wracking and a bit scary. Nevertheless, with all these changes, freshmen are granted many new privileges. Since we are mid-way through the year, we have decided to check up on a few freshmen to see how they are adjusting to the new changes and freedoms. Continue reading “Semester One Done”

How to Address JUULing on Campus

What steps can and will teachers and administration take to combat America’s JUULing epidemic?

Headlines have been spread around, emails have been sent, and laws have even been changed. People are aware of the ubiquity of the popular e-cig Juul in American schools, and have taken action to limit its availability to underage users. Recently, Juul changed its policy to only sell to those twenty-one or older, and temporarily halted the sale of flavored pods in response to the prevalence of juuling among teenagers. Many schools, including MHS, have warned teachers and parents of the dangers and prevalence of using Juuls, and threatened students with strict punishments. However, despite these actions, Juuls remain a problem for schools. So what is the next step? Continue reading “How to Address JUULing on Campus”

A False Sense of Security

It’s become a familiar scene: crowds of students stooping over backpacks, a high-walled desk with a desktop computer and a control panel, and uniformed guards shouting to stop those who fail to produce their ID. There’s no question that MHS’ new student ID policy is an inconvenience for everyone involved. It’s certainly nice to feel like we’re doing something to combat a crisis to which our national leaders have been unable to pin down a solution. But for those able to look past the nifty 50¢ iphone pockets handed out and the “safety experts” cited when the change was announced, the logic starts to break down. It quickly becomes clear that the protocol wouldn’t stand a chance in any real shooting scenario and that the administration instituted it not for security but to create the illusion of security and cover themselves if a shooting actually happens.  

The policy is unenforceable on such a large scale, rendering it entirely ineffective in keeping out those who fail to show an ID. According to Daniel, the guard at the Palmer main entrance, “less than 10%” of students arrive each day without an ID, and he tells them to see their guidance counselor if they have lost it or just make sure to bring it tomorrow if they forgot it. Let’s just say that on a given day, the fraction of students without an ID is as low as 2%. In a school with 1640 students, that would mean 33 students every day who the guards have no choice but to wave in. Continue reading “A False Sense of Security”

Varsity Hockey Remains a Dominant Force

With packed stands and an electric atmosphere, the Tigers had come into their January 4th home opener on a winning streak and were hungry to extend it.

After starting out 1-5-1, a win at home against Carmel would have pushed the team to the .500 mark. The team came out flying netting 8 goals to cruise to a 8-1 victory over the Rams.  

The following Friday would prove to be a bigger challenge. The top ranked Suffern team, and biggest rival, paid a visit and it was a chance for the Tigers to demonstrate that they could still contend.

The Mounties, however, scored first and were leading as they entered the third period. But thanks to Goaltender Jack Fried (‘21) who stopped all but two of the shots he faced, the Tigers came back to tie the game. They managed to force overtime and eventually left in a 2-2 draw against a team that had previously beaten them 2-0 in December. Mamaroneck was also able to jump from seventh to fourth in the Lohud hockey standings for the week. 

By Emma Sullivan

Tips for Changing your Relationship with Food

Having a healthy relationship with food has always been important for the human mind and body, but many people don’t know how to create one. Here are a few ways to change how you view food, making focused decisions that will benefit your life in the long run!

When you are eating, it is always necessary to listen to your senses so you don’t over eat. Take your time appreciating your food instead of eating without even thinking about what you are putting into your mouth. At a certain point, your stomach will send signals to your brain, indicating that you are full and that you shouldn’t eat anymore. Even though the food might be delicious, stop eating and save it for later! You’ll be happy that you won’t feel too stuffed, and you’ll have something to look forward to eating at a later on. It won’t be easy, but you should try to challenge yourself to listen to those signals and stop eating when your body is full.

Timing is very key when it comes to creating a healthy relationship with food. Often times, we like to eat when we aren’t that hungry and find ourselves binging on a bag of potato chips at midnight. Many find themselves eating just based off boredom. It might be beneficial to plan out when you are going to eat, being aware of when you usually feel hungry. By doing this, you will find yourself not needing to eat junk at some crazy hour on a regular basis. Of course, if you are in the mood to have a delicious snack, don’t limit yourself! Just make sure that you know your body and make smart decisions.

Being teenagers, we have an immense amount of stress because of school. A lot of us have found ourselves eating candy just to get through a studying session or homework assignment. Rather than eating your stress away with a bowl of ice cream, try exercising! According to Thrive/Strive going for a walk or going to the gym can clear up your stress. You could also call a friend or do something that relaxes you, such as journaling or drawing. There’s nothing wrong with rewarding yourself after getting through a difficult assignment or situation. However, if you realize that you want to eat just because you are stressed, it’s important to move in another direction.

So the next time you want to eat your stress away or overeat just out of boredom, think about creating your healthy relationship and overcome those cravings!

By Kate Solomon

A Look into MHS’s Squash Club

There are many different sports and clubs at Mamaroneck High School. One of them is the squash club, which many may not know about. In order to find out more about this club and this sport, we decided to interview one of the presidents, Kendall Psaila.

Why did you first decide to create a squash club at the school?

Squash club was created a few years ago. I decided to first get involved because my brother was the president, so I started playing squash as well. It is a super fun sport so I wanted tomake sure that the club continued to exist after the upperclassman graduated. Continue reading “A Look into MHS’s Squash Club”

Nike Introduces Self-Lacing Shoe

On January 15th, Nike made one of their biggest announcements ever. They introduced their new basketball shoe, the Nike Adapt BB. A shoe that auto laces providing the best option for comfort during games. THe shoe uses Nike’s power lacing technology, and connects to an app on your phone where you can customize the tightness of the laces, for the perfect fit. There are different settings of different tightness, for different moments of a game. There are settings for sitting on the bench, during timeouts, warmups and of course, in the game. Continue reading “Nike Introduces Self-Lacing Shoe”

Mr. Porzio: Making Chemistry Fun for Everyone

Mr. Porzio is a Regents Chemistry teacher at the high school who has gained immense popularity among students ever since he started teaching here in 2016. Currently, Mr. Porzio teaches four sections of Regents Chemistry in addition to a lab for each of these sections, equating to five classes in total.

Prior to teaching at the high school, Mr. Porzio was a laboratory assistant at a corporation that did government contracting and then taught for twelve years at Townsend Harris High School in Queens, New York. This year is his fifteenth year teaching. Mr. Porzio was a biochem major in college, and initially planned on teaching biology, but “chem won out because it was more fun and challenging.” Continue reading “Mr. Porzio: Making Chemistry Fun for Everyone”