West Side Story Wins Praise from Audience

Photos courtesy of Brooke Smith: Members of the West Side Story cast take a bow after a performance.

People said it was like they were taken out of the seats of the McClain auditorium… and they were right.

From March 2nd through March 4th, a group of talented students, teachers and musicians performed the annual MHS musical. This time, it was the profound West Side Story. Unlike last year’s lively, charming Anything Goes, West Side Story brought in a whole new type of MHS musical –a sense of dark, captivating emotion. This aspect of the show pulled people out of their seats to make them feel as if they were not, in fact, watching a high school performance. Continue reading “West Side Story Wins Praise from Audience”

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Board of Ed Proposes New Budget

On March 9th, superintendent Dr. Shaps presented his recommended budget for the 2017-2018 school year at the Mamaroneck Board of Education meeting. The recommended budget, which totals $135,277,639, represents an increase of 1.59% from the previous year.

Among many components of the recommended budget, one benefiting the high school is expanded elective pathways. The design, engineering, computer science and culinary arts programs will receive a boost, further improving their respective course sequences. In computer science and OSR, new teachers will be hired to meet growing demand. Continue reading “Board of Ed Proposes New Budget”

La La Land Producer Visits MHS

Picture by Owen Zucker: La La Land producer Fred Berger answers a question from Emily Renner ’17.

Fred Berger is the producer of award-winning film La La Land and an alumnus of Mamaroneck High School. Recently, he returned to Mamaroneck to talk about his experiences at the school and his eventual success in the film industry. Continue reading “La La Land Producer Visits MHS”

Criticizing the First Family: The Importance of Separating the Personal from the Political

From being a real estate developer and television personality to the president of the United States, Donald Trump can accredit much of his newfound attention to the media. The wall-to-wall coverage throughout the election, the real-time fact-checking and the countless editorials surely created a name for Donald Trump in the political world. Of course, not all of this attention was positive, as is usual for a presidential candidate. What is unusual is the ongoing political sparring between the media and President Trump long after the election. Continue reading “Criticizing the First Family: The Importance of Separating the Personal from the Political”

The Search for Usefulness

What should happen to the school’s “Japanese Garden?”

In the corner of Palmer, there is a small outdoor patch of greenery. It’s enclosed by four brick walls with windows that are almost always closed surrounding it; the green doors that connect it to the school’s hallways are locked around the clock. Though it has no ethnic elements, it is widely called the Japanese Garden. Some have tried to climb into the garden from the windows while others settle for looking from the hallways. The school administration has decided to repurpose the so-called Japanese Garden–but what would be an effective use of the space? Continue reading “The Search for Usefulness”

Education in Danger

Devos’ lack of experience is troubling

Artwork by Eli Canter: Betsy Devos has claimed that guns in schools will help protect students against grizzly bears.

The future of America relies heavily on our education system. For decades, public schools have provided a relatively accessible form of education. While our education system may be flawed, the elimination of public school is far from the solution. Continue reading “Education in Danger”

America’s Melting Pot: Travel Ban Boycott

Since colonization, America has been a place where different cultures come together and blend into a single society. It has been dubbed the “Melting Pot” and “Land of Opportunity.” It has been a home for those who had no home, a refuge that welcomed all, a place to build a new life. That is why President Trump’s refugee ban has saddened many people. One of the most disturbing changes is the fading of empathy in our country, which, if unchecked, may spread to the rest of the world. The immigration ban violates the founding principles of our country. Continue reading “America’s Melting Pot: Travel Ban Boycott”

The Devastation of Deportation

Artwork by Eli Canter: Trump’s first few months have created a lot of controversy throughout the country.

Guadalupe García de Rayos, married and a mother of two U.S. citizens, has been living in Arizona since she was fourteen. She is an undocumented citizen and was arrested in 2008 for using a fake Social Security number to work at a water park. However, García de Rayos has been allowed to live in the United States as long as she checked in with the officials at the Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) each year. Continue reading “The Devastation of Deportation”

The Comedic Truth

Why SNL should continue to parody the Trump administration

“And live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” yells Melissa McCarthy as she flies off the screen on her podium in her Sean Spicer outfit. A new hit on SNL, Melissa McCarthy effortlessly mocks the performance of the White House Press Secretary. Why does it seem so effortless to successfully make fun of a high ranking politician? Politics can be pretty serious; over 300 million people’s lives depend on the actions of very few. What could these few high ranking, extremely important, professionals be doing week after week that makes the majority Americans laugh harder and harder? Continue reading “The Comedic Truth”

Born into the Wedding Gown

Artwork by Eli Canter: Childhood marriages cause many problems for the young brides.

A 17-year old girl named Sumbol was forced to choose between marrying her tormentor and becoming a suicide bomber. Another girl, Roshana, was forced into marriage when she was 14 and her husband beat her and tried to feed her rat poison. Sahar Gul, forced into marriage at age 12, was beaten and tortured after she refused to become a prostitute.

Continue reading “Born into the Wedding Gown”

Say Yes to ALL Dresses

A prom dress shouldn’t overshadow the night itself

The second semester of high school is pretty jampacked with all sorts of major events and stress-inducing moments. Although students just barely escaped the clutches of midterms, they now have to worry about bigger things- finals, college, ACT’s and SAT’s, etc. However, there is another major force facing us that seems to be arousing quite a lot of anxiety among upperclassmen: prom. There’s the stress about who you’re going to take, how you may want to “prompose” to someone, and of course, the dreaded picking of what to wear. Continue reading “Say Yes to ALL Dresses”

Why We Need Judge Gorsuch

The case for the conservative court

From the chaos of the new Trump administration, amid court challenges and nose diving approval ratings, an incredibly smart and well-informed nominee has emerged. No, I’m not talking about “Mad Dog” Mattis or even Guns’n Grizzlies Devos. I speak of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. In the name of preserving the rule of law and protecting the Constitution, Democrats should join the Republican majority in Congress and confirm Gorsuch with the full sixty votes. Continue reading “Why We Need Judge Gorsuch”

The Importance of Truth

Why it is essential to fact-check Trump’s statements

Artwork by Eli Canter: Trump has accused many news companies of “fake news.”

A recent tweet from Donald Trump reads, “The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!” Even though this is far from the truth, as the majority of the protests are grassroot movements by unpaid citizens, Trump’s message has been accepted by his supporters. This has been a common theme over the last few years. In 140 characters or less, Trump has the ability to influence his legions of followers with the click of a button. Continue reading “The Importance of Truth”

MHS Clubs Give Back to the Community

New organizations provide opportunities to help out

Little Free Libraries is a new club in MHS, founded by sophomores Darcy Tyler, Jane and Emily Hollander, and Anabel Martinez. This club sets up miniature libraries around the community for anyone to access, free of charge. Continue reading “MHS Clubs Give Back to the Community”

MHS Freshman Lilou Bouhier Embarks on a Promising Music Career

Photo courtesy of Lilou Bouhier, who practices guitar and singing 5 hours a day.

Lilou Bouhier, a freshman at Mamaroneck High School, is just like any other high school student, except for her unique musical career, which she embarked on just two years ago. She used singing as a way to escape the stresses of everyday life and as a medium for self-expression. Bouhier claims, “My favorite part of singing is when I get to connect with a piece of music that I’m singing, and really understand it.” Continue reading “MHS Freshman Lilou Bouhier Embarks on a Promising Music Career”

Oscar Season Highlights Greater Diversity in Entertainment Industry

Black History Month’s nationwide mission, since its annual designation by Gerald Ford in 1976, has been to honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans. Although they have become much more visible in the entertainment landscape since the early 1970s, shows centered around African Americans are still few and far between, as was the case during our country’s bicentennial year, with shows like “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons” being the exception rather than the rule. Continue reading “Oscar Season Highlights Greater Diversity in Entertainment Industry”

OSR Students Recognized at WESEF

Photo courtesy of Mamkschools: OSR Students pose with Mr. Garbarino at a recent competition.

On March 4th, Mamaroneck High School Students from the Original Science Research Program (OSR), presented their work at the Regeneron Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF). Many MHS students were recognized for their work including Chloe Weiser ‘18 (Second Place, Engineering), Sophia Howard ‘17 (Second Place, Behavioral and Social Sciences), David Hilden ‘18 (Second Place, Medicine and Health), Lauren Barragan ‘17 (Third Place, Behavioral and Social Sciences), Ali Mann ‘17 (Fourth Place, Plant Science and Association for Women Geoscientist Award), Continue reading “OSR Students Recognized at WESEF”

MHS Uncovered: Exploring the Unknown

Walking the halls of MHS, the occasional glimpse into the forbidden corners of the school excites curiosity over the building’s untold story. A series of interviews and expeditions with the accommodating custodial staff revealed insights into the campus’s non-intuitive orientation and the places students never see. Continue reading “MHS Uncovered: Exploring the Unknown”

Bright Future Ahead for Mamaroneck Artists

The college application process is no easy ordeal, looming over students’ heads all throughout high school. The focus on grades, test scores, extracurriculars, essays, and relationships with teachers is almost unbearable for even the best of students. However, imagine on top of all of this having to send a portfolio to colleges and being judged on your creative abilities. We’ve all doodled in our notebooks countless times, but not on a college-level. The application process of a prospective art student is quite different from that of a typical applicant. To learn more, the Globe interviewed two senior artists, Jackie Devore and Mary McMillan, who are both planning to study art at Northeastern University and Skidmore College, respectively. Continue reading “Bright Future Ahead for Mamaroneck Artists”

President Trump Orders Resurrection of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Photo courtesy of Inquisitor.com: Protesters of the pipeline suffered a disheartening blow when Trump recently ordered the construction to continue.

Over the past year, an intense political battle has been waged between Dakota Access, LLC and the Sioux Native American tribe in the Dakotas over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a 1,172 mile oil pipeline that would be used to transport almost two million gallons of oil across the country each day. Continue reading “President Trump Orders Resurrection of the Dakota Access Pipeline”