Swift’s New Sound Divides Fans

About a month ago, Taylor Swift fans noticed that all of her social media accounts had suddenly been cleared, in anticipation of the release of the first single from her new album, Reputation. It is set to be released later this fall on November 10th. Taylor shocked many with “Look What You Made Me Do” by making a sudden switch from her typical style of music, country pop. Her main music has a more grungy feel with less emphasis on the narratives of her personal life, complete with what fans analyzed as angry feelings about feuds with other celebrities. For anyone wondering how she got there, here is the evolution of Taylor Swift from the release of her first album in 2006: Continue reading “Swift’s New Sound Divides Fans”

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Trump’s Tepid Response to Charlottesville

“You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.” These were the words President Donald Trump chose to describe a violent white supremacist rally that occurred about a month ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. President Trump’s remarks shocked the American Public, many of whom wished the President would outright condemn white supremacism and nazism without beating around the bush. Continue reading “Trump’s Tepid Response to Charlottesville”

The Wealth Advantage in College Admissions

Top universities pride themselves on creating diverse learning environments where students of different races and backgrounds can come together. Over the past few decades, colleges been increasingly more diligent about aiding minority groups, developing affirmative action programs, and creating reliable support systems for all students. However, the college admissions process is still systematically set up so that wealthier applicants and legacies (i.e. children of alumni) are more likely to be accepted into a given school than their peers in the bottom socioeconomic quartile.

For years, colleges have given legacy students preferential treatment during the application process. In fact, it is on average seven times more likely for a legacy to be accepted to a college than an ordinary student. One of the main reasons for this is because alumni donations are the single largest source of revenue (outside of tuition) at most colleges and universities. It also happens that most alumni children tend to be white and from wealthy backgrounds. According to a recent study by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, only 3% of the undergraduate class at the most prestigious universities are from the bottom income quartile. That means that the majority of students at top colleges are middle class or wealthy. College admission deans argue that legacy ranks will become more diverse over time, but the data thus far has not supported this claim. Continue reading “The Wealth Advantage in College Admissions”

Senior Internships

It’s no secret that senioritis is a plague that Mamaroneck High School just can’t seem to shake. As soon as spring rolls around, the cars in senior lot decrease at a steady pace, and so do the seniors lurking in the hallway. This year however, the scene will be much different because of a new grade-wide policy. This year’s seniors, instead of hanging out in the overpass or library, are now required /to pursue a senior internship of their choice. Continue reading “Senior Internships”

The Perilous Future of Coding

There is a popular narrative that is quickly growing in our society regarding computer science education. Articles like “From Coal To Code: A New Path For Laid-Off Miners In Kentucky” (NPR) and “As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change” (NYT) feature new initiatives to train people in computer science, and happy new coders jubilant about getting “six figures, right off the bat.” Even the halls of Mamaroneck High School feature a poster tacked up outside the computer science room emblazoned with Mark Zuckerberg promising we’ll soon be “teaching programming like reading and writing.”

All is not as well as it seems. The push for computer science education and training coming from the Silicon Valley elite is not some humanitarian effort designed to spread the gospel of code to depressed mining towns in Eastern Kentucky; it’s a concentrated effort by the industry to drive wages down from their temporarily high perch and allow even more of the massive profits currently made by technology companies to float towards the top. Continue reading “The Perilous Future of Coding”

Are There Too Many Clubs at MHS?

Mamaroneck High School is known for hosting a multitude of clubs and student-led groups. The administration is constantly touting the diversity of interests represented, and how easy it is to start a new club. However, some students feel this process is being taken advantage of by those who simply want to build their college resumes. Still, the system for creating clubs is perfectly imperfect: if a club isn’t serious, it will most likely fizzle out due to a lack of interested members. Meanwhile, clubs filled with passionate members will thrive in the MHS environment.

MHS has over eighty clubs represented at the semi-annual club fair. The club fair is traditionally in early to mid-October and takes place on the track. Clubs set up booths in order to attract new members; they put out sign up sheets, and often baked goods. If a student writes their information down, they’re “in the club”. In a perfect world, the student will quickly be added to an email chain or facebook group, and the first meeting will be scheduled. The club president will enter the first meeting wanting to hear from their new members, but with a solid plan already in mind. This is the start of a strong, successful club. However, that isn’t always how things work out. Continue reading “Are There Too Many Clubs at MHS?”

Trump Goes After DACA

On September 5th Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department’s decision to end DACA, a program adopted under the Obama administration that granted undocumented immigrants who came here as children to stay under 2-year work visas. These “dreamers” were brought to the country by their parents and under DACA, had a path to citizenship. This action to end the program is controversial, as it seems that Trump may be beginning to follow up on his radical campaign promises concerning undocumented immigration. Under the repeal of this program, nearly 800,000 people face deportation from the United States. Continue reading “Trump Goes After DACA”

PEP RALLY AND HOMECOMING START OFF THE SCHOOL YEAR

Mamaroneck High School was treated to another thrilling Homecoming and Pep Rally. The Mamaroneck High School traditions took place on September 14-15. The whole school came out to Pep Rally, excited to see their fall teams. The MCs for the event were Noah Wolfson and Lily Epstein, both of which really brought a lot of energy to Pep Rally. The student council worked hard to run the event, and the food trucks that came were an excellent addition to Pep Rally.

The next evening was Homecoming, in which Mamaroneck High School’s football team played against Mount Vernon. The game was packed with Mamaroneck students and alumni, and the atmosphere was buzzing. Senior Tim Sommers scored the first touchdown for Mamaroneck, which put us up 7-0 at halftime. At halftime, the cheerleaders and the Force put on impressive shows, per usual. The game ended 10-2 Mamaroneck, giving Mamaroneck a great morale boost to start the season. Homecoming and Pep Rally are institutions at MHS, and are loved by teachers, students, and alumni alike.

By Sebastian De Lasa

A Reintroduction for Larchmont Playhouse

After a long battle to try and keep the Larchmont Playhouse running as a movie theater, NYC developer Charles Cohen bought the building and will keep running movies. The historic theater was closed last September after 86 years when its former operator, Bow Tie Cinemas, did not renew its lease. Once owned by Regal Cinemas, the theater was put up for sale with an asking price of $1.5 million. There have been offers for it since then, but all have fallen through. One potential buyer was Michael DiCosimo, a Bronxville resident who planned to introduce a coffee shop and wine bar in the theater, as well as build a studio for his design company. DiCosimo backed out of the deal in January, which put the property back on the market with no plans for its future. Continue reading “A Reintroduction for Larchmont Playhouse”

A Change in Schedule for Midterms

Students flipping through the MHS calendar online in anticipation of the coming year may have noticed that there is an important scheduling change in this upcoming school year. Unlike the past, this school year there will be no week in January reserved for taking midterms. Instead, there is a plan that involves spreading out the testing days for each subject over a series of X and Y days in that month. This change has come as a surprise to many students, but is prospected to be an improvement in many ways from the system used in past years. Continue reading “A Change in Schedule for Midterms”

Mario Cuomo Bridge Replaces Tappan Zee Bridge

NEW YORK–On August 26, the Mario Cuomo Bridge opened as I-287’s Rockland-Westchester link, replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge, a 62-year-old eyesore that often fostered congestion problems on the road.

The new bridge, named after governor Andrew Cuomo’s late father and former governor, spans 3.1 miles and is 419 feet tall, higher than the torch of the Statue of Liberty. Continue reading “Mario Cuomo Bridge Replaces Tappan Zee Bridge”

Rowing: An Inside Look at an Outsider Sport

Crew is a sport that has increased in popularity in recent years. In fact, there are more rowers committed to competing in college from MHS than any other sport. From the outside, it looks graceful, but from an inside perspective, there is a lot more effort and dedication than what meets the eye. To achieve success on a national, or even regional scale, some of the best athletes are dedicating more than 15 hours a week to the sport, sometimes with practices before and after school. Many athletes pause their social lives for months on end, as there is no “off” season for a rower that wants to be competitive. We interviewed seniors Lindsey DeVore, Andrew Selius, Davis Owen, and Alexa Cestaro about their experience with the sport. Continue reading “Rowing: An Inside Look at an Outsider Sport”

Senior Athlete Profiles

Molly Nodiff

Molly Nodiff has left a lasting impact on Mamaroneck sports. Her defensive presence on both the soccer and lacrosse fields will be missed next year. Nodiff has been a defender on the varsity lacrosse team since she was a freshman and was captain this year. Leading her team to the semifinals in lacrosse for the first time in a decade. In the fall, Nodiff was equally as successful on the soccer field. This was her third year on varsity soccer, it was her first year as a captain. While thinking back on her past experiences on Mamaroneck sports teams, Nodiff says, “Mamaroneck has shaped what type of athlete I am today. I will make sure that I carry all the traits and leadership skills that I have learned from both coaches and teammates into my college athletic career. The type of people I have played with and been coached by have influenced me in ways I could only imagine, both on and off the field.”  In the fall, Molly will be attending Ithaca College where she will continue her athletic career playing lacrosse. Continue reading “Senior Athlete Profiles”

Satire: A Letter to President Trump

Dear President Trump,

It feels that recently not a day passes by without a new scandal appearing right at about

6 :00 P.M.  As we sit, 122 days into your presidency, it feels that it has become engulfed in controversy.  Be it the day after your inauguration, with mass protests that were “nowhere near the size of your inauguration crowd (which was “the largest crowd to watch an inauguration in history”), but who even cares about the “sore loser Democrats” who lost an election they easily should have won anyway.  However, over the course of these tumultuous first 122 days, there has been no lack of “fake news” spread by the liberal media.  For example, your firing of (now former) FBI director James Comey, sparked liberal news networks and papers such as the “failing New York Times” and CNN to get triggered and need safe spaces like the snowflakes they target.  However, true news networks and sources like Realclearpolitics.org, Breitbart, and Fox News provide the spin-free politics the country needs.  Only a few months ago, Democrats were calling for the resignation of the same guy, yet when you actually decide to fire him, they get triggered like always.  Some Democrats have gone as far to call for your impeachment or the beginning of proceedings.  But what’s really even wrong with giving up codeword level intelligence that was given by Israel to a foreign adversary without permission from even the intelligence community? In addition, with the courts making bad decisions, like overturning two separate versions of your Muslim ban, it seems the only branch of government worth trusting is your own.  Yet, even your own branch has had its issues, with all of the leaks (which should be illegal by the way.)  The aforementioned issues with the other branches expose a deep crack in the foundation of your presidency. Continue reading “Satire: A Letter to President Trump”

Reflecting on My Time at the Globe

Even after writing roughly twenty Globe articles over my two years on staff, I have never found an easy way to begin a piece. Each introduction is a battle against the blank page, words ceding ground to the white space after endless bouts of rewrites and trial and error. It is a long, imperfect process of trying to get it right, feeling around in the dark until hitting something that seems close enough to success.

Much like beginning to write an article, running the Globe can be described as a process of constant tinkering. It is figuring out how to lead a team of over fifty people while giving staff members the individual attention they need to grow and improve; it is finding a way to minimize the dissonance between being funded by the school and trying to act as its watchdog. Learning to manage these challenges, and many others like it, is a process, with many lessons being absorbed along the way. Lessons that are applicable not only to leading the Globe but to many facets of life. A few of the most important lessons I learned were that you should never overlook someone because of status or position, always try to be a role model, and work for things you believe in.      Continue reading “Reflecting on My Time at the Globe”

School Adopts Bring Your Own Device Policy

Since middle school, most MHS students have had access to a school iPad to assist and augment their learning. The iPad has helped to improve efficiency in the classroom and has made it easier for students to take and store notes. Many people find it helpful to take notes in Notability, where all their files are in one, secure place. For students that are disorganized, the iPad can be a helpful tool. There are, however, students who prefer taking handwritten notes or find using other devices easier. There has been a long standing debate over whether the iPads are beneficial to students, and administrators have come to the conclusion that that is up to personal opinion and preference.

MHS recently announced a new policy they have developed regarding the use of iPads. Instead of being required to use a school iPad for the school year, students have the option to bring their own device (BYOD). Laptops, tablets, and Chromebooks are all among the acceptable devices. If a student does not have access to their own device, they can always borrow a district iPad for the school year. All students must have their charged device with them every day. Continue reading “School Adopts Bring Your Own Device Policy”

Trump’s Travels Signal Future Foreign Policy

on May 19, visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel/West Bank, Italy, Vatican City, and Belgium. This trip occurred in the midst of domestic chaos, as the Trump administration had been grappling with the resignation of National Securities Advisor Michael Flynn, as well as the firing of FBI director James Comey. However, Trump followed through with the trip as planned, despite the bad timing. During his first five months in office, most of Trump’s policies have focused on the premise that America comes first. This trip was no different. Although it was promised as a way to develop foreign relationships, Trump returned again to his primary goal: America first.

Trump decided to travel to the Middle East and Europe. This deviated from our past five presidents, who have all chosen to visit Canada or Mexico on their first international trips. This may be because the relationship between the United States and our neighbors are particularly weak right now. The President of Mexico is understandably angry at Trump’s proposition of a border wall. His intention to build a wall between Mexico and the United States is controversial enough, but Trump’s idea that Mexico will pay for this wall is just offensive. Trump did not attempt to improve these relationships during this important trip. It is this attitude that is so disconcerting to other world leaders. Trump has this idea that our relationships with other nations are solely for the benefit of ourselves, and he thinks that he can bully other leaders into giving him what he wants. Unfortunately, foreign politics don’t work that way. Continue reading “Trump’s Travels Signal Future Foreign Policy”

Spinning Out Of Control

The 2016-2017 school year has seen the rise and fall of a plethora of viral feds. Whether it was bottle flipping or the Mannequin Challenge, these trends were remarkably pervasive, yet short-lived. Recently, Mamaroneck High School (and just about every other high school across America) has been bombarded with a relatively recent craze the infamous fidget spinner. Continue reading “Spinning Out Of Control”