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”

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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”

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”

Cathy Griffin Crosses the Line

A picture speaks a thousand words, or in this case, a thousand threats. In a recent photo shoot, comedian Kathy Griffin posed with a model of the President’s decapitated head. In the past, Griffin has not been one to hide her dislike for Trump, saying on the red carpet that she will not support him and calling him a bully. However, Griffin went too far in her photo shoot . To disagree with someone’s views and share your opinion is one thing, a very common one may I add, but to go out of your way to insinuate and joke about a death threat crosses a line. Whether you support Trump or not, what Griffin did was wrong. Many of Griffin’s defenders have said Trump has done worse, but she should not have stooped to his level. Nobody deserves to see picture of their own mutilated head, regardless how much you dislike them. Continue reading “Cathy Griffin Crosses the Line”

Bill Maher Drops Racial Slur

Over the past weekend, Bill Maher, host of The Bill Maher Show and popular TV personality, has made what most have considered to be a colossal mistake on the 2nd. While talking in an interview with Senator Ben Sasse to promote his new book, The Vanishing American Adult, he dropped a racial slur that many Americans find extremely offensive. To speak the “n-word” anywhere should be frowned upon, but there is another level added to the horror when spoken on live television. Continue reading “Bill Maher Drops Racial Slur”

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”

Memes on Trial

This April, Harvard University withdrew the acceptance offers of 10 incoming freshmen due to their sharing of inappropriate and offensive memes in a facebook group chat for the Harvard class of 2021 students. The memes that sparked the conflict included jokes about the Holocaust, pedophilia, suicide, racism, school shootings, and other gruesome shock-comedy topics. The Harvard admissions office individually contacted the incoming students who posted such memes after other admitted students in the group chat reported the students and sent screenshots to the admissions office. 2,056 students of the 39,506 applicants were accepted into Harvard’s class of 2021, meaning that these students were 10 of the 5.2% students accepted. Continue reading “Memes on Trial”

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.

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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”