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”

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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”

2016: Famous or Infamous?

Last year, our world was perpetually split on every issue that we faced. Lately, it seems no one can agree. But there was one common theme that brought everyone together in the final moments of 2016: hatred. People all around were drawn closer by their common enemy, the year of 2016. While it sounds like an awful link between people and a bit of an exaggeration about our past year, 2016 has really been a deserving foe. Continue reading “2016: Famous or Infamous?”

The Point of Protesting

Artwork by Eli Cantor: Many Americans are voicing their discontent with the new President through protests.

In the wake of Trump’s victory, many conservatives have taken to social media to voice their complaints. Remembering how they were told to quietly accept Hillary’s assured win, Trump supporters have been lashing out at Democrats for hypocritically protesting Trump. A post I recently saw condemned liberal crybabies for not being able to accept defeat. Continue reading “The Point of Protesting”

Athletics or Art? The Struggle of Student Athletes

Artwork by Eli Cantor: Students at MHS have trouble juggling athletics with activities in the arts.

Students at Mamaroneck High School are very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in a variety of strong and outstanding programs. These programs include sports teams, PACE, band, orchestra, chorus, art, photography… the list goes on. Many students at MHS are active in one of these programs, but those who are involved in two or more have to deal with a demanding schedule. They often have to drop one activity in order to be actively involved in another. Continue reading “Athletics or Art? The Struggle of Student Athletes”

The Power of the “Like”

Most teens spend their days glued to their phones, the pull of social media so strong they can’t look away. In the new documentary, “Screenagers” researchers explain that the average American child spends more time on electronic media than they do atto school. Scientists, educators, and parents are not only concerned by the amount of time teens spend online, but also about the impact this screen time has on the brain. Researchers have discovered that social media has a far greater effect on the brain than one might imagine. Continue reading “The Power of the “Like””

Global Warming De- bate is Heating Up

t’s hard to disagree with someone when they tell you the sky is blue. A quick Internet search can prove it. But what if they told you Planet Earth was melting? That’s a bit harder to see, even though most people know it’s happening. Anyone who does not believe in climate change and other environmental problems is out of touch with reality. Continue reading “Global Warming De- bate is Heating Up”

Should Social Media Decide?

Have you ever posted something that you immediately regretted? Have you ever been tagged in a post you wished you hadn’t? Have you ever wondered whether your social media accounts are currently being judged by potential colleges? These are problems that many students in the college admissions process face. Continue reading “Should Social Media Decide?”

Time’s Up, for Everyone.

Artwork by Eli Cantor: Extra time gives some students an advantage on the ACT.

Nothing in the world could have prepared me for Junior year. Things start to get real: classes get harder, grades get lower, and stress levels skyrocket. The once distant thought of college has suddenly become a reality. As I was brainstorming a college list and memorizing school mascots, there was another challenging element in the beginning of my junior year: I had to take the ACT. Continue reading “Time’s Up, for Everyone.”

Wonder Woman: An Undeserving Role Model

Artwork by Eli Cantor

The world we live in is filled with inspiring women for little girls to look up to as role models, from strong leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Michelle Obama, to activists like Malala Yousafzai. There are so many great women that could be considered symbols of female empowerment who help make girls and women feel like they can do whatever they dream of doing. So, why would the UN appoint a fictional character as a symbol of female power that was created by men, based on their ideals about how a woman should look and act? Continue reading “Wonder Woman: An Undeserving Role Model”

A Sad Day for Many

I woke up this morning, November 9th 2016, and was frantically aware of the bubble I have been living in for 17 years. I live around people who all believe in the same thing, who all want the same things and who only accept these beliefs. This country is divided beyond my comprehension. We were wrong; the polls failed us. Continue reading “A Sad Day for Many”

A Poet at Heart

On October 16, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first musician to ever win the prestigious award. Dylan has been a respected artist since his emergence in the 1960s, influencing the world with his poetic lyrics and music. The Nobel Prize is considered a great honor–but does he deserve it? Continue reading “A Poet at Heart”

How To Solve the Soda Problem

Why public awareness is essential to finding a solution for health issues

Photo by Jack Mollin: The soda machine in Post offers a range of options to students.

When you turn on the TV or walk down Main Street , you’ll likely see at least one advertisement telling you to ‘Drink Coca-Cola,’ or Fanta, or Sprite. Yet over the past couple of years, more and more of our fellow citizens have been saying just the opposite. From city officials to health advocates, there has been widespread outcry against sugary drinks, with soda at the center of all the attention. Continue reading “How To Solve the Soda Problem”

The Social Media Dilemma: Is it doing more harm than good?

Artwork by Eli Cantor

In many circumstances, humans appreciate feedback, critique, and affirmation on our work; it makes us feel happy about what we’ve accomplished. However, the need for affirmation, particularly when it comes to social media, has led to an unhealthy obsession with validation. Continue reading “The Social Media Dilemma: Is it doing more harm than good?”