You May Not Recognize the School: What to expect when you’re reconstructing

It’s August 2018, the first day of your senior year. As you wind your way down the road towards Lincoln High School, your home outside of home for the past three years, you are overcome by a wave of nostalgia. Although you still have a long way to go until June, you cannot help but to reminisce on the fond memories you have of your high school career. As you pull into the parking lot, you reflect on how every inch of this school is infused with these details of this past chapter of your life, how each classroom and turn of the hallway will forever be imprinted in your own personal story. Out of pure habit, you begin to make your way to the front doors of the school. Or what used to be

Is Affirmation Action Necessary?: Conservative POV

Imagine you just graduated from college. You maintained a high GPA, managed to be involved in many activities and clubs throughout your time in college, and even completed several internships. You have all the qualifications and necessary work experience to be hired at any job and you just left your latest interview feeling confident in how it went. The interview slot after yours was booked by someone with a much smaller résumé and lower GPA, but you feel confident in yourself and all of your accomplishments thus far. You call to follow up about the job only to find that it had already been given to the less qualified candidate. The company only had one open sales position and they needed t

Is Affirmation Action Necessary?: Liberal POV

Affirmative Action policies are defined as policies that favor “those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education,” or, as it is commonly referred to, “positive discrimination.” The idea of these programs are to give traditionally disadvantaged groups, such as minorities and women, the same opportunities as everybody else. This idea originated in the 1960s through the Civil Rights Movement. President John F. Kennedy was the first president to use the phrase, stating it in an Executive Order that required government contractors to "affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, w

URI Rams are year’s best surprise

The University of Rhode Island Rams men’s basketball team are looking to stampede into the NCAA tournament. The Rams sat at 16th in the AP poll last week, which is highest in the program’s history. They currently have a 23-4 record, 15-0 at home, and sit atop the Atlantic 10 conference at 15-1 in conference play. This team is one of the best in regular season history for the program. However, the regular season success means nothing if a team cannot execute in the big tournament. Last year, they started off ranked in the top 25 teams, but slipped as the season went on. They were able to make a run in the tournament by being minutes away from the Sweet 16 with a crushing loss to Oregon

The benefits of exercise far outweigh the cost

Let’s face it, people tend to focus on their physical appearance. And while we all understand that it’s what is on the inside that counts, that can cause a great deal of trepidation within us all as well. Most of us are worried about grades, getting into college, performing athletically, and at the same time, relationships are causing stress. There’s a lot of negative energy and anger that results. Although many people don’t know it, there is a way to balance both making yourself look good for that person you have a crush on and being able to release negative energy from your body. The solution? Exercise. We all know that exercise is very important in our daily lives, but we

MJ vs. Brady Who Is The Real MVP?

There is an ongoing debate going on in the sports world. Who is the greatest athlete of all time? The biggest debate is between the star quarterback of the New England Patriots and the retired Chicago Bulls guard. Although comparison can be difficult because of the different sports there are some factors that fans help determine who the real G.O.A.T is. Tom Brady is considered the greatest in the game in football. The forty year old quarterback has many accomplishments under his belt which make him one of the greatests. Brady went University of Michigan to play college football, he was then drafted to the New England Patriots. He was initially the backup quarterback for Drew Bledsoe. D

Winter Wonders: The Youngest Olympians at Pyeongchang

Making it to the Olympics is an immensely accomplishment in itself, making it in your earliest years is even more impressive. To qualify for the Olympics, you can be of any age. However, each International Sports Federation sets its own rules. According to CNN, the average age of athletes representing Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea is 26.5, a standard age range for athletes competing at this level. But a handful have reached or held onto elite status in their respective disciplines years earlier than their competitors. A 17-year-old Chloe Kim took home an Olympic gold medal for snowboarding. The American snowboarder landed a near-perfect score of 98.25 at the 2018

Why We Hold Onto Everything

We have all struggled to find reasons to throw out our old possessions. We know we probably don’t need that shirt because we never wear it, but when we complete our “spring cleaning”, we can’t bring ourselves to throw it away. So the shirt survives another round of “cleaning”, but as you add new clothes to your wardrobe, it continues to sit there collecting dust. Why can’t we just let go of the old shirt? Most of the time we refuse to let go of objects because we tie them to self-worth. From a young age, we are taught that we can own things. According to the British Psychology Society, studies have shown that by the age of two, we are able to understand the idea of possession. Once thi

Make Dating Great Again Dating App Targets Trump Supporters

You often hear of dating apps such as Tinder and Christian Mingle, and even less common ones like Farmers Only, but now there’s one for people who are looking to find that special Republican, someone who yells “Fake news!” right along with President Donald Trump. A new dating site known as Trump.Dating claims to “make dating great again” by matching Trump-supporting singles looking to find love. Creators of the site believe that political and patriotic viewpoints are the foundation of a sound relationship. Consequently, Trump Dating claims that it allows like-minded Americans to have the opportunity to meet each other, as well as avoid the awkwardness of the first conversation a

Snapchat Update Conjures Controversy

On February 7, 2018, Snapchat introduced its biggest update it has come out with in over three years. The latest design focuses on separating the media content with content of “friends”, along with other layout changes. Snapchat stories now appear on the same screen as individual snaps and direct messages, while the Discover page features only celebrity, news and publisher stories presented in a vertical scroll instead of horizontal, with content at the top of the page being the most relevant to the user. Snapchat has received many complaints from users saying the app’s new layout is confusing and difficult to navigate through. Many have complained that the app is much too clutter

Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” Famously Unfamous

On October 14th, 1997, a man and his guitar took the stage at 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. “My name is Jeff…” he said softly into the microphone. “I’m in this band called Neutral Milk Hotel… This is a song that we put on our new album.” He strummed his guitar. “It’s called ‘Two-Headed Boy.’” He jested with the crowd to loosen up. Then he began, strumming softly but quickly, pensively. He opened his mouth and the first verse rolled out calmly, like poetry, before he reached the first chorus, singing “I am listening to hear where you are!” Jeff Mangum was the lead singer of the band Neutral Milk Hotel, a folk-rock band from Georgia. However, the genre and origin city doesn’t begin t

Second Amendment poses interesting challenges in US

The question of gun control and the limitation of firearms in America has always been a hot topic conversation in America and especially with the recent shooting at a high school in Parkland in which 17 people were killed, the topic has once again been brought up in full swing. The conversation of guns is a very difficult one to have due to the Second Amendment’s extreme importance to many Americans. While nations like England, Australia, and Japan has found the simple act of banning guns to be extremely effective in dealing with gun violence history has shown that act may be something which might never occur in America. Again, that relates to the Second Amendment of the Unit

March is endometriosis month

According to the Endometriosis Foundation of American, about 175 million women worldwide are affected by endometriosis. An estimated one out of 10 women in the United States are affected by this disease. Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus is found in the outside regions of the uterus (so where the tissue should not be). Most of the time it is misdiagnosed and mistreated. There is a myth that endometriosis starts in women during their 20s but it can occur in girls when they first experience their period. This disease mostly affects women in their reproductive years, between the ages twenty-five to thirty-five but it can also affect girls in their youth as young

Othello: From Page to Play

In the halls, you may hear the murmur of seniors discussing the Shakespearean play, Othello. The play is one of the required readings of the English 12 curriculum. If you are a student of Mr. Griffin’s, you know that he does his best to make the classes as engaging as possible, using supplemental material to help his students learn. Mr. Griffin states that the best way to understand Shakespeare’s works is by seeing them on stage and not by reading them in a classroom setting. When Mr. Griffin learned of Trinity Repertory Company’s version of Othello, he urged his students experience the classic literature that was being studied in class. The play focuses on many prevalent issues tha

Remembering Sandy Hook: The Fight for Gun Control

Five years after the fateful day of the Sandy Hook school shooting, schools are continuing to push for stricter gun laws and tighter security. People are determined to never allow the incident that killed twenty children and six educators to ever occur again in the future. In the aftermath of the shooting, an organization known as Sandy Hook Promise was cofounded by the parents of first grade victims Daniel Barden and Dylan Hockley, along with other Newton families. This well-known organization educates people on how to recognize warning signs that someone may be exhibiting a tendency toward violence, including incidents of aggression and bullying, a fascination with guns and/or a

Ivanka’s Olympic Trip Causes Tension

Following Ivanka Trump’s trip to South Korea to observe the 2018 Winter Olympics, tension has been reported in the White House. Two people involved with the situation notified CNN that the decision to send Ms. Trump to South Korea did not sit well with the senior officials of the West Wing. US delegation was concerned, especially with North Korea’s nuclear threat to the US and the tensions across the Korean Peninsula. The concerns of chief of staff John Kelly of Ms. Trump included that she has minimal experience in government or diplomacy, and that she has not played a major role in discussions concerning North Korea. These concerns were aired in private, according to people c

Parkland, FL tragedy changes the way we look at school

We are two months into the new year and there have already been eight shootings at schools that have resulted in injuries or deaths. On Valentine’s day, Nikolas Cruz carried an AR-15 assault rifle into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 17 innocent souls unfortunately were unable to survive the shots of the gunman. Nikolas Cruz, age 19, was recently expelled from his former high school in Parkland, Florida as a senior for disciplinary reasons. He was known to be a ‘disturbed student’ as he had made threats about becoming a professional shooter before. FBI Special Agent, Rob Lasky said during a press conference after the shooting, “In 2017, the FBI received information about

Hashtags speak to recent progress

Between #MeToo and #TimesUp alone, the fight for gender equality has been so prominent that at this point if you are not aware of what is going on, you best catch up on a little reading. While many milestones have been achieved within the past year, the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report said that we are still over 200 years away from gender parity. That’s almost three lifetimes. As a result, a new hashtag, #PressforProgress, was born. It encourages everyone to stand together in order to create a more gender inclusive tomorrow. March 8, 2018 saw a slew of females across the world fighting for their rights. In Puerta del Sol, Madrid, there were about 120 protests sche

Teachers Are The Real Heroes

Being a teacher is not the easiest job in the world. As students, we sometimes forget that. All we care about is our grades and wanting them to be in as soon as possible and complaining when they are not. However, a teacher’s day does not end when the bell rings like ours do. They have countless hours of correcting to do on top of prepping for the next day. Not to mention that a lot of classroom necessities that we take for granted come from the teachers as the school does not have the necessary budget to truly fund the classrooms. Teaching is one of the hardest jobs to do, yet our teachers are the ones that usually get walked all over when it comes to space, budget, and time. My mom has bee

I am angry. I am hopeful.

I am angry. I am angry because we live in a time where school shootings have earned the label of an epidemic. A time in which educational institutions have been transformed from safe havens of learning to potential battlegrounds. Where national discord is characterized more so by political agendas than by genuine sorrow over the actual heartbreaking tragedies that prompt the discussions. Where so many people are concerned more with their right to own semi-automatic weapons capable of mass destruction than with the 17 innocent lives brutally taken away and the countless before them. I am angry because of the millions of people who have, until recently, been silenced about their e

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