BY BEATRICE DUPUY The end of senior year is when the waiting game for college is finally over. It’s when seniors have decided where they’re spending the next four years of their lives. However, for some seniors, that decision may not involve college. Many students are deciding to... Read more
Harmful Speech Shouldn’t Be Free
BY JESSICA WEAVER Every American would agree that one of the greatest benefits of living in the United States is our freedom of speech.  To be able to freely speak your mind and protest your beliefs is a great aspect of the country we live in. But where is... Read more
  BY ARIEL SMILOWITZ In 1837, a very young Henry David Thoreau joined the faculty of a Concord public school in Massachusetts. After a few weeks, the author, abolitionist, and philosopher resigned his teaching position at the school and opened his own grammar school, where he introduced several progressive... Read more
No Need To Fear Changes In AP Program
BY JACK BRADY The AP program has long been held as an incredible opportunity for students, allowing them to pursue college courses while still attending high school, benefiting their GPA and potentially saving them thousands in college tuition. Courses range from everything from Geography to Calculus, and are all... Read more
Merit Pay For Teachers Is Not The Answer
BY RACHEL SHARPE Florida’s teacher merit-pay bill is a polarizing piece of legislature and has become one of education’s most burning issues. Advocates of the bill, which was recently signed by Governor Rick Scott, believe that merit-pay will help to strengthen our education system and reward teacher effectiveness by... Read more
  BY BEATRICE DUPUY Seas of blue tarp tents are sprawled out in rows along a section of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Families lay inside, shading themselves from the heat beating down on their temporary home.  Their thirst remains unquenched for fear of catching the disease that has taken the lives... Read more
CNN’s Heroes Are The Real Heroes
BY ARIEL SMILOWITZ Nowadays, teenagers are immersed in their own self-absorbed worlds. They are concerned with school, work, chores, boyfriends and girlfriends, and countless other trivial conflicts and problems. They watch Jersey Shore or Keeping Up With The Kardashians and argue over who wore a better dress to the... Read more
The Importance Of Not Being Idle
BY ARIEL SMILOWITZ Every day, twenty-four million American children take the bus to school. On average, these students spend about an hour and a half each day on a school bus. For many, the school bus is the most popular and effective way to transport children to and from... Read more
  BY ARIEL SMILOWITZ For the past several weeks, the world has anxiously watched Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak’s reign crumble. Hundreds of thousands of protesters have gathered in the heart of Cairo, refusing to back down until Mubarak steps down. The enormous rebellion against the oppressive government has received... Read more

Toddlers And Tiaras

Opinions February 11, 2011

  BY KAYLA LOKEINSKY On stage under the white-hot spotlight, a “Little Miss” contestant struts her stuff in a scantily clad bikini, shaking her hips and smiling for the judges. Her mile-high hair, fake eyelashes, caked on makeup, and spray tan make her seem unnatural, more like a drag... Read more