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College Board tests public patience with change for the worse

College Board’s recent Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) overhaul has sparked an uproar from parents, students, and SAT instructors.  Since College Board failed to publish the anticipated new version of the SAT Official Study Guide, the educational world braced itself for a “new and improved” SAT. These changes—scrapping the more obscure vocabulary words, eliminating the guessing penalty, and providing students with […]

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To those interested in Bleak College

To those interested in Bleak College, In the rare event that a student at Bleak College in Short Comings, PA, graduates, he will have a 3 percent chance of getting a job within his first year out of school, and will likely go on to work as a garbage man or as a driver of public transportation. Despite our minimal […]

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U.S. and Russia continue a new Cold War

The Cold War never really ended—recent developments in Crimea show that the U.S.-Russia rivalry is still alive and well. Russian-American relations can be characterized as a cat-and-mouse game.  From the Truman Doctrine to the Korean War, every time Russia has tried to acquire political influence, the United States has responded by increasing its own power. The U.S. never directly confronted […]

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Why Our Generation Needs a Cause

Just over half a century ago, college campuses across the country were erupting in protest and indignation over issues such as the Vietnam War draft, Civil Rights, and corruption in politics.  Anything that made them angry or that seemed unfair, up they went to the hill with their torches and pitchforks to face the monster terrorizing their freedoms and securities. […]

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Ban banning bossy

As a teenage girl with hopes and dreams of becoming a successful and independent woman, I am exhausted of Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, telling me how to succeed.  With her book Lean In and now, her new campaign, Ban Bossy, it seems like Sandberg is nothing more than a bossy woman herself. In case you have […]

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To morning announcements, with love

Somebody once told me that morning announcements are a lot like the Occupy Wall Street movement: both are dead, but it doesn’t really matter because nobody listened to them anyway.  That broke my heart.  You see, it’s entirely true that morning announcements are supposed be painless, simple ways to get information out to large numbers of students, and I’d say that for the most part, that’s what they are.  For me, though, morning announcements are something different.  For me, morning announcements are energy.  They are enthusiasm.  They are love.  They are a way to spread happiness at 7:40, which to me is something really special. The way I see it, when any announcement comes on, there are two ways the […]

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What are the free expression rights of students in public schools under the First Amendment?

Our Op-Ed page features an article which opines that school administration (and school administrators) should have no control over the content of student publications under the auspices of free speech.  Principals argue that school publications are curricular activities and thus subject to an increased level of control.  In a contrasting essay, I’d like to illustrate the Supreme Court decisions that led to the level of control that principals have over student publications. For years, student journalists were protected by a high standard of freedom of expression based on the Supreme Court’s historic 1969 ruling in the Tinker case, in which the Court ruled that school officials couldn’t prevent students from expressing their opinions on school grounds, as long as they […]

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A plea for the rights of a student journalist

On October 15th, a reporter for The Knightly News walked into class to find that his article about the well-publicized controversy surrounding sexually suggestive at this year’s Homecoming had been stricken from the paper.  Not because it was defamatory, obscene or otherwise reckless, but because North principal Michael Zapicchi, a subject of the story, deemed it “unproductive” and “factually inaccurate.”  […]