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Easily earned extra credit is unfair, should be worked for

Easily earned extra credit is unfair, should be worked for

Anna He, Staff Writer
February 24, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Failed a quiz? Don’t worry, the teacher will assign extra credit in a few weeks and your grade will be back up in no time. Your teacher doesn’t give extra credit? Well, guess you’re out of luck. Some students spend long, stressful nights studying to earn an A, but others, with different teachers,...

OPINION: Why the Beatles are the best band of all time

OPINION: Why the Beatles are the best band of all time

Owen Lyons, Staff Writer
February 23, 2017
Filed under Opinion

“Help, I need somebody,” once belted out the late John Lennon. “Let it be,” replied Paul McCartney. In the end, “Here comes the sun,” sang the late George Harrison, and though the band did not walk off into the sunset, their music will forever be at the top. The Beatles made the greatest ...

Less is more: join clubs for interests, not resumés

Less is more: join clubs for interests, not resumés

Apple Lin, Staff Writer
February 22, 2017
Filed under Opinion

A club advisor’s and members’ hearts get ripped out whenever the words “I’m doing this because it’ll look good on my college application” are uttered. For many students, clubs are no longer about having fun and getting involved. They’re about building up that ideal college resume so...

Being more lenient on lateness would lead to less missed class time

Being more lenient on lateness would lead to less missed class time

Drew Depres, Staff Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under Opinion

My house sits on Ridge Road in Northborough, three minutes from Algonquin, so twenty minutes should be enough time to beat the first period bell, right? Wrong. Every morning I rush to leave my driveway at 7:00 a.m. to get through the daily traffic at the front entrance, park in the parking lot, and...

Stop the stigma of Integrated Math

Stop the stigma of Integrated Math

Julie Rogers, Staff Writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I’ve been in the Integrated Math Program all four years here, and I used to be embarrassed admitting I was even in the class. There’s a certain stigma that comes along with this course, unlike every other class. Integrated is the second lowest math class offered at Algonquin, and it covers the...

Stop Snapchats just for streaks

Stop Snapchats just for streaks

Elise Gallagher, Staff Writer
February 16, 2017
Filed under Opinion

In 2015, Snapchat introduced a new feature called streaks, and the world has not been the same since. Thanks to streaks, people have become more addicted to their phones, now not being able to go one day without them. For those clueless few (or perhaps those few who are wise enough to stay off of so...

EDITORIAL: We the people must defend the great tradition of immigration

EDITORIAL: We the people must defend the great tradition of immigration

February 15, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In New York Harbor there stands an emerald emblem casting a promise across the rolling water which laps the shores of Ellis Island. This pinnacle of the American Dream offers the welcoming words of “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Emma Lazarus’s...

Trump’s executive order contradicts, betrays American principles as nation of immigrants

Trump’s executive order contradicts, betrays American principles as nation of immigrants

Natalie Sadek, Social Media Editor
January 30, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On January 27 at 4:42 pm, President Trump sat at the Resolute desk and signed an executive order which placed a temporary immigration ban on seven Muslim majority countries. On January 28 at 7:25 am, two Syrian families arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport after an 18-hour flight, on...

When division manifests, the people must pursue solidarity

When division manifests, the people must pursue solidarity

Carey Davis, Online Editor
January 21, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Two hundred and forty years ago, brilliant minds from twelve of the original thirteen states shuttered themselves away in a Philadelphia convention hall; they were in ardent pursuit of crafting a document which harbored the ideals of the revolution that had shaken the world. Within the articles of th...

Field trip opportunities extend learning beyond the classroom

Field trip opportunities extend learning beyond the classroom

Brooke Suitum, Staff Writer
January 12, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I would wake up earlier than normal on the day of a school field trip, I would grab my paper bag lunch from my mom and I would run out the door to the bus excited for the Museum of Science or the Freedom Trail in Boston or Old Sturbridge Village. Elementary and middle school were filled with an abundance of fun and e...

It’s the Harby Update… Now with Katie Miller!

It’s the Harby Update… Now with Katie Miller!

December 31, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It's that time of year again when we celebrate the great achievements of American cinema; Golden Globe nominees have been announced! Nominations for top actor include Matt Damon for his role in The Martian, Jennifer Lawrence for her role in Joy, and me for getting away with "my dog ate my homework" f...

Overseas trips enhance learning, should be brought back

Overseas trips enhance learning, should be brought back

Julia Guay, Staff Writer
December 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Throughout the years, the number of overseas trips connected with or sponsored by Algonquin have declined rapidly, limiting students from gaining worldwide experiences. Teachers in the language department in previous years have conducted field trips to France, Italy, Costa Rica, Spain, Ireland and...

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