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Rank stunts student success in game of school

Rank stunts student success in game of school

Cassidy Wang, A&E Editor
May 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

School is like a board game. You can read the rules carefully and logically think through your game plan, but when you pick up your pawn, you can merely hope that you’re on the right track. In the end, no matter how well you played the game, there’s always a ranking: first place, second place, thir...

Ignorance isn’t bliss

Ignorance isn’t bliss

David Tennyson, Staff Writer
May 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

“I will build a great wall, and no one builds walls better than me.” “If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.” “Too many women, in too many countries speak the same language, of silence.” Many of us have heard these lines, and many of us know they were said by Donald T...

Tech takes over childhood, hinders the youthful experience

Tech takes over childhood, hinders the youthful experience

Rachel White, Staff Writer
May 19, 2016
Filed under Opinion

When most of us think back to our childhood, we remember a totally different world, a simple and balanced world. However, the kids growing up now will remember their childhoods in a very different way. Twenty years ago, you may have seen a little girl holding a doll while waiting to be seated at Olive...

Finstas serve as forum for friends

Finstas serve as forum for friends

Jessica Yin, Staff Writer
May 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In the app store, Instagram describes itself as “a free and simple way to share your life and keep up with other people.” In theory, social media is a great way to bring people together on a different platform, but years of misuse has turned it into something else entirely. It has created another...

Keep it real in college Facebook groups

Keep it real in college Facebook groups

Kate Massucco, Staff Writer
May 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion

I’m startled by a vibration as I’m sitting in class. I pick up my phone and see the banner notification, “______ posted in the University of ______ Class of 2020 group.” I swipe left to read the message. It reads vaguely something along the lines of, “I’m gonna need a workout buddy, but I...

New social trend of ‘finsta’ brings negativity

New social trend of ‘finsta’ brings negativity

Emily Wang, Staff Writer
May 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In modern times social media is one of the most popular pastimes. It’s easy to just whip out a phone and check Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Recently, fake Instagrams (or “finstas”), have been the rage among students. The idea of a fake Instagram is to share more private pictures and...

EDITORIAL: Check your privilege, see the bigger picture

EDITORIAL: Check your privilege, see the bigger picture

May 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion

“The school lunch is gross today. I wouldn’t eat it, but I’m starving.” “My parents are so lame. They bought a new car and made me drive the old one.” “I hate my teacher. If he gives us one more test, I’m just going to drop out.” Statements similar to those above illustrate the...

Donald’s intentions trump his delivery

Donald’s intentions trump his delivery

Maggie Del Re, Staff Writer
May 12, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The dark lord Donald Trump: the Republican candidate for America’s next president. He hates minorities and is funding a program that will give guns to toddlers. His iron wall will tower half way to the moon, featuring laser technology to incinerate any Mexican who gets a little too close. Just kidding!...

Herdman goes for glitter over robots for just one night

Herdman goes for glitter over robots for just one night

Tess Herdman, Staff Writer
May 11, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Gorgeous dresses, flashing cameras, friends crowded into a limo and onto the dance floor of thundering crowds, scrambling students, and the heat of competition… this was the choice I was faced with at the beginning of this school year. When it was announced that our school’s robotics team, Team...

Elimination of homeroom will hurt more than help

Elimination of homeroom will hurt more than help

Lily Scearbo, Staff Writer
May 3, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Homeroom will be eliminated next year, and I think it is a tragedy.  Although five minutes does not seem like much, this time has a large impact on the day of many students who use it wisely. The time that is given to us in homeroom is beneficial because there is an endless amount of things that you co...

Snapchat “pics” away at your free time

Snapchat “pics” away at your free time

Annie Campbell, Sports Editor
March 30, 2016
Filed under Multimedia, Opinion

According to Omnicore Digital Marketing, 78 percent of Americans hold a social media account. I think it is safe to say that almost all Algonquin students fit into this percentage. Jumping in head first to the social media world is Snapchat. Snapchat’s popularity grew as much in one year as Twitter...

The oxymoron of required electives

The oxymoron of required electives

March 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Course selections are a stressful process. On top of deciding which classes to sign up for, students must take into account required elective courses. Due to these requirements, students may find that schedule space is limited and they are unable to take classes that interest them more. Required credits...

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