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Memes help Generation Z, millennials cope with possibility of World War III

Memes help Generation Z, millennials cope with possibility of World War III

Cristina Stassis, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2020

Once the news broke out about how President Trump had commanded the assassination of a top Iran general, Qassem Soleimani, a massive trend of World War 3 memes hit social media platforms including Twitter and TikTok. This lighthearted reaction is a classic example of how both Generation Z and millenials use jokes as a coping mechanis...

Valentine’s Day: The best day of the year to be single

Valentine’s Day: The best day of the year to be single

Aaliyah Yan, Opinion Editor

February 5, 2020

To some, it may seem unfortunate that I’ve been single on Valentine’s Day for my whole life (a whole 16 years).   For those 16 years, I’ve had to watch couples get each other the cutest gifts, and I can practically feel the love radiating off of them. It’s times like these where sometime...

Where do the candidates stand?

Where do the candidates stand?

Melissa Dai and Claire Bai

February 1, 2020

This year’s field of Democratic presidential candidates currently consists of 11 candidates running for the party nomination and hoping to remove President Trump from office. The primary elections begin in February and the general election will be in November 2020. These are the top six candidates and ...

OPINION: Sports form bonds that go beyond the game

OPINION: Sports form bonds that go beyond the game

Sofia Roumiantsev, Staff Writer

January 30, 2020

Sports may not be for everyone, but for some, they can be a source of great enjoyment. Playing sports can help one's physical development as well as their education. Sports are an excellent opportunity to keep the body in good condition as well as building a close bond with one’s partner or teammat...

Homework should not be busywork

Homework should not be busywork

Colin Kerrigan, Staff Writer

January 29, 2020

Most students have accepted the tiresome act of completing homework as a fact of life, doing hours of busywork every night. However, just because it is the normal routine does not mean it is helpful to students. It is time that we end the cycle where too much homework leads to not enough sleep. S...

Instagram taking away likes is only the beginning

Instagram taking away likes is only the beginning

Aaliyah Yan, Opinion Editor

January 23, 2020

As of the end of last year, Instagram has begun hiding likes on posts in the U.S. although this movement has already taken place in several other countries such as Canada and Brazil. According to Adam Mosseri, CEO of Instagram “The idea is to depressurizing Instagram, make it less of a competition and give people...

Lecturing needs to be revamped

Lecturing needs to be revamped

Ben Schanzer, Staff Writer

January 22, 2020

It’s first period on a Tuesday after a long weekend; the bell rings and your teacher power’s up a PowerPoint and says “pull out your notebooks.” The class groans as they comply, preparing themselves for another boring double period. When I have doubles that are entirely lecturing, I get very ...

Don’t text and walk

Don’t text and walk

Jula Utzschneider, Staff Writer

January 15, 2020

Picture this: you are walking down a street and you receive a text message, so you open your phone to respond. Even after texting back, you continue to look at your phone while you cross the busy street. Suddenly, a car honks, snapping you back to reality, and you realize how little you were paying atte...

Teachers should utilize BYOD more in classroooms

Teachers should utilize BYOD more in classroooms

Andrew Roberts, Staff Writer

January 8, 2020

Every day, hundreds of students bring their own computers to school as part of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program that was introduced about a year ago.  Yet most teachers have struggled to adapt to the program, teaching similarly to how they did before the program began.   On a daily basi...

Money jeopardizes fairness of standardized tests

Money jeopardizes fairness of standardized tests

Kayla Albers, Staff Writer

January 2, 2020

Each year, as the college deadlines approach, applicants are forced to fill in many students’ most dreaded number: scores received on standardized tests. Whether it’s the SAT, ACT or even state standardized tests such as Massachusetts’ MCAS, students across the U.S. take the same version of an ...

EDITORIAL: Sleep deprivation is nothing to brag about

EDITORIAL: Sleep deprivation is nothing to brag about

December 20, 2019

In a typical day at Algonquin, it’s not uncommon to hear at least one person talk about the amount of sleep, or lack of, they got the night before. Whether it’s two, three, four hours or none at all, many students will gloat about how they are somehow superhuman because they are surviving on minimal s...

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