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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...

The great debate: “Friends” or “How I Met Your Mother”

The great debate: “Friends” or “How I Met Your Mother”

Alex Martin, Staff Writer
December 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It seems that high school students live off of Netflix, binge watching shows whenever they have the time. “Friends” and “How I Met Your Mother” are two shows that grab many people’s attention as well as the majority of their screen time. Both shows feature ensemble casts in simple, amusing...

Twins are separate people, should not be compared

Twins are separate people, should not be compared

Riley Garand, Staff Writer
December 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion

When I grew up I had the sudden realization that I was not alone in this world. I had a brother that looked similar to me, and we were forced to share everything with each other. It wasn’t just my room, toys, and clothes, it was our room, our toys and our clothes. You name it, we shared it. Don’t...

Better safe than sorry, ask questions about allergies

Better safe than sorry, ask questions about allergies

Anna Silver, Assistant A&E Editor
December 23, 2016
Filed under Opinion

When I was three years old, my seven year old sister decided it would be fun to make me a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich because I’d never had one before. It didn’t end well. I instantly had difficulty breathing and I spent the night in the hospital. When I was three, one of my preschool teachers,...

EDITORIAL: Generosity and appreciation should be present every day of the year

EDITORIAL: Generosity and appreciation should be present every day of the year

December 23, 2016
Filed under Opinion

With the cold of winter comes the warmth of family, friends, and even strangers. The holiday spirit always seems to heighten our generosity, our capacity to love, our gratitude. But what if we maintained this spirit throughout the year? What if gift giving and charitable living lasted all year long and...

Winter Ball should come be brought back

Winter Ball should come be brought back

Lauren Speranzella, Staff Writer
December 22, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Lights glisten all around and slowly the crowd of dressed up high schoolers walks into the ballroom surrounded by good music, dancing, and most importantly, holiday cheer. Getting the chance to dress up is a treat. It’s not every day that you get to go out and find the perfect dress or tie to fit...

Peaceful protests should remain peaceful

Peaceful protests should remain peaceful

Clarissa Wong, Copy Editor
December 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

“By this time tomorrow one of these candidates will be president, and the other will be threatening to sue reality.” When Daily Show host Trevor Noah was referring to the upcoming Election Day and the Democratic and Republican candidates, he didn’t consider the hundreds of thousands of anti-Tru...

Political clothing represents freedom of expression

Political clothing represents freedom of expression

Anna Silver, Assistant A&E Editor
December 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The debate has been raging for decades. It was Tinker v. Des Moines and Guiles v. Marineau; now it’s Trump hats and “vulgar” t-shirts. Either way, it’s the same issue: what kind of messages should students be allowed to wear on their clothes, and when does their freedom of expression cross the line? ...

Focus more on giving thanks, less on wanting more

Focus more on giving thanks, less on wanting more

Elissa Gorman, Assistant News Editor
November 24, 2016
Filed under Opinion

On Thanksgiving, millions of Americans enjoy a day spent with family, friends, and lots of apple pie. Others are busy making early morning preparations to score the best deals of Black Friday. The irony of coveting more useless, material objects the day after giving thanks for all we have astounds ...

To teen drivers: practice makes perfect

To teen drivers: practice makes perfect

Riley Garand, Staff Writer
November 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Remember that slow, student driver that you and your parents sat behind who always seemed to ruin your day? Don’t yell, don’t beep, because either that was you, or that’ll be you soon. Unlike learning how to ride a bicycle, learning to drive a car does not come with training wheels; it takes...

Dress codes should not sexualize female students

Dress codes should not sexualize female students

Julia Guay, Staff Writer
November 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

We’ve all been exposed to similar dress codes since early middle school: shorts and skirts must reach fingertip length, no parts of a chest or stomach is to be exposed, and God forbid girls wear a tank top and reveal their bare shoulders. However, while Algonquin students are lucky enough to be...

A letter to the President-elect

A letter to the President-elect

Elissa Gorman, Assistant News Editor
November 11, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Dear Mr. Trump, The reality of the situation is you are our next president.  I hope you understand the importance this role carries.  This is more than what tax system you implement; this is what the character of the nation will embody going forward. How will members of the LGBT+ community be tr...

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