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Standardized Testing: Killing the Future, One Student at a Time

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Tests like the ACT or the SAT are known for their length and difficulty world-wide. The main purpose of these tests are to show colleges your academic capabilities in the form of a numeric value. These tests force you to think about more abstract math problems and how to solve them. Students need to think […]

Finding Peace: The Practice of Yoga

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Krystal Aranyani practicing yoga in nature. Credit to Koi Fresco.

Yoga is a practice that has been around for over 500 years and with good reason. Still, there are many people who are not aware of its many benefits or the overall effect it can have on their everyday life. Yoga can physically, emotionally, and mentally improve your life in various ways. In the lives […]

“A Change is Gonna Come”

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LeBron James stands up for equality. 
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Nike has launched a new ad during Black History Month featuring Nike-sponsored athletes such as Lebron James, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, Gabby Douglas and other famous athletes using their voices to preach about the value of Equality and inspiring people to make a change in their communities and neighborhoods. Since the ad featured many sports […]

Receiving College Acceptance Letters

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Acceptance letters from Pace University and St. John’s University.

Some seniors are starting to receive their college acceptance letters. Many are full of excitement, while others use this as an excuse to stop working hard in school. Students know this as “senioritis.” The term many seniors use when they want to describe what’s stopping them from doing work in school. This comes into play […]

Rise to the Top

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Senator Bernie Sanders showing his support for Governor Cuomo's new initiative

On Tuesday, January 3rd, Governor Andrew Cuomo gained some major appeal with many New York teenagers after unveiling his plan to make all CUNY and SUNY colleges tuition-free for middle and low-income families in the near future. Standing in front of a packed auditorium at LaGuardia Community College, Governor Cuomo brought both adults and teenagers […]

Early Bird Catches the Cold

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7:00 AM and it’s the usual morning lineup students still seem to be ignoring the “open at 7:30 AM only” rule and are coming to school before the doors open, which leaves them waiting in the cold. Before the 2015-2016 school year, students were allowed to enter the building before 7:30 AM, but now have […]

The Interview

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You’ve spent weeks fixing your resume, days picking out your outfit and hours practicing your lines, but all that remains is that final obstacle, your interview. Is if often the littlest things that can make or break interviews and the preconceived ideas students and young adults have of interviews is often what makes them blind […]

Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?

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A piece of graffiti located in The High Line. 
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Graffiti is known to many as a form of vandalism and a criminal offense. Fines for defacing property can start at $250 and can result in the individual being jailed. However graffiti is rarely referred to as a form of art. When people think of graffiti, they automatically think of something tagged on a building […]

Clean or Dirty Kicks?

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The white Adidas are kept clean unlike the red Pumas.

How come your sneakers are so dirty?  Why are your shoes so white? These questions seem to be common when asking about sneakers. Many students take pride in their kicks and want to show off their value. However other students don’t really care about their sneakers, and actually prefer them to be dirty. When you […]

Snowzilla 2k16

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Edison covered in snow after the storm.

Just when we were enjoying the nice weather in December, Mother Nature decided the hit and gave us a snowstorm. It impacted 85 million people along the east coast and resulted in 30 deaths. This blizzard broke records in New York being the first time a single storm dropped more than two feet of snow. […]