Applying to College: Covid Edition

by Jenna Bloom ’21 While the typical (non-pandemic) college application process is filled with tours, in-person interviews, and being able to talk to your counselors and teachers at any time of the school day, it’s quite obvious that this year looks … a little different. Seniors this year are facing an entirely new experience, which involves deciding from our bedrooms … Read More

Not Okay, Boomers

by Lexi Kimmel ’21 I work at one of the boomer hot spots of Olney: GrillMarx Steakhouse. My coworkers are some of the nicest people I know, and all of the managers treat us with dignity and respect, but every time I work there seems to be one group of people that are able to find the smallest problem with … Read More

Remembering L’Simcha

by Ella Scher ‘23 On October 27, 2018, an assailant opened fire on the congregation of the Squirrel Hill-located synagogue, the Tree of Life, or L’Simcha. On that quiet, rainy morning, eleven people lost their lives, and the Pittsburgh area, even two years after the fact, is still reeling from the blow of the single deadliest hate crime against the … Read More

Keep Your Biases

by Ella Scher ‘23 The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of the word ‘unbiased’ is as follows: “un·bi·ased | /ˌənˈbīəst/ adjective | showing no prejudice for or against something; impartial.”  Sounds good, right? True neutral. Completely free of opinion and preconceived notions, laying out only the facts for a reader to take them as they may. However, the media has a long-running … Read More

Plastic Bottles Got to Go

by Lucy Sokol ‘21 What do you think about when you grab a soda from the store? Do you think about which brand to buy from? The flavor? The fizziness? Or is it the material of the container that simply “pleases” the eye?  According to Coca-Cola, the company refuses to stop producing plastic bottles simply because consumers prefer plastic over … Read More

Why All Minorities Should Support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement

by Hannah Lee ‘21 Asian Americans are often referred to as a “model minority” after the presumption that they are more socioeconomically successful than other minority groups. Although this generalization may come off as positive, it actually winds up having detrimental effects on how Asian Americans are percieved in American culture, erasing the diversity within the Asian community and downplaying … Read More

Turn. Your. Cameras. On.

by Lexi Kimmel ‘21 Senior year for me started by sitting in front of a computer, staring at an error message telling me that the website that had my Zoom link on it had crashed. No senior breakfast, no decorating cars in the parking lot, no senior privileges. And while I do indulge in a little self-pity, I understand that … Read More