Affirmative Action Still Necessary in Admissions

Staff Editorial As is the case with many topics that include race and racial discrimination, the debate about affirmative action policies has been swamped by misleading and sometimes inaccurate claims. One of the most common misconceptions is that colleges and universities have racial quotas in which a certain percentage of each racial group must be admitted, when in fact, courts … Read More

Fashion and Pollution

by Maleeha Khan ‘19 We live in a world where fashion is a statement of who we are, and that image of ourselves is constantly changing. Thanks to large fast-fashion retailers, like Forever 21 and H&M, most of us can easily access affordable clothing to regularly refresh our wardrobes, and by extension, our image. Yet most don’t realize the catch to … Read More

Pro v Con: Sherwood Hall Sweeps

In an attempt to minimize the number of students late to class, Sherwood has instituted hall sweeps. After the late bell rings, teachers will lock their room for the first and last 10 minutes of class and not allow any students to enter class while administration and security round up any students not in class on time. The following two … Read More

Recent Bullet Finding Reveals a Lack of Adequate Procedure

by Jonah Sachs ‘20  On Tuesday, November 27, students in an 11th grade English class found a .22-caliber bullet on the floor by a student’s desk. Minutes later, security arrived and the police were called, yet the handling of the situation as a whole was far from effective. Forty minutes after the bullet was found, an announcement was made over … Read More

Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandal is Worrying Sight Worldwide

by Liam Kennedy ‘19 Time after time it seems that the Catholic Church cannot get it together.  The Church in the United States has been hit with seemingly revelation after revelation of more priests accused of sexual abuse that were attached to some sort of cover-up or incorrect handling of the situation.  Prominent Church officials, two of which led the … Read More

Food Poisons

by Maleeha Khan ‘19  It’s very common for teenagers worldwide to choose prepackaged foods in place of a homemade snack. These prepackaged snacks are very convenient for students that have an overload of work or an extremely busy schedule, since they come cheap and are readily available. If a teen is hungry, they can simply buy a snack and satiate whatever … Read More

Pro v Con: Artificial Intelligence

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology becomes more common in daily life, the public and experts in the field have responded with mixed opinions on the benefits and costs of these technological curiosities. The rapidly growing field of AI development has some people fearing the possible consequences of self-teaching robots and others excited to see the innovations these machines could produce. … Read More

Aspiring Journalist Reflects On Dangers of Reporting

Conference attendees sit in the Newseum’s Fallen Journalists Memorial. Courtesy of Freedom Forum Institute. by Anika Mittu ’19  The truth came to student journalists from across America in the form of 2,232 names etched into glass and a wall of haunting headshots that towered far above our heads.  First, I noticed the demeanor of my fellow free spirits changed instantly. … Read More

Girls Avoiding Engineering

by Lauren Hesse ‘19  Of 24 students enrolled in aerospace engineering, 3 are female. Of 17 students enrolled in civil engineering, 2 are female. Of 39 students enrolled in digital electronics (a class focusing on electrical engineering), 8 are female. Yet, the ratio of females to males enrolled in other advanced STEM classes like AP Calculus BC and AP Chemistry … Read More

Gun Violence Has Desensitized Our Generation

by Anjali Verma 20′  Some things should never be challenged. For example, freedom of speech, or the safety of children in schools, or of people in a house of worship, or young people dancing in a bar. The year 2018 has been filled with what seems like a never-ending cycle of shootings. In today’s politically charged climate, young people have … Read More