“Half days” Dragged Out Through the Day

Most people enjoy having a day off from school occasionally, but when a half day is brought into perspective there are mixed emotions. I think half days are a waste of time.

What Flashmob?

The 300 people who said they were attending a special event failed to go through with their actions or at least make it obvious, so that could explain why no one noticed anything special.

PRO: Students Must Dress for Success

by Diana McDermott ‘13   The way one dresses contributes to the way one is perceived as an individual. It is nonsense to say looks don’t matter, because they do. The way you dress is a form of non-verbal communication and whether they are right or wrong, people will make inferences based on your clothes about who you are as … Read More

CON: Inconsistency In Dress Code and In Cooperation

by Michaela O’Donnell ‘13   I was casually walking by the main office when a staff member stopped me going into first period. She said that my shirt’s straps were inappropriate because they were too thin, and led me to the main office where I waited until a security officer came and gave me a XXL tee-shirt. When I asked, … Read More

PRO: Protect the Pledge for a Unified Nation

by Hannah Stokes ‘11   In recent years, the Pledge of Allegiance has unfortunately been turned into a political sore spot by a small minority of people who personally take offense to the tradition and its meaning. As a result, this once honored and respected tradition has now become some sort of albatross to America’s youth. A tradition that should … Read More

CON: The Pledge Brainwashes Children, Violates Constitution

by Arjun Singh ‘12   The Pledge of Allegiance was originally written by Francis Bellamy in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in America. It was then used later in 1892, by James Upham, a marketer for a magazine, to promote sales of flags and magazines to students and schools while promoting the idea of American … Read More

Concrete Guidelines and Consequences Crucial To Stopping Threat of Bullying

While it may not seem particularly evident at Sherwood, bullying does occur in various forms throughout the school. Recently, numerous instances of bullying have been highlighted in the media, begging the question of how bullying can be stopped entirely at Sherwood. Sherwood offers various “support groups” for students. Stand Proud (the school’s gay-straight alliance) provides students with a tolerant environment … Read More

Facing Up to Modern Realities

by Ellen Kirkness ‘12 In an interview published last week, Pope Benedict XVI recognized the sense in male prostitutes using condoms. This turned many heads because it seemed he was defying all teachings of the Catholic religion regarding sex and contraception. Under Catholic doctine, one is instructed to remain chaste outside of marriage and use no method of birth control … Read More