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Yes, Senioritis Is Contagious

June 2, 2014
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Yes, Senioritis Is Contagious

Senioritis (n):  Feelings of intense laziness and unwillingness to focus on school, due to a growing lack of concern about one’s grades. Common among second-semester seniors already into college, and deemed acceptable by most teachers. This disease, which has already stricken the senior class, is rapidly spreading to the lower grades, who have now...
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Take a Walk in the Woods!

June 2, 2014
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Take a Walk in the Woods!

This spring, I have found myself venturing out into nature on numerous occasions.  This past weekend was no exception.  I found myself relaxing in my yard, in my neighbor’s yards, and even taking a spooky sunset walk in the woods at dusk.  Today, as I walked through the halls and attended my various classes,...
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The Down Low on High School Partying

May 27, 2014
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The Down Low on High School Partying

We have heard the rumors, seen some questionable pictures on Facebook, perhaps even skimmed the occasional police log entry from the Concord Journal about a raucous party getting broken up. Maybe you have participated in one of these infamous high school parties, posed for Instagram pictures with red solo cups holding some unknown (possibly...
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Fighting the Stigma Against Mental Illness

May 27, 2014
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Fighting the Stigma Against Mental Illness

A New York Times article was recently brought to my attention by a psychology teacher here at CC. The article, titled “Depressed, but Not Ashamed,” is written by Madeline Halpert and Eva Rosenfield, two high school students in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Though they were close friends, they did not know that they both suffered from...
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Redirecting the National Conversation

May 27, 2014
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Redirecting the National Conversation

The shooting at Santa Barbara this weekend has dominated the news, and for the wrong reasons.  I see the same pattern after every mass shooting, and it never fails to fill me with a hopeless sense of anger.  Why on earth does the media continue to publish the killer’s name?  We are teaching the...
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Assassins – Why You Should Be Assass-IN, Not Assass-OUT

May 19, 2014
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Assassins – Why You Should Be Assass-IN, Not Assass-OUT

This year, the administration has tried to crack down on Assassins, a senior class tradition. For those of you who are not familiar with Assassins, every year in May the senior class plays the game.  Each participant receives a “target” that they have to hit with water, whether by using a squirt gun or a water...
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Stop Talking About College!

May 12, 2014
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Stop Talking About College!

I am aware that college has direct effects on one’s future and that I am only a junior and have not experienced the full process yet, but I still have reason to believe that the college obsession has spiraled out of control. Every day in a certain class of mine, a group of my fellow students...
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Why ADL Isn’t Working

April 28, 2014
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I’d like to preface this by saying, I really, really respect our school’s efforts to combat racism, especially after the disgusting graffiti incident last year. I admire the students who have spent hours training to become ADL Peer Leaders and are clearly committed to eradicating racism from our school.  But the current Anti Defamation...
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Anti-Defamation League: Embracing Diversity and Positive Attitudes

April 28, 2014
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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) program uses a movie to initiate discussion about how easy it is to categorize people into racial and general stereotypes and the potential harm it causes.  In the movie Silent Beats, each of the four main characters appear to have a stereotypical role.  In the end, the characters do not...
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Bindis – A Touchy Trend and a Slippery Slope

April 14, 2014
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Bindis – A Touchy Trend and a Slippery Slope

Coachella, the famous indie music festival in California, has recently dominated the gossip media. Who’s performing, who’s attending, who’s wearing what and who’s with who. Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame was among the celebrities and concertgoers sporting an Indian bindi at Coachella, a fashion trend that’s been the center of a religious...
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