The Origin of Senioritis

November 24, 2014
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The Origin of Senioritis

Recently I asked a peer what senioritis stems from, and rather confidently might I say, she told me, “being at high school for four years.” “Expand,” I demanded. “Well… when a senior gets into college, they feel that they don’t need to try any more because their future is sealed,” she explained.  From all conversations on the topic in which I have participated in, or eavesdropped on, this appears to be the consensus on the cause of this unfatal disease.  Seniors stop caring because they have something better coming; they no longer have reason to be engaged in their high school education  However, I contend that the roots of senioritis are of a very different composition. From my personal experience with senioritis, which is a very real phenomenon, I have found that although even students themselves believe...
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Shorties Rule (with some minor setbacks)

November 24, 2014
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Shorties Rule (with some minor setbacks)

As a 4′ 11” girl trying to survive in a world where the average woman is 5′ 4” and the average guy is 5′ 9” , there are many pros and cons to being so short compared to everyone else. 1. Having to hem pants every time when I buy them. 2. Being a human armrest for everyone. 4. I can’t share shoes with everyone cause my feet are too small. 5. Having to physically crane my head up to talk to anyone over 6 feet tall. 6. Everyone thinks I’m 12. 7. Freshman are all taller than me. 8. 7th graders are all taller than me. 9. “What’s the weather like down there?” 11. When people 5′ 4” complain about being short. 12. Sports 13. Daily Short Jokes 14. It’s really hard to...
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Should College Athletes Be Paid?

November 24, 2014
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Should College Athletes Be Paid?

College sports have become massive franchises for many schools, bringing vast donations from alumni and huge merchandise sales. Money brought in from ticket sales, donations, and media rights drive college sports, and the athletic departments of countless schools. According to Marc Edelman from CUNY, data has shown that revenue from college athletics often exceeds the mass revenue of the NBA and NHL.  In 2013, the Texas Longhorns football franchise brought in $109 million from football alone, and the athletic department revenue totaled $165 million. Furthermore, Edelman says that Alabama University’s athletic department revenue in 2013 was $143 million – more than all 30 NHL teams and 25 NBA teams. This data clearly shows that players – especially in football – bring unparalleled benefits to their school. Yet these athletes often make huge sacrifices in exchange for...
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Let’s Talk About Feminism

November 24, 2014
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Let’s Talk About Feminism

In recent weeks, CC seems to have been taken over by debates on feminism, and personally, I’m very okay with it.  In only a few short years, I’ve gone from being relatively ambivalent about the issue to taking a hardline stance.  This evolution mirrors that of many girls my age, and I think I speak for all of us when I say we have become feminists out of sheer necessity.  I didn’t realize women’s rights were still an issue until I saw politicians on TV calling women sluts and going to drastic measures to restrict our access to abortion.  I didn’t realize misogyny still existed until I experienced it firsthand, when my peers in debate accused me of winning rounds by flirting with the judge.  I didn’t realize sexual harassment was so prevalent until a...
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Lost & Not Found: Clothing

November 24, 2014
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Lost & Not Found: Clothing

It’s the Great Coat Migration: the coats, sweaters, sweatshirts and hoodies that migrate from the backs of my students to the shelves of my classroom.  It begins in October and continues throughout the winter.  Students understandably shed their outer layers on warm days or when the classrooms are too hot, and then they leave them behind.  Over time, the clothing begins to pile up on the top of the cabinet by my door.  And it stays there.  There is clothing in all the classrooms.  Check it out if you don’t believe me.  In June, after school is over, I take all the clothing in my classroom down to the Main Office for donation. So, here’s my question to students: how do you not know that you no longer have your coat?  Doesn’t it dawn...
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Obama and ISIS: We Need Another Plan

November 24, 2014
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Obama and ISIS: We Need Another Plan

The Islamic State terrorist group, otherwise known as ISIL or ISIS, poses a grave threat to Middle Eastern security and stability. Additionally, the group is a danger to many Western nations. Many residents of America, Canada and European nations have been radicalized and joined the ISIS campaign. When they return, such fighters are versed in extremist dogma and armed with knowledge of firearms and explosives. These “lone wolves” threaten American safety and may plot terrorist attacks on our soil. They also pose a significant risk to US interests in the Middle East and threaten to destroy what little peace and unity is left in the region. While the rationale for dealing with the Islamic State is clear, the precise method by which they should be dealt with is less certain. President Obama is currently advocating for a policy that relies...
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Boys Soccer Undefeated State Champs!

November 24, 2014
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Boys Soccer Undefeated State Champs!

The men’s varsity soccer team closed a historic season with the title of Division 2 State Champions. The close 1-0 victory over Oliver Ames High School made them not only state champs, but proud possessors of the only undefeated season in CCHS men’s soccer history. The November 10th match was held in Marshfield, Massachusetts on a near freezing night. Despite cold conditions, the bleachers were full of fan support from both high schools. CCHS students journeyed on the fan bus to cheer on their peers, yelling encouragement from the stands.  After their victory, the team rushed the bleachers to celebrate with students and family. Congratulations to the coaches, captains and players on CCHS’s undefeated state championship team!      
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A Tradition Lost- Black Friday Infringing on Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2014
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A Tradition Lost- Black Friday Infringing on Thanksgiving Day

In recent years, shoppers have been seeing opening hours for Black Friday, beginning to edge earlier and earlier into Thursday. This year, many big retailers are opening their doors as early as 5 PM Thanksgiving Day in order to gain an edge on the competition for sales. What does this move say about the values of American society? Are we as Americans becoming more materialistic, more obsessed with shopping than spending precious time with our families? According to Walmart spokesperson, Molly Blakeman, Black Friday shopping is “a great family shopping experience.” “We see our customers really enjoy coming out and making this new tradition of shopping after they put the turkey away with their families,” said Blakeman. The absurdity of Blakeman’s statement infuriates me. This year, Walmart opens at 6 PM. How many families “put the turkey away”...
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