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 alcoholic) drink, or even been put on academic probation for being caught at one of these gatherings. For those unclear on the lingo, and perhaps we all are, for the definition may vary – what is “partying”? Some hear the word and associate it with simply having a good time with friends. Others may have to explain that it is a cultural phenomenon, specific to this generation. High schoolers in our community or others of similar affluence, who have ample...
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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 depression and they both took Prozac. As editors of their school newspaper, they decided to use their positions to try to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness. They interviewed fellow students and asked them to share their stories about dealing with depression, anxiety, prescription abuse, and various other disorders. The students that were interviewed agreed to sign their full name with their story in order for there to be no anonymity. Halpert and Rosenfield took all necessary legal precautions prior to presenting...
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Final Art Show Held at the Concord Art Association

May 27, 2014
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Final Art Show Held at the Concord Art Association

The Concord Art Association held the final art show of the year, featuring senior portfolios from AP Art, AP Ceramics, and AP Photography. The show will be up until June 6, so be sure to check it out! I went for the opening on May 19. My 2-D art portfolio was featured, with the theme of “Painting a Bigger Picture”. There was a wide array of work, with over 30 senior portfolios. Each had its individual style and was incredibly sophisticated. There was an overwhelming amount of art there, also displayed by freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. Three awards for senior portfolios were given in total that night, unlike past years, where there were three for each category (2-D, photography, and ceramics). These awards were titled the Prifti awards, honoring David Prifti, a CC photography...
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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 next madman what exactly the benefits of killing innocent people are.  These shooters typically feel marginalized and rejected by society.  They want recognition, they want their pain and anger to be felt by the entire country.  And we are only encouraging them to embark on the next murder spree.  Want a way to live in fame (even in the form of infamy) for decades to come?  Want people to finally pay attention to your problems?  Thanks to our media, murdering...
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“Not All Men” – Yes, All Women

May 27, 2014
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“Not All Men” – Yes, All Women

Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a killing spree in a Californian college town after releasing a Youtube video detailing his motives: he meant to get revenge for all the women who had rejected his advances in the past. We could talk about universal background checks, about making sure that guns don’t find their ways into the hands of the mentally ill. We could talk about how his video shouldn’t be watched, shouldn’t be played on news stations – how his name shouldn’t be published because we shouldn’t give him the satisfaction that he wanted. Here, today, I want to discuss a different problem, one that has to do with male entitlement – and as much as the term is bandied about, male privilege. Men have commented on the video Rodger posted saying, “Women, see? This...
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Softball Coach Lisa McGloin Bats 300… Wins!

May 27, 2014
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Softball Coach Lisa McGloin Bats 300… Wins!

  Late in the afternoon of Memorial Day yesterday, head coach of the CCHS Varsity Softball team Lisa McGloin secured her 300th career win as CC topped St. Mary’s High School 3-2, away at Lynn. The poster had been prepared and was ready to go when the team secured the next win, during their last game of the regular season. McGloin, who has a law practice at Seaport Landing in Lynn, only got her 250th win in April of 2012 at the annual At Bat for Buddy tournament. The softball team is now 17-3 in the NCAA Division 1 North Tournament. The team looks ahead to games coming later this week, as their high rank has earned them a bye for the first round of the tournament.
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Salute to Senior Editors

May 27, 2014
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Salute to Senior Editors

Once again The CCHS Voice must say goodbye to an outstanding staff of senior editors. Every year it is our privilege to salute our outstanding seniors and to predict where they will be when they return to CCHS for their 20th reunion in 2034. One thing that we know for certain is that this group of amazing young women has promising and adventure-filled futures.   2034 finds Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Chen working hard and being creative, as she always does so well. Sixteen years after graduating from Wellesley College where she was the Counter-culture editor of the Wellesley News, Cynthia, inspired by years of dying and cutting her own hair, decided to pursue a career in hair styling. She did her graduate work at The New England Hair Academy while simultaneously becoming a tattoo artist....
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Movie Review: The Normal Heart

May 27, 2014
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Movie Review: The Normal Heart

Last Sunday, HBO debuted The Normal Heart, a largely autobiographical film adaption from the 1985 play of the same name, that chronicles the outbreak of the HIV-AIDS crisis. This film is a journey through the very bleak and frightening landscape of New York City in the early 1980s, and the tour guide is Ned Weeks, a gay activist attempting to raise HIV-AIDS awareness. This film uses the love story of Ned Weeks, played by Mark Ruffalo, and closeted New York Times writer Felix Turner, played by Matt Bomer, as a backdrop to explore the real sense of fear from not only HIV-AIDS victims, but from society as a whole. While the physical battle against HIV-AIDS is represented throughout, this film also documents the internal battle to accept oneself and the larger battle of people...
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