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My Unedited Experience in Nepal

By Julia Crofton, Staff Writer “How was Nepal?” is the only question I received the week I returned from the remarkable city of Kathmandu. I had expected to have an answer to this question after returning. I had expected to be able to say that it was incredible, perfect, and dreamlike. And while it was

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It’s Time to Redefine ‘Proper’ Speech

Editorial and Video by Phoebe Eis, Staff Writer One of my more vivid memories of high school is my first Socratic seminar, freshman year. Chairs were scraped (deafeningly) into a circle, directions were explained (and then explained again) and finally, we each contributed once to our discussion about the Roman empire. After my contributions, my

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A Call for Diversity

Gabriel Cook, Writer Featured Image Courtesy of The Harvard Business Review Since I’ve come to high school, I’ve felt a little bit weird. At first, the feeling fell to the back of my attention, but it hasn’t really gone away even as I have gotten more accustomed or grown into my environment. There is a

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It’s the Oscars… Again.

By Christine Vigliotti, Staff Writer Between early February and late March, the biggest names in Hollywood get ready for the showdown of the year The Academy Awards. They clear their Sunday, secure stylists and dates, and walk the red carpet, trying to hide their nerves through fake smiles. The attendees sit at overpriced tables as

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What Taylor Swift Means to Today’s Youth

By Hanna Beukelman and Parker Reed, Staff Writers Few possess the sheer ambition of 12-year-old Taylor Swift, whose diary’s front page read: “My life, my career, my dream, my reality.” Determined to become a household name, Swift’s global relevance was prefaced by her country singer aspirations, which she chased with vigor. Her transformation from Tennessee

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Why Chris Rock and Will Smith are Both in the Wrong

By Parker Reed and Julia Demskie The Oscars–on Sunday, March 27– hosted more than just renowned actors from all categories of timeless movies, but also the source of gossip that would be heard from the mouths of millions in the days following.  Chris Rock, a comedian and actor, was a presenter at this year’s Oscars

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The NFL Needs to Change

Video by Solo Diedhiou, Staff Writer Video by Lindsey Clinton, Co-Editor-In-Chief Time for Much Needed Change in Hiring How Well Does New Paltz Know Their NFL Logos?

The Cook Off

By Shane Maher, Staff Writer Roman Grinevics and I have had a long standing rivalry concerning school lunches. With both of us having the same lunch on both days, we’ve gotten to know each other’s eating habits fairly well. For instance, it’s almost a guarantee that on any day of the year I will have

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Opinion: The Ahmaud Arbery Verdict

By Julia Demskie, Assistant Editor-in-Chief On February 23, 2020, the American tradition of murdering innocent black people was observed once again when Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot while on a jog. A video of the incident was released by lawyers for Arbery’s family on May 5, 2020; by the time this incident reached my world,

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I Wrote a Letter to Every State in America

By Shane Maher, Staff Writer During a trip to Pasquale’s on a cold quarantine night, I had a realization: I needed to write a letter to every single state in America. I really like learning about people, especially those from different places. I commonly watch “Vice” pieces on YouTube, since that’s what they tend to

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What Would Happen if the Internet Went Out?

By Giselle Eisenburg Featured Illustration by Fallon Geisler The internet has become a daily necessity in the last 20 years. Communication, entertainment, information, school, and work have become dependent on the use of the internet. However, the use of the internet is not a strictly modern thing. The internet has been a large part of

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Journalism: Forever Changed as a Result of “45”

By Lindsey Clinton, Co-Editor-in-Chief The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his administration have left much controversy over the credibility and relevance of journalists in today’s society.  In April 2020, the coronavirus pandemic became the headline of virtually every news article across the globe.  With many questions waiting eagerly to be answered,

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Sustainability in New Paltz High School

By Sophie Gallo, Staff Writer New Paltz High School students are striving to be more sustainable in their fashion choices.  But the reality for students is… there are many factors that get in the way. Fashion One major pinpoint of self expression amongst high school students varies from person to person. While there are many

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The Pressures Instagram Puts on Today’s Youth

By Parker Reed, Staff Writer In today’s society where social media is always looming, children are losing their innocent childhood. “Why can’t I stay outside for five more minutes?” used to be the normal conflict between mother and child, but over the years the plea of a child has been transformed to begging for Instagram.

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The Importance of a Dynamic Consciousness

By Soleil Miller, Writer Growing up is like getting a new glasses prescription. The fresh lenses allow us to view the world in a clearer, more in-depth picture. As we age, our level of consciousness grows with us. The newfound perception that is gained through adolescence is the ability to be knowledgeable about feelings and

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The Glamorization of Mental Illness in the Media

By Mae Rogers, Writer We love the media. TikTok, Instagram, television, YouTube- you name it, we can’t get enough. In fact, 2021 estimates suggest that more than 210 million people worldwide suffer from addiction to social media and the internet. On all sources of media, you can find users that glamorize poor mental health and

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I Quit Instagram.

By Rosie Savelson, Staff Writer My private Instagram account has 1,135 posts. I created it in eighth grade, and for the last four years I shared on it almost daily. I created series; traditions; I packaged my innermost thoughts into irony and entertainment, everything a huge satire of itself. Then I made a decision I

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A Doodle From a Teacher

By Shane Maher, Staff Writer Have you ever wondered which one of your teachers was the best at doing quick 30 second doodles? Of course you haven’t, that’s ridiculous. I, however, always have, and this year I felt like I should finally answer that question. The task was fairly simple. All it required was going

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Education in 2020: Re-Learning Teaching

By Julia Demskie, Staff Writer When the world plunged into full lockdown just before the start of spring last year, no one could foresee the conditions schools would face upon coming back the next fall. The 2020-2021 school year has been one of unpredictable and dynamic circumstances for every student and teacher, and those at

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Looking at America Through Asian Eyes

By Matthias Lai, Staff Editor I really hit a blank while writing this piece.  For a few weeks, I struggled with whether I’m the right person to write this, whether my voice can encompass a group of people whose voice is startlingly silent.  I’m half Chinese, and almost everyone on my dad’s side of the

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The Future of Education

By Adam Koplik, Editor-in-Chief The pandemic was long, it was lonely, it was anxiety producing, and for many, it was tragic. Dozens of societal problems were highlighted, but one of the ones that stuck with me was how wrong we’re looking at education.  The College Board was generous enough to offer free  AP review videos

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