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Podcast: Inside the Mob: Jan. 6, 2021
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Logan Schiciano | January 21, 2021

As President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and others in the new Biden Administration call for unity, the country is just two weeks removed from the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol – the climax…

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Forgotten history: Bringing an African Studies course to Masters
News

Kira Ratan | January 20, 2021

The prospect of Masters introducing an African Studies course into its curriculum has been a topic of conversation for many students, dating back to 2015. Many feel they have only heard the Americanized…

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Local man with Down Syndrome dreams big
Features

Sophia Van Beek | January 19, 2021

The day he was born, Raymond Frost’s family knew he was different. But Ray will be the first person to show you – both through his kind and spontaneous nature, and the advocacy he engages in during…

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Community reacts to Capitol riots, deepening political divide as Trump presidency comes to a close
News

Logan Schiciano | January 11, 2021

Members of The Masters School community are outraged at the hypocrisy in President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and law enforcement’s response to the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill Wednesday, when…

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Taha Dinana trains in Egypt to prepare for his first college squash season
Sports

George Chang | January 8, 2021

Being the top-ranked squash player for his age and getting accepted to his dream school, Taha Dinana, a freshman squash player at the University of Virginia (UVA), and a Masters alum, has been training…

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Substance abuse in the Covid era
Features

Sophia Van Beek | January 7, 2021

John Doe* sleeps in the living room of the Queens apartment he shares with his father. His dark hair is messy and overgrown, perhaps a product of Covid restrictions, and he immediately apologizes for its…

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Students share winter break holiday plans
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Logan Schiciano | January 5, 2021

This package was originally published in Tower Broadcast News #3, which aired on December 17, 2020.

This story was originally published on Tower on January 2, 2021.

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Twists and turns on the road to a Covid vaccine
News

Kate Sibery | December 28, 2020

The forgotten history of vaccination 
Childhood used to be far more deadly than it is today. A little over a century ago, the infant mortality rate in the United States stood at a staggering 20 percent,…

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Pooled testing promotes sense of security in pandemic
News

Logan Schiciano | December 18, 2020

Once a week, in-person junior Ellanna Swope darts to her kitchen cabinet early in the morning to get her unused COVID-19 at-home testing kit. Swope collects her samples and puts them back into the kit’s…

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Children of the pandemic: exploring the challenges and coping strategies of the world’s youngest learners
Features

Logan Schiciano | November 23, 2020

The initial thrill of learning from home that many young children experienced back in March has quickly faded into an endless stretch of fear, isolation and uncertainty. The pandemic is not only proving…

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Fantasy managers adapt to not-so-fanciful football
Sports

Andrew Mitchell | November 19, 2020

Junior Kyle Benson checked his Fantasy Football team in week four of the NFL season counting on his star player, Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans, to score big. That week, 23 players on the Titans…

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Breaking: Trump supporters stage protest at Clinton home in Chappaqua, NY
News

Mitch Fink | November 16, 2020

Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump descended upon Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Chappaqua, N.Y. residence on Sunday evening in protest of the results of the 2020 Presidential election. 

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A life worth living: Travis Roy’s story
Sports

Ethan Schlapp | November 16, 2020

A high school freshman sat down in his bedroom with a pen in his hand and a thought in his mind. He’d always played hockey, and as an athlete, he’d always been told the importance of setting goals….

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Students respond to projected Biden win
Features

M. Brody Leo | November 12, 2020

Senior Iris Pelli-Walbert was finishing her statistics homework when she heard the banging of pots and pans outside of her Upper West Side apartment building window. She peered out the window on an unusually…

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Thrifting presents an ethical dilemma
Opinions

Sophia Van Beek | November 5, 2020

The 2016 television show “GIRLBOSS” depicts the beginning of real-life entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso’s fashion empire Nasty Gal vintage, which began as only an eBay store. Amoruso’s counterpart…

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The tables have turned
Features

Mitch Fink | November 5, 2020

When Masters made the switch to remote learning last spring, the Harkness table–the oval-shaped table on which the school has staked its educational identity –was left in the dust. Nearly two months…

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Many colleges move to test-optional amidst extended pandemic
News

Kira Ratan | November 5, 2020

Students across the globe study for hours upon hours, and oftentime spend thousands of dollars, preparing to take standardized tests; and, in early March of 2020, thousands of students had been doing just…

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The Elephant in the Room: In the classroom, truth trumps politics
Opinions

Sophie Grand | November 3, 2020

Before President Donald J. Trump was elected in 2016, many political science teachers concealed their personal political biases, intent on maintaining a non-partisan environment in the classroom. However,…

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Trump supporters praise president, downplay virus at rally days before election
News

Logan Schiciano | November 3, 2020



President Trump stopped in Reading, Pennsylvania to hold a Make America Great Again Rally, part of a three-day, 14 rally sprint to the finish in his bid for reelection.
A crowd of roughly 10,000…

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Amanda Taylor’s Unplug Collective: Bringing Black Women Together
Features

Kate Sibery | October 14, 2020



Nike Women launched a new activewear collaboration in late September that seeks to empower black women and people across the gender spectrum. The post announcing the collaboration to their 7.5…

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Tarrytown Back the Blue rally displays strong support for law enforcement, President Trump
News

Logan Schiciano | September 14, 2020

“Make America Great Again” and “Thin Blue Line” flags were scattered throughout the crowd at a Tarrytown “Back the Blue” rally on Saturday afternoon, as several prominent law enforcement…

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Students and faculty reflect on school’s reentry decision as remote start looms
News

Logan Schiciano | September 8, 2020

With the first day of classes just days away, students and faculty at The Masters School have varying opinions on Head of School Laura Danforth’s decision to return to remote teaching and learning for…

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The mystery of mask denial: Why is it so hard for Americans to mask up to save lives?
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Logan Schiciano | September 3, 2020

The United States reported 52,789 new coronavirus cases on July 1 – the most in a day since the start of the pandemic; yet, individuals across the United States, including many of the top officials in…

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If a pandemic won’t stop police brutality, what will?
Opinions

Yasmine Pascal | June 1, 2020

There has been a long history of police brutality against black people in America, from shooting unarmed black men, like Greg Gunn in the street or Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s backyard – and most…

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Prisoners deserve better during COVID
Coronavirus

Sophia Van Beek | May 26, 2020

In an Alabama state prison, an anonymous man is hunched over a camera pleading for his life; another inmate claims that “death is imminent” according to a CNN report. One hundred inmates rioted for…

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Town Supervisor responds to swatting: “an expensive joke that wasn’t funny”
News

Annie Rubinson | May 22, 2020

A Greenburgh Town board meeting was interrupted Tuesday when Town Supervisor Paul Feiner received an email from The Journal News. Police officers had assembled to respond to a shooter threat, and people…

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Class meeting intruder leaves community shaken, administration responds
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Mitch Fink | May 21, 2020

Sophomore Class MISH elections Google Meet, May 19––A 10th grade class meeting was suddenly interrupted when a private caller entered the meeting and began shouting expletives and racial slurs to a…

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Brock employees receive support from Paycheck Protection Program
Coronavirus

Logan Schiciano | May 11, 2020

Over 50 days since The Masters School closed on March 9, the Masters dining hall staff received their first paychecks from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Friday, May 1. General Manager Lee Bergelson…

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Blue light glasses in high demand as screen time spikes
Coronavirus

Sabrina Wolfson | May 6, 2020

As the chaos of the coronavirus has continued to spread, school communities have been forced from their campuses, leaving students and teachers to explore the complexities of “virtual learning.” Consequently,…

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U.S. Gun sales spike amid pandemic
Coronavirus

Sophie Grand | May 5, 2020

In the month of March alone – following the domestic emergence of the novel coronavirus – gun sales in the United States skyrocketed as Americans purchased almost two million weapons, according to…

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Quarantine has dramatically altered our sleep schedules
Coronavirus

Kate Sibery | May 4, 2020

The anxiety of living through a global health crisis coupled with the increased flexibility within our daily schedules is changing sleep habits. Insomnia, or the general inability to fall asleep, is not…

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Video: States begin to reopen as coronavirus battle continues
Coronavirus

Logan Schiciano | May 4, 2020

May 1 marks the beginning of a new chapter in the United States’ battle against the coronavirus.

The Trump administration’s “slow-the-spread” guidelines expired on April 30 and now, the responsibility…

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Stay-at-home orders lead to soaring screen time levels for students
Coronavirus

Kira Ratan | April 28, 2020

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children ages 11 and above spend no more than two hours a day in front of a screen. However, according to a 2018 report from the Pew Research Center,…

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Supporting survivors should not be partisan
Opinions

Nora Fellas | April 28, 2020

Amidst allegations of sexual assault and a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court with 50-48 votes, the narrowest margin in modern history. 

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One-on-one with Head of School Laura Danforth
Coronavirus

Logan Schiciano | April 27, 2020

Head of School Laura Danforth has been leading The Masters School through the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated millions across the world. Danforth reflects on the many crucial decisions she has…

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Recent religious holidays provide outlet for creativity and hope
Coronavirus

Logan Schiciano | April 21, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has altered all facets of daily life and religion has been no exception; with places of worship across the country closed off to congregants, people utilized the friendly confines…

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Peril to prosperity: How David Stern’s NBA transformed athletics forever
Sports

Mitch Fink | March 27, 2020

Andrew Ross Sorkin stepped out of his father’s car, legal pad and tape recorder in hand. Sorkin, a 15-year-old student at Scarsdale High School at the time, had scored the biggest coup of his young journalistic…

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Flying 7,000 miles home to Uganda and some lessons learned from Ebola
Coronavirus

Michelle Wei | March 27, 2020

Junior Mattilyn Stone has recently returned to Kampala, Uganda where she lives with her two-year-old sister, seven-year-old brother, mom and stepdad. Below, she details her journey back home, her quarantine,…

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Donning a mask, goggles, gloves and a raincoat, sophomore returns home to China
Coronavirus

Michelle Wei | March 27, 2020

International sophomore Allen Ning details his plan to travel from New York back to China to be with his family amidst the coronavirus outbreak below. Ning’s home is located in Guangzhou, in Guangdong…

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Wu journeying home to New Zealand for the remainder of the school year
Coronavirus

Logan Schiciano | March 25, 2020

Senior Simon Wu never expected Friday, March 6 to be his final day at The Masters School.  With the coronavirus pandemic worsening in the New York metropolitan area (the state has nearly 50 percent of…

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Speaking out from within: Italian teenager shares experience living during national lockdown
Coronavirus

Logan Schiciano | March 24, 2020

On Thursday, data revealed that Italy has overtaken China in terms of the number of deaths from the coronavirus. The country is now the epicenter of the pandemic, with nearly 50,000 cases and over 4,000…

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Coronavirus Chronicles: Luke Byrnes ’23
Coronavirus

Kira Ratan | March 24, 2020

CONTAINMENT ZONE, NEW ROCHELLE, NY:

As of March 14, there are 613 cases of COVID-19 in New York State, with 113 of them located in a small cluster in New Rochelle, originating from the 50-year-old…

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COVID-19 complicates college search process
Coronavirus

Annie Rubinson | March 20, 2020

With colleges and universities across the United States closing their campus doors to current and prospective students due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, many Masters students and their families are…

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Masters employs ‘revolutionary’ sexual misconduct policy
News

Kate Sibery | December 11, 2019

Following a series of complaints and discussions surrounding Masters’ sexual misconduct policy, a group of Upper School administrators completely reconstructed it with the goal of prioritizing healthy…

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The Billion Dollar Tweet
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Mitch Fink | October 18, 2019

When Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey sent out a tweet advocating support for protesters in Hong Kong on Oct. 4, it’s unlikely that he could have predicted the reverberations of his actions….

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