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Alumna advocates for students with disabilities
Features

Daniel De Beer | October 14, 2020

According to the Public and Commercial Services Union, around a third of disabled adults reported that they felt they were spending too much time alone as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

However,…

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Athletics, activism: an intertwined history
Sports

Jasmin Taylor | October 13, 2020

“Sticking to sports” or being told to “shut up and dribble” has never been easy for athletes. Sports are often connected with current events, as athletes are people beyond their sport and are deeply…

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Trump administration should not ban TikTok
Opinions

Daniel De Beer | September 16, 2020

Over the past year, Chinese-owned social media app TikTok has increased in popularity exponentially, becoming a form of expressing oneself comparable to Instagram, Twitter and even YouTube. With an active…

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COVID-19 impacts economy
Coronavirus

Mia George | May 27, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has delivered the fastest, deepest economic shock in history,” according to an article by the Guardian published Mar. 25.

This article also said that as a result of the spread…

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New format of AP exams shifts mindset
Coronavirus

Helen Roth | May 12, 2020

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, CollegeBoard has implemented various changes to the format of AP exams. The tests have transitioned away from the two to three hour exams previously taken…

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The debate over facial recognition
Features

Willa Blair | April 30, 2020

“The amount of information that it can provide is almost priceless, due to the fact that you can’t get that kind of info from anywhere else,” Dean Papayoanou (’21) said, when speaking about the…

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Video: Life under lockdown
Coronavirus

Maddy Whitman | April 16, 2020

This story was originally published on The Standard on April 15, 2020.

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Standardized test cancellation disrupts college application process
Coronavirus

Lucas Romualdo | April 16, 2020

CollegeBoard has canceled the May SAT exam over concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. The ACT test in April has also been canceled for similar reasons, but was rescheduled for June 13. Many High…

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Isolation impacts mental health
Coronavirus

Polina Dashevsky | April 8, 2020

Spending weeks on-end at home, without the ability to enjoy the typical leisure activities such as going to the movies, restaurants, amusement parks, malls or even your friends’ houses, is extremely…

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Alumni return home after university closures
Coronavirus

Emily Forgash | April 8, 2020

Reacting to the closure 
Although students at the University of Chicago were officially informed of the school closure due to COVID-19 March 12, Sam Holtzman (’19) said the school newspaper, The Chicago…

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Community reacts to lockdown measures enacted in U.K.
Coronavirus

Lucas Romualdo | April 7, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, several regions around the world have placed their citizens under a lockdown, severely restricting freedom of movement in order to curb the spread of the disease.

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AP test adjustments strike range of feelings
Coronavirus

Helen Roth | April 6, 2020

The College Board has hosted AP exams in the month of May, tracing back to 1954. Now, 66 years later, with the outbreak of COVID-19 requiring global citizens to quarantine, marks the first time in history…

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Students adapt to distance learning challenges
Coronavirus

Cameron Spurr | April 6, 2020

COVID-19 has generated a lot of uncertainty around learning at ASL. Globally, many schools have closed for the remainder of the year, while others have continued online. ASL chose the latter, implementing…

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Athletes adjust training during lockdown
Coronavirus

Jonathan Novak | April 3, 2020

Eight practices a week, 15 hours in the pool and three hours of general fitness. 

Swimmer Lauren Brantley (’20) had been exercising at least that much every week since September. 

However, on…

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Virus fears incite panic-buying, over storage of goods
Coronavirus

Isabel Link | April 3, 2020

“It seems to be something new every week,” Malachy Doherty (’21) said when describing products disappearing in stores.

“At first, it was toilet paper, and all the hand sanitizer was gone,”…

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Seniors grapple with lost second semester
Coronavirus

Isabelle Lhuilier | April 3, 2020

After reading the email that school would be closed until April 17 due to COVID-19, and likely long after that, Laura De Beer (’20) burst into tears. 

“I started to cry immediately because the…

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Behind the scenes during the school closure
Coronavirus

Emily Forgash | April 3, 2020

Communication with the U.K. government
The decision to close the school until April 17 was not based on instructions from the U.K. government, but was instead decided by the administration. However, Head…

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Living through a revolution
Features

Jonathan Novak | March 16, 2020

“It was announced one morning, and in the next week, we were gone,” Social Studies Teacher Lanting Xu said. “My parents were gone. We started living with this family.”

Xu was born in Beijing,…

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School closes through mid-April
Coronavirus

John Towfighi | March 16, 2020

The school building has been closed from March 16 to at least April 17 and all students will be moving to the Distance Learning Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The community was informed of…

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MUN trip to Dubai canceled due to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Mia George | March 9, 2020

The Model United Nations trip to Dubai has been canceled primarily due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The trip was supposed to occur Feb. 26-30. 

Eric Henrikson (‘21), co-president…

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Administration takes proactive approach to combat threat of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Isabelle Lhuilier | March 9, 2020

Since returning from February break, the school has increased concern regarding the recent COVID-19 outbreak. By Feb. 29 a total of 32 trips were canceled and March 2 the annual Global Festival was postponed…

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Coronavirus outbreak: where it stands
Coronavirus

Lucas Romualdo | March 3, 2020

Beginning in December 2019, a new strain of coronavirus, labeled COVID-19, began to infect humans, originating in Wuhan, China. 

The virus was initially contained within animals, but was transmitted…

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Trump, Netanyahu propose Israel-Palestine peace plan
News

Sajah Ali | March 3, 2020

On Jan. 28, U.S. President Donald Trump announced another attempt at resolving the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict. His proposed Middle East Peace Plan was drafted under the supervision of Jared…

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Coronavirus necessitates global cooperation
Opinions

Sal Cerrell | March 2, 2020

As the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has all but dominated public discourse since its worldwide emergence in January, the true extent of the threat it poses has become direly more clear. An analysis conducted…

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Censorship extends to Internet
Opinions

Polina Dashevsky | February 26, 2020

Imagine a society without online censorship – terrorist propaganda, hate speech and sexually graphic images could all run rampant on social media and the Internet. While this outcome is exaggerated,…

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Parent of alumnus starts sustainable delivery company ecofleet
Features

Isabelle Lhuilier | February 26, 2020

Constantly surrounded by crowds, pollution and traffic in the city of London, Farah Asemi (P’11) has always described herself as an environmentally conscious person. 

“I get upset if my neighbors…

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Global leaders fail to embody leadership qualities
Opinions

Lea George | January 16, 2020

Defining leadership is one of the most important topics that high schoolers have to learn.

We face countless applications for summer programs, colleges and other organizations which ask why we believe…

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General Election poses questions for UK
News

Sajah Ali | January 8, 2020

Boris Johnson became the new Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party in July 2019. The U.K. was due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, 2019. As the deadline approached, newly elected Johnson negotiated…

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To the Lebanese Government,
Opinions

Lea George | December 10, 2019

I live in London. I was born here, I was raised here and yet I feel 100% Lebanese. I am proud of my nation, proud of my language, of my roots. But, I am ashamed of the government my people have been forced…

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Bergeron Fellow reflects on the power of storytelling
Features

Isabelle Lhuilier | December 2, 2019

“I want people to think of writing as the most fun thing you can do,” Bergeron Fellow Jennifer Finney Boylan said. “It’s more fun than playing video games, it’s more fun than riding a roller…

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Rethinking how we approach societal change
Opinions

Jonathan Novak | October 9, 2019

My main takeaway from the TEDxASL conference Sept. 24 was a mental dilemma. After the TEDx conference, I felt inspired, intrigued, and conflicted. The point of the conference was to focus on change. The…

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