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Captain Marvel Analysis: Are Skrulls Taking Your Jobs?

Brie Larson portrays the true hero of the movie, Carol Danvers. She starts the story as part of the Kree Starforce but later takes the opposing side of the skrulls.

By Riley Hull, Sage Creek High School

April 30, 2019

Disclaimer: This article in its analysis of the movie contains spoilers of the plot, so if you plan on seeing it, perhaps wait to read this article until afterward. This year’s smash hit of “Captain Marvel” is not only breaking records, passing fan favorite “Spiderman: Homecoming” in sal...

CHS Students React to College Admissions Scandal

Many universities are involved with the college admissions scandal in which students were enrolled under false circumstances.

By Kidan Williams, Clarksburg High School

April 2, 2019

The recent college admissions scandal has stirred up a lot of emotions especially with high school and college students. Celebrities such as actress Lori Loughlin, known for her role as Aunt Becky on the popular show Full House, paid for her daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, to be accept...

Opinion: The college admissions scandal is unfair, but not unexpected

Pictured above is the University of Southern California. Influential Youtuber and social media presence Olivia Jade Giannulli was admitted to USC after her family placed bribes with the crew team to illegitimately list Giannulli as a recruited athlete.

By Alex Janoff, Wayland High School

April 2, 2019

For many high school students across the country, the college admissions journey is a time-consuming and stressful process in which students set themselves up in the best way possible to market themselves to top colleges. For a select wealthy few, however, guaranteed admission to a prestigious university...

Student, teacher perspectives on the college admissions scandal

From hours of studying to money spent on study materials, testing 'bootcamps' and retakes, students and their families often spend considerable amounts of time and money preparing for the ACT and SAT tests.

By Lauren Shields, Foothill Technology High School

April 2, 2019

The college admissions scandal that was uncovered in mid-March of 2019 highlights the one major injustice in the process of college admissions: the fact that fraud, bribery and cheating give the wealthy an advantage. The method that wealthy parents used to guarantee their child’s admittance in...

Column: College admission scandal steals opportunities, reveals superficiality of higher education

The college admissions scandal sheds light not only on the corruption and greed behind those who cheat their way into top-tier institutions but also on the flawed thinking that a prestigious college or university guarantees a lifetime of success and happiness.

By Maggie Del Re, Algonquin Regional High School

March 27, 2019

Over 50 people were indicted by federal officials on Tuesday, March 12. These people won’t be on trial for stealing money. In fact, they’re being arrested for doing quite the opposite: these were wealthy people spending exorbitant amounts of money to ensure their children admission into selective...

Column: Rich People Pave the Way for Their Kids College Admissions. Are we Surprised?

A map of some of the more prestigious universities to attend in the U.S.

By Fabian Mendoza, Godinez Fundamental High School

March 27, 2019

Parents try their hardest to make their children happy, often times at the expense of others. On March 12, 2019, federal prosecutors released information that uncovered a bribery plot where rich and successful parents were bribing colleges for a guaranteed admission for their children. William Singer,...

‘I honestly wasn’t surprised’: Archer reacts to college admissions scheme

College pennants hang in the hallway. Last Tuesday, top universities including Yale, Stanford and University of Southern California were revealed to be part of a scheme that the FBI dubbed

By Emma London and Liz Haltrecht

March 26, 2019

In an affidavit released on March 12, 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigations [FBI] indicted 50 people of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The FBI titled this case "Operation Varsity Blues." Fraudulent acts ranged from doctoring images of students playing sports to che...

Students, teachers frustrated over alleged college admissions bribery scandal

Fifty people were charged March 12 in an alleged college admissions bribery scheme. Many students in the midst of the college process said they felt cheated.

By Anna Yuan, Walt Whitman High School

March 26, 2019

When senior Evin McDonald, who is committed to play tennis at the University of Texas at Austin, found out that his college coach was set to be prosecuted for accepting an approximately $100,000 bribe in a college admissions scheme, he was stunned. “I was just in complete shock,” McDonald said....

Column: Cheap Cheats and Expensive Bribes

Students, schools, and the culture at large need to do more to defeat the temptation of fake success.

By Jonathan Ross, North Allegheny Senior High School

March 20, 2019

I think it is safe to say that a majority of students in our school have, at some point during their academic careers, cheated, finessed, conned, bluffed, or otherwise bamboozled their way to a grade that was better than what they likely deserved. I myself am included in this—we have all felt the all-too-prevalent...

Stressed for success

Although cheating on the ACT and SAT proves more difficult than a typical classroom exam, students are using illegal tutoring services, falsified doctors notes, and impersonation.

By Savannah Dupper, Cathedral Catholic High School

March 20, 2019

Fluorescent lights beam down upon the nervous students, their pencils moving frantically as they bubble in answers, each hoping to achieve a higher score than their counterparts. The Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Testing, culprits of this stressful environment, recently made headlines...

What would keep you from going to the college of your dreams?

UC Berkeley is one of many dream schools for college students.

By Edgar Hernandez, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

March 20, 2019

It’s that time of year for high school seniors to be consumed with anxiety and stress as colleges will begin to send out both their acceptance and rejection letters. According to the College Parent Center, these times are one of the most stressful for high school seniors. Not only do they experience...

The Scoop on the College Bribery Scandal

Lori Loughlin (left), William Singer (center), and Felicity Huffman (right) were charged for college admissions bribery.

By Noelia Arteaga, Woodside High School

March 20, 2019

Fifty people were charged in a thread of college bribery scandals unveiled on Tuesday, involving some of television's top-name Hollywood actors. Many top schools including Yale, University of Southern California (USC), and Stanford have been involved in the bribery, and 750 families benefited from...

Column: Hard work pays off, but money does too

Online Managing Editor Sophie Stephens '19 writes about the recent national college admissions scandal and why it's unfair that students and their parents can pay their way into a good college when they didn't work hard in high school.

By Sophie Stephens, West High School

March 20, 2019

One of the most cliché pieces of advice we’ve all heard growing up is that hard work pays off. For the most part, this has proven to be true. Take the “miracle stories” of people working their way from the lower-class to making millions because of their dedication and ability to push themselves...

$1.2 million gets you into Yale? Students aren’t surprised

Corruption runs rampant in the admissions process at schools like Stanford, Yale, USC and UT Austin. Photo Illustration: Noah Raaum.

By Noah Raaum, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

March 20, 2019

Students at St. Paul Academy and Summit School are all too familiar with the many facets of a college application: test scores, academic records, references and essays. None of these, however, guarantee a student’s admission to top universities. A recent criminal indictment makes it abundantly clear that there is a foolproof way of getting kids into big-name schools like Yale, Stanfo...