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The lasting impact of the Armenian Genocide

The lasting impact of the Armenian Genocide

By Jack McGuire, Walt Whitman High School

February 7, 2020

For most of my life, I saw my Armenian background as a trivial part of my family history. My family and I often joked about how our very white family technically originated from Asia, and we loosely connected ourselves to celebrities with Armenian origins like the Kardashians, Cher and Food Network Chef...

Super Bowl Halftime Show receives unwarranted, sexist controversy

Super Bowl Halftime Show receives unwarranted, sexist controversy

By Jacqueline Barba, Downers Grove South High School

February 6, 2020

More popular than the game itself, the 2020 halftime show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira sparked major controversy among viewers about whether their dance moves and outfits were appropriate and kid-friendly. The fact is that this controversy is yet another example of how harshly we judge women...

How Do You Choose to Remember Kobe Bryant?

How Do You Choose to Remember Kobe Bryant?

By Amanda Brauchler, Rock Canyon High School

February 6, 2020

This week, the Lakers collected the trinkets and tributes left at the makeshift memorial for a fallen 'hero'. The still world mourns Kobe Bryant- the world mourns the loss of him, his daughter, and the seven others who perished Jan. 26 in the Calabasas helicopter crash. Abruptly losing the basketball...

Anti-Muslim rhetoric in American media will grow due to escalated tensions with Iran

Anti-Muslim rhetoric in American media will grow due to escalated tensions with Iran

By Zara Iqbal, Monta Vista High School

February 6, 2020

When the new year kicked off with the Department of Defense releasing its official statement that the U.S. had assassinated Irani military official Qasem Soleimani, the media speculated the coming of “World War III” between Iran and America. While privileged teens in the U.S. who are removed from...

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Resist parroting parents’ opinions

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Resist parroting parents’ opinions

By The Rubicon Staff, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

February 5, 2020

High school is a period of transition, of gained independence in preparation for the “real world” outside of school. But beyond the emotional growth, American teenagers also experience a change in the role that they play in democracy: at 18, they gain the right to vote for political candidates, a...

In Favor of the Sick Day

In Favor of the Sick Day

By Kristen Kinzler, North Allegheny Senior High School

February 5, 2020

When junior Oliver Rinehart walked into school a few weeks ago, he appeared exhausted and miserable. As he sat down at his usual booth in the cafeteria, he admitted, in between coughs, that he had a high fever and was running on no sleep. As his friends not so slyly backed away, one of the more horrified...

No Kings, No Queens, No More

No Kings, No Queens, No More

By Peter Soprunov, Beachwood High School

February 5, 2020

“I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.” - Oliver Cromwell, 1650 Every year, BHS crowns two royal couples: one presiding over the fall Homecoming festivities, the other over the January Snoball. In years past, a Homecoming Queen was elected in a series...

You aren’t what you eat

You aren’t what you eat

By Daijah DeForge, Wakefield High School - NC

February 5, 2020

As I scroll through my YouTube subscription box, I encounter various titles: “What I Eat in a Day to Lose Weight” or “Hacks to Look Skinnier” or “How to Get A Beach Body Fast.” There are tips and tricks on how to lose weight fast all across the internet. I’m constantly bombarded by people...

Journalism requires sensitivity in tragic events

Journalism requires sensitivity in tragic events

By Jesse Rider, Walt Whitman High School

February 4, 2020

Just like they do dozens of other times every day, people around the world checked their phones Jan. 26 at 2:32 pm. But what they saw this time was different: a notification from TMZ with the headline, “BREAKING: Kobe Bryant Has Died In A Helicopter Crash.” TMZ was the first media outlet to break...

Op-Ed: ‘Rich sports’ withhold opportunities from lower class students

Op-Ed: ‘Rich sports’ withhold opportunities from lower class students

By Cydney Johnson, Archer School for Girls

February 4, 2020

When I picked volleyball as my sport, I knew I wanted to be on a top team. In 2014, I joined Actyve Volleyball club. Ever since then, I have had access to the best coaches, best facilities and best opportunities in the area. We compete multiple times month in local tournaments and travel across the coun...

Two towns, one school

Two towns, one school

By MILA BARRY, Gloucester High School - MA

February 4, 2020

As with any two towns, the relationship between Gloucester and Rockport is a veritable soup of anthropology.  But as the 21st century begins to bring about change in the demographic and economic situations of these two municipalities, the soup is becoming increasingly important to strain.  Why is that?...

Instead of Saving the Poor, Universal Basic Income May Only Cause More Suffering

Instead of Saving the Poor, Universal Basic Income May Only Cause More Suffering

By Jake Schlanger, WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - Austin

February 4, 2020

The conception of the idea of universal basic income (UBI), an entitlement program that would give all adults $1000 each month, in the U.S. mirrors that of universal healthcare. A mid-tier presidential candidate brings to the spotlight a plan inspired by those in some European nations. In the 2016 election, ...

Opinion: Change in policy needed to end opioid abuse in sports

Opinion: Change in policy needed to end opioid abuse in sports

By Henry DeWitt, Lawrence High School

February 4, 2020

Imagine you are a professional athlete, every day giving your all and pushing your body to the limit through injury and fatigue. Now imagine a single swallow of a pill can make all your pains fade away… temporarily, at least. The hard truth is that opioid abuse is prevalent in athletics. In fact,...

OPINION: Harvey’s Handicap is a Hoax

OPINION: Harvey’s Handicap is a Hoax

By Blaze Myers, Boyertown Area Senior High

February 3, 2020

Harvey Weinstein, accused by over 80 women of sexual abuse, charged on two accounts of rape (occurring in New York and Los Angeles respectively), and the cause of the #MeToo movement, has recently brandished a walker for his court cases -- Hollywood theatrics to make himself appear feeble. In October...

When Being Biracial Isn’t the Best of Both Worlds

When Being Biracial Isn’t the Best of Both Worlds

By Elizabeth Metz, Beachwood High School

February 3, 2020

When I was seven years old, attending a sports camp, a white boy in my grade apparently noticed that one day a black woman picked me up, and another day, a white man. While I knew the difference between black and white, my parents never prepared me for the day that boy would call me a crossbreed,...

Voting rights should extend to everyone, even felons

Voting rights should extend to everyone, even felons

By Zora Lotton-Barker, Lawrence High School

February 3, 2020

Voters went to the polls in November to exercise the fundamental right to elect representation for their communities. But many in said community weren’t given the opportunity to use this most basic American right. In Kansas, felons aren’t allowed to vote until they complete their full sentence, ...

‘Magic’ pill?

‘Magic’ pill?

By Kate L. Keeler, Prosper High School

February 3, 2020

"Feel better, Tylenol." "We feel your pain, Motrin." "Relief doesn't get any better than this, Advil." Painkillers are attractive. The idea that a small pill can understand and relieve my pain is utterly and incredibly attractive. But there is a problem with these pills. These 'magic' pills, if you will, lose their luster over time. Their soothing enchantment eventually morphs into a wicked sorcery that wreaks havoc on the human body. I have experienced this firsthand. Almost two years ago, my doctor told me tha...

Commentary: The Taal Volcano eruption reignited my pride in being Filipino

Commentary: The Taal Volcano eruption reignited my pride in being Filipino

By Rio Hundley, Archer School for Girls

January 31, 2020

In some sense, I live a double life. During the week, I speak with the standard Angeleno drawl, eat at Brentwood sandwich shops and study U.S. history. On the weekend, I visit my family in Anaheim and try to live the Filipina-American way; I eat at Jollibee, shop at Costco and listen to my grandma cal...

The Issue with Race and Ethnicity Classifications

The Issue with Race and Ethnicity Classifications

By Sagun Shrestha, Clarksburg High School

January 31, 2020

With the United States being defined as a melting pot, having been a region encompassing a multitude of different cultures, races, and ethnicities, one issue remains in terms of classifying the people of this country. The latest standard federal categories for race and ethnicity were last defined...

Smaller Names Don’t Mean Bad Ideas

Smaller Names Don’t Mean Bad Ideas

By Timmy Timmons, Triton Regional High School

January 31, 2020

A lot can be done with $1,000 a month. It can help a low income family so they don’t have to worry about not being able to feed their kids, or bring some weight off the shoulders of a young college student. Andrew Yang wants to make this happen for every American and his campaign is growing stronger...

Why Tracking Apps Are More Harmful Than Helpful (OPINION)

Why Tracking Apps Are More Harmful Than Helpful (OPINION)

By Emara Saez, Academy of the Holy Names

January 31, 2020

In the past few years, location sharing apps - such as Life 360, MamaBear, and Find My Friends- have gained popularity among parents wishing to track their children’s whereabouts at all times. Typically, these apps are branded as tools to guarantee parent’s peace of mind; however, the truth is that thes...

Opinion: Statute of limitations for sexual violence prevents justice for victims

Opinion: Statute of limitations for sexual violence prevents justice for victims

By Siena Hager, Foothill Technology High School

January 31, 2020

On average, 433,648 Americans are sexually assaulted every year. A victim coming forward about sexual violence they have suffered should not have a time limit. “One of my biggest concerns is the statute of limitations,” survivor Brad Simpson said. “If you are sexually assaulted, it can take 35 ...

It’s not ‘just hair’: HyunA and cultural appropriation in K-pop

It’s not ‘just hair’: HyunA and cultural appropriation in K-pop

By Ada Fulgham, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

January 31, 2020

Cultural appropriation in K-pop isn’t new, so Korean solo artist HyunA’s appearance on her Instagram sporting half-done “box braids” earlier this month was, while not surprising, controversial to say the least. After posting pictures of her getting the braids done while on vacation to Thailand,...

On the Backburner

On the Backburner

By Julia Poppa, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 31, 2020

I’ve never met a cook without a favorite burner. Whether it’s gas or electric, nearly everyone who has ever used a stove has their go-to corner of the range -- but I can tell you this, it’s never one of the back ones. Back burners are for simmering sauces and boiling water for tea while you focus...

We can hold two ideas at once

We can hold two ideas at once

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School

January 31, 2020

I’ve felt a lot of things over the past few days. I was at first shocked, in complete denial that something could happen to someone I felt almost familiar with. Kobe existed when I was born and throughout my life until now. Living in LA it felt like you were under his domain. He was such an incredible...

A Calculated Advantage

A Calculated Advantage

By Anjana Suresh, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 31, 2020

I’ve always wondered why the graphing calculator I use -- a TI-84 -- looks like it’s straight out of the 90s. Our phones have evolved with the times, so why haven't calculators? Turns out, Texas Instrument is merely following the formula.  TI has a little-noted monopoly in the calculator industry,...

Kobe Bryant’s death brought out the worst in national media

Kobe Bryant’s death brought out the worst in national media

By Spencer Goldstein, Pascack Valley High School

January 30, 2020

It’s just one of those things that stops time. Shock, sadness, denial. All at once.   Kobe Bryant can’t just die… There’s no way.   The day before, he was congratulating LeBron James for passing him in career points. And now, he, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and s...

#StudentPressFreedomDay: Media rights breaking perceptual barriers in sports

#StudentPressFreedomDay: Media rights breaking perceptual barriers in sports

By Sally Parampottil, Coppell High School

January 30, 2020

Along with the privilege of being part of the media, I also have the honor of covering sports and telling the stories of athletes. In doing so, my perception of these talented elite individuals has changed. Originally, the idea of speaking to student athletes, even interacting with them at all, was...

Cancel culture promotes mob mentality

Cancel culture promotes mob mentality

By Brent Midlam, Richard Montgomery High School - MD

January 29, 2020

"Cancel culture" is a recent addition to our vernacular, and it has become a pervasive part of online culture and a powerful silencing force. It describes the phenomenon of extreme public backlash against celebrities who express unpopular or offensive views, and it usually involves boycotting the fi...

Words: Declining in power, increasing in importance

Words: Declining in power, increasing in importance

By Avani Kashyap, Coppell High School

January 29, 2020

Walking into Coppell Middle School West for the first time, I was utterly shocked to hear a barrage of curse words as I went down the hall. Three years later, walking into high school for the first time, I was greeted by the same, if not more intensified situation. But this time, my reaction was nonexistent....

Women’s March & Feminism: “Separate But Equal”

Women’s March & Feminism: “Separate But Equal”

By Lauren Pickett, Marquette High School

January 29, 2020

Once again, hundreds of thousands of ecstatic Women’s March attendees flooded the streets of Washington D.C. Jan. 18, showcasing pink cat hats and bold phrases on handmade signs. Once again, protesters tried to display utmost support for women's critical issues as well as immigration, impeachment...

Opinion: Your World War III memes aren’t funny

Opinion: Your World War III memes aren’t funny

By Auva Soheili, Carlmont High School

January 28, 2020

It was as if someone had reached into the part of my mind I try to shut out, had uncovered my worst nightmare — my greatest fear — and decided to play it on repeat right before my eyes and turn it into a sick joke for the nation to laugh at. The headlines spammed the internet. Growing up as...

The Stigma Behind Psychiatric Care and How it’s Detrimental

The Stigma Behind Psychiatric Care and How it’s Detrimental

By Gabby McCutchan, Yorba Linda High School

January 28, 2020

Insane asylums, uncontrollable patients, evil doctors, and indigestible food. The addition of these words adds up to what the common person thinks of when they hear the words “psychiatric care.”  The hidden truth of what psychiatric care is really like is hidden behind a curtain that most prefer...

It’s time to talk about child marriage in the U.S.

It’s time to talk about child marriage in the U.S.

By Lanier Pickren, Henry W. Grady High School

January 27, 2020

Child marriage. It sounds like an oxymoron, two words that are not meant to go together. However, for millions of girls around the world, these words aren’t contradictory, they’re reality. When we think of child marriage, our minds immediately jump to the conclusion that it only happens in developing...

Being gay is not a trend

Being gay is not a trend

By Camila Villarreal, Coppell High School

January 27, 2020

Being queer is not like being straight. When you are straight, you never worry about whether people will leave you because of who you cannot help but love or hear the words, “OK, just don’t hit on me, please” when you come out to someone for being straight - which you would ever do anyway. Most...

Kentucky Needs to Expand Language Requirement

Kentucky Needs to Expand Language Requirement

By Gus Boyer, Trinity High School

January 27, 2020

“She was called Belisa Crepusculario, not by her baptism or on recommendation of her mother, but because she sought the name until she found it. Ever since, the name had adorned her. Her profession was to sell words." “Dos palabras," by Isabella Allende, tells the story of a woman who creates...

Column: Starving for hope

Column: Starving for hope

By Andrea Plascencia, Lewisville High School - TX

January 24, 2020

The oatmeal cream pie on the kitchen counter was a luxury I refused to indulge in, couldn’t indulge in.  One bite and suddenly there was 170 calories down my throat. One bite and it would change everything I had worked for. One bite and I would lose it.  The oatmeal cream pie would continue...

Integration of memes and politics

Integration of memes and politics

By Anvitha Reddy, Coppell High School

January 24, 2020

In an increasingly social-media oriented world, memes, ranging from TikTok to Twitter, can often blur what’s fact and what’s fiction. On Jan. 3, President Donald Trump launched an attack which killed Iranian general Qasem Solemani. Solemani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American s...

Your H&M outfit has some unintended consequences

Your H&M outfit has some unintended consequences

By Caroline Gans, St. Stephen's Episcopal School

January 24, 2020

I am the second-highest contributor to pollution in the world.  I employ more than 60 million workers, most of whom are women and children.  I decide what you wear, where you shop, and how much you spend.  What am I? Answer: I am fast fashion.  And I am quietly changing the planet. In the age ...

White by Default

White by Default

By Katie Golden, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 24, 2020

Think about your favorite books. Picture the main characters. How many of those characters are anything other than white? While things are improving across the board for representation in media, some of the most popular fantasy series, such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson, ...

We’re Rubbish at Recycling

We’re Rubbish at Recycling

By Jonah Carleton, Rhinebeck High School

January 23, 2020

Recycling is simple, or so we’ve been taught. Just throw your paper, plastic, and metal in the blue bins and forget about it. If you’re really an overachiever you might even unscrew the lid from your water bottle before giving it a toss. This current system, single-stream, is effortless. But this co...

OPINION: Expelling students isn’t acting in the Christian spirit

OPINION: Expelling students isn’t acting in the Christian spirit

By EP Presnell, duPont Manual High School

January 23, 2020

If you haven’t been on social media or seen the countless news articles surrounding the former Whitefield Academy student Kayla Kenney’s expulsion over a photo of her celebrating her birthday wearing a rainbow sweater with a rainbow cake, it’s a viral story that has reached national headlines in...

Editorial: Carlmont is not free to go phone-free

Editorial: Carlmont is not free to go phone-free

By Editorial Staff, Carlmont High School

January 23, 2020

"Please take out your cell phones." As the minute bell echoed through the halls of Carlmont High School on the first day back to school, teachers were already asking students to have their devices on-hand. Why? To download two apps deemed necessary to academic success: Campus Student, better known...

Fight for facts over World War III Memes

Fight for facts over World War III Memes

By Martha Sanchez, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

January 23, 2020

With President Trump’s recent decision to kill Iranian leader and military director Qasem Soleimani came a social media panic. The killing caused two days of nervous tensions with the U.S. unsure of how Iran would choose to retaliate. Millions of young citizens took to social media to worry about an i...

Insider trading; South’s neglect of technical careers

Insider trading; South’s neglect of technical careers

By Tannen Holt, Minneapolis South High School

January 22, 2020

There is a wide variety of viable post secondary options. Whether you want to further your education or head right into the workforce, no productive option is necessarily a bad option. Among these options are pursuing trades, whether by learning through vocational school or apprenticeships, there is...

One Person, One Vote

One Person, One Vote

By Anthony Mondelli, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School - KY

January 21, 2020

About a month ago I turned 18, and with that came the new responsibility of being able to vote. It’s arguably the greatest right of being an American citizen, but unfortunately, the way our constitution structures elections effectively makes my vote null and void in a presidential election.     ...

Not Quite The Golden Age

Not Quite The Golden Age

By Betul Tuncer, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 21, 2020

Living in America, one can’t help but notice the lack of representation -- or outright misrepresentation -- of minorities in the film and television industry. Despite the fact that America is known for being a “melting pot of cultures” and a place that accepts everyone, we still lack diversity...

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by educating yourself

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by educating yourself

By Kathryn McAuliffe, Parkway West High School

January 21, 2020

On this day celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., you’ll no doubt find your social media streams flooded with his unmatched diction cast on pretty backgrounds, his words reduced to a mere Instagram story, Facebook post or tweet that will be forgotten in a day. Martin Luther King Jr. is rightfully...

Learning One’s Native Language is not a Lost Cause

Learning One’s Native Language is not a Lost Cause

By Charlotte Cao and Jordan Lee

January 21, 2020

An immigrant family gathers for dinner and begins to reflect on their day, the familiar sounds of their native language ringing across the dining table. A child tugs on their mother’s arm and asks, “I don’t understand. What did they say?” Language attrition is a widespread linguistic phenomenon...

A Transition to Tolerance

A Transition to Tolerance

By Chloe Mawyer, North Allegheny Senior High School

January 21, 2020

In my old West Virginian hometown, it wasn’t uncommon to see Trump flags flying on the tailgates of trucks. Growing up in a deep red state, I was accustomed to most people assuming a similar political identity. Although many of my new friends in Pennsylvania presume that political divides must be everywhere,...

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