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November Centerspread: Marijuana

November Centerspread: Marijuana

Chris Bell, Opinions Managing Editor
December 3, 2016
Filed under Opinions, Uncategorized

“I think my concern is whether students are making decisions that are affecting them negatively, I want to know what's underneath it. Why are you getting high during school? Are you stressed? Are you a risk taker? Or do you just like getting high and the feeling?” Interim headmaster Anthony Meye...

Editorial: Few regulations on charter schools allow them great independence

Editorial: Few regulations on charter schools allow them great independence

December 3, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In 1988, Albert Shanker, the President of the American Federation of Teachers, gave a speech pitching his idea of a charter school: a publicly funded school under a charter from the government with fewer rules and restrictions than traditional schools. Shanker believed these schools could be used to ...

Ballot question two supports corruption in charter schools

Ballot question two supports corruption in charter schools

Paul Miller-Schmidt, Opinions Editor, Writing
November 30, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In 1988, Albert Shanker, the President of the American Federation of Teachers, gave a speech pitching his idea of a charter school: a publicly funded school under a charter from the government with fewer rules and restrictions than traditional schools. Shanker believed these schools could be used to ...

Powderpuff player finds game unifying

Powderpuff player finds game unifying

Maddie Haswell, Contributing Writer
November 30, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Powderpuff: a tradition that has been around for what seems like forever in the current generation of Brookline High students. It is a day where Juniors and Seniors become mortal enemies, and all grades swear that they either ‘bleed’ blue or red. A day where a blue sophomore does not dare walk do...

Biracial student doubts assumptions about race

Biracial student doubts assumptions about race

Nick Brown, Contributing Writer
November 30, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Last week I committed “cultural appropriation.” This is the act of adopting elements from another group’s culture. CA, for short, is possibly the third worst term to be accused of  in the liberal anti-racist vernacular, after being called “racist” or “prejudiced.” Anti-racist warriors argue that...

Designated bathrooms open up to all genders

Designated bathrooms open up to all genders

Alice Jennings, Contributing Writer
November 30, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Whether or not to go pee when you need to should not be an anxiety ridden choice, but for many trans people, including myself, it can be paralyzing. After coming out as a trans woman about six months ago, I have started using the correct bathroom when I feel brave enough. And let me tell you, I have man...

Student searches for identity

Student searches for identity

Xueyan Zquod, Contributing Writer
November 30, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Acceptance is finding a group of people who validate you. For me, this was going to live in an Asian dorm in New York City for a month. It was seeing that the comfort foods they made were the same ones that my mom fed me and my brother throughout our childhoods. It was hearing about the bowl cuts ...

Israeli citizen contemplates his future after high school

Israeli citizen contemplates his future after high school

Shahar Hartman, Contributing Writer
November 29, 2016
Filed under Opinions

The Israeli Military, Ha Tzava, is a large part of Israeli culture. In America, many kids learn about different colleges and start thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. However, in Israel, at a young age, kids start looking at different sections of the military and dream about where t...

Participant in after-school fight apologizes to community

Participant in after-school fight apologizes to community

Julissa Perez, Contributing Writer
October 19, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Dear Brookline High School, I apologize for the incident after school on Monday, Sept. 12.  I'm sorry I put everyone in a bad position; it wasn't my intention. I know that my decision was bad. It wasn't like me to react like that and I should have been more mature about it. I should have though...

Student questions necessity of safe spaces

Student questions necessity of safe spaces

Jesse Lamba, Contributing Writer
October 19, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Across high schools and universities nationwide, the debate over safe spaces is becoming more and more consequential as time goes on. Should students be protected from perspectives that they don’t want to hear or should they be exposed to all ideas including controversial or at times hostile ones? More ...

Third party candidates offer alternate choices in election

Third party candidates offer alternate choices in election

Ethan Jampel, Contributing Writer
October 19, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions

In this election, both major party candidates have historically high ratings of unfavorability. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went through long primary battles and have had trouble uniting their respective parties. Clinton has struggled to gain full support from the more progressive wing of t...

Rape case illuminates fault in criminal justice system

Rape case illuminates fault in criminal justice system

Grace Gutterman, Contributing Writer
October 19, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions

“A prosecutor argued he should spend six years in prison. A judge ruled he should be jailed for six months.” (CNN correspondents Emanuella Grinberg and Catherine E. Shoichet) On January 17, 2015 Brock Turner sexually assaulted a young woman and was charged with three counts of felony and sexual ass...

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