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Joon’s Tech Corner: My Favorite iPhone Cases

Joon’s Tech Corner: My Favorite iPhone Cases

February 7, 2012


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So you just bought that shiny new iPhone 4S. It has that smooth glass and looks really awesome. When the guy at the Apple store asks you if you want to buy insurance, you say, “No, I’m OK. I never drop my phone.” Then on the way out, your new phone lands flat on its face, and you have a shattered new iPhone. Now, you may not b...

Cheerleading reflects a sexist culture

January 30, 2012


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Give me an M!  Give me an I!  Give me an S-O-G-Y-N-Y!  What does it spell?  Misogyny!  While cheerleading has become an integral part of our culture, I believe that cheerleading reflects the deep sexism within our society and is both degrading and demeaning for women all over America. We have all seen th...

A friendly reminder: smoking kills

A friendly reminder: smoking kills

January 17, 2012


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  I came to this high school expecting see just a few smokers, if any at all. But to my surprise, there were far more than just a few. Personally, it was a major letdown to see so many bright young minds smoking. We do not live in the ‘60s or the ‘80s; smoking is not “cool” anymore. Each...

Pulling Parkinson’s from the shadows

January 17, 2012


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He looks down at his legs, silently urging them to move forward, but they don’t. His knuckles grow white as he tightly grips his walker out of frustration, which only makes his arms tremble more than they already do. My grandfather suffers from Parkinson’s disease; he is just one of millions. Parkinson’s...

Class Rank: Pros and Cons

Class Rank: Pros and Cons

January 12, 2012


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Across the country, most public high school students receive their class ranking at some point in their four-year career. This class ranking is used to quantitatively determine academic success compared to other students in the class. Colleges often consider class rank to be a considerable component...

College applications sap student passion

College applications sap student passion

December 11, 2011


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Competition drives mankind as a whole, and the students at our school are no exception. Students often find themselves with packed schedules and no free blocks, just as athletes are commonly scrambling between three-hour practices and that dreaded English paper. Boys and girls compete with each othe...

Vote Nick Halden: One student’s message concerning social networking

Vote Nick Halden: One student’s message concerning social networking

December 6, 2011


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We need to start being more careful. Now that the student legislative elections are over, I think it is time to set the record straight: There is no Nick Halden. I was the one who hung up the “Vote Nick Halden” signs, and I also created his Facebook profile. Here is a little background. At the beginning of t...

Sports > Academics?

Sports > Academics?

November 22, 2011


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The team gathered for a meeting. I stood up and looked them in the eye. “Guys, I have to apologize. I will be missing one practice a month to work on The Sagamore,” I said. “I know I am letting you down and am sincerely sorry if you lose out because of my absence.” Apologize?  Because I have a...

Steve Jobs’ legacy affects all

Steve Jobs’ legacy affects all

October 29, 2011


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Take a look at your phone, MP3 player or computer. Steve Jobs affected what you are using to browse Facebook, watch the cat videos on YouTube and read news articles on thesagonline.com. You may hate Apple for its extremely overpriced computers, mob of worshipping fanboys and Apple owners of an elitist nature...

Students upset over busy counselors

October 22, 2011


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Pushing past the cluttered crowd in the hallway, I realized that half of the people overflow from lines to their guidance counselors’ offices. After being elbowed back and forth like a ping-pong ball, I grew aggravated. What the heck is going on with this year’s guidance department? Students and t...

Unfinished business: Reflecting on Bin Laden’s legacy of terror

Unfinished business: Reflecting on Bin Laden’s legacy of terror

May 30, 2011


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September 11, 2001: the darkest day in American history, one that brought the nation together in silence. Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked and flew two planes into the World Trade Center buildings, another into the Pentagon and yet another into a field in Pennsylvania. According to a Fox Ne...

The pressing plea for plentiful paper

The pressing plea for plentiful paper

May 4, 2011


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  In 2008, at their 50th reunion, the Class of 1958 donated $10,000 to the high school. The school intends to buy flat-screen monitors with the money for the purpose of eliminating info-time. While I do believe that info-time is a complete waste of time, I do not think that the money should be spent in such a way. There is a more pressing issue that needs to be addressed. Paper goods! Yes, pa...

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