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Boycott Nike or kneel during the anthem

Boycott Nike or kneel during the anthem

Editorial Board

September 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

There has been a profound attack on America; not on its soil, but on its ideals. Partisanship has created a deep divide in the country, deluding many into believing that certain opinions perceived as wrong, controversial or inflammatory shouldn’t be expressed. However, there has been a monumental...

The inhibitions of American selfishness

Atmika Iyer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In seventh grade, I remember sitting down in Mrs. Stein’s classroom, listening to the lesson on World War II. It took a second for naive, 12-year-old me to understand that there was no evil witch, devil or mythical force behind the genocide, only man was to blame. But the atrocities committed in WWII...

Arming teachers: don’t do it

Nick Harvey

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

School shootings are, unfortunately, a dangerous trend in America. Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, America has faced nearly 300 more school shootings. It seems as though every other week the headline of every news organization relates to ...

Inclusivity in sports

Amanda Lurey

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

For some time now, there have been debates on what can and cannot constitute as a sport. According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, a sport is “a physical activity engaged in for pleasure.” While many define a sport as an activity with some form of a ball, there is no mention of required paraphernalia...

Space Force: A Waste of money

Insiya Naqvi

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The majority of us have seen movies where we’ve witnessed the inception of an era when fantasy collides with reality. The Star Wars-esque idea of a Space Force has come close to actualizing this fantasy and has recently been debated by different political parties. Here’s what I think about this...

Space Force: an effective use of America’s resources

Daisy Calderon

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Attention space enthusiasts: your dreams about a bunch of guys in retro space suits, fighting with their glowing lightsabers to defend Earth from foreign invasion, may just come true! Or maybe not. Unfortunately, you’ll be extremely disappointed when you find out that Space Force doesn’t entail anythi...

Sports, the real ones

Diego Herrera

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

What is a sport? This is the battle fought for ages at a very undecided border. Well, I’m here to resolve the argument. Whether it be from the dictionary or from tacit societal understanding, there is a structure to everything in life. Sports is no exception to that rule. When you think of a spor...

Making movies with music: Frank Ocean

Making movies with music: Frank Ocean

Chaitanya Ivaturi

September 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I turn to music when I feel too much — when my throat closes with sadness, when my body shakes with adrenaline, when I want to run someplace far and stay there for a while. Feeling all of this is one thing, but visualizing it eluded me for so long. Listening to “Blond” floored me. How did Frank...

Remember the maverick

Alex Goldbeck

September 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The American flag is a symbol of the freedom and the patriotism of the United States. During the week of Aug. 27-30, students may have noticed that the flags were at half-staff. The lowering of the flag was in honor of John McCain a man who symbolized this same freedom and patriotism. John McCain...

New music now

Abbey Shulze and Noa Volk

September 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Everyone has access to music. It blares from radios, iPhones and even in grocery stores. There’s something special about music. There is no other artform that everyone enjoys. Admittedly, different people have different tastes, but we’d like to think that music from the summer of 2018 is the an...

The Toxic Culture in OPHS

Lily Lerner

September 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion

You’re walking up the stairs of the H-building and you are engulfed in chaos. On your left is a group of kids exiting English class, complaining about some impossible quiz. On your right, you have a semi-circle of distressed teens discussing the laughable love life of their “friend,” throwing around...

The Beakon: My time with the New York Times

The Beakon: My time with the New York Times

Olivia Buccieri

September 18, 2018


Filed under Online Features, Opinion

The New York subway system is a conundrum. It’s the most New York part of New York City, yet found only in the hazy underground underneath the hustle and bustle of the streets. Everybody in New York takes the subway. It’s a mode of transportation that merges each and every enclave, culture, belief...