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Un-permanent: advice for coping with divorce

Children of divorcees are often left emotionally affected and plagued with feelings of guilt and isolation. By learning to properly cope, however, they can mitigate the harm of divorces.

Taylor Bongiovi

June 16, 2015

The heavier subjects are the hardest to talk about; that’s one of the many things I’ve learned in my 18 years. It’s not only difficult for children and teenagers, but for adults and parents. Though I am not a parent, and just going off the encounters and knowledge of my own, I’ve learned that...

Why the final?

While AP courses culminate in an AP exam that is judged by the College Board to be as difficult as a college final exam, many teachers still assign their own finals afterwards.

Max Davis

June 16, 2015

Ahhh. A sigh of relief can be heard from the Class of 2016. We finally completed the hardest year of high school. Now since we finished our AP exams we can finally sit back, relax and take in the glory of being almost a senior------then you wake up with drool running down your mouth as your English...

Bemoaning american elections (and the elected)

In the 2000 presidential election, Bush had a substantial lead in votes over Gore. Yet, partisan politics prevailed and placed Bush in the White House.

Julian Lehrer

June 16, 2015

The United States is a nation founded upon the basic principle that those who govern the people shall be elected by the will of the governed. Well, that’s what the history textbooks would like us to think. A true democracy contains an electoral system in which the popular vote determines the leader...

The media’s perversion of the female body

Samantha Laba

June 10, 2015

Since childhood, young women have been surrounded by images of beautiful models with flawless faces and slim figures. As young girls, we look up to these beautiful women and someday want to be like them. By being surrounded by these images on a daily basis, girls often feel the need to look like the...

Why ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is ruining our lives

Lily Rudnick

June 10, 2015

We all have that one guilty pleasure in our lives — whether it is food, reading trashy magazines, listening to certain kinds of music or watching certain movies and television shows. I recently discovered that around eight million people share my guilty pleasure: “Grey’s Anatomy.” The hit...

Popular culture needs accurate ethnic representations

A young girl poses in front of a poster for the movie

Bareerah Zafar

June 10, 2015

The most important factor for children in today’s media is representation. America is a country built from a mixture of different cultures, so it is only normal to see those cultures displayed on television. Instead, the majority of what we receive is westernized. An example is Katniss Everdeen...

Mono: the myth

Cartoon by Eric Kellenberger.

Lily Rudnick

June 6, 2015

  The blood tests are done. The diagnosis is in. The doctor speaks the one dreaded word: Mono. (Cue screaming high school students). Mononucleosis, otherwise known as the “kissing disease,” is a disease that plagues high schools and colleges yearly. The disease often spreads through...

Troubles plague women’s bathroom

Cartoon by Eric Kellenberger

Bareerah Zafar

June 6, 2015

  A shriek disguised as a school bell pierces the ears of anticipating students, signaling reactions of both relief and dread. A high school junior (female) pushes through the pile of bodies, her legs pumping her down the H-building. She is in a race against others of her species, a race that...

Sufjan Stevens’ lessons on living

Portrait of Sufjan Stevens. (Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Afolabi).

Sam Gunn

June 5, 2015

As my high school experience draws to a close, I feel inclined to share what Sufjan Stevens has taught me about living. Sufjan Stevens is a man. The importance of this simple observation cannot be overstated; it is crucial that listeners of his music are able to distinguish between the music he creates...

The lucrative business of higher education

The estimated tuition in 2014 for undergraduate students attending USC was $23,781 per semester, not including fees (Photo from wikipedia.org).

Julian Lehrer

June 5, 2015

As thousands of seniors across the nation receive their acceptance letters from public and private universities, many families are faced with difficult financial decisions. As many are aware, college costs are skyrocketing, and it’s not just tuition anymore: There’s room and board. There are meal...

Psychotherapy retains stigma

Psychotherapy retains stigma

Eric Kellenberger

April 24, 2015

Psychotherapy is cognitive treatment done through psychological methods rather than medical ones. Being prompted to access your knowledge on therapy, you may think of a man or woman jotting down notes as you recall past memories, presumably on a reclined couch. This is a hyponym, known as psychoanalysis, which is among a variety of diffe...

Violence is not our religion

Violence is not our religion

Bareerah Zafar

March 24, 2015

A terrorist organization called the Islamic State (IS) has recently risen to power. Its members hide behind a wall of false identity, using a false Islam to validate the crimes they commit. Because of them, Muslims must face the fear of Islamophobia and must be careful regarding the actions they take...

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