Sports, the real ones

Diego Herrera

September 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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...

265 more days, class of 2019

Sravya Gadepalli

August 29, 2018

Before you know it, it will be the end of your junior year, and your responsibilities (supposedly) will have disintegrated. Poof! Just like that, they’re gone! Now what? Nobody prepared us for this part. Usually, it goes freshman year, sophomore year, junior year and then a blank slate. Who knows wh...

Grades or mental health?

Preksha Rao

August 29, 2018

School or sleep? That is the dreadful question we are plagued with when most of our alarms go off at 6 a.m. Well, what if you didn’t have to settle that argument every morning? Friends, let me introduce you to a rarely heard-of concept: starting school later in the day. Now, I am not talking a...

The Beakon: Redefining journalism*

Olivia Buccieri and Sam Barney-Gibbs

August 29, 2018

*The Beakon is a monthly column written by the Talon’s very own editor-in-chief and ombudsman. Besides the punny nature of the title, (BEAK-on, an eagle body part just like TALON) the column serves as a beacon or guide for issues surrounding student press. Picture a traditional newsroom. What do you see? Ol...

The underdog rises to conquer the mainstream media

Loren Yona

August 29, 2018

Attention comic book fans from all ends of the fantasy-verse; the long-awaited battle between Detective Comics (DC) and Marvel has finally arrived. I know that many of you have been eagerly awaiting this fateful day, so sit back and enjoy as I discuss the cinematic superiority of DC. In a world where a m...

Presenting, the Marvel-ous Studios

Presenting, the Marvel-ous Studios

Aashika Srinivas

August 29, 2018

Hello my fellow superhero aficionados! I know this is an opinion piece, but let’s talk facts: Marvel Studios makes the raddest superhero movies out there. Jimmy Kimmel “took to the streets of Hollywood” to help me with this exact argument. He found that people could name more Marvel superheroes...

Back to school … Yes, back to school

Alex Goldbeck

August 29, 2018

You wake up on a nice summer morning in the month of August. Yes, I am talking about the hottest month of the year. The cool summer breeze comes through the open windows. It is most likely past noon, and you realize that you can have the famous breakfast for lunch or maybe dinner. The boiling heat, of co...