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November 2010 Issue

Teacher evaluation bill reinvigorated

By Noah Rivkin | Published: November 2010
Over the past few months, South Senate members have worked on a bill that would allow student evaluations of teachers. The bill, if put into action, would offer students a way to pass on constructive criticism to their teachers, and for teachers to improve their teaching. “The plan was to create a student-teacher evaluation template for any teacher to use by choice at the end of the first semester and/or ...
On May 6, 2010, a unanimous vote by a New York City community board took place to approve the building of an Islamic community center two and half blocks from ground zero. That same day the New York Post covered the story under the headline “Panel Approves 'ËœWTC' Mosque and Pamela Geller, co-creator of the group Stop Islamization of America, titled a blog entry “Monster Mosque Pushes Ahead in Shadow of World Trade Center Islamic Death and Destruction. Nothing about this scenario would be surprising except that today seven out of ten Americans agree with Geller, who recently published a guide to “fighting the Muslim brotherhood. How do seventy percent of the people in a country where from kindergarten we are taught that unlike so many other places in the world all Americans may practice religious freedom, oppose this first amendment right?
Rather than padding an argument with the security of The Constitution's flowery, scholarly language, take a look at the argument from a more ethical standpoint. Sure our Bill of Rights ensures our protection of religious freedom, but when it comes to a situation as such, who is counting? The attacks on September 11, 2001, marked the worst attacks on our country since the Pearl Harbor bombings during World ...

Cultural differences should not be overlooked with burqa

By Hattie Gawande | Published: November 2010
A French ban on the burqa and similar face and body coverings was cleared by the French Constitutional Council last week. The ban will come into effect this spring, effectively prohibiting Islamic face coverings in public. When the law is implemented, a fine of 150 euros (190 U.S. dollars) will be imposed on violators of the ban. This new law has, of course, sparked international controversy. From a man claiming to ...

Crew long overdue

By Jarrett Gorin | Published: November 2010
Why is lacrosse such a popular sport at South? Why football? Why basketball? All of these sports have one thing in common: they are accessible to everyone. Practice is right here at school. There is even a swim team, despite South's lack of a swimming pool. And yet with all this variety we are still lacking one team we should not be: a crew team. One of the most well-known regattas, the ...

China’s censorship hindering progress

By Andrew Feng | Published: November 2010
Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China by the Nobel Committee on October 8. Liu Xiaobo, a long term activist for the integration of democratic principle in the Chinese government, was in jail at the time for “inciting subversion of state power according to the Chinese Government. Imprisonment has not stopped Xiabo, who has been ...

Explicit text messages lead to ruined relationships

By Alexandra Fen and Sammie Levin | Published: November 2010
Dear Generation Y, You're scaring us. Just yesterday we attempted to initiate a conversation with you, only to be answered by the staccato rhythm of your texting fingers. Lips quivering, tears forming, we yearned to simply hear the sound of your voice, but alas, your eyes remained fixed on your Smartphone screen. We cursed the very technology that took you away from us, yet had no choice but to resort to ...

Best day ever :)

By Jeff Hurray | Published: November 2010
In a recent hit single, Sammy Adams, Boston's self-proclaimed “boy, quotes his great-great-great-great uncle, the renowned revolutionary political leader Samuel Adams: “I hate college, but love Here at South, we feel this sentiment rings true about high school; most of the South population is sick and tired of the endless amounts of work and rigorous courses. In the past, South administration has tried to curb this lack of enthusiasm for ...

Freshmen begin their Southstage careers with Organized Chaos

By Madeline Frieze | Published: November 2010
This year's freshman play, Organized Chaos put on by guest director Courtney Wrenn, consisted of nine 10-minute plays. The show, produced by Jeff Knoedler, took place in South's black box theatre on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Organized Chaos made for a great bonding experience.  Indeed, many of the 21 freshmen forged strong relationships with one another.       “It was a great opportunity to make new friends and get to know people better, ...

Desirable No. 1: Harry Potter attracts muggles worldwide

By Amanda Sands | Published: November 2010
Tired but wired from the coffee you drank in the car, you walk through a dark, crowded parking lot and arrive at the doors of the theatre. You see your warm breath form misty clouds in the frigid November air, you feel your heart pounding in your chest. The anticipation is almost painful to endure. Inside the theatre, you realize you aren't as hardcore as the girls who drew scars on ...

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