Editorials and Opinions

Overbooked classes make a tougher learning environment

By Sandy Shen | Published: September 2010
It's the first day of school and I walk into my math classroom, glancing around to see which of my friends are with me. I'm happy to see a group of them sitting in the far corner, and I approach them with a grin. The bell rings, and what seem like the final few students come filing in, filling the remaining seats. Our teacher begins his lecture to a full ...

Bipartisanship occurs as a result of priest’s radical move

By Hattie Gawande | Published: September 2010
The media and internet have been hijacked by people with no desire to learn the truth. Lies are presented as facts and the facts are forgotten. Pandemonium is created over non-issues. This is life today. A gross exaggeration? Think back to the 2008 presidential election. Bloggers had been circulating the claim that Obama is a Muslim. It was a ...

Senior commons: a lost cause or work in progress?

By Sammie Levin | Published: September 2010
If it weren't for the titles of Facebook albums announcing that it is senior year, I truthfully do not think I would know. I certainly don't feel like a senior. Apparently I do not look like one either, as I was mistaken for a freshman on the first day of school. Sick! I know it is far too early in the year to make any substantial judgments, but so far senior year is not all its cracked up to be. Why? Well, if I had to pinpoint one source of disappointment, it would be the fact that the sought-after senior c ommons is simply a room. Naturally, I assumed it would be a wonderland more magical than C.S. Lewis's Narnia, but not quite as magical as James Cameron's Pandora'€in other words, approximately equally as magical as May Fen's dumplings. But alas, it is nothing more than a square space with worn-out chairs and a poster endorsing Cindy Creem. To cope with this grave reality, I have come up with a list of common sense solutions to improve the common's sense.

Rimm: A Senior’s Senior

By Jeff Hurray and Adam Sachs | Published: September 2010
Hi, marsupials. Last year, our column received mixed reception, coming fully to our attention in the beginning of summer, when our moms collectively held an intervention for us both demanding from us to: “Cut the crap, ya turkey! “Quit bein' a dingus! Henceforth, we had a dark summer'€things stopped going our way: we lost our shared set of skin-toned crayons; all of our pets died, simultaneously and painfully; I pooped my ...

A farewell to South; the beginnings of a new legacy

By Alice Lee | Published: June 2010
Barring the unforeseen, this will be the very last time my name appears in the Denebola.
From owl pellets to guinea pigs, all types of things have been dissected to learn more about their insides and their functions. During our final year of elementary school, many of us dissected an owl pellet to examine the eating habits of the owl. More recently, the AP and Honors Biology classes at South dissected a fetal pig to learn about its different organs, glands, and muscles. While some students are more than eager to get started tearing their pig apart, the more squeamish wince at the thought of opening anything that was once alive.

Opposing Viewpoints: Dissection is wasteful and uneducational

By Brittany Bishop | Published: June 2010
Every year, millions of animals are killed for dissection in schools and universities in the United States, with an estimated 170 different animals species used. From animal brains to fetal pigs, the spectrum of dissection seems to be endless. Providers ship animals all over the country for students to cut up with scalpels and other tools as a part of scientific education.

Opposing Viewpoints: North benefits the city

By Sandy Shen | Published: June 2010
197.5 million dollars. Almost one-fifth of a billion dollars have been spent on the reconstruction of Newton North High School. Is it worth it? Yes indeed.

Opposing Viewpoints: North is an unnecessary burden

By Alexandra Fen | Published: June 2010
The North controversy plagued Newton for years. It has managed to pit neighbor against neighbor and compromise the quality of education for future Newton Public School students.

Tea Party zeal distracts from beneficial platforms

By James Palmer | Published: June 2010
Today, when I first clicked on the link to the link for http://teapartypatriots.ning.com/, a Tea Party Movement website, I immediately saw links to posts such as “Impeach Obama Petition Now Online, “UNITED NATIONS TO TAKE OVER IN PLACE OF CONGRESS, and “SAY NO TO MOSQUE BEING BUILT AT GROUND ZERO. Now, to many these articles seem to be slightly, well, more than slightly, ridiculous. Honestly, a lot of them are. ...

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