Editorials

The Case Against #bringbackourgirls

by Phoebe Duke-Mosier ’15 By now, the story behind #bringbackourgirls is universally familiar, though the details may be a bit fuzzy. On the night of April 14, militants affiliated with Boko Haram, an increasingly active anti-Western political Islamist organization, stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria. Between 200 and 300 female students were kidnapped and…

Sterling Case: Privacy vs. Ignorance?

Photo by Ronald Martinez Lauren Oey ’14 The Los Angeles Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling has recently gained infamy for his racist comments in a private conversation with his mistress, Vanessa Stiviano. What makes this case so upsetting is the fact that Sterling was to be presented a second lifetime achievement award by the NAACP this…

Why Hollywood Needs More Lupita Nyong’os

Photo by Christian MacDonald [Vogue] Sophia Duke-Mosier ’15 Twelve or fourteen months ago, if you hadn’t known Lupita Nyong’o’s name, I might have forgiven you. But today, if you are still unaware of Nyong’o’s presence in the Hollywood scene, you’re basically dead to me. (Sorry.) Nyong’o was recently named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful Woman,” clearly…

Is America Ready for a Female President?

Samantha Ratakonda ’15 Is America ready for a woman president? Change is a hard thing to accept but the American people have already accepted change once before – in 2008 when they elected President Obama, the first African-American President. As history has played out, things need to happen for us to see if it is…

Christie’s Watergate??

Cameron Wangsness ’17     (Bramhall. Gov Throws His Weight Around: Expect Delays. 2014. New York. Blue Republican. New York News, 10 Jan. 2014. Web. 6 Feb. 2014.) February 6th 2014- The administration of New Jersey under Chris Christie has been accused of purposely closing bridge lanes in order to stop traffic within Fort Lee, NJ in…

Goodbye HSPA, Hello PARCC

Cameron Wangness ’17 The PARCC or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is an agreement forged by many states to improve the curriculum provided by schools. The initiative aims to give a more useful learning experience that provides beneficial information to student without teaching them non-useful skills. This new system is taking…

iPhone 5: Scan or Scam?

Cassandra Couwenberg ’14 At first glance, the new finger print scanner in the IPhone 5s seems genius. The user can open their phone quickly and make purchases swiftly. However the finger print scanner is far from useful; it is actually a major security problem that could lead to catastrophe. The user’s fingerprint is claimed to…

Safety vs. Liberty

Jackson Whang ’14 Picture yourself in the airport. Lines are long, space is cramped, and the air conditioning is broken. Things don’t seem to be moving, so you glance ahead to see what is holding everything up. A woman is being patted down, sniffed by police dogs, and her bags being searched. Frustrated, you curse…

Do Nothing Jersey Politics and Poverty

Jen Lessick ’14 A new report has shown that an official 10.4 percent of New Jerseyans are currently living below the poverty level, a record that has not been surpassed in the last 50 years. However, a devastating 31.5 percent of citizens (2.7 million people) are struggling to meet what the Legal Services of New…

Marriage and the Courts

Alice Schoneman ’13 These days WashingtonDC seems synonymous with dysfunction; the relationship between the Executive and Legislative branches and the Republican and Democratic parties is similar to Jan Steen painting. The Supreme Court, however, functions separately from the partisanship. This term, the Court will hear some rather historic cases. Among those are United States v.…