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Crying: Weakness or Necessity?

I see nothing but blurriness. The only thing I am able to feel is my fingernails digging into the ground below me. I hear the muffled noise of my “rainy days” playlist changing the song. I am breaking. In another place, in the same moment, a different girl is laughing …

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Copyright is No Monkey Business

Nearly everyone would agree a photographer deserves the copyright to a picture they take , but issues arise when that “person” is a monkey. Commissioned by a nature conservationist group, wildlife photographer David Slater traveled to Sulawesi, Indonesia in 2008 to bring recognition to the crested black macaque, a critically …

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Bring Fun Back

Life is exhausting. Society is constantly projecting the impossible standards and trends of models and actors. You have hipsters who think the “mainstream” is lame and then you have mainstream pop fanatics that will crucify you for not keeping up to date on the latest fashion trends and music. Then …

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High School Hate Crime Culture

Poway Unified is considered to be one of the most highly ranked, prestigious school districts in the state of California. Even though it is well respected by many, our very own Westview High School found spray paint on campus with  Swastikas, graphic images and other racial slurs. The fact that …

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Early Starts Colder Hearts

Every teenager knows the dreadfully familiar sound of the alarm clock. After a long night of cramming for an exam, or finishing up the outrageous amount of homework assigned, all adolescents really need is sleep, but with schools starting before 8:00 A.M, students are denied the minimal hours of sleep …

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The Politics of Pageants

“One hundred ninety-five countries signed the Paris agreement, in which each country sets nonbinding goals to reduce man-made climate change. The U.S. is withdrawing from the agreement, citing negligible environmental effects and negative economic impact. Good decision? Bad decision? Which is it and why?” Maria Menounos asked Cara Mund on …

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The Dehumanization of Minorities

During the Holocaust, the Nazis referred to Jews as Untermenschen, meaning “subhuman.” Most people fail to realize that by saying this, they were not implying that Jews were less than them, they were literally saying that Jewish people were created as a lesser race. Using this philosophy made it seem …

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The end of print

Today I am sad. A large part of my life, a major influence on my own identity, has been ripped away from me due to fiscal complications. As of Sept. 9th, Nylon magazine announced that it will stay in the realms of online publication, its physical print issues to be …

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A cheating culture

In the classroom when a teacher calls for homework to be collected, the feverish shuffling of papers fills the room, along with whisperings of panicked students asking to see a completed paper. If you were to look at the average high schooler’s camera roll on their phone, half of it …

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