Children’s Books for Everyone

Omar Bekdash ‘18, Junior Columnist

April 7, 2017

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“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and...

Some Unsolicited Advice

Madeline Wong ‘17, Opinions Editor

April 7, 2017

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Senior year feels like a contradiction. I’ve spent most the year in my final months as a child, but by the time I graduate, I’ll be an adult. Sometimes I feel like a seventeen-year-old, desperate to go to college and no...

Music’s Newest Composer

Madeline Wong ‘17, Opinions Editor

February 15, 2017

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Less than three minutes long, the piece, softly, soothingly, sensitively played on a perfectly-tuned piano, seems unremarkable in the best possible way—unique but vaguely familiar, quiet but not easily forgotten.  Its delicate...

Mars

Omar Bekdash ‘18, Junior Columnist

February 15, 2017

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A century ago, when Percival Lowell peered into his telescope, he described huge striations crisscrossing the surface of Mars. The wealthy American businessman-turned-astronomer was, by all accounts, obsessed. He spent his...

The Right Side of History

Madeline Wong ‘17, Opinions Editor

December 10, 2016

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Within 24 hours after Donald Trump secured the majority of Electoral votes, a blue graphic of the United States began to circulate social media and news websites. Compiled prior to the election from 30,000 country-wide interviews...

Brexit Plus, Plus, Plus: Trumpism Sweeps America, And the Globe

Omar Bekdash ‘18, Junior Columnist

December 10, 2016

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When Donald Trump first vowed to “Make America Great Again” two Junes ago, a small yet fierce crowd in Trump Tower erupted in cheers. Cheers turned into poll numbers; poll numbers turned into primary victories; primary victories...

The Forbidden Bromance: Trump and Putin

Omar Bekdash ‘18, Junior Columnist

November 4, 2016

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Some call it a bromance. Others call it a one-way relationship. Or maybe a short-term fling? Ever since Donald Trump descended an escalator to declare his bid for president, he has consistently praised Vladimir Putin, whom...

You Can’t Say That!

Madeline Wong ‘17, Opinions Editor

November 4, 2016

Filed under Columns

While listening to and reading about the narrative of this election (well, really, just one candidate’s narrative), the same rebuke keeps popping into my head: “You can’t say that!”  You can’t insult someone’s physical...

So Long, Farewell

Anu Korukonda ‘16

April 21, 2016

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To students of Ridge High School: On March 11th, the 100 day countdown to graduation officially began. Seniors rushed to the cafeteria to collect their bags that had Swedish Fish, Twizzlers, M&Ms, Mini Oreos, Snickers,...

I Guess This is One Last Time Around

Lynne Bekdash ‘16, Senior Columnist

April 21, 2016

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Ah, to be a second-semester senior and heading for college. Oh, to stand in the doorway; one footsteps eagerly past the threshold, one lags gingerly behind. By the time senior year comes around—(and it will come around, inevitably,...

Hug Your Parents

Hyojin Lee ‘16, Editor-in-Chief

April 21, 2016

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In the eyes of our parents, we are always the best version of ourselves. Perhaps a little blindly, they believe that all of us will be world-class athletes, groundbreaking politicians, or cancer-curing scientists. They believe...

Tackling Tomes: Catcher in the Rye

Jasmine Xie ‘16, Senior Columnist

April 21, 2016

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There he stood, a thin silhouette topped off with an outrageous red hunting hat, against the hurling winds of New York City. It’s a romantic image: a diminutive young man taking on the big wide world with little more than dreams...

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