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Bill to Amend SHSAT Defeated by New York State Senate

The New York State Senate Education Community met in Albany on Tuesday, April 28 to vote on the passing of a bill that gives the New York City Department of Education (DOE) the right to change the admissions process into specialized high schools. The bill did not receive enough votes to reach the next stage

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Gabe Rosen and Justin Kong

We have seen a year with little progress made in advancing students’ rights. The election of current leaders Eddie Zilberbrand and Keiran Carpen was without a popular mandate and marred by controversy, which is justified. As The Spectator pointed out in a recent editorial, Zilberbrand and Carpen failed to follow through on most of their

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Fifty Shades of Catastrophe

Throughout our lives we have heard many conflicting views about sex from our parents and our teachers. Some advocate for abstinence, while others advocate for safe sex. But what is hardly ever brought up is consensual sex. When health teachers discuss what healthy sex looks like, various types of protection are discussed in great detail,

Classes with Class

Stuyvesant students are blessed with a wide variety of courses — Advanced Placement and regular — to choose from every year. But even with this large selection, many students hunger for knowledge in fields that are rarely covered in core classes. To quell this drive to learn more on topics about which students are truly

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Point/Counterpoint: The Human Eye Receives Light Differently Depending on Perceived Surroundings vs 25% of People on the Internet are Lying Sociopaths

Point: The Human Eye Receives Light Differently Depending on Perceived Surroundings. By Randolph Higgins, Spectator Writer Currently Reading an Article About Light Perception. The human eye is a fascinating thing. We have millions of receptors so sensitive that not only can they detect the presence of light, they can tell colors apart. Beyond that, our

This Is Real Music, You Uncultured Swine

Every single person at this school is a nugget of ignorantly ignorant goo. I mean, okay—all of you guys live on a planet with an unfathomable amount of great music, yet you choose only to listen to the crap of the crop. Like, yeah, we get it, you know? High culture is, by definition, inaccessible.

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Victims’ Names Revealed to be Inscribed on Cocoros’ Pennants

On the second day of parent-teacher conferences, beloved math teacher Jim Cocoros revealed to a small crowd of stunned parents that the names written on college pennants hung around his classroom are not just the names of his former students. They are actually the names of the many Stuyvesant seniors that he has sacrificed to

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Downton Abbey Confessional

I have to admit that I’m missing “Downton Abbey” tonight (March 8th). The show’s fifth season concluded one week ago, and now Sunday night goes back to being ordinary. I would never have thought that I would be saying this, and I suspect that some of my male colleagues and students might raise an eyebrow.

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Sandwiches—and Poison—at Teatime

Hercule Poirot is less familiar to Americans, and young people in particular, than his predecessor, Sherlock Holmes, but his creator is certainly not. Agatha Christie is the second-best-selling fiction author of all time, behind only her countryman Shakespeare. Everyone is at least passing familiar with “And Then There Were None” and “Murder on the Orient

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Shorts Without Shortcomings

When you think about the Oscars, you probably don’t think about the Oscar-nominated short films. The big-name movies (such as “Interstellar,” “Boyhood” and “American Sniper,” to name a few) get much more attention. That being said, the short films are just as noteworthy. Clever and powerful enough to remain memorable despite their short run times

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Hunt for Macarons

Cupcakes are delicious, but they are often too rich and large. Cotton candy brings a nostalgic taste of childhood, but it dissolves and disappears in your mouth too quickly. If you want a heavenly balance, meet macarons. They’re sweet, meringue-based French confections that resemble hamburgers, except with biscuit-like tops and a filling, usually of jam,

SING! 2015 Top Fives

Actors Dennis Ronel, Teddy, SophFrosh Portraying a cynical Teddy bear, Ronel provided endless comic-relief for the SophFrosh show. He captured his character perfectly, always offering the negative perspective on his predicament, and managed to deliver his comical lines completely seriously. Jordan Foster, Pharaoh, Juniors Foster, playing an exuberant, emotionally immature pharaoh in Junior SING!, added

If You’re Not Yet Listening to Drake, It Isn’t Too Late

“If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” the title of hip-hop artist Drake’s latest mixtape, evokes intrigue, if not anxiety. And even more so when it is scribbled as an urgent reminder across an otherwise blank cover. While still pondering what the rapper is exactly trying to say, the listener is thrust into the opening

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Downton Abbey Confessional

I have to admit that I’m missing “Downton Abbey” tonight (March 8th). The show’s fifth season concluded one week ago, and now Sunday night goes back to being ordinary. I would never have thought that I would be saying this, and I suspect that some of my male colleagues and students might raise an eyebrow.

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Hitmen Prepare to Play in a More Advanced Division

Moving up from the Manhattan A West division to AAA Western, Stuyvesant’s varsity baseball team, the Hitmen, are looking forward to compete with the PSAL’s best New York City public school teams. These teams include Beacon and Aviation Career and Technical Education, which both advanced as high as the third round in the playoffs last

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Lift Me Up

I woke up on March 13 certainly not expecting it to be an important day of my life. “SATs are tomorrow,” was all I thought. Critical reading, math, and writing passed through my mind, but all the prep books told me not to study the day before: Enjoy your life. Go outside. Take a walk.

College Essay: Shannon Daniels

What matters most to you and why? My family is a blend of roast pork with rice, corned-beef, and cabbage: we consume culture just as much as food. We visit relatives for Christmas dinners as well as honor the Buddhist tradition of laying out a picnic beneath a loved one’s tombstone. Of all the things

Lift Me Up

I woke up on March 13 certainly not expecting it to be an important day of my life. “SATs are tomorrow,” was all I thought. Critical reading, math, and writing passed through my mind, but all the prep books told me not to study the day before: Enjoy your life. Go outside. Take a walk.

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