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Gabe Rosen and Justin Kong by Jin Hee Yoo COLOR

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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Krzysztof Hochlewicz and Kate Johnston – General Election

It is rare that a candidate running for Student Union seems to bring the promise of real change: last year, the Spectator Editorial Board came very close to writing no endorsement at all. Therefore, this year’s race is a welcome change—in it, one of the two tickets, that of Krzysztof Hochlewicz and Kate Johnston, is

Opinions

Letter From the Editor: Last Call

Three years, up, and out. It is with bittersweet feelings that I pen my last column for the Stuyvesant Spectator: it marks my twenty-fifth, but my only one as Editor-in-Chief. It is a reflection on my time here, within Stuyvesant’s walls, but it was not written with rose-tinted glasses. For our school is a deeply

The Key to Improving Teacher Evaluations: Giving Students a Voice

Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been working to improve teacher evaluations in New York, since the current system has reported 96 percent of teachers to be either “effective,” or “highly effective”—a statistic that Cuomo has referred to as “baloney.” As proposed by New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, the Board of Education has made

Humor

2014-2015 Year in Review

The 2012-2013 school year began with uncertainty, as Principal Jie Zhang began her first year here. The 2013-2014 school year began equally as chaotically, with students lining up outside with megaphones on the very first day, terrorizing new freshmen in their protest. So students were understandably glad to see the 2014-2015 year start in a

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

Art & Entertainment

Awesome Playlist (AP) of Places and Perspectives

If you’re traveling this summer, well, good for you. Those of us that will be melting into our couches will be sure to “like” your bikini pictures on Facebook. But, of course we’ll find other ways to procrastinate studying for the SATs—we’ll figure out how to have exponentially more fun than you even if we

Stopping “Slut” Once and For All

When Brooklyn teenager Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart told her father that she would be portraying Joey del Marco, the notoriously promiscuous rape victim in Katie Cappiello’s play, “SLUT,” he responded by asking, “Can’t you just, like, do ‘Annie’ or something?” His apprehension makes sense—as we’ve been raised to believe, girlhood is supposed to light and sugary-sweet, like

Tony Noms

We know that by the time this issue comes out, the Tony Awards ceremony will have happened. Because we honestly don’t care who walks away with a brass medallion and who doesn’t. Our goal in putting this spread together, of course, is to properly represent our favorite Tony NOMinees—with special foods that will make you

A Taste of France

Offering premium French cuisine in a modern NYC setting, Le District recently opened at Brookfield Place (the new WFC) near Stuyvesant. As the name suggests, Le District is a predominantly French marketplace that is arranged in a “village-like” fashion, where the foods are placed in their respective areas. The front of the market includes a

Awesome Playlist (AP) of Places and Perspectives

If you’re traveling this summer, well, good for you. Those of us that will be melting into our couches will be sure to “like” your bikini pictures on Facebook. But, of course we’ll find other ways to procrastinate studying for the SATs—we’ll figure out how to have exponentially more fun than you even if we

Steven Universe: A Cartoon of the 21st Century

Cartoons—especially children’s cartoons—are an underrated medium. People over twelve years old don’t seem interested in tuning into anything on Cartoon Network, perhaps because they don’t care about cartoons in general, or they’re just bitter ‘90s kids who don’t think anything made after the VHS was discontinued is quality. Nevertheless, these individuals could be missing out

Sports

Beast Mode

The Stuyvesant boys’ volleyball team, the Beasts, had an extremely successful season, finishing 8-2 and losing in the second round of the playoffs to the Staten Island Tech Seagulls. The Beasts worked hard to prepare for this season and came in with high hopes. “We did a lot of physical conditioning, which in addition to

Features

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So Long, Farewell: A Look at the Other Class of 2015

Leaving Stuyvesant High School is a bittersweet experience for both students and teachers. They feel nostalgic as they leave the place they have come to know quite well, yet they are also excited for more freedom, and, of course, more sleep. This year, French teacher Elsie Augustave and drafting teacher Greg Sarutto are among several

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

Cultural Resolution

CONFESSION: Like the average American, I first learned how to use chopsticks by following the broken-English instructions printed in size 8 font included with every take-out order. And I still don’t know how to use them properly: holding the chopsticks like a pencil is apparently the cheating, Americanized way of using them, and this clumsy

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