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Principal Jie Zhang Retires from the DOE

After spending four years at Stuyvesant, former Principal Jie Zhang announced on Monday, June 13, that she would be retiring from the Department of Education (DOE) and taking a new position as superintendent at the New York Military Academy starting next fall. Zhang had worked with the DOE for 28 years as a math teacher,

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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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Niels Graham and Paulina Ruta

Midway through their interview, Graham and Ruta said something surprising: they don’t want to put effort into fighting student apathy. “Our grade is abnormally apathetic,” they wrote in their platform. “For the past three years, candidates have run a crusade on apathy in our grade to little fruition.” To Graham and Ruta, continuing to battle

Paulina and Nils

Niels Graham and Paulina Ruta

Midway through their interview, Graham and Ruta said something surprising: they don’t want to put effort into fighting student apathy. “Our grade is abnormally apathetic,” they wrote in their platform. “For the past three years, candidates have run a crusade on apathy in our grade to little fruition.” To Graham and Ruta, continuing to battle

Opinions

Three Realistic Ways to Improve Graduation Requirements

Stuyvesant’s graduation requirements should be tweaked so they no longer prevent us from taking advantage of the school’s valuable course offerings, or lead us to overload our schedules and sacrifice our health for the classes we really want to take. Many of Stuyvesant’s most unique course offerings—from forensics to New York City history—are often oversubscribed

Three Realistic Ways to Improve Graduation Requirements

Stuyvesant’s graduation requirements should be tweaked so they no longer prevent us from taking advantage of the school’s valuable course offerings, or lead us to overload our schedules and sacrifice our health for the classes we really want to take. Many of Stuyvesant’s most unique course offerings—from forensics to New York City history—are often oversubscribed

Humor

Humor Editor Resigns After Being Told Politics and Satire Do Not Mix

Humor Editor Laszlo Sandler resigned from his position on Friday, August 19, after being told that as per The Spectator’s charter, politics and satire could not live together in harmony on the Editorial Board. Sandler, the newly-elected Senior Caucus President and fifth-longest serving member of the Editorial Board, was forced to make a decision between

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Junior Found Dead Under Six-Foot Tall Pile of College Mail

Last week, a Stuyvesant student was found dead in her room under a six-foot tall pile of college mail, consisting of at least 100 letters. Junior Alexa Berg was covered in paper cuts. Her fingers were in between a letter from the Ohio College of Clown Arts. Her mother said that right before she bled

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Student Unaware His Voice Has Dropped Too Low to Go Trick-or-Treating

Much to the dismay of his close friends and peers, freshman Kevin Mitchell has reportedly yet to realize that his voice has dropped too low for him to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. With Mitchell unaware that puberty caused his voice to drop from Spongebob Squarepants to Barack Obama over the past 12 months, Mitchell’s friends

Art & Entertainment

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Gängeviertal: Hamburg’s Counterculture Center

“Does anyone know what a squatter is?” My counselor, Cedric, was looking to one of us to answer. I raised my hand. “A squatter is someone who illegally lives in an abandoned house. Legally, they can’t be kicked out, at least in the U.S., so it creates a weird grey area,” I responded. I only

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Gängeviertal: Hamburg’s Counterculture Center

“Does anyone know what a squatter is?” My counselor, Cedric, was looking to one of us to answer. I raised my hand. “A squatter is someone who illegally lives in an abandoned house. Legally, they can’t be kicked out, at least in the U.S., so it creates a weird grey area,” I responded. I only

Dystopian Novels

Behind the Rise of Dystopias

I fell in love with “The Giver” in sixth grade. While the rest of my class hated it, I found myself intrigued by the concept it portrayed—everyone was treated the same and was colorblind, and everything was chosen for them by The Elders. The lack of freedom should’ve killed the libertarian side of me, but,

Your Guide to the Upper West Side

Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side is a neighborhood teeming with history, culture, great food, and interesting landmarks. The Upper West Side represents many different cultures, and is the home to world-class museums and performance centers. Despite being primarily residential, the Upper West Side has plenty of unique stores

To Do Justice

No one wants to talk about it. Not even filmmaker Michael Siv’s mother, Theodora “Teddy” Yoshikami, who lived through it. And in Long Beach, California, home to the country’s largest Cambodian community, less than a handful of people are open to reliving their experiences and attending the trial against three Khmer Rouge officials. This case,

Cheap Ass Food: Tandoor Palace

88 Fulton St New York, NY 10038 When we think of Indian food, we usually expect one thing: flavor. Tandoor Palace not only delivers on that, but also provides quality food at a cheap price. 2 Piece Vegetable Samosa $5 This boldly-flavored vegetable samosa costs half as much as it does at most places and

Hamilton

What Comes Next for Hamilton Stars?

July 9 marked almost a year after “Hamilton,” the smash-hit Broadway musical, premiered on Broadway. July 9 also marked the end of the original production’s actors’ one-year contract. In light of this, several of the main actors have decided not to renew their contracts and are leaving the production. For some of the actors, “Hamilton”

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Naked and Famous

Kanye West’s “Famous” music video, released on June 24, is reminiscent of an old horror movie, with an eerie night-vision lens panning slowly over the “sleeping” wax-figure bodies of George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian West, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, and himself. West

Stranger Things

“Stranger Things:” A Sci-Fi Thriller Wrapped in ‘80s Nostalgia

Netflix’s new original series, “Stranger Things,” is a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and ‘80s heaven. The show follows a government conspiracy and the disappearance of Will Byers in 1983. The series stars Winona Ryder (known for her role in “Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetlejuice”), and David Harbour. It was created and directed by the Duffer brothers,

How Can They Trash Ricky Gervais?

There should be a new ratings system for movies called “BC.” This would not keep teens out of movies, like the “R” system, but specifically invite us to see a movie “Before Critics” write up their opinion about a film and ruin it for everybody. Often, American film critics don’t find the same things funny

Sports

U.S. Men’s Basketball Steamrolls to Another Gold

After back-to-back  gold medal wins in both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, expectations were high once again for the 2016 U.S. Olympic squad. The team was headlined by superstars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Paul George. However, missing from the American team were the two best basketball players in the world:

Features

The Cost of Breathing

“Run, and run north”   By the time Marilena Christodoulou arrived at Stuyvesant on the morning of September 11, the kids were gone. She had been driving down through the confusion on Fifth Avenue, flashing the Stuyvesant Emergency Team pass she had been issued as President of the Parents’ Association, unsure of why she, just

The Cost of Breathing

“Run, and run north”   By the time Marilena Christodoulou arrived at Stuyvesant on the morning of September 11, the kids were gone. She had been driving down through the confusion on Fifth Avenue, flashing the Stuyvesant Emergency Team pass she had been issued as President of the Parents’ Association, unsure of why she, just

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

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Living and Teaching September 11, in the Classroom and on the Stage

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I emerged from the subway station to see Chambers Street filled with people, all looking up. I looked up too. Both towers of the World Trade Center were on fire, smoke billowing from the gashes left by the two airplanes which had crashed into them minutes before. From

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Art

Issue 15 Caption Contest

Get hype for our first Caption Contest! Each issue, we provide an ambiguous cartoon or image in need of a caption. You, the reader, can submit your caption below. We choose three finalists and their captions will appear in the following issue along with its respective image. Image 1 Image 2   The contest is

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