News

AP Exams Reduce in Cost

  This year, the cost of the Advanced Placement (AP) exams offered at Stuyvesant was subsidized from $93 to $9.00 for those who pay for full-priced lunch. For students who receive free lunch, they will not be charged for taking the exams. While taking an AP course, students are required to complete a full year of

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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

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

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

On Gender Roles and the Family

As an immigrant, I lived in a dangerous neighborhood and went to a failing elementary school. My parents were too busy working, and my most basic notions of masculinity came from machismo; my neighbors and classmates encouraged me to objectify women and take pride in brute physical strength. In fact, I was bullied because I

Keeping Track of Trump: Confronting His Presidency

Hundreds of students walked out of New York City high schools on Thursday, February 9, to protest President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim majority nations. Hardly anybody from Stuyvesant attended. The Trump administration seems remote to many, and it is difficult to imagine his policies influencing New York City. Some immigrant families, having

Humor

Spectator Book Review

After a day of listening to nothing but fake news, I just want to sit by my gold-plated fireplace, stop pretending to care about my presidential duties, and settle into a new book. I recently finished reading King James’s second alternative history novel, “The New Testament,” the second major installment to the series after “The

college mail

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

Stuyvesant Speaks to Harambe Through Ouija Board

The Stuyvesant Spiritual Club, in an attempt to attract members, promised to contact Harambe with a Ouija board during its interest meeting last week. “We were planning on broadcasting the results across the loudspeaker,” senior and co-founder James Lee said. “At first, we were worried that no one would believe us, but then we realized

Art & Entertainment

Soph-Frosh SING! Puts on a Sweet Show

Watching this year’s Soph-Frosh SING! proved to be something akin to the experience of eating a Hershey’s chocolate bar: pretty enjoyable, but lacking much of the nuance and expertise required to truly make it a rich and fulfilling experience. Nevertheless, the underclassmen showcased their burgeoning talent, creating a lighthearted production with relatable characters and an

The Art of Protest

  Nina Simone once asked, “How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” Art has been around for a long time and it’s difficult to pinpoint when it was first used as a form of protest. Each person who creates art to protest has a unique, personal reason behind their protest, and

Harry Potter and the Cursed Add-On

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” takes place 19 years after the events of the original seven books, but still grips the reader with the same thrill and excitement. This two-part stage play was written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, with surprisingly minimal input from the original author of the franchise, J.K. Rowling. The

Boondocks

“The Boondocks” Connects Viewers to Reality

  In sixth grade on a school trip to the Cloisters, two of my friends and I gathered in a field next to the museum and joyfully chanted as we broke down in laughter, “Slavery works!” Now, while we did get some strange looks from passersby (three black kids who appear to be advocating for

A Look Into the Lives of NASA’s Invisible Heroes

In the opening act of “Hidden Figures,” released in theaters on December 25, 2016, we meet our three world-changing heroines in front of a broken down blue Ford Mustang on a lonely two-lane highway in Hampton, Virginia. Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) is merely a pair of stout legs sticking out from under the car’s bonnet,

Cheap Ass Food: Vanessa’s Dumplings

118A Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002 220 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003 310 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 This chain of cute dumpling shops offers great food at affordable prices. Plates of house-made dumplings are prepared in steaming caldrons right in front of you in an authentic Chinese setting. Dumplings $3.99 The

Soph-Frosh SING! Puts on a Sweet Show

Watching this year’s Soph-Frosh SING! proved to be something akin to the experience of eating a Hershey’s chocolate bar: pretty enjoyable, but lacking much of the nuance and expertise required to truly make it a rich and fulfilling experience. Nevertheless, the underclassmen showcased their burgeoning talent, creating a lighthearted production with relatable characters and an

Ring Around the Rosie

Jousts, Heists, and a Twisted Game of Candy Crush

From medieval murder mysteries to singing and dancing candy to the glamor of the roaring ‘20s, SING! 2017 was sensational from start to finish, and the memories made both onstage and offstage will undoubtedly stay with us for years to come. After such exuberant performances, it won’t be easy to go back to the usual

Boondocks

“The Boondocks” Connects Viewers to Reality

  In sixth grade on a school trip to the Cloisters, two of my friends and I gathered in a field next to the museum and joyfully chanted as we broke down in laughter, “Slavery works!” Now, while we did get some strange looks from passersby (three black kids who appear to be advocating for

Corail and Modifying the Senegalese “Mode”

When discussing “modern” clothing in Senegal, most people think of T-shirts, jeans, and Nike sneakers or suits, blazers, and loafers. Traditional clothing, worn for holidays, weddings, and baptisms, receives its own category. The imposition of western clothing in Senegal is unfortunate. Senegal has undergone a myriad of changes due to its colonization (which ended in

Sports

Phoenix’s Season Comes to a Close

Tension was high as the Stuyvesant Phoenix attempted to break a two year streak of first round exits in the playoffs. With a sea of fans donning “Bleed White + Blue” t-shirts, Stuyvesant Phoenix junior and co-captain Shannon Lau raced down the court during the first round of a playoffs game against LaGuardia High School.

Features

As Good As Gold: Scholastic Gold Key Art Recipients

This year, Stuyvesant students won 72 awards for Scholastic Art Awards. Out of these awards, 19 Gold Keys were given to the outstanding pieces of art. Some of the Gold-Key-winning works of art are featured here.   Joanne Chui: Urbanization (Mixed Media) Senior Joanne Chui’s mixed media piece, “Urbanization,” depicts humanity’s encroachment on and exploitation

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: Emma Bernstein

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. I was raised on soy lattes and anatomy coloring books. My mother was an art teacher at an elementary school, and my father

Okay Ladies, Now Let’s Get In Formation

Like any New York City kid my age, I have these events as the bookends to my childhood: Just before my first memories was the September 11, 2001 attack; Donald Trump’s election serves as the prologue to my coming-of-age. In between was a confusing tangle that included rising bigotry against Muslims; an opposite, liberal force

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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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