Tension Mounts in Freshman Caucus Controversy

The Stuyvesant Student Union held its annual Freshman and Sophomore Caucus President and Vice President elections this October. This election was a golden opportunity for freshmen in particular; it was an incentive to get involved in Stuyvesant and meet new people. “I’ve been in the school elections every year since third grade…school elections are a

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


Eight Steps to Getting through Junior Year

Dear Junior,   You think you get it. You lean your elbow against the railing of the 4-6 escalator, feel your bookbag rip from the weight of your AP United States History textbook, and close your eyes for a few seconds before you catch yourself just in time to avoid tripping on your way off

Where are We Going?

In the daily functioning of a school like Stuyvesant, it can be easy to forget about what is not of immediate concern. Students, teachers and administrators are focused on what is before them and what needs to be submitted, graded, or arranged that day. While there is nothing wrong with this approach, and short-term concerns


Nuns by Alicia Chen

Catholic Church Furious Over Seniors’ Nun Costumes

It was the thirty-first of October of the year 2014 A.D. when an act more vile than any other was committed. On this day, the angels wept and the devils laughed; the saints cried and the sinners sang. For on this day, several male Stuyvesant seniors decided to dress as nuns for Stuylloween. The Catholic


Athlete’s Foot Bad, Although Probably Not as Bad as Athlete’s Face

High school athletes—along with Jesus, Nelson Mandela, and Brian Scalabrine—are the most widely worshipped people in America. On the surface they have it all: charisma, killer abs, and the attention of the nation’s top colleges. But underneath that façade of confidence and ease, these brave boys and girls carry the weight of the world on

Pennants by Stephanie Chen COLOR

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

Issue6_Art_Holiday Recipes (Cynthia Sze)

Holiday Recipes

Plum Torte 1/2 cup unsalted butter 3/4 cup plus one tbsp. sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon peel 1/4 tsp. salt 2 large eggs 15 prune plums, pit removed, quartered ~1 tbsp. lemon juice 1/4 tsp. cinnamon Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch

Alice in TriBeCa

We’ve all seen it. Many of us have sat on it. But most of us don’t know how it got there. Like other students, I assumed the “Alice in Wall Streetland” mural on “the Wall” was always there. I never realized that it was painted by Stuyvesant students with the help of the nonprofit organization

Issue5_Art_Monogram Murders (Bonny Truong)

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

The Wages of Sin

Who pulled the trigger? After the gruesome murder of the extraterrestrial Watcher at the start of Marvel Comics’ latest miniseries, “Original Sin,” this is the question on the minds of every hero in the Marvel Universe. The Watcher was introduced by Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1963’s “Fantastic Four #13” as an omniscient

Issue6_Art_Interstellar (Annie Sim)

Interstellar is, if Nothing Else, Epic

“I’ll come back.” “When?” When Interstellar director Christopher Nolan told Hans Zimmer to compose the theme for the film’s soundtrack in 24 hours, he showed him only those two lines of dialogue and a one-page short story about a father leaving his child to go do an important job. Despite a complex plot about the

Issue6_Art_Holiday Recipes (Cynthia Sze)

Holiday Recipes

Plum Torte 1/2 cup unsalted butter 3/4 cup plus one tbsp. sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon peel 1/4 tsp. salt 2 large eggs 15 prune plums, pit removed, quartered ~1 tbsp. lemon juice 1/4 tsp. cinnamon Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch

Vive La Vie Bohème

The Stuyvesant Theater Community (STC) is no stranger to taking on large productions, admittedly to sometimes mixed results. While bedeviled by certain problems, this year’s fall musical, “Rent,” was also excellent in some areas. (The STC also puts on a winter drama and a spring comedy). “Rent,” a reworking of Puccini’s opera “La Bohème,” takes

Issue6_Art_Cadillactica (Sunny Chen)

“Cadillactica”: The Second Coming of the King of the South

April 28, 2014, the day that will perhaps be known for a former Hip-Hop hidden gem’s transformation into a crown jewel, marked the release of “Mt. Olympus,” the first promotional single from “Cadillactica.” In this song, Justin Scott, also known as Big K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time), displays his sharp and fluid lyricism over a

Clowns, Elephants, Freaks, and Creatures Beyond: Enter the SING!ing Circus!

Welcome to the Junior SING!ing circus! Get ready for the show of a lifetime, where you’ll witness dysfunctional families, adorable romances, catchy tunes, and more! Junior SING!, led by Coordinator Emily Ruby and Producers Isaac Gluck, Natalie Ruby, Claire Burghard, and Chloe Long, produced an engaging, but sometimes perplexing, circus to watch. The script, written

The Good, the Passable, and the Boring: Fall TV

Though upperclassmen may only emerge from their fog of college-related activities long enough to marvel at the fact that the outside world goes on, the fall TV season is well underway. The big networks have a remarkable crop of shows this autumn, though NBC may be searching yet again for a perennial hit come next


Swimming Opens and Finals by Paulina Ruta COLOR

A Pen-grin for the Penguins

Last season was the first time in six years that the Penguins were equally matched by a formidable opponent, tying with Francis Lewis for their sixth consecutive city championship. Yes, your eyes do not deceive you—the Penguins have an exceptional legacy to back up. While last year’s Penguins relented their firm grasp on the championship


New York Fashion Week: Teacher Edition

With all the new, state-of-the-art trends going on in the world of fashion, it’s no wonder that students are trying to establish their own wardrobes to set themselves apart from others. But, students aren’t the only fashionistas around—some of Stuyvesant’s very own educators are well known for their iconic senses of style. We decided to

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

Say Hi to Hell’s New Barber Shop of Doom

7TH CIRCLE, HELL – For the umpteenth millennia, sentient life forms with vile hairdos have yet again terrorized our sacred planet and spread bad hairdo-itis through annoying commercials and slogans. Hell’s newest torture workshop, the Barber Shop of Doom, was built just to contain criminals whose hair is violent to all eyes. Located in the


Street Art pt II by the Photo Department

Street Art II

A collection of street art from cities around the world, including New York City, Berlin, Prague.