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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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by Lydia Wu

An Age-Old Issue

A beloved grandmother is informed by her doctor she has leukemia. Amidst thoughts of denial and worry, the first question she asks is: “It’s treatable, right?” Her doctors assure her it is. However, because this woman is well into her seventies, they may have doubts about pursuing any treatment at all. Ageism, discrimination because of

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The Ideal Graduation Requirements

Throughout our time in Stuyvesant, we are exposed to a wide variety of subjects we would not otherwise be exposed to. From one to two semesters of required Computer Science to one semester of Art Appreciation, the school makes a strong effort to ensure that all students come out well-versed in many subject areas. One

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Programming Anxieties: What Classes to Teach?

When the deadline for class selections approached, the teachers of Stuyvesant High School took their questions to Facebook. “Should I choose lunch duty as an elective?” asked Spanish teacher Roja Flowers in ‘Group for stuyvesant teachers ONLY. click to join.’ Within minutes, her post received over 60 comments. “I wouldn’t recommend it unless you want

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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

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Best Food and Drink: Cornerstone

The next time you go down Chambers Street, making a left before crossing Greenwich Street will take you to a whole new area rarely visited by Stuyvesant students. This would be the locale where commercial buildings first became artist lofts, and then apartments selling for millions of dollars (Jay-Z and Beyonce live in one). Most

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By Amy Zhen

The Intrigue of an Almost Angel

Well-written modern fairy tales for young adults are a rarity—almost as rare as Ava Lavender, a girl with bird wings, and the protagonist of Leslye Walton’s debut novel, “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.” Centered on the mysterious, myth-imbued Roux family, this novel attempts to explain the irrationalities and intricacies of love by

A Look into Oculus

Mirrors are everywhere in our lives, but what really lives in the reflections that we see? “Oculus” explores this question with its take on the mirror horror sub-genre. Ten years ago, a mirror tore apart the lives of the Russell family. After moving into a new house, siblings Kaylie Russell (“Doctor Who’s” Karen Gillan) and

Best Food and Drink: Cornerstone

The next time you go down Chambers Street, making a left before crossing Greenwich Street will take you to a whole new area rarely visited by Stuyvesant students. This would be the locale where commercial buildings first became artist lofts, and then apartments selling for millions of dollars (Jay-Z and Beyonce live in one). Most

Behind the Changing Curtain

Performance has always given Stuyvesant that little extra something that makes it more than just a math and science school. Over the last century, this element of Stuy has blossomed into a wonderful community of talented artists, but the 1904 boys-only Stuyvesant had nothing more than a Glee Club and Dramatic Society to its performing

If I Had a Solar Collector: A Conversation with Pete Seeger

“This large movement, it doesn’t have a name. It’s all the little things that are going on.” When I arrived at the Beacon Sloop Club on a frigid early January evening to meet the utterly unpretentious Pete Seeger (now 89 years old), I encountered the “little things” firsthand. I introduced myself to Pete (we had

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

Faking It: The Real Deal?

As untraditional 21st century pop culture is growing more liberal with its message in the media, television shows do not fail to keep up. Hundreds of new shows circle around the effect of being gay in today’s generation and how it doesn’t change how you should be treated. Many television writers, while trying to keep

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Athletes Fly Stuy High Over the Century

A typical major accomplishment of a Stuyvesant alumnus would be a Nobel Prize in Physics, not a gold medal in the Olympic Games. But over the past century, at times, Stuyvesant was as dominant in athletics as it was in academics. In fact, in the first issue of The Spectator in 1915, the entire front

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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

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

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