News

(From left to right) Sharon Chao (Vice President of Communication), Evelyn Gotlieb (President), Giselle Garcia (Vice President of Events), Rodda John (Vice President of Tutoring), and Julia Ingram (Executive Vice-President)

New ARISTA Executive Council Takes Charge

The chairs are arranged peculiarly: one row of five in front, and a second row of five directly behind it. Seniors Ariel Levy, Rebecca You, Caitlin Stanton, Julia Dokko, and Michaela Papallo, the women heading the ARISTA Executive Council (EC), file into the first row. Five juniors, largely obscured, fill the seats behind them. The

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

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

The BOE: Where It’s Come From and Where It’s Going

  June 11, 2013: The Board of Elections (BOE) posts the Student Union (SU) election results on its Facebook page. It explains that while the Jack Cahn (’14) and Remi Moon (’15) ticket garnered more votes than the Eddie Zilberbrand (’14) and Keiran Carpen (’15) ticket, Cahn and Moon have been disqualified, making Zilberbrand and

stress

How Stressed Are We, Really?

You’ve been there. Stressed out of your mind on a Sunday night, you sit in your room, telling your parents that you can’t possibly go to sleep. You simply have too much work to do. Yet, sitting there, alone in your room, you find yourself unable to pick up a pencil and start your work.

Humor

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Barnes and Noble to Check for IDs During Finals Week

Citing the large swarms of Stuyvesant students that cramp up their tables during finals week, the Barnes and Noble on Warren Street has set an age restriction for customers visiting their location. Specifically, it bars all individuals under the age of 65 from entering the bookstore. They are placing surly men near their entrances to

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

Issue4_Art_Humor_ Voice Too Deep (Yuchen Jin)

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

Positivity, The Rapper

If you’re Chance The Rapper, how can you not be happy at the moment? How can you not be happy if you’re Chancelor Bennett, surfing the wave of hype from your critically acclaimed, sophomore mixtape “Acid Rap” (2013) and having the Hip-hop world holding their breath in anticipation of your next move? How can you

Questions and Irony

What’s your spirit animal? Perhaps you think it’s one with ferocity associated with it, like a lion, or maybe one attributed to wisdom, like an owl. Or, maybe you’re more like Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Their work continually features two animals, thought to be their alter egos: a rat and a panda

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

The Man Who Loved Infinity

World War I-era mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan Iyengar’s tale is infinitely more powerful because it is real. Matthew Brown’s film “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” which tells Ramanujan’s story, romanticizes numbers without using overwhelming mathematical theory, instead remarking about their intricacies and rendering them beautiful. It isn’t imperative that you understand the characters’ mathematical ponderings to

Kombucha: The Bubbly Hippie Drink You Can Make At Home

As with many of the various health drinks I’ve brought into my house—cold pressed juices, matcha, and just about every other fad—the first time I brought a bottle of kombucha into my house, my dad shook his head and asked how much of his money I had spent this time. It wasn’t until a few

Interview with Robert Creighton: Broadway Star of Cagney

Have you ever dreamed about performing in a Broadway show? Robert Creighton, a Broadway actor, offers some insight into the theatre world. Creighton stars in the ongoing hit off-Broadway musical, “Cagney,” which tells the story of James Cagney, one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors and a graduate of the Stuyvesant class of 1917. The musical

Positivity, The Rapper

If you’re Chance The Rapper, how can you not be happy at the moment? How can you not be happy if you’re Chancelor Bennett, surfing the wave of hype from your critically acclaimed, sophomore mixtape “Acid Rap” (2013) and having the Hip-hop world holding their breath in anticipation of your next move? How can you

The Controversy Surrounding LGBTQ+ Character Deaths

Lexa, a recurring character on The CW’s popular TV drama, “The 100,” was killed on March 3 of this year. It is not at all unusual for characters to be killed off of popular television series, and Lexa is certainly not the first “The 100” character to die, but her death sparked a much different

Queer Folks Meet Teen Gala

A breather, a sanctuary––flowers, palm fronds, tea, and teal. Perks included infinite possibilities and people waiting to be met. The school cafeteria became a space to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride on the afternoon of April 1. Hosted by Annegail Moreland, senior and president of Stuy Spectrum, and made possible with the assistance of Spectrum members (and

Sports

Aaron Glas

Senior Aaron Glas first learned to swim when he was two years old. Like most new swimmers, he absolutely hated it. “The first time I wouldn’t get in the water and I was kicking and screaming,” he said. When he started swimming on a team just a few years later, Glas saw results that were

Features

Photo courtesy of David Hanna

A Rendezvous with Mr. Hanna

He came out of the history teachers’ lounge to meet us one day in the noisy third floor atrium. He held himself almost regally with his posture firm and his gaze polite. We were meeting history teacher David Hanna to talk about the release of his new book, “Rendezvous with Death: The Americans Who Joined

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

Infinite

She was the promise of a new beginning, a crimson dawn blazing across the night sky. She was the epitome of destruction, veiled beneath a meticulously-constructed facade. She was the fiery sun, prepared to wreak havoc on anyone who dared to gaze upon her. She was the moon, vulnerable without her entourage of twinkling stars,

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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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