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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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Don’t Take Away Our SHSAT

The political momentum behind eliminating the SHSAT as the sole admission criterion for New York’s specialized high schools is strong. Over the past year, newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of Manhattan both publicly endorsed using other indicators as well to select students. Most recently, legislation has been introduced

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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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by Tanumaya Bhowmik

Student in Need of Extracurricular Joins Syrian Opposition

In a press release on Friday, Harvey Blumm, Stuyvesant’s Head of Internship Finding, confirmed that junior Mark Norwich will be headed to Syria in the weeks after finals to fight for opposition forces. When approached about his decision, Norwich said, “I just really need the extracurriculars for my college applications.” Blumm stated that although Stuyvesant

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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

Art & Entertainment

(Lo)ve is Like a Drug

A new pop queen is on the rise and she’s emerging from a dank, dark, underworld of nightclubs, drugs, and sex. Tove Lo is a Swedish indie pop/indie rock singer and songwriter with a brand new EP, “Truth Serum,” and a full album in the making. Though she’s previously written for Icona Pop and the

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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

By Ashley Lin

Nutella: Spreading Its Way to NYC

New York City has its fair share of wine bars, candy bars, and sports bars, but the latest addition to the city’s culinary smorgasbord is sure to be a chocolate-lover’s paradise. Eataly’s Nutella Bar opened its doors on May 12th, welcoming long lines of customers with free slices of bread slathered with Nutella. This classic

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Pygmalion Overcomes Its Obstacles

Despite suffering the harshest of circumstances, including scheduling issues, recasting, and a meager two weeks to put on the show, the cast and crew of this year’s comedy, Pygmalion, certainly rose to the occasion and produced a show that was, in a few ways, better than expected. From the opening of the curtains and early

(Lo)ve is Like a Drug

A new pop queen is on the rise and she’s emerging from a dank, dark, underworld of nightclubs, drugs, and sex. Tove Lo is a Swedish indie pop/indie rock singer and songwriter with a brand new EP, “Truth Serum,” and a full album in the making. Though she’s previously written for Icona Pop and the

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

Sports

By Abigail Edwards

Good Is Not Good Enough

For most students at Stuyvesant, being decent at a sport is good enough. For senior Noah Kramer, however, being good is just not good enough. An athlete who has excelled since elementary school, Kramer has pursued perfection in both basketball and lacrosse, earning himself the title of a High School All-American and a nomination for

Features

By: Danielle Eisenman

A Peek Inside Our English Teachers’ Notebooks

Many of Stuyvesant’s English teachers lead quite unsurprising double lives as teachers by day and writers by night. Whether they write poetry, memoirs, or essays, many teachers are passionate writers—a side of them that is rarely exposed to their students. However, three English teachers, Alicia Pohan, Amanda Usher, and Mark Henderson have agreed to share

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