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What’s the Big IDea?

The Stuyvesant High School administration boasts one of the strongest security systems in the city. The identification (ID) cards, one issued to each student, are used both as a check for valid identity, and as a means for recording daily attendance. However, early last year, the Spectator editorial staff decided to conduct an experiment –

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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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Stuy’s Feminist Culture

The “F” word. Some of us love it, some of us hate it—but none of us can avoid it, or more so, the message behind it. When Emma Watson announced her “HeForShe” campaign (intended to involve men in the discussion of feminism) at the United Nations this September, feminism filled the news, the radio, and

Stuy’s Feminist Culture

The “F” word. Some of us love it, some of us hate it—but none of us can avoid it, or more so, the message behind it. When Emma Watson announced her “HeForShe” campaign (intended to involve men in the discussion of feminism) at the United Nations this September, feminism filled the news, the radio, and

Humor

Senior Writes Divisive College Essay

A report from the Stuyvesant college office confirms that colleges are going to be completely blown away by the piece of egotistical, self-promoting horse-crap that senior Cooper Weaver submitted this week as an essay for his college application. Each year, colleges around the country receive hundreds of thousands of applications from students who are impossible

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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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Asian Cuisine Standing Out In Little Italy

As a person who shuns spicy foods when possible, and therefore avoids Malaysian cuisine, I was surprised to find myself at Nyonya, located in Little Italy. “Nyonya” refers to ethnic Chinese groups living in Malaysia, a term which accurately describes the food here—an original and clear fusion of Malaysian delicacies with other Asian food. I

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

A giant pile of colorful Play-Doh, peculiarly resembling dog excrement, towers over its beholders. Coincidentally, there is an equally large poodle on the other side of the room. Both recognizable works of art by Jeff Koons, “Play-Doh” and “Balloon Dog (Yellow),” are currently on display in the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Jeff Koons

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“The Southern Reach”: Frustratingly Fantastic

“The Southern Reach” trilogy is a series that rewards patience above all else. Written by Jeff VanderMeer, the trilogy, which is made up of the novels “Annihilation,” “Authority,” and “Acceptance,” is a masterpiece of tense build-up and slow, creeping realization. Set some time in the near future, the books center around the mysterious Area X,

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

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Trapped

Who am I? What is my purpose? These are questions inevitably asked by teenagers as we struggle to find our identities. This is no exception for sixteen-year-old Thomas (Dylan O’ Brien) when he wakes up trapped in the middle of a maze with no memories. “The Maze Runner,” based on the best-selling trilogy written by

Asian Cuisine Standing Out In Little Italy

As a person who shuns spicy foods when possible, and therefore avoids Malaysian cuisine, I was surprised to find myself at Nyonya, located in Little Italy. “Nyonya” refers to ethnic Chinese groups living in Malaysia, a term which accurately describes the food here—an original and clear fusion of Malaysian delicacies with other Asian food. I

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An Eclectic Mix of Energy Kicks Off Fall for Dance

The Delacorte Theater is usually home to the Shakespeare in the Park series and experimental musical productions. Naturally, I wondered how the stage would look when it hosted the 11th Annual Fall for Dance festival kickoff, a ceremony made up of a series of dances. The effect turns out to be rather fantastic. The stage

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Syro: The Return of a Legend

By the time he was a teenager, he had composed 100 hours of still-unreleased music. He also invented an automatic rhythm and melody generator based on algorithmic processes. He creates melodies in his lucid dreams and records them with a studio he built himself. He drives a freaking tank, lives in a bank, and sleeps

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

Who is Galano to Us?

If you were a Spectator sports editor sitting in room 501 (the Stuyvesant Athletic Director’s office) five years ago, or even a year ago, you would be shaking in your boots. But as I sat waiting in Mr. Christopher Galano’s office this October, I felt only excitement as I waited to learn more about the

Features

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Dr. Ned: Cultivating a Love for Science

Stuyvesant biology teacher and alumna Maria Nedwidek-Moore (‘88) talks to The Spectator about her influences in life, her memories of being a Stuyvesant student and the importance of being an educator. What memory stands out the most to you from your time at Stuyvesant as a student? Well, it was before I even started school

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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