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Cell Phone by Justin Strauss

Cellphone Ban to be Lifted at Stuyvesant

On March 2, the decade-old ban on cell phones in New York City schools will be lifted by Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. This ban was originally put into effect because phones were thought to be a distraction in the educational setting. While not finalized, the new legislation

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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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The Ideal Cell Phone Policy for Stuyvesant High School

Cell phone usage has long been a contentious issue at Stuyvesant and in New York City public schools. Following Mayor Bill de Blasio’s lifting of the cell phone ban in all NYC DOE schools, Stuyvesant should take this opportunity to change and update its own cell phone policy. The Spectator Editorial Board feels, noting the

The Ideal Cell Phone Policy for Stuyvesant High School

Cell phone usage has long been a contentious issue at Stuyvesant and in New York City public schools. Following Mayor Bill de Blasio’s lifting of the cell phone ban in all NYC DOE schools, Stuyvesant should take this opportunity to change and update its own cell phone policy. The Spectator Editorial Board feels, noting the

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Stuyvesant’s First Town Hall Meeting a Great Success, Says Student Union

Student Union (SU) President Keiran Carpen opened up Stuyvesant’s first ever Town Hall and SU Propaganda Distribution Meeting on November 20, 2013, in the library. Bouncing with energy, Carpen breezed through a 324-slide power-point on the current nuances of the SU, from the $0.47 allotted to the Stuyvesant Frog Hopping Club to the delicate intricacies

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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

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

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Dumber & Dumberer

In 1994, directors Peter and Bobby Farelly released an icon of the comedy world, “Dumb and Dumber.” The comedy received mixed reviews, but was admired for its engaging storyline, interweaved with good humor. Twenty years later, in 2014, they released a movie filled with whatever silliness they had left. “Dumb and Dumber To,” the third

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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

Issue7_Art_Dumb _ Dumber To (Yuxin Wu)

Dumber & Dumberer

In 1994, directors Peter and Bobby Farelly released an icon of the comedy world, “Dumb and Dumber.” The comedy received mixed reviews, but was admired for its engaging storyline, interweaved with good humor. Twenty years later, in 2014, they released a movie filled with whatever silliness they had left. “Dumb and Dumber To,” the third

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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

Dolly Spartans by Anne Duncan COLOR

The High School Rock Band Lives On

Most of the teenagers milling about Webster Hall on December 5 seemed to know each other, as if I had stumbled into a class reunion. Hugs, hellos and selfies were exchanged between new arrivals, while the impatient crowd awaited their friends’ and peers’ performances. The Blue and Lucky Showcase, which has been held at Webster

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

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2014: A Sports Odyssey

As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the most compelling sports events and storylines that occurred in 2014.   The Spurs Make Teamwork Cool Again After half a decade of self-centered superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hoisting the NBA championship trophy, it was refreshing to

Features

Investigative on Guidance Counselors by Alice Oh COLOR

Twelve on Three Thousand: A Cross-Section of Guidance

Certain names in this article have been altered or withheld under anonymity. Junior Angela Chen recalls her first conversation with guidance counselor Mazra Schindler. “I wish we could have met on a better note, but my friend just passed away,” she recounted. “I [didn’t] really know who to talk to, so I came here.” Schindler

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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