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Councilman Introduces Students to New York City Politics

Councilman Brad Lander visited history teacher Kerry Trainor’s AP United States Government and Politics classes on January 22. His visit involved mainly open-ended discussion about issues facing the city today, including environmental problems, diversity in the city’s public schools, and the heavily-contested high school admissions process. Trainor first discovered the opportunity through one of his

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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 Gas Tax: The Tax You’ll Actually Want To Pay

Although Americans seem to disagree on everything, there is one thing we can all agree on: our roads are terrible. There is no doubt that America’s transportation system is in a state of disrepair. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), in its report card for America’s Infrastructure, gave America’s roads and transit system a

Getting in Touch

Every Stuyvesant student is a member of the inscrutable “Generation Z.” We are characterized not by striped bellbottoms or grungy flannel—no, we have the enigmatic ubiquity of the Internet. As teenagers of the modern age, technology plays a profoundly important role in our lives. We’ve lost our mental integrity to our smartphones, which remember everything

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Minimally Talented Weirdo Actually Gets a Break

SSRs, one of the first steps to the wonderful college admissions process that we all know and deeply cherish, were due a several weeks ago. However, the school is now in a craze because of one controversial admission. Junior Michael Fang submitted a spin off/crossover story of 50 Shades of Grey and Harry Potter in

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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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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

Art & Entertainment

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12 Somewhat Aggravated, Variously-Gendered People

Boldness can be manifested in various forms. When one man makes the intrepid decision to separate himself from the majority, he is being bold. When, in an age of simple entertainment that is snappy and quick, a group of teenagers puts on a play that is devoid of colorful embellishments, this group of teenagers is

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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

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We’d Like to Thank the Academy…

With the 2015 Oscars approaching, there are fewer than two weeks for the general public to do its usual during awards season: predictions. With such a strong list of nominees, the competition is blown wide open this year. Below, some members of the Arts & Entertainment department share their predictions:   The Theory of Everything

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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

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12 Somewhat Aggravated, Variously-Gendered People

Boldness can be manifested in various forms. When one man makes the intrepid decision to separate himself from the majority, he is being bold. When, in an age of simple entertainment that is snappy and quick, a group of teenagers puts on a play that is devoid of colorful embellishments, this group of teenagers is

by Helen Jin

From Your (Not-So) Secret Admirers, the A&E Department

On Saturday the 14th, the unforgiving February air will get fuzzy and pink with sloppy teenager-pining and melted heart-shaped chocolate. Whether you plan on rocking innocent bystanders’ worlds with your public displays of affection, or dejectedly swallowing teeth-murdering hunks of pure sugar (colloquially referred to as “Sweethearts”) while watching the Valentine’s Day special of “30

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

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“Fresh Off the Boat”: Fresh Idea, Stale Comedy

I have to admit, whenever I see an Asian-American face on television, my reaction is two-fold: first, excitement—in the fact that ethnic representation is a work in progress—and second, an overwhelming sense of uneasiness as I anticipate the role of this character. More often than not, I’m filled with a sense of disappointment as I

Sports

A Team for the Ages

After a disappointing finish to the 2014 season that included a loss to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division series, the Washington Nationals are retooled and ready to go for the 2015 season. Well, that’s putting it lightly. The 2015 Nationals have a chance to be the best team in the MLB,

Features

And the Winners Are…

Stuyvesant swept this year’s Scholastic Writing Awards, winning 110 awards—including 21 Gold Keys—in a wide range of categories including journalism, critical essay, memoir, short story, and poetry. For this issue, The Spectator decided to feature a few of the Gold Key winners’ work; brief synopses of the stories behind their award-winning pieces as well as

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

10 Steps

The following is a piece of fictional writing Possibility. He asked me out. A simple question and answer, nothing fancy. But his eyes showed it all. The desire, the love, the flicker of doubt. The beginning. My eyes shift to my right hand. His hand lightly brushes against mine. Slowly, I sneak a peek at

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