Author Archives: Eliza Spinna

Student Admitted to Meme Rehab After Near-Fatal Meme Overdose

Junior Daniel Ju was admitted to the Meme Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, April 1, after a meme overdose triggered by 29 hours of viewing memes non-stop. Ju was last seen waiting in line with many other fellow memers to be admitted to the center’s highly expensive, highly exclusive Meme Rehab for Millennials (MRM) Program. Stuyvesant

Trump and Press

Trump’s Next Target: Free Press

Since 1915, The Stuyvesant Spectator has served not only as an extracurricular activity for thousands of budding journalists, but also as the voice and informant of the student body. We’ve investigated and published groundbreaking articles about the 2012 cheating scandal and the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. We’ve won awards for our outstanding

Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

More than 5,500 miles of land and water separated our ancestors in Poggiomarino, Italy and Yongdong, South Korea. They spoke different languages, ate different foods, danced different dances, and prayed different prayers, but both families eventually came to the United States as immigrants. Living in a country of open doors, they raised their families, teaching

The Creatures of the Drained Swamp

With Donald Trump’s inauguration only a month away, the president-elect has a lot to do. On top of tweeting hourly and taking a victory tour, Trump is faced with the challenge of choosing a cabinet. This is no easy task: he must choose an effective and diverse group of people and balance the interests of

What's Your (American) Name?
Art by Karen Lai

What’s Your (American) Name?

Texas State Representative Betty Brown raised a furor when she addressed voter identification legislation in 2009. She told Ramey Ko, a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans, that voting could be made “a lot easier for [Asian-Americans] and poll workers […] if [Asian-Americans] could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for

Of Rosaries and Ovaries

Journalists asked Pope Francis if women will ever be able to become priests on November 1. Francis responded, “the last word is clear,” referring to a former Pope’s decision that there cannot be female priests because Jesus did not have female apostles. This infuriated quite a few Catholics, since six in 10 Catholics say they

The Not-So-Noble Nobel

Michael Kosterlitz, Duncan Haldane, and David Thouless were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize for their “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter” on October 4. While theoretical physics is one of the most complicated disciplines known to mankind, it doesn’t take an award-winning scientist to see that the three winners are

Feminism Is Not With Her

Women are a minority in government. Roughly 18 percent of U.S. mayors, 12 percent of governors, and 20 percent of Congress are female. These numbers look even more dismal when compared to those of other countries; Sweden boasts the highest percentage of women in government with a 9:11 ratio of female to male officials. Finland

Screening the TSA

  Flying out of the U.S. is notoriously frustrating. The Economist estimates that, because of long lines, surly security staff, and potentially intrusive pat-downs, 67 percent of people departing from the U.S. have a better experience at international airports. But the recent attacks on airports in Istanbul and Brussels have re-focused travellers and politicians on

Teacher's Unions
Art by Daniel Tam

UFT: The Union of Failing Teachers

My great great grandfather, Angelo Anthony Spisto, founded the United Barbers Association of New York in 1925. Objecting to the 12+ hour workdays Spisto and his co-workers were forced to complete six days a week, the union required barbers be paid overtime for their extra work and improved the treatment of immigrants by setting a