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 THE LATEST LANGUAGE: Tone tags are an efficient way to clarify a person’s speech.

How we adapted to online communication through tone tags

Lucy Kim, Junk Editor
November 29, 2023

“Twitter is the only place where well articulated sentences get misinterpreted,” user @BravoCoolee said in a viral tweet from six years ago.  It checks out: humans comprehend only a fraction of...

HEADLINE OR PUNCHLINE?: Hasan Minhaj’s comedy can cross the boundaries of journalistic integrity.

Where do we draw the line for comedians to embellish the truth?

Rhea Gupta, Staff Writer
November 28, 2023

When we share stories or funny anecdotes, it's hard to fight the urge to tweak minor details in order to make the story more compelling. Changing up the time frame to make it more enticing or altering...

Surviving the lunch line

Surviving the lunch line

Elva Tang, Graphic Artist
November 20, 2023

SELECTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Amidst ongoing global crises, major media sources can pick and choose where to redirect an average viewer’s attention.

The gatekeepers of news

Raya Abu-Tarif, Staff Writer
November 14, 2023

When all the headlines of mainstream media seem to say the same thing for weeks or months on end, it begs the question: Who decides what gets covered and what doesn’t?  What we see on the news is...

TIK TOK TUMMY TROUBLES: For many, Girl Dinner is not just a trend, but a constant habit.

TikTok’s “Girl Dinner” raises awareness for a preexisting problem in women

Lucy Kim, Junk Editor
November 8, 2023

Leftover roast chicken, a handful of shredded cheese and half of a pretzel—if you’re a teenage girl you’ve likely found yourself rummaging through your fridge at some point, pulling together scraps...

RADICAL REPOSTING: Instagram posts often find themselves at the heart of performative activism.

Real activism reaches far beyond just a post

Aishwarya Ramasubramanian, Staff Writer
November 7, 2023

Social media wields undeniable power. From the latest styles to the trendiest food, it tends to dictate our lives as teenagers. However, social media can be a double-edged sword, especially when it comes...

WE NEED MORE THAN Y=MX+B: School doesn’t provide us with needed financial knowledge.

The Skills to Pay the Bills: Education on life skills

Timothy Shin, Staff Writer
November 2, 2023

You’ve finally done it. You have just checked into your dorm upstate at your dream college; give yourself a pat on the back! There’s just one major problem: you have no idea what food to cook, how...

FINALLY FINDING FOREIGN FLUENCY: For language classes to be effective in the long run, they should be offered in schools at an earlier age.

Education Earlier: The benefit of learning a language young

Vincent Yang, Staff Writer
November 2, 2023

Language is the first step to connecting people from Bangkok to Barcelona, Moscow to Melbourne, Seoul to Shenzhen. As a way of communicating values, customs and beliefs, mastering the nuances of a language...

HYDRATION IS NOW AN ACCESSORY: The initial sustainability efforts behind reusable water bottles are no longer there.

Water bottles are fast fashion’s newest victim

Raya Abu-Tarif, Staff Writer
November 2, 2023

Introducing the hottest new fashion accessory: water bottles. From the “VSCO girl” Hydro Flask to the “clean girl” Stanley cup, color and design now trump sustainability and functionality when...

TRAUMA FOR SHOW: Presenting your trauma for college admissions shouldn’t be the norm.

Trading trauma for college admissions

Aishwarya Ramasubramanian, Staff Writer
November 2, 2023

College essays are like gifts, wrapped in a sparkly bow, intending to satisfy college admissions officers just enough to accept you. But a new trend in college essay writing, the trauma essay, goes a step...

LIES IN DISGUISE: Fast fashion giants like H&M often manipulate consumers by marketing their clothing as both affordable and eco-friendly.

Greenwashing in fashion

Lauryn Chew, Staff Writer
October 26, 2023

Many consumers are convinced that clothing is seasonal and their wardrobes should change colors like the leaves on trees. Now that it’s autumn, it must be time to add a few more knitted scarves, warm...

Taking things slow

Taking things slow

Madeleine Pham, Graphics Editor
October 20, 2023

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