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Mental Health, Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Luke Dangel, Staff Reporter

April 23, 2020

At first glance, it’s hard to believe the critically acclaimed animated Netflix original series, “BoJack Horseman '' is capable of depicting mental health issues and depression more accurately than television has previously shown. The Hollywood satire debuted on August 22, 2014, and released its...

Early decision gives unfair advantage to wealthy applicants

Early decision gives unfair advantage to wealthy applicants

Julia Van Lare, Managing Editor

April 23, 2020

Starting in December, seniors received word from colleges they applied to for early decision —an application process in which students agree to attend a school if they are admitted. Many seniors received their financial aid package only after they have been offered acceptance. While early decision...

Is this the way?

Luke Dangel, Staff Reporter

March 16, 2020

If all your knowledge of the new Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” is sourced from the internet and memes, you’re probably astounded to hear that “Baby Yoda” is not the main character. Although the show is loosely centered around “the child,” which is the official name of the little green...

Generally Speaking – The pressure of picking classes

March 13, 2020

Each year at the end of the first semester and in the wake of midterms comes the school’s Course Request Forms (CRFs). This leads to a few complicated weeks where students are asked to work with their parents and teachers to select the courses that they will take the following year. There are a lot...

Old movies aren’t just for boomers

Ariel Gill-Ehrenreich, Web Editor

February 1, 2020

Movies today are fast-paced, made to capture the viewer’s attention and keep it. In the words of director Martin Scorsese:  they are “roller coasters”, created more for the amusement of the audience than for the art of the craft. For young people, a fun ride may be more desirable, but that is ...

Facing the truth: Fake news in social media

Facing the truth: Fake news in social media

Sophie Muir, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2020

In an era of extreme political division, fear and fake news, social media has replaced print newspapers as a leading news source, according to Pew Research. While social media provides easy and free access to information, there are significant dangers that accompany its prominence. Social media was...

10 musicians you should have heard of

10 musicians you should have heard of

Ariel Gill-Ehrenreich, Web Editor

January 27, 2020

Artist: X-Ray Spex Genre: Classic Punk Years active: 1976-1979 Why you should listen: If you like sticking it to the man the old-school way, this band is for you. The lead singer’s voice was described as “effervescently discordant” by  Dave Thompson of ALLMUSIC on March 19th of 2002, w...

The definition of harassment

A religious protestor stands outside of the school, technically right outside of school grounds.

Emma Stevens, Staff Reporter

January 24, 2020

The definition of harassment changes from person to person. Some students see harassment as an intentional attack, while others perceive it to be any form of harmful content, intentional or no. Over the years, the school’s gotten several protests. These protests sparked the question of what counts as ...

IB dropping my classes no cAP

Students have been dropping non-AP and IB classes from their transcripts in order to heighten their GPA's

Holland Forsythe, Social Media Editor

January 21, 2020

 Arlington County Public Schools is known for its competitive nature. This competition is only exemplified by the school’s focus on International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which use a 5.0 grade point average (GPA) scale rather than the baseline 4.0. At the school, all s...

Decorating early

Keyli Ruiz, Staff Reporter

January 20, 2020

These days, it seems like the Christmas season starts the moment Halloween ends. This influx of holiday decorations causes annual grumbling and groaning, but, of course, there’s also that special demographic that starts listening to Christmas music and decking the halls on November 1st. People should ...

No laughing matter

The threat of gun violence punctures

Luke Dangel, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

It’s no coincidence that undercover cops can be found in public spaces such as planes, shopping centers and, as of October 4, movie theatres. “Joker”, a new movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, is about a marginalized middle-aged white man who finds salvation in violence. The film has received a lot of b...

Our new pronoun policy


January 16, 2020

Earlier this year, Arlington Public Schools (APS) announced a new Policy Implementation Procedure (PIP) that would, among other things, establish each student’s right to be referred to by the pronoun of their choice. This decision, while divisive in some parts of the community, was a step forward f...

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