By Matilde Bechet
Entering high school is not always the easiest of transitions. Most adolescents develop relationships with their peers at a young age, and they are reluctant to allow new “members” into their groups of friends. This problem exacerbates the pressure of cliques: the athletes, the popular girls, the cheerleaders, the academic-oriented, the musically gifted, and more. High school is a community with multiple sub-groups, and it can be frightening for students to find their niche in such an overwhelming environment.
When it comes to lunch hour, students might have difficulty approaching a table and asking to sit with strangers. I can recall my experience at OBHS on the first day of school in 8th grade. Having just moved from Portugal to the U.S., anxiety overcame me as I thought about walking into the crowded cafeteria where I knew no one. Self-conscious of my English capabilities, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to hold a conversation. In the end, I was too shy to approach someone, and I decided to sit by myself.
By Kevin Hart
Senioritis: a deadly and depressing disease. A scourge among a majority of the senior population and even present in a minority of juniors. However, senioritis is easily preventable, and not by vaccine, but by self-control.
Senioritis as defined by Urban Dictionary is, “A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, and other commodities. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation.”
By Matilde Bechet
A devastating scene unfolded on August 11th and 12th in Charlottesville, Virginia. People were expected to protest for and against the removal of the confederate statue of General Robert E. Lee. Instead, violence inflicted by alt-right groups, which included white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, ensued and tragedy occurred. After one person was killed and at least 34 were injured during the protest, the death toll increased after two state troopers lost their lives during a helicopter monitoring of the protests, according to The New York Times.
By Nima Nayeri
Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, was President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Justice Scalia’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Many praised President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination as he was the natural successor to Scalia. Besides his astonishing resume, their mutual belief in a strict interpretation of the constitution is appealing to many hardline conservatives.
Snapchat. Everyone knows about it, and most love it. Snapchat is the app that everyone’s talking about, and it looks like it’s going to be a talking point in the fields of social media and technology for a very long time.
Snapchat’s beginning was rough; however, time would push the app to become the focal point of important discussions in the technology field. Snapchat wasn’t even originally called Snapchat; it was named Pictaboo. The name definitely explains the strange ghost that Snapchat uses for its logo. The app began in Stanford University when Evan Spiegel befriended Reginald (Reggie) Brown, with Bobby Murphy joining the team shortly after.
By Steven Keehner
Since the 2016 General Election, Oyster Bay High School has become a divided place, with many disagreements about President Trump and various political issues. Because of this, I’ve avoided discussing these topics for the most part; however, one recent tweet has inspired me to enter this war zone of opinions: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” No, this tweet was not from an edgy teenager trying to impress internet strangers. This tweet was from the edgy 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, trying to impress internet strangers.
I could spend an entire article dissecting President Trump's tweets, but that doesn’t serve enough justice to who he really is. You can think whatever you want about Donald Trump. You may believe he is sexist, racist, fascist, or all of the above. These notions can be debated. But one undeniable truth about the President, and, ironically, it’s that he doesn’t tell the truth; Donald Trump is a liar. Whether it’s coming from his mouth or the mouths of his increasingly suspicious looking staff, the majority of statements being made are skewed to help Trump’s fragile ego, or they are outright lies. The media are not the enemy of the American public; I believe Donald Trump is the real threat. Allow me to show you why.
By Kyra Tosi
Girls interested in Boy Scouts are likely aware that in other countries the Boy Scout troops allow girls to join Boy Scouts as well. Why is it fair that girls in other countries are allowed to participate in these experiences that will change their lives for the better, but the United States doesn’t even consider it? Obviously the girls that want to join Boy Scouts believe that there is something the Boy Scouts have that the Girl Scouts can’t offer. So why are leaders of the Boy Scouts denying these girls the opportunity to learn and challenge themselves more?
By Steven Keehner
After what has felt like an eternity, the embarrassment that was the 2016 Presidential Election has finally come to a discouraging conclusion with Republican candidate Donald Trump shocking the world and defeating his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. This has left a bittersweet taste in the mouths of many Americans, and after constantly being told to choose between the lesser of two evils, this entire process has given citizens an important message: the duopoly of American politics isn’t working for us anymore.
By Steven Keehner
If you’re like me and you’re a massive fan of football, then there’s a fairly good chance that you play fantasy football. If you don’t, then what are you waiting for? Fantasy Football adds so much more to the game; it keeps you invested in the sport as a whole while not really requiring any physical effort. However, we are entering a crucial part of the fantasy football season, and you may need some additional tips to help your team secure a playoff spot, and hopefully a title. Nothing is better than having bragging rights over your friends for a whole off-season. Here are my five tips that can help your fantasy team succeed.
By Nima Nayeri
Harry S. Truman once stated, “You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook.” The Clintons entered the White House in 1993 with a net worth of less than $1 million. Today, according to Forbes, they are said to be worth upwards of approximately $100 million. This is a family who has never picked one crop, made one widget or produced anything of value for society. Their political accomplishments consist of cronyism, pandering for votes, corruption, perjury, and endless socio-political scandals. In recent years, our federal government (much like the U.N.) has become a tool for wealthy war mongers to gain political power over the world’s most capable military and economy in order to play chess-like war games with sovereign nations (especially the Middle East and parts of Africa).