Have a breakdown, have a KitKat

The happiest event in my family took place a few years after I was born. The birth of my younger brother. With his toothless chuckles, big bright eyes, and small fingers that clutched my hair with superhuman strength, he was the new favorite in the house. While I was the victim to my mother’s frustration, […]

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Music is respected but no longer loved

Music is all around us, within us, we just need to change our perspective and listen. Music is history, portrayed in the faces of classical musicians. Music is a guide, a notation where one can visually represent aurally perceived music. Music is science that we work on to know how sound waves move in different […]

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Review: Blackfish

The movie Blackfish explores the impact of captivity on intelligent animals. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, it tells the story of a killer whale, Tilikum, in captivity and how the cruelty and hardship in his life lead him to kill several trainers, and yet the company still doesn’t release him as he is worth too much […]

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Tourists need to learn to tread lightly

What’s the world’s unlikeliest place to experience traffic? The colossal Mount Everest. During summit season, what we picture as pristine, white and almost celestial, turns into something like the ramp above New Road at eight in the morning, but way worse. Annually, about 800 people attempt to climb Mount Everest for the glory of conquesting […]

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Echoes from English Class: Train to Pakistan

A medium for Highschool students pour out their vivid thoughts on the books assigned in their respective English classes, whether it be completely trashing it or applauding it, or something in between. Train to Pakistan is a highly acclaimed post-independence novel by Khushwant Singh. It is set in the summer of 1947, when millions migrated, […]

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Review: Icarus

Cheating has been a big problem in modern sport, especially sports doping, when athletes consume illegal substances to enhance their performance. Icarus is a film all about exposing athletes who dope at professional competitions. This documentary stars Bryan Fogel, an amateur cyclist who went out to expose how easy it is to dope in both […]

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The meaning of war

[Editors note: The following is a transcription of Zohal Haidari’s Sept. 21. speech during the Upper Years assembly commemorating the International Day of Peace.] A ten-year-old girl is going to school thirty minutes away from her home, hoping that today, her science teacher won’t come to class because she didn’t study for the test and […]

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Punishment should focus on rehabilitation

Some of the daily “burdens” for many Woodstock students are tardies, demerits, and early morning detentions (EMDs): each of these being forms of “discipline” that the school uses in an attempt to deter students from misbehaving. In reality, these methods are overused and ineffective; fairly harsh punishments create a sense of bitterness from students towards […]

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