Harvard lawsuit seeks to harm, not help, Asians

“I Am Asian-American. I Have Dreams Too,” read a sign that was carried during a protest against Harvard’s allegedly biased admissions process. The sign refers to the ongoing lawsuit in federal court against Harvard University in which Asian-American students are accusing the university of having an unfair bias towards other races in their admissions process. […]

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An Ode to My Bullies

Desertification is when a fresh and fertile piece of land turns dry and barren due to lack of water and nutrients in the soil. It has driven many animals and plants to the verge of extinction. I was happy. I was fine. I was a fresh, full and lively spirit when I joined Woodstock in […]

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Toxic culture is worse than virtual violence

“Violence in video games makes people violent.” Everyone has heard this argument before. Scientists have come out with “proof” of it, and the media won’t stop rambling about how video games like Grand Theft Auto have turned our youths into devils. The government, even U.S. President Donald Trump himself, won’t stop going on about how […]

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Participants run to cherish time

In the annual Inter-House Cross country race held on Nov. 19, Saira Mehra, Class of 2020, claimed the first position. Breaking the girls record — again —  she was “satisfied” with the results. Faisal Qadir won the senior boys race. As the Grade 11 and 12 crowds headed up for their races, excited chatter about potential […]

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Watch what you say: AI is listening

Last week, something really strange happened — I was talking to my friend, laptop in my bag, about how I wanted to buy fairy lights for my room. The very next day, I received a pop-up ad on Facebook about fairy lights from Amazon. I was creeped out by this seemingly spooky coincidence of ads, […]

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Passport renewal a minor step for a new major

“Major or minor?” asked the man at the counter. “Uhh … uh … minor.  Oh, sorry, major. Now,”  I replied hesitantly, with an answer that left me fumbling with the identification papers in my hand. Left in shock, I could not comprehend the papers in my hand as I started handing out random sheets to […]

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Proving myself wrong about treks and trash

There was a reason why I signed up for the Gangotri Hike as my first choice the moment the Activity Week sign-up sheets came out. I was absolutely certain about two things: I lacked the capability of hiking in mountains for days in sub-zero temperatures. Or any temperature. I really, really wanted to prove myself […]

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Writhing to stop

Breathe in, breathe out. Forcing myself to regulate my air, I put pressure on all of the muscles in my diaphragm, forcing it to contract. I cry out in pain because of the lack of oxygen. Once more, I force myself to breathe properly. I sit in the crowd, letting the words of my homeroom […]

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Accepting Mr. Hubbard

Art teacher’s life goes beyond tolerance “Hey, how’re you doing?” That voice, usually so friendly, sounded like a threat: “How’s the article coming together?”   Man, I really need to find another way to get to the Media Center. “Great,” I replied, before shuffling away hurriedly. I didn’t have the heart to tell Mr. Hubbard […]

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