Opinion

Participation grades unfairly favor extroverts and hurt quiet students

I never thought there could be a penalty for being quiet. I never thought that being quiet was a bad trait. I never thought that raising my hand, and perhaps not aggressively shouting out the answer would hurt me, until I encountered participation grades. For all of the people that tend to be quiet in […]

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Engage in conscious, constructive conversation

I have noticed many of my close friends are increasingly discouraged from engaging in any political conversation on campus because of criticism they get from stating their opinions. There is no doubt our campus is filled with opinionated voices. Even beyond the boundaries of the newspaper, students love sharing their views and in the process […]

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Admin needs to clarify Electronic Use Policy

The Voice commends the administration’s response to the cheating problem on campus: eliminating unnecessary use of technology in the classroom. This effort to reinforce the Commitment by bringing integrity back is laudable and successful, however flawed. Unsupervised technology in any form should not be allowed in classrooms. The Electronic Use Policy itself is not the […]

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Dear cheaters: a student reacts to the cheating crisis

I would like to dedicate this to the liars, thieves, and sneaks that are my classmates and familiar faces. Attention all cheaters, two years ago my world turned up-side down when I heard about your presence on campus, and two years later nothing has changed except your numbers have grown bigger and your success stories […]

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Serve others, not yourself

Laziness is not usually the first idea that comes to mind when one thinks of community service. This year, however, it is. When students were asked first semester to participate more in the community service program by signing up for activities listed in a pamphlet created by the Community Service Council (CSC), many instead dropped […]

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Staff editorial: First Amendment rights vital to democracy

Four million marchers and 44 foreign leaders rallied in Paris Januuary 11 to protest the shootings of the 11 journalists from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. “Je suis Charlie” became the free world’s unifying response to the terrorists who had attempted to end one of humanity’s basic rights: freedom of speech. A healthy democracy requires […]

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90-minutes doesn’t guarantee learning

The block schedule is not the panacea administrators hoped for. Rather, it has created unintended challenges for teachers and students. Students must now adapt to sitting and focusing for longer 90-minute periods, and teachers must now spend extra time planning and managing lessons to cater to varying class lengths. Notwithstanding, the change in schedule helps […]

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Staff editorial: a letter to the Voice

Dear Student Voice, This year, you celebrated your 30th birthday. You witnessed the births of JSA, the Robotics department, Diversity Club, and Bite of the World, a club that started and ended during your existence. Yet, you continue to struggle to tackle uncomfortable topics and to be more than just a feel-good publication. With the […]

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Masters of the selfie, we are the “me” generation

Narcissus, a son of gods, was a hunter renowned for his beauty, so in love with himself he hated those who loved him. Narcissus had looks to kill, literally. Nemesis recognized this Achilles heel of his and exposed Narcissus to his own reflection where he fell in love with it and drowned after being unable […]

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8 student essentials for every library

  The Voice surveyed students around campus during H period today and asked: “What essentials do you believe must be in the temporary library?” The Top 8 responses are: High Speed Internet Printers Phone and Calculator Chargers Computers Big Tables Couches Copy Machines School Supplies When students were also asked if they would spend their […]

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