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Writer reflects on acceptance, diversity

Nitya Gupta, Managing Editor of Production

February 28, 2015


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“I think she’s white.” “I think she’s black.” I can still remember the first time I learned about different skin colors. It was first grade, and my teacher had just explained the Civil War to us and one of its leading causes—racism. Up until that point, I knew I didn’t look the same...

Charlie Hebdo attack challenges satirical boundaries

February 28, 2015


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On Jan. 7, two armed extremist Islamists forced their way into the offices of the satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris. Shots were fired, killing 12 people and wounding 11. The attack, which Al-Qaeda has taken responsibility for, was in response to numerous controversial publications made...

Body cameras huge step towards safety for all

Body cameras huge step towards safety for all

February 28, 2015


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In January, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) began their widely debated trial of body cameras for their officers. CPD decided to pilot the body cameras in order to monitor the actions of civilians and officers via video camera. According to the department’s news release, the cameras are designed...

No to America’s College Promise

No to America’s College Promise

Namrata Sridhar, Ideas Editor

February 28, 2015


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Ninety-eight percent of students who graduate Stevenson High School continue on to college, so it’s no surprise that a post secondary education is common in our community. Even so, some students can’t continue onto college because of financial constraints. On Jan. 20, President Barack Obama offered...

Yes to America’s College Promise

Yes to America’s College Promise

Sabrina Szos, Staff Reporter

February 28, 2015


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With college tuitions on the rise, many students have opted to attend a community college instead of a four-year university because the tuition is less expensive. However, with President Obama’s proposed plan, America’s College Promise, the first two years of community college are free. As long...

Fantasy gifts created for Stevenson students

Fathma Rahman, Managing Editor of Production

February 23, 2015


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Testing Center Fast Pass Tired of waiting in line at the Testing Center after school with every other stressed out Stevenson student at the end of the term? This fast pass will let you skip to the front of the line—because we all know there is nothing better than being the first one to take a test...

Statesman reviews classic Christmas songs

Hannah Jeon, News Editor

February 23, 2015


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’Tis the season for wrapping presents, drinking hot chocolate, decorating gingerbread cookies—and of course, listening to the season’s most festive holiday tunes. With the holidays right around the corner, the songs you choose to blast at your holiday party will absolutely be a game-changer—for...

Social Commentary

Brenda Reyn, Graphics Editor

February 23, 2015


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Statesman embraces the privilege to comment on the significant. Our experiences lead us to reflections and speculations surrounding aspects on students’ lives. The staff hopes our readers will find these insights enlightening and relatable. I am a stereotypical Stevenson Junior. I crammed my schedule...

Online class offers new learning methods

February 23, 2015


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Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, Stevenson will offer AP U.S. Government to seniors as an online course, becoming the first of its kind in Stevenson history. According to the course description, there will be no physical class meeting time­­­­­—although a minimum of 60 minutes a week of...

Pros & Cons (The Gluttony of Holidays)

Cindy Yao and Joylyn Yang, Staff Reporters

January 25, 2015


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Consumerism has become an increasing component of our culture, particularly around the holiday season.  With a large part of this being shopping and gift giving, Statesman discusses the gluttony and capitalism behind holidays, and whether these have taken a toll on traditional holiday values and celebrations.   Pro: What...

Absenteeism creates days off school, not holidays

January 25, 2015


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Starting next year, rather than stating the name of a religious holiday, the Montgomery County, Maryland school district calendar will read “no school.” Students will still have the same days off—the only thing missing will be the names. The school district voted to remove holiday names from...

Virus outbreak elicits national concern

November 19, 2014


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Ebola is a lethal hemorrhagic fever that was rarely seen before 2014. Without a known cure, Ebola has been causing widespread fascination and panic throughout America. The 2014 Ebola epidemic has been the largest in the history of Ebola itself, affecting several countries in West Africa and bringing...

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