The Chinese New Year: 2020 Year of the Rat

BY: THE CHINESE ONE CLASS 过年好 means “Happy Lunar New Year,” which is a traditional and informal way to greet people during the Chinese New Year period. The first day of the Chinese New Year of 2020 was on Saturday, January 25th. This date changes each year as it follows the lunar calendar, based on the cycles of the moon. The entire celebration lasts for fifteen days during which businesses suspend work and everyone reunites with family. 2020 is the year of the Rat (鼠年). The Chinese Zodiac Cycle is based on the ancient Chinese legend in which 12 animals … Continue reading The Chinese New Year: 2020 Year of the Rat

Technology Takeover

BY: ABBY HURD We live in a world that is constantly moving and always on electronics.  Everywhere you look there is a screen; it could be a TV, a computer, or most likely a phone.  At this point in our lives, almost everyone has some type of electronic device or cell phone, and most people can’t live without them.   According to the Pew Research Center, “46% of smartphone owners said their smartphone is something ‘they couldn’t live without.’” We take our phones everywhere and are constantly on them.  Whenever we are bored or don’t know what to occupy our time … Continue reading Technology Takeover

Are students informed or ignorant?

BY: JACK KELLY AND MITCHELL HASKINS In this age, it has often been assumed that young people are not informed on current political issues. According to the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Civics exam in 2014, the most recently published data, only about 25 percent of high school seniors were found to score proficient. While many juniors and even some seniors may not be able to vote in the upcoming election, the question has been posed as to whether or not young people are informed enough on current affairs and politics. Students were asked if they … Continue reading Are students informed or ignorant?

Meatless Mondays

BY: ANNA HOGAN AND LILY JANDRISEVITS As concerns about climate change grow, there is the continued question of what a single person can do to help. Recently, there has been support behind eating less meat to help reduce carbon emissions. According to the Climate Change, Agricultural, and Food Security Organization, 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are from livestock. Not eating meat for even one day of the week can make an impact.  In New York City, all public schools have started meatless Mondays. In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said cutting back on meat will improve New … Continue reading Meatless Mondays

All-day breakfast at Shen

BY: ALEXANDRA MOLNAR AND ANGELO ODDO Large student participation in purchasing breakfast items for lunch has sparked a recent discussion among students about serving breakfast items throughout the entire school day. In Shenendehowa High School, the cafeteria currently serves breakfast to students until third period. Once in a while, the school serves breakfast food for lunch, such as waffles and pancakes. These days seem to be among the most popular for students to buy  lunch. This popularity of “breakfast for lunch” has raised a discussion  about the possibility of Shen serving breakfast not just in the morning, but all day … Continue reading All-day breakfast at Shen

Is college worth it?

BY: CAROL LEE AND ANNA GIRHART A college education seems like the natural next step to take after completing high school, but some students debate whether getting a degree will be worth it in the long run. Between the high costs associated with a college education and the countless hours students dedicate towards graduating with a degree, students wonder whether that time could be more productively spent in the workforce or the military. “College education is a weapon against poverty,” said Kris Lachhander. Lachhander, the head-instructor of the Kumon Learning Center, is familiar with providing students from age 3-18 with … Continue reading Is college worth it?

The good and bad of declawing cats

BY: AINSLEY HOLSEY AND JOANNA SNYDER In July, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill banning cat declawing in New York State. Since then, there has been varying opinions for and against declawing cats.   “By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures, ” Cuomo said. While the procedure can be done by a scalpel or clipper, it is now commonly done with lasers, which significantly reduces pain and recovery time for the cat.  Students at Shenendehowa High School seem to disagree with the ban.  Clarissa Ryan, a senior, disagreed … Continue reading The good and bad of declawing cats