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Blocking sites on school provided laptops is more damaging than helpful

Kirsten Carl, Lifestyle Editor April 15, 2021

Every student knows the feeling of logging onto their school computer to look for inspiration for a class, or simply browse the internet. However, this becomes an impossible task since the school board...

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Royal family’s words and actions indicate systemic racism

Claire Moeser, Staff Reporter April 15, 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, sat down with Oprah Winfrey early last month for an interview regarding their decision to step back from their positions as senior members...

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Federal government’s move against $15 minimum wage conflicts with Americans’ desire

Naarada Samarasinghe, Entertainment Editor April 15, 2021

On March 5, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) shot down the addition of a minimum wage increase in a now viral action that involved her enthusiastically pointing her thumb to the ground. The overall vote against...

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The case for Governor Cuomo’s resignation

Connor Foote, Sports Editor April 15, 2021

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo currently faces several allegations of sexual harassment by female aides, including Lindsey Boylan who, in an essay published on Medium.com on Feb. 24, details her account...

Religious reasonings agitate contentions in American politics

Religious reasonings agitate contentions in American politics

Luke Kurcina , Staff Reporter February 26, 2021

Religion in the US government, particularly in the legislative branch, has been misconstrued, convoluted, and corrupted for self serving purposes, and a reevaluation of what religion means is necessary...

The Unknown Depths of Academic Pressures in Northern Virginia

The Unknown Depths of Academic Pressures in Northern Virginia

Eva Ponos, Editor-in-Chief February 25, 2021

It’s no secret that Northern Virginia is known for competitive academics and producing students with bright futures. While this is an impressive feat, there is another side to the success that most people...

Side-by-side comparison of police response to BLM (left) and Capitol riots (right).

The difference in police response to BLM protests and Capitol riots was unacceptable

Aidan Jones, Staff Reporter February 23, 2021

When Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests broke out across the nation, Former President Donald Trump was quick to stop the action. When his own supporters stormed the Capitol, he took little action, and when...

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Social media sites’ “Trump Ban” remove a major source of misinformation

Madison Dietrich, News Editor February 23, 2021

Egregious typos and all capitalized threats don’t normally appear on a president’s social media page. Then again, very little was normal about former President Donald Trump’s tenure. Following the...

The Electoral College: A Flawed System

The Electoral College: A Flawed System

Krutika Joshi, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2020

The Electoral College is the United States’ mode of electing the President. When we fill in our ballots, we are not voting for the candidate itself, but rather the candidate’s preferred electors. For...

The Democratic Party is split - is taking the left or staying center the better path forward?

The Democratic Party is split – is taking the left or staying center the better path forward?

Mia Pisani and Naarada Samarasinghe December 16, 2020

Throughout Donald Trump’s presidency, Democrats were united behind one goal: winning the White House. However, after president-elect Joe Biden’s victory, the party’s loss of Congressional seats and...

Madison's Return-to-School Plan is Not Worth the Risk

Madison’s Return-to-School Plan is Not Worth the Risk

Jillian Geib, Opinion Editor December 15, 2020

Since the initial shutdown last March, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has kept its students out of the classroom and behind the computer screen. As expected, this all-virtual approach has produced...

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Thomas Jefferson High School’s decision to change to lottery-based admissions provides more opportunities for diversity

Christina Luckett, Katie Bartlett, and Claire Moeser November 5, 2020

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ), the somewhat prestigious, number 1 ranked public high school in the U.S., recently made the decision to shift from a merit based admissions...

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