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Can America actually talk about guns and violence?

Can America actually talk about guns and violence?

By Raphael Cohen, Co-opinion editor

December 20, 2015


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If not now, when? These familiar words seem always to be looming over discussions of gun violence in the United States. Countless American lives have been lost to something that seems so curable, yet any cure remains elusively irremediable. The biggest problem seems to be a lack of consensus c...

The man who would be principal

The man who would be principal

By Lexi Ryan, Staff writer

December 18, 2015


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He lasted three weeks as a stockbroker. “By the end of the day, I just had to get out of there!” Sitting alone, calling people to talk about stocks all day was intolerable for a young Michael Curry. He quickly realized that he craved interaction with real people, and a room with a telephone...

AMSA’s Renaissance woman

AMSA’s Renaissance woman

By Mykalah Jacob, Co-editor

December 18, 2015


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Picture this: A student walks into an administrator’s office expecting a brief conversation about an after-school club. Instead, the talk flows for 30 minutes and includes exchanges about recommendations in literature and the tenets of major religions. This is the type of meeting one may expect t...

Gun violence in America: When will it end?

Gun violence in America: When will it end?

By Raphael Cohen, Co-opinion editor

December 18, 2015


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How much is a life worth? A light disappears from the world when a life is extinguished—an innocent flame cut short. This year alone there have been 311 verified mass shootings in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The actual number may be higher—the organization documents...

A personal journey through the Holocaust

A personal journey through the Holocaust

By Rebecca Perlin, Staff Writer

June 17, 2015


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“Speechless is the best way to put it,” AMSA English teacher Adrienne Masiello said when asked to describe the response that 10th grade students had to a presentation given on May 14 by junior Rafi Cohen about the Holocaust and his family’s journey through World War II. “Everybody conveys...

Studying the science of a potential crime scene

Studying the science of a potential crime scene

By Sam Stiller, Co-Layout Editor

May 12, 2015


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Picture this: Students walk in to their engineering class, where they are learning how to build a lifelike skull, fit it with (realistic) synthetic skin, fill it with an artificial “brain,” all so that they can smash it to smithereens. Why? Well, it might help if you’ve seen any of the “CSI”...

Working to find better scientific solutions

Working to find better scientific solutions

By Nathan Richardson, Features Editor

May 2, 2015


Filed under Features

Biology teacher Christopher Brandes is all about sustainability. He even teaches a class devoted to the concept. It should come as no surprise, then, that Mr. Brandes—as part of the science department’s research program—has been working with sophomore Joey Ciolino for the past few months on...

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