The Roar

Editorial: Snapchat is permanent

Greg Hempenius, Staff Writer

February 7, 2014

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In a world where the Internet is permanent, it’s nice to think that Snapchat CEO and President, Evan Spiegel, has developed a non-permanent social media platform. In his terms, “Snapchat is a mobile, photo and video messaging software that flips the current social media process on its head.”   The traditional soc...

Editorial: Does drinking or smoking equate popularity?

James Kenney, Staff Writer

February 6, 2014

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Imagine the stereotypical popular high schooler. You know, the good looking, often athletic type, that are at the top of the food chain. They're often homecoming or prom royalty. The popular guys get all the popular girls and it's hard to enter that circle if you're on the outside. Have an image yet? Likely chance is that y...

Editorial: Is that so gay?

Maddie Thompson, Feature Editor

February 5, 2014

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 We have heard it all before; from our friends, from our family, even from the President of the United States of America: Watch your language. This statement in itself may mean a multitude of things. In one sense, it means not to say “bad words”, words that have been written off in the English language as unpleasant and dirty. H...

Editorial: Behind the jokes

Keegan Wieland

February 4, 2014

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New York comedian Louis C.K. is known for making his listeners’ faces red and eyes watery with laughter, I can say I’m one of them too, be it through his many stand-up bits or his awkwardly hilarious show on FX, Louie.  Behind all the raunchy material and often offensive wordplay is a deeper message. Louis C.K. preach...

Editorial: Gaps in self-image

Tasnim Alam, Staff Writer

February 3, 2014

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The media is not exactly known for keeping things on the down low, especially with the thousands of advertisements we are bombarded with on a daily basis.  There are a handful of advertisements, geared toward women in particular, that purposely emphasize the perfect body as a size zero with flawless hair and makeup, as well...

Editorial: Superfluous student reading (SSR)

Vincent Mazzola, Sports and Health Editor

February 2, 2014

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When I first heard that our school was implementing “Silent Sustained Reading” into its FLEX schedule, I immediately wondered if they would be reintroducing nap time, recess, and snack time into our schedule as well.  While those programs might be more welcome by some of my peers, the fact remains that none of these bel...

Editorial: The art of procrastination

Mariam Eatedali, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 1, 2014

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 Chances are, much like the majority of your fellow classmates, you procrastinate. We all do it. We find a million and one things to occupy our time, knowing the one thing we must get done is hanging on the back burner. Essay due? Suddenly, your room needs cleaning. Studying for your latest test? Suddenly, you’ve never b...

Editorial: No longer for the pursuit of knowledge

Jennifer Marks, Opinions & Editorials Editor

February 1, 2014

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Every year every single one of us takes an SOL, an SAT or an AP test (if not all three). The entire year is spent preparing for these tests. It does not matter if you actually understand the material. All that matters is that you can at least look like you understand and can pass a test the the state or College Board made o...

Editorial: Literally a travesty

Tessa Haas, Photography Editor

January 31, 2014

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  Is exam week literally the worst week of your life? Or, rather, is exam week the worst week of your life in a literal fashion? Yet again, in a trend spanning centuries, lexicologists and ink slingers have taken it upon themselves to rid younger generations of this “butchering of the English language.” It seems that every g...

Editorial: Are first world problems really problems?

Mena Ayazi, News Editor and Cartoonist

December 17, 2013

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When a kid in Nigeria with the scraps of his brother’s hand me downs on his back does not sell the very last cassava seeds from his family’s garden, he thinks of the empty dinner table haunting him when he gets home. When a girl in Cambodia walks on the streets, she worries that a pimp could suddenly trap her in a life of...

Editorial: What’s that say?

Catie Willett, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 4, 2013

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“We have a school newspaper?” Those five words that sound like nails on a chalkboard to any newspaper staffer. Hours of writing, grammatical errors checked and revised, strenuous thinking of a catchy, creative headline; all for students to gaze at and quickly throw away. However, it is not only student journalists facing an is...

Editorial: Don’t rain on my parade

Tessa Haas, Photography Editor

October 17, 2013

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In 2012, Potomac Falls HS came up with the bold alternative that is now known as the block party in place of the Homecoming parade. Two years ago, the Virginia Department of Transportation would not grant PFHS the permit to close Algonkian Parkway, newly deemed “major thoroughfare” that the Homecoming parade took place on....

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