The Roar

Editorial: It can wait, unless you’re an adult

Beth Duke, Staff Writer

February 12, 2014

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As a teenage driver, I have a lot of information thrown at me about texting and driving.  The emerging threat is illegal in thirty-nine states, and five states place texting restrictions only on young drivers.  Teens are constantly being given seminars and speeches on the dangers of texting and driving to ourselves and those wi...

Editorial: A note to A-Rod

Andrew Gillis, Staff Writer

February 11, 2014

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Dear A-Rod, Please heed these words: I’m sick of hearing your voice. Stop talking. Every time I turn on ESPN, or even CNN for that matter, I have to hear your sorry voice defend yourself for something that YOU did wrong. You may believe that you are defending your honor or some stupid thing that you created in your diluted ...

Editorial: Let’s go digital

Tasnim Alam, Staff Writer

February 10, 2014

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At this point in life, having a conversation with someone means tearing them away from their computer or phone screen.  Technology has, quite literally, put everything at our fingertips, and made it all accessible with the touch of a button.  In the last couple of years, enough progress has been made with technology that there i...

Editorial: America’s junk food obsession

Amreen Khan, Staff Writer

February 9, 2014

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 In 2010, the American fast food industry boasted a $154.7 billion revenue. That was just the fast food industry. Other companies who produce junk food were not included in this tally. The fact that Americans are willing to spend this much on junk food says something about our society. Moreover, it sheds light on how much ...

Editorial: Time to stop making smart look stupid: An educational Enlightenment

Victoria Callahan, Student Life Editor

February 8, 2014

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 America’s blueprint for our education system dates back to the Enlightenment period. While many changes have been made over the past centuries, the format and basics have continued to be the same. The only thing a batch of students have in common is their age. Throughout their educational years, up to high school, they are tau...

Editorial: The dangers of Snapchat

Catie Willett, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2014

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 Teenagers tend to think of themselves as untouchable; that they’re invincible and can always find a way around the rules. More recently, teens have found a way to manipulate a particular app to send naked pictures. The Smartphone app, Snapchat, was initially created for people to send their ugliest faces to their friend...

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...

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