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Love changes lockers

Love changes lockers

Abigail Lefton, Staff Writer
March 7, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Many people may not know what it is like to be LGBTQ+. Some may not know how to handle situations where both sides feel uncomfortable. Some may not even know how these individuals feel about the environment they are in five days a week. Sycamore prides itself on being a diverse, inclusive, and supportive...

Bomb threats explode throughout country

Bomb threats explode throughout country

Jacob Wittenbaum, Staff Writer
March 7, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Recently, Jewish community centers (JCC) all over the country have received numerous bomb threats. This means members, staff, and preschoolers have to evacuate the buildings. At our school, there is a Jewish youth group called B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), and the members in BBYO meet...

Sports cancel gym class

Sports cancel gym class

Lauren Kurtzer, Creative Projects Director
March 7, 2017
Filed under Opinion

If you have played one sport at SHS, even just for one season, you know how time consuming it is. All teams have practices every day, every week for months for at least two hours, and on top of that, there are games at least once a week. Additionally, the athletes come home and have hours of homework...

February Columns: Video games, war within New York Knicks, Cincinnati Reds

February Columns: Video games, war within New York Knicks, Cincinnati Reds

Max Torem, Joshua Patterson, and Lauren Kurtzer
February 28, 2017
Filed under Columns

OPINION: Whether or not you like it, we are in an era where everything revolves around technology. You use your cell phone every day, you have favorite TV shows, and some of us even have favorite video games. Video games have been around for as long as I have been alive, but in the past couple ...

Students suggest security increases

Students suggest security increases

David Sung, Staff Writer
February 27, 2017
Filed under Opinion

SHS may be one of the safest schools to attend. However others may disagree, as the security at our school may not be what students expect it to be. Many may argue that security cameras will not be enough to keep the school safe. “I think that the security at our school is alright. I think it...

Counselors guide students

Counselors guide students

Alex Karev, Opinion Chief
February 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Although the guidance counselor’s office can seem like a scary place, it really is not. The guidance counselor can actually be very helpful and nice, as long as you behave. New students are usually the people that go to the counselor’s office the most. They need help adjusting to the school...

February Staff Editorial: Overcoming technology addiction by increasing human interaction

February Staff Editorial: Overcoming technology addiction by increasing human interaction

February 20, 2017
Filed under Staff Editorial

Our generation has become synonymous with technology. Whether it is smart phones, smart watches or computers, we spend the most time interacting with technology. Our daily lives are so intertwined with technology that many would lose track of their lives without it. Whether it is the new iPhone, new...

Why Super Bowl LI might have saved NFL season

Why Super Bowl LI might have saved NFL season

Lauren Kurtzer, Creative Projects Director
February 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The National Football League (NFL) began their 2016-17 season with controversy and outrage when former quarterback star Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem. It sparked outrage, and the fans of the NFL wanted their commissioner Roger Goodell to do something about it. Yet all it ...

Tackling political issues in NFL

Tackling political issues in NFL

Lauren Kurtzer, Creative Projects Director
February 3, 2017
Filed under Opinion

It is the biggest sporting event every year in terms of viewership and magnitude. The Super Bowl brings all eyes on the National Football League (NFL), the teams, owners, players and really anyone associated with professional football. Yet, with all of the hype of the big game, I am extremely disappointed...

January Columns: Gun control, Super Bowl, LeBron James

January Columns: Gun control, Super Bowl, LeBron James

Max Torem, Lauren Kurtzer, and Joshua Patterson
January 27, 2017
Filed under Columns

OPINION: Just a few weeks ago, 2015 SHS graduate Trey Gentry decided to enter the Smashburger on Cornell Road and shoot an employee named Josh Abbott. Abbott was shot twice, and one of the bullets punctured his femoral artery, which is critical in supplying blood to the rest of the body. Abb...

January Staff Editorial: The importance of being truthful in media

January Staff Editorial: The importance of being truthful in media

January 25, 2017
Filed under Staff Editorial

In America, freedom of the press is a fundamental right. There is a reason that it is in the First Amendment of our Constitution. It allows citizens and voters to have access to all of the facts, instead of just the ones that people in power use to support their arguments. However, this freedom is not...

Family helps make a difference

Family helps make a difference

Maddi Saunders, Staff Writer
January 24, 2017
Filed under Opinion

What is more important? Family time? Or free time? If I had to chose, I would say family time. In my house, family is an important aspect of life and a big influence on relationships with your family members. When my sisters and I were younger, we did not spend a lot of time together, so we felt like...

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