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Op-ed: Ignore It, and It May Just Cost You Your Life

An award winning op-ed in IMS's "Editorial Project" By Nicholas Papapanou Air pollution. The way we harm the atmosphere around us. The way we affect the air we breathe. Some people try to limit how much of it they produce, while others don’t give any thought to their contribution to the issue. Why are the latter making a terrible mistake? Here’s the answer. Exposure to polluted air causes 6.5 million deaths ...

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Op-ed: Not Our Problem

An award winning op-ed in IMS's "Editorial Project" By Sahana Madabhushi Imagine returning home from a long day of work: Your car pulls into your driveway and it dawns on you that your house is gone. The house you worked so hard to buy is replaced with lush trees and a dense forest abundant with animals that now call your home theirs. You are forced to relocate, but everywhere you go, there are just forests ...

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Op-ed: Would you rather die today or in eight years?

 An award winning op-ed in IMS's "Editorial Project" By Anika Manchanda Did you know that spending just one day in Delhi, India, shortens your lifespan by two hours? Think about taking a two week vacation there. That’s over a day of your life, gone. Now imagine living there. Spending your whole life trapped in the heavy smog that envelops Delhi 24/7. Delhi’s inhabitants lose up to 8.3 years of their life ju ...

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“Fake News” and the Irvington Crest

Editor's Column Recently the school’s spirit was set ablaze by some inflammatory “fake news” - that is, the new Irvington “crest”. A simple web redesign blew up into a town-wide controversy and showed us just how susceptible we all are to outrage even when facts are absent. It all started a month ago when it was revealed that Irvington was considering an aesthetic change for the school district. The new Irv ...

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Is Makeup a Plague on Society?

EDITOR'S COLUMN Is make up a plague on modern society? Do girls (or boys or other) still wear makeup in school? The answers to those questions: probably. As a man, I have never really worn make-up, except on some especially wild nights. So why do I give a damn about who wears make up and who doesn’t? I’m not entirely sure; it just kind of irks me. There’s an abundance of reasons to paint your face with chem ...

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‘The Last Stand’ for Sabaton

Sabaton’s The Last Stand is a great album in my opinion. Swedish power metal band Sabaton not only makes songs about a great battle, they sing the songs like a battle or war cry.  The Last Stand has many songs about different battles from different time periods.   The song "Sparta" is about the Battle of Thermopylae which was part of the Greco-Persian Wars. "Last Dying Breath" is about a Serbian, Dragutin G ...

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Stopping early exits from IHS concerts

OPINION What happens when you get on the stage, and you see three quarters of the seats free and wide open? Because as soon as we get up on the stage, three quarters of the people have left, leaving an open hole where the sound can reach but the people can't. For us, the high school orchestra, it was very saddening to see that only our parents and a few other people had stayed to watch and listen to us for ...

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The Case Against College Football

Opinion How corruption, physical injuries, and a culture of toxic masculinity ruined America’s favorite sport  Around 114.4 million people sat down in their homes, offices, and bars last year to watch the Super Bowl. Whether one is an ardent fan or a first time viewer, football is a powerful force which brings like-minded people together. This is not an argument against professional football, although there ...

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Sports and Phys. Ed.: Unrequited Love

[caption id="attachment_6130" align="alignleft" width="112"] Aidan Denahy, (photographed by A. Abramowitz)[/caption] OPINION Should varsity and junior varsity athletes be allowed to opt out of physical education classes? I’m not the first person to pose that question -- nor will I be the last -- yet for some frustrating reason it never seems to be legitimately addressed by our school board. Here’s my backgr ...

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What Is Feminism?

By Ella Mosco and Espen Varrone According to the Oxford English Dictionary, feminism is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” If the definition is something as straightforward as this, then why is it that in this day and age, feminism is cast under such a negative, pessimistic light? According to society and the media, a woman must be dangerously ...

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