The Observer

Texas gun law endangers students, university life

By by Kyle Edwards, News Production Editor

March 21, 2011

In response to the Tucson, AZ massacre and the recent Virginia Tech shootings, conservative Texas governor Rick Perry and several other state legislatures are pushing to allow students to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. Their idea is to protect students from the threat of a gunman’s murderous...

Transplant debate should focus on increasing donors

By Amanda Vinner, Features Editor

March 21, 2011

Patient One is a seventy-five-year-old grandmother who is in need of a new kidney and has been on the transplant list for thirty years. Patient Two is a six-year-old boy who also needs a kidney, but was just added to the transplant list last year. While the government battles over who is more deserving...

Hollander’s Hot Sauce

By By Ben Hollander, Staff Columnist

March 2, 2011

Exam week is by far the most underrated week of school in the entire school year. Between getting to sleep in, leaving early, and not even going to school once or twice during the week, plus the likelihood of snow days, I honestly can’t think of a better week in the academic year. This year, however,...

Twain censorship insults American history

By By Emily Hall, Production Manager

March 2, 2011

In mid-February, NewSouth, Inc., an Alabama-based publication company, released revised versions of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer in which all uses of the n-word and the word “injun” have been removed and replaced with “slave” and “Indian,” respectively. In a Jan. 4 article...

National Merit system unfair for students

By By Sonia Shekar, Saff Writer

March 2, 2011

After hours of flipping through vocabulary flashcards and trudging through PSAT practice tests, high-scoring students have been denied the National Merit Scholarship, while recognition is instead granted to individuals who have scored lower than them. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)...

A letter to our readers:

By By Andrea Mirviss, Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2011

Last month, the Observer recieved a copy of an old CHS newspaper dated April 1968 from an alumnus who graduated from CHS in 1968, Phil Jehle.  We have reprinted below an editorial written by a CHS U.S. History teacher the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed, April 4, 1968.  In light...

Nutrion guidelines lack vital specifics

March 2, 2011

Red, white and blue: three colors that were once instantly connected to America—three colors that represented the values and culture of the over 300 million people living in this country.  Yet, in 2011, the McDonald’s golden arch, the Supersize Me movie poster and obese, cavity-bearing individuals...

WikiLeaks fiasco should not hinder future press freedoms

By Carly Rotter, Breaking Stories Online Editor

December 23, 2010

The Nov. 28 WikiLeaks blast that exposed 250,000 diplomatic cables not only harms U.S. relationships with foreign powers like Iran and Russia, but also threatens our national security.  Its many leaks include identifying overseas vaccine makers, undersea communications cables and mines that supply key...

Student-teacher chemistry lacks bonding

By Kyle Edwards, Production Editor

December 22, 2010

Robin William’s character in the film The Dead Poets Society, Jon Keating, not only teaches his students the beauty of the English language, but he also preaches the importance of “carpe diem,” or seizing the day. The sad reality of teaching in today’s world is that the only way a teacher can...

Hypocritical requirements cause body image issues

By Emily Hall, Production Manager

December 22, 2010

As I log on to my MSN email account on Sunday morning, I am distracted by a new article titled “20 Low-Fat and Filling Breakfast Ideas,” and I feel mildly surprised that the usual posts with titles like “10 Different Ways to Trim Belly Fat” and “How to Work Your Butt While at Work” have been...

Hollander’s Hot Sauce

By Ben Hollander, Columnist

December 22, 2010

Amidst my usual Sunday routine of watching professional football and snacking aggressively, I noticed something that caught my eye. Courtney Cox’s Cougar Town was advertised in high esteem as the new, bright ABC primetime show for the winter line-up. My emotions stuck between sheer rage and confusion,...

Scans, pat-downs invade travelers’ privacy

December 21, 2010

Four months of school complete and ten days of relaxation in sight—winter break, a much needed vacation time, is the only thing on most students’ minds as the temperatures drop and the holiday decorations loom around every corner.  Many will choose to fly and leave the regular distresses behind...

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