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Political bias proves risky for brands

Whether they are conservative or liberal, modern day consumers are considering a brand's stance on social and political issues as a factor in their purchasing decisions. Though it is an effective marketing strategy, companies need to think twice before publicly announcing any stance.

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor

November 13, 2019

There is a new trend in the shopping world, and it is not the latest shirt or shoe, but rather the disclosure of a company’s position on social and political issues.  According to a 2018 Eldman Earned Brand study, 64 percent of consumers worldwide take into account a brand’s stance on politic...

Parent Observation Day must go out the door

The back corner of classrooms are usually this empty everyday, including parent observation day where the turnouts are low.

By Austin Vinner, Photo Editor

November 12, 2019

With the turnout at last month’s Parent Observation Day being low, the purpose of this event comes into question. On the outside, Parent Observation Day seems like a great idea that allows parents to have a larger role in their child's education, but it can also have some negative effects that migh...

School violence threats must be taken seriously

School violence threats must be taken seriously

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

November 10, 2019

Last year’s bomb threat left WCHS students evacuated from the building and contained within the football field stadium for hours. This past month’s shooting threat left students in their regular classes as if attending a normal day of school. Threats of school violence are becoming increasingly common. Alt...

Justin Bieber needs a new purpose

On Oct. 27, Justin Bieber posted this on Instagram, announcing that he’s working on a new album that might be released before Christmas. Here’s the catch: he wants 20 million likes first.

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

November 9, 2019

For all the Beliebers out there, there might be a treat coming sometime this Christmas: Justin Bieber is working on a new album. But, as you might suspect, there’s a catch: Bieber asked fans for 20 million likes on one of his latest Instagram posts. On Oct. 27, Bieber posted an all-pink photo with the words, “I...

Free football games will increase school spirit

The sun sets during WCHS home opener football game vs Walter Johnson on Friday, September 6, 2019. It costs $3 for students to attend the game

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 27, 2019

On Friday nights, there are many different activities for WCHS students to go to -- shop at the mall, watch a movie, hang out with friends and attend school events. Also, WCHS students can go to football games every Friday in the fall, either at home or away.  But, not all students go to games. S...

A little larger than usual: overcrowding at WCHS

Students in Mr. Lee's fourth period have an extremely large class. WIth over 36 students, the overcrowding in the class can greatly affect Lee's attention and ability to work with all of his students equal.

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

October 21, 2019

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, students noticed that classes felt a little bigger than usual. In fact, classes are a lot bigger than usual. WCHS now suffers from an overcrowding problem in some classes, a huge issue that must be dealt with for the sake of the quality of education tha...

Yearly concussion tests should be mandatory

A section of the ImPACT concussion test ask students to memorize shapes and choose which shapes was shown seconds later. Through these tests cannot prevent concussions, they can show when  it is safe to clear an athlete.

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor

October 21, 2019

Safety has always been a priority in athletics, especially for those who participate in high school sports. As a result, it is normal to ask, why is it that the WCHS faculty does not consider a yearly baseline concussion test as mandatory? Every year in high schools around the country, a “concussion t...

Watch out binge watchers: Netflix is changing its pace

Although some Netflix shows are changing their pace, Netflix itself isn't changing completely, and shows like

By Nur Yavuz, Assistant Observations Editor

October 21, 2019

Will Netflix be changing your binging habits for you? Netflix’s new pacing schedule is going to keep binging habits to a minimum. Binge watching devalues shows and gets rid of the concept of suspense, so not only will this be healthier for the younger audiences who have too much time on their hands, b...

Writing out traditions of cursive for the future

Students in the U. S. learn cursive in their primary school, but rarely use it after. Teaching cursive is an outdated practice that has been replaced by technology.

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

October 21, 2019

All of us remember the infamous kindergarten worksheets where students are asked to trace along a dotted line or continuously pencil out ten curly versions of the letter “Q” in a row to learn the cursive alphabet. What do not remember? Ever using it again.  For many years, there have been ongoing deba...

WCHS should offer self-defense classes for protection

The teaching of self-defense has been subject to much controversy by WCHS students. Self-defense, as useful and important as it is, is not frequently taught in high school P. E. classes.

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

October 21, 2019

September 16 was a normal day at Walt Whitman High School until a student unexpectedly physically attacked another student with a kitchen appliance: a frying pan. Although the incident was promptly taken care of by school security, many WCHS students were worried for their own safety after the fight. Thi...

Technological advancements will damage the economy


Professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Erik Brynjolfsson’s chart showing the correlation between productivity and total employment in the United States. It highlights how technological advancements have both positively and negatively affected our economy.

By Miranda Chung, Copy Editor

October 6, 2019

From high school to college to graduate school, students strive to pursue higher education in an attempt to build the credentials that they hope will aid them in landing the “perfect” job. The mentality is this: the more degrees, the more job offers. Logically, it makes sense. It worked for our ...

Wellness Wednesday sparks debate

Wellness Wednesday sparks debate

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

October 1, 2019

Sources of Strength (SOS) days have been replaced by once a week, 20 minute periods of wellness. Both were an attempt at fixing the incredible mental health crisis now plaguing students, but neither have helped or will help ease any anxiety in teens as a result of schoolwork stress -- in fact, they will do...

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