The Observer

Freshmen: fear not, spread your wings

By By Josh Samson Staff Writer

September 2, 2010

Fall 2010: these old hallways are once again occupied by thousands of students and staff members. Friends meet after months apart, some students try to get over the jet lag from their trips to tropical countries, and the flirting begins instantaneously. It’s easy to figure out who belongs to which...

A Letter to the Editors (June 2010)

June 2, 2010

Dear Editors, The April 30 article by Tony Raffa in the Observer reaffirmed my commitment to start a WCHS Crew team.  My interest in rowing was piqued after I attended the Navy Rowing Camp last summer.  I could not stop thinking about the open water and the blue sky, so I took up sculling in the summer...

Hollander’s Hot Sauce

By Ben Hollander,Staff Columnist

June 2, 2010

My fellow students, we are on the homestretch to summer. I can almost taste the post- noon breakfasts already. The approaching summer has filled these final few weeks with constant anticipation and planning for what is to be a great break. What makes summer so great? The lack of things to worry about. The...

Critics of violent movies should not enter the theatre

By Kyle Edwards, Opinions Production Editor and Spencer Ralph, Staff Writer

June 2, 2010

“We will be doing one thing and one thing only, killin’ Nazis,” said Lieutenant Aldo Rain from the hit summer blockbuster Inglourious Basterds, and nothing is more satisfying than hearing these words uttered. Even though “the bastards” were killing what most people would consider the worst...

Observer Opinion

May 28, 2010

A great deal of the college application process depends on the college rankings that are updated each year by U.S. World and News Report,which are read by alumni, trustees, administrators and applicants, and have come to serve as the go-to source for finding out which schools are the best in the country.  The...

Teacher favoritism harms class dynamic

Teacher favoritism harms class dynamic

By Alec Fanaroff, Online Opinions Editor

May 28, 2010

When I was in fifth grade, my math teacher would reward students who participated in class with a piece of candy for a correct answer.  Day after day, my little hand went up and I proudly announced the correct answer.  Day after day, I never got a piece of candy.  To the best of my memory, every student...

Retest policy leads to a lack of understanding

By Emilie Plesset, Fact Checker

May 28, 2010

Most classes require students to be assessed on learned material, especially by means of  summative tests, which are often given at the end of instructional units and account for a high percentage of the overall quarter grade.  However, this can be a problem when students find their grades falling...

Internship laws harm employees, students

May 5, 2010

In this economy, there is no doubt that it can be tough to get a job. Unpaid internships are alternatives that seem beneficial to everyone because the intern gets valuable working experience at no cost to the employer. There’s only one problem: most unpaid internships are technically illegal.   The...

Don’t growl at Tiger; it’s his choice to prowl

By Ben Gloger, Ryan Schlesinger , Staff Writers

May 5, 2010

  Don’t hate him because he makes absurd amounts of money. Don’t hate him because he was married to the hottest girl on the planet and still found it necessary to cheat with other super hot girls. Don’t hate him because one of those other super hot girls was a former adult actress. Hate him...

Analysis skills learned in English class apply to life

By Eric Levin, Staff Writer

May 5, 2010

“When will we ever have to use this in real life?” Many students frequently ask this question or some variation of it in regard to any number of classes here at CHS.   I myself confess to being a victim of this crime. I do not see any purpose in logarithms unless, unbeknownst to me, they can...

Hollander’s Hot Sauce: So Spicy

By Ben Hollander

May 4, 2010

I’m glad to see that you have flipped to my cozy new nook of this glorious publication. Now allow me to introduce myself. I am: 5’10’’, I ooze a pungent scent of good looking, enjoy a nice lemon segment with my iced tea, and am the new columnist.   As this long, strenuous and supremely...

Foster care system must be revised

May 4, 2010

When most children and teenagers enter foster homes, they are attempting to escape a troublesome and unfortunate past, typically because of the risk or actual occurrence of physical and/or psychological harm caused by their biological parents or legal guardian.  They often seek comfort and safety, but...

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