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Toys are Collected for The Rebecca Chusid Holiday Toy Drive

December 14, 2009

By Devin Skolnick Web Features Editor The Chusid Family annually coordinates a holiday toy drive  and donates the toys to the less fortunate. the Rebecca Chusid Toy Drive, a non-profit organization, was started in 1995 by the Chusid family, consisting of parents Adam and Monica, and daughters Hannah '...

Jacob Meisel, the Aspiring Weather Man

Jacob Meisel, the Aspiring Weather Man

December 8, 2009

Stevie Klein '12 Web Features Editor From a young age until now, Jacob Meisel '13 could not help but be intrigued by lightning; it's power and its mystery. From then on he realized that he had a passion for exploring weather. "I lived in Los Angeles where the weather was normally calm, so I loved visiting Cape...

Coming Out: Is Staples a Safe Environment for Students Coming Out of the Closet?

Coming Out: Is Staples a Safe Environment for Students Coming Out of the Closet?

December 4, 2009

  Leah Bitsky '12 &  Alicia Lourekas '12 Staff Writers      Francis Furmanek ’10, an open bisexual student at Staples High School, is not concerned with being judged on his sexuality, and does not care if he is made fun of. In fact, if someone is ever curious with it, he i...

Gliding on the Ice: New Ice Skating Rink Opens at Longshore

Gliding on the Ice: New Ice Skating Rink Opens at Longshore

December 4, 2009

Madeline Hardy '11  Photo Editor    Gliding in circles across the rink, clinging to parents or siblings for balance, racing to see who is the fastest, skaters enjoyed the yearly and highly-anticipated opening to a new and improved Westport Police Athletic League Skating Rink at Longshore.   “My...

“Why I Don’t Stand”

“Why I Don’t Stand”

December 4, 2009

Cole Manley '11 News Editor Each morning, students at Staples groan, get up from their seats, and mumble 31 words; a pledge of allegiance of sorts. Some murmur, some dictate, and some whisper. Others stand straight up, hands over their hearts, active and awake, even at 9 a.m. It is, afte...

The History of the Pledge

The History of the Pledge

December 4, 2009

"It’s now time for the Pledge,” Principal John Dodig announces on the loud speaker. It’s Wednesday morning and students sit in their classes with fluttering eyelids and cups of caffinated beverages sitting in front of them. While the Pledge is being recited, some students can be seen standing, some sitting, some talking, and some even trying to squeez...

An Examination of the Pledge Ritual

An Examination of the Pledge Ritual

December 4, 2009

Constance Chien '10 Features Editor An unspoken obligation of sorts, the Pledge of Allegiance is perhaps the strongest assertion of American patriotism that any student may encounter in an average school day. And yet, a recent Inklings poll    found that many students do not in fact stand for the Pledge. Tanling Tsao ’10, who i...

WWPT Continues its Tradition of High School Radio

WWPT Continues its Tradition of High School Radio

December 4, 2009

Rachel Chernok '10 Staff Writer Driving home angry and frustrated during the quarterfinals of the Staples boys’ soccer game, any Westport resident could tune into 90.3 FM and hear the sounds of the Superfans cheering in the background at the game and student announcers commentating. The voice of the school’s very own broadca...

Math to the Future: How Does Technology Change the Equation?

Math to the Future: How Does Technology Change the Equation?

December 4, 2009

Jon Loeb '11 A&E Editor When walking into one of Bill Wilkes’s calculus classes, it is easy to notice a contrast of technologies.     In the front of the room is a SmartBoard, a giant white computer touch screen. On the sides of the smart board are chalkboards, each scarcely...

Taking Advantage of Birth Control

Taking Advantage of Birth Control

December 2, 2009

Natasha Gabbay '10 Web Managing Editor Birth control was once used to do only what it suggests: control birth. Now, in a society where medical problems are cured by prescribing drugs, birth control is still used as a contraceptive, but has also expanded its purpose for a broader range of medical ...

Acne Myths

Acne Myths

December 2, 2009

Rebecca Bobrow '11 Staff Writer  Every teenager has been there: waking up and realizing their face is redder and bumpier than usual. There are common inaccuracies that everyone has heard regarding ridding themselves of acne, it’s hard to discern what will actually work.  Never fear: Dr. Luck, a Westport D...

Physical Education as a Requirement for Varsity Players

Physical Education as a Requirement for Varsity Players

December 2, 2009

Mel Mignucci '12 Video Editor  Freshman, sophomore, and junior athletes, while getting much more exercise than the average student, still are mandated by the state to enroll in physical education. Student athletes spend more time at school for classes, practices, and games than people who do not have such time with these commitments. Athletes tend to get home around 8:...

Issues Surround TV Watching by Students

Issues Surround TV Watching by Students

December 2, 2009

Isaac Stein '12 Staff Writer J.J. Mathewson ’12 manages to make time for an hour of TV on most weekdays, but warns of its potential effect on schoolwork. “Generally, my designated TV-watching time is fantastic, but when I have a lot of work I end up rushing it so I can go watch television...

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