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Cold Caps change the face of cancer

Cold Caps change the face of cancer

Megan Doyle, Staff Writer

December 22, 2015

A bald head is the universal symbol for cancer, but a new technology called cold caps will be changing that. In April 2015, the FDA approved the invention that allows the patient to keep their hair during chemotherapy. Lori Haggerty, a nurse and reiki master at Norwalk Hospital, has worked with multiple...

It’s a sin to kill a book worm

It’s a sin to kill a book worm

Izzy Ullmann, Features Editor

December 14, 2015

We are taught from the day we enter elementary school that reading is a fundamental tool for all students. It is a nonnegotiable statement. Reading simply helps us flourish. Being a high school student, I can quote a variety of appreciated speeches by Sherman Alexie about the transitive benefits of reading, or Ralph Waldo Emerson...

Students draw distinctions between reality and virtual reality

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Jacquelyn Sussman, Opinions Editor

November 17, 2015

The New York Times sent out a Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Viewer to paper subscribers on November 8, 2015 as part of an initiative to begin the “future of journalism.” According to the NYT VR: Virtual Reality website, this initiative aims to “take a step into virtual reality” in order...

Apple update iOS9 stirs mixed student reactions

Apple update iOS9 stirs mixed student reactions

Isabella Ullmann, Red Staff Features Editor

September 20, 2015

When 1 p.m. struck on Wednesday, Sept. 16, some students scrambled to plug in their iPhones to install the iOS9 update. Some of the most notable changes according to students are the backwards option on apps, a different format for closing apps and a longer battery life. “My favorite part of...

Nerds and tinkerers unite at the fourth annual Maker Faire

This year there were over 100 ‘makers’ who chose to exhibit the fruits of their tinkerings at one of the many booths, which were stationed either inside the library or on Jesup Green.

Claire Dinshaw, News Editor

April 28, 2015

On Saturday April 25, the Westport Public Library held the fourth annual Westport Mini Maker Faire on Jesup Greene. The Maker Faire gives Westport residents, students and anyone else with a ‘do-it-yourself mindset’ the opportunity to show off their unique creations, which range from robots to gian...

Compo’s cannons shoot into Westporters’ snapchats

Compo’s cannons shoot into Westporters’ snapchats

Fritz Schemel, Sports Editor

January 23, 2015

Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 21, snapchats taken in Westport will be stamped with their own special Geofilter, designed by one of Staples’ own. Geofilters, graphics that indicate the location where the photo was taken, were introduced to certain areas of New York and Los Angeles in July of 2014. Last December, Snapchat decided to make it possi...

Give me my computer or give me death!

Give me my computer or give me death!

November 24, 2014

Over my high school career, twenty-pound backpacks, WPS All-Aboard, and an avoidance of the C.O.W.S have been an integral part of my life as a personal laptop-toting student. Ever since that fateful day when my retina display flashed blue, then black, then blue again, I have been laptop-less and more...

Students required to bring their own devices

Sixty percent of students already bring devices to school, Director of Technology Natalie Carrignan pointed out at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

October 28, 2014

On Oct. 20, The Board of Education (BOE) met in the Staples Cafeteria to discuss the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) Initiative, which requires all students to bring their own technological devices to class in the 2015-16 school year. English teacher Kim Herzog, Assistant Superintendent James D’Amico and...

Watch out for Apple Watch

Watch out for Apple Watch

Alison Morrison, Staff Writer

October 28, 2014

On Sept. 9, Apple announced the launch of the Apple Watch at the same time that the iPhone 6 was released. The watch connects to an iPhone, and replies to texts, alerts the wearer of phone calls, tracks fitness applications, pays for items by accessing credit cards and even functions as a walkie-talkie. “I...

Tech-infatuated parents put kids to shame

Tech-infatuated parents put kids to shame

Lulu Stracher, Staff Writer

October 12, 2014

According to stereotypes, Millennials are entitled, lazy and social media-obsessed. They get more work done on Facebook than assignments and are more concerned with #selfiesunday than their futures.  Although this might apply to a percentage of that generation, new studies have shown that students’ par...

Meet Vincent and Nancy, Westport Library’s new robots

Meet Vincent and Nancy, Westport Library's new robots

Renée Weisz, Staff Writer

October 11, 2014

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All Aboard: “WPS-All-Aboard” Choo! Choo

All Aboard: “WPS-All-Aboard

Jack Zeldes, Staff Writer

September 19, 2014

Six months ago, the lives of Staples students were forever changed by the introduction of a new and not-improved school WiFi network. WPS-All-Aboard, as it has been named, has since completely replaced the old network. However, most students at Staples have not been all aboard with the changes that have...

The Staples ‘Genius Bar’ is up and, kind of, running

The Staples ‘Genius Bar’ is up and, kind of, running

Claire Dinshaw, Staff Writer

September 7, 2014

The student-run tech help desk in the library, which some have dubbed the Staples ‘genius bar,’ has now been running in the Library for about two weeks. “Use of the desk is low right now because there are not many people that know about it,” head librarian, Colin Neenan, said. Some students...

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