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Do Vacations Give Students a Break?

Do Vacations Give Students a Break?

November 22, 2010

Will McDonald '14 Staff Writer For some students, a total break from school is a distant fantasy. This is because that even over the so-called breaks, the stress that results from the never ending supply of homework does not stop. Many go into the vacations with piles of homework. Other students ...

NFL Owners Make the Right Choice

NFL Owners Make the Right Choice

June 13, 2010

Thank the Lord! Praise the day! It’s finally happened! As of May 25, the Super Bowl is coming to New York New Jersey. Honestly, teams that play in cities with blistering winter heat have robbed the New York Giants of a Super Bowl for much too long – well, technically the New York Jets were thieved as well. There’s ...

LMC Gamespot: Where Robot Unicorns Live

LMC Gamespot: Where Robot Unicorns Live

May 28, 2010

A student rushes to the library, worried that his Chemistry PowerPoint didn’t post to his Y-Drive. To his dismay, every computer is taken – not only by hardworking students, but also by online gamers. A May 3 Inklings poll of 112 random Staples students showed that 33 percent play computer ...

Teaching in Underprivileged Schools

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April 15, 2010

Haris Durrani '11 Opinions Editor The children were fighting again. Social Studies teacher Daniel Heaphy and a fellow middle school teacher each wrapped a student in their arms and pulled back. The student in Heaphy’s grasp used a free hand to push a desk frantically toward his opponent. ...

Realtors Say Westport Escaped Real Estate Bust

One of the many for sale signs in Westport, which, despite selling fewer units, has weathered the real estate slump better than other towns.  | Photo by Mel Mignucci '12

March 26, 2010

Liv Heil ’10 Staff Writer After reaching historical highs in 2006, home prices in the United States began falling until reaching a record low decline of 19.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009, according to the Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index. However, according to Westport re...

Nutritional Information Should Be Posted in Cafeteria

Nutritional Information Should Be Posted in Cafeteria

March 12, 2010

Inklings Editorial Chartwells, the Westport Public Schools’ dining contractor, holds a monopoly over food sold at Staples. Unless students bring food from home, they are reliant upon Chartwells for their lunches. Any company in such a position should provide its consumers with as much informatio...

Turning up the Pressure on AP Courses

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March 2, 2010

Emily Cooper '11 Business Manager Five to Eight students in an average-sized class of 22, an anonymous, Staples High School social studies teacher, feels are not prepared to handle the difficulty or workload of her Advanced Placement course. That means that up to 25 percent may not belong in the advan...

Vinyl is Back: Records Rise in Popularity, Staples Students On Board

A display of the many records Sally’s Place offers to audiophiles. Located in downtown Westport, Sally’s Place caters to a wide variety of different genres of music. Sales for vinyl records have increased in recent years. | Photo By Melanie Mignucci '12

February 24, 2010

Melanie Mignucci '12 Video Editor Vinyl records, the dinosaur of the music industry, may instead be the next big thing—again. Records have enjoyed a substantial jump in sales in recent years. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), 2.9 million units were shipped ...

Availability of Abortions Unclear in Proposed Health Care Bill

February 23, 2010

Lexi Preiser '10 & Natasha Gabbay '10 Web Editor-in-Chief & Web Managing Editor The ongoing debate surrounding health care reform raises a contentious issue with regards to abortion. Politicians are struggling to agree on a plan that satisfies both pro-life and pro-choice advocates — ...

It’s Electric: Tanning Trend Engenders Health Concerns

TANNING TREND: Tanning beds have become increasingly popular among teenagers. Most notably, the trend was exemplified by the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore.” | Photo by Lucy Sinclair '11

February 2, 2010

Alix Neenan '12 Staff Writer According to an article published by the Skin Cancer Foundation on March 24, 2004, 37 percent of female and 11 percent of male white American adolescents between the ages of 13 and 19 have stripped down to their bathing suits, strapped on their goggles for safety,...

BOE To Vote On Landon’s Budget Feb. 1

Elliot Landon and other board members listen during a recent BOE meeting. |Eric Essagof '12

January 29, 2010

Kate McNee '11 Copy Editor As the school year progresses and the effects of last year’s controversial budget cuts continue to be felt, the Board of Education (BOE) is again beginning the process of preparing a budget for the next school year. On Jan. 5, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon p...

Food Network and HGTV Cancelled and Put Quickly Back On Air

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January 26, 2010

Leah Bitsky '12 Staff Writer On January 1st The Food Network and HGTV channels were removed from Cablevision in the Tri-State Area; however, to much surprise the channels returned to television on January 21st. “I had no idea that there were any problems,” said teacher Catherine Hernand...

Break the Divide, Fast

Break the Divide, Fast

December 22, 2009

“One serving of grain, a serving of milk (or similar dairy product), and a piece of fresh fruit.” This is how Johns Hopkins School of Public Health describes a balanced breakfast. Unfortunately, for the American youth who stick a single pop tart in the toaster and call it “breakfast,” or the 16 percent o...

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