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Working with children fosters appreciation for learning

Working with children fosters appreciation for learning

After a month of snow days and extended weekends, it is easy to fall into a slump, to lose motivation and slack off in my classes. I am burnt out. Lacrosse season and the promise of summer steal my focus, and my classes seem less interesting than they did in August. Yet one class still […]

Community volunteering creates sense of responsibility

Community volunteering creates sense of responsibility

  “One person dies of hunger nearly every three seconds.” These words she uttered resonate in my mind to this day. I remember my hand froze before I could finish pouring the last few grains of rice into the bag. I stopped and thought about what the spokeswoman from the Stop Hunger Now organization had […]

Leaving high school, with comforts of home

Leaving high school, with comforts of home

With the thought of leaving home to attend college is close to becoming a reality for many seniors, my friends talk about their excitement to “finally” get away from their parents and live on their own. They mostly want to get away from the constant nagging of their parents and the constant chatter of younger […]

Sports create outlet in life, provide lessons

Sports create outlet in life, provide lessons

I can’t remember a time in my life that my father, my brother and I weren’t completely sports-crazed, as if one of the most important things in my life were how well my favorites, Notre Dame athletics and Chicago professional teams were doing in their current season and beyond. Just like every other sports fan, […]

Modern culture aids subconscious racial stereotypes

Modern culture aids subconscious racial stereotypes

When I was younger, I saw myself neither as black nor white, African-American nor Caucasian. I just saw myself as a little girl who happened to have a dark dad and a light mom. I don’t really understand why race is so important to the identity of someone because I always thought that people saw […]

Passion conference enlightens, brings solidarity to those who share religion

Passion conference enlightens, brings solidarity to those who share religion

One building, 21,000 hands raised and voices lifted, all praising the name of One. Surrounded by 21,000 other believers in Jesus Christ, all in the same mindset, ready to glorify the King, I discovered something huge and unexplainable. Once every year, the Passion conference brings together thousands of college-age students with the mission to bring […]

It is time to do more than survive Bruin Block

It is time to do more than survive Bruin Block

After the dust settled from the flurry of changes to the CPS in the summer of 2013 and we are well into the second semester of this year, the high schools included freshmen, school started at nine, and a mandatory Bruin Block was added to the schedules students. Although it feels like a foreign concept, […]

Bill Nye trumps Ken Ham in debate on evolution

Bill Nye trumps Ken Ham in debate on evolution

Teaching evolution in public schools has long been one of the most controversial issues in this country. In 1925, a school teacher named John Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which made teaching evolutionary biology in public schools illegal, marking the beginning of the infamous Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes trial, or as […]

Christmas travel more joyful than ordinary days

Christmas travel more joyful than ordinary days

Christmas is a day of joy, singing and presents. As with every year, people spent time with their families, have parties and just have fun. Many didn’t ever leave their houses, chowing down on Christmas feasts and relaxing. I, however, spent my Christmas day flying across the Pacific. “Merry Christmas!” They said. One worker, who […]

Hockey game thrills, excites viewers

Hockey game thrills, excites viewers

There were five minutes of overtime left in the game. Loud, “Let’s go Bruins!” chants could be heard from anywhere in the T.D. Garden in Boston, Mass. I kept looking at the game clock, willing the remaining 300 seconds to pass quickly so I could watch a shootout that would decide the winner of the […]

Selfies at funerals

Selfies at funerals

I can’t remember the last time I went to a funeral, but there was one event that relates to one I went to more than five years ago. This event was my late grandfather’s jesa, a Korean veneration ritual usually held on the anniversary of the ancestor’s death. As I can remember, it was like […]

Exposure to literature provides comprehensive education

Exposure to literature provides comprehensive education

Without the pressure of school, homework and exams bearing in my mind, this winter break has allowed me to ease back into enjoying the activities I love most. Within these past five days of freedom, I have already finished two books, and am well into the third. I’ve always loved to read, and having the […]

Why I Don’t Need Men’s Rights Movement

Why I Don’t Need Men’s Rights Movement

I used to be like those boys who enjoy pulling pranks on other girls, calling out how useless and annoying they are, or as Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes liked to call them: slimy. But after all of this entertainment, nothing but negativity came to me; girls would verbally abuse me in return. Even after […]

Independence for teenagers is necessary in developing maturity

Independence for teenagers is necessary in developing maturity

Commonly stated as RBHS’ motto, “freedom with responsibility” can be applied to all aspects of life, including parenting. Most high schoolers are not yet parents, but they can understand the relationship between child and guardian. Teens are notorious for complaining of overprotective and nosy parents, and parents complain of unruly teenagers. There is some truth […]

Activities alleviate boredom on holiday roadtrips

Activities alleviate boredom on holiday roadtrips

It’s that time of year again. No not the time of year for giving and being thankful, well that too, but it’s also the time of year where your whole family piles into the car and drives to grandmas, or another relatives to enjoy the company of family you only get see every so often […]

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