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Allison Zhang 2.0 – and, no, I can’t believe it either!

Allison Zhang 2.0 – and, no, I can’t believe it either!

Allison Zhang, Design Chief
August 16, 2017 • 35 views
Filed under Features, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

I’ve found my better half. Well, I didn’t really find her. It’s more like the University of Pennsylvania found her for me. And she’s not really my “better half,” as she’s not my spouse. She’s just me, but better. Get it? Okay, here’s a little bit of background: On May 15, I got an email from The University of Pennsylvania confirming a...

Hey, freshmen, don’t stress and forget SparkNotes!

Hey, freshmen, don’t stress and forget SparkNotes!

Annya Dahmani, Print Editor-in-Chief
August 8, 2017 • 165 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

I’m getting ready to start my final year at Country Day. I’ve been here for 13 years (more than three-fourths of my life), and it won’t be long until I’m out. But looking back on my high-school experience, there are definitely some things I wish I had known as a freshman. So if any of you kids in the class of 20...

THE SKINNY: Senior band groupie recalls Goldfish, glitter of the good old days

THE SKINNY: Senior band groupie recalls Goldfish, glitter of the good old days

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief
August 5, 2017 • 130 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Around campus, the Hansens have somehow come to be known as one of the “musical” families. I guess that’s true being that my mom played first-chair flute at Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, my sisters intermittently sing in the school choir, my brother has made a couple CDs of himself playing...

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: What Lies Beneath

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: What Lies Beneath

Rebecca Waterson, Blogger
August 3, 2017 • 483 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Over the years I’ve met several open-water swimmers who say they don’t know how I can stand looking at the boring bottom of the pool for four hours every day. “It’s just a black line!” they say. “Wouldn’t you prefer to look at the ever-changing bottom of a lake or ocean?” The answer for me will probably always be no. Part of it mig...

Senior behind the gossip curve recounts ‘sugar bug’ sojourns, peanut butter perils

Senior behind the gossip curve recounts ‘sugar bug’ sojourns, peanut butter perils

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief
July 19, 2017 • 256 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Every summer the seniors are required by their college counselor to fill out a questionnaire and write a reflective essay to gear them up for the fast-approaching college application process. Of course, every single senior works tirelessly on crafting their essay all summer and never waits until ...

My Angle: Does a female Doctor really show gender equality?

My Angle: Does a female Doctor really show gender equality?

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief
July 17, 2017 • 214 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the next Doctor in “Doctor Who.” Yes, she’s a woman. About a month ago, when the final episode of “Doctor Who” series 10 ended and Thirteenth Doctor rumors were invading my Twitter, I said, “If the BBC cast a female Doctor, I am quitting the show.” ...

‘Doctor Who’ Season 10: Trends continue even as curtain closes on current Doctor (trailer included)

‘Doctor Who’ Season 10: Trends continue even as curtain closes on current Doctor (trailer included)

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief
July 7, 2017 • 163 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi’s and executive producer Steven Moffat’s time on the 54-year-old British cult classic “Doctor Who” is coming to a close, and I am only ambivalent. On the one hand, so many things went right this season: Mondasian Cybermen back for the first time since 1966, Jo...

MY ANGLE: Get a credit card and reap the endless benefits

MY ANGLE: Get a credit card and reap the endless benefits

Adam Dean, Print Editor-in-Chief
July 4, 2017 • 197 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Here’s a piece of advice for all you seniors (and other 18-year-olds) out there without a credit card: go get one. No, Capital One isn’t paying me. I’m just trying to help you out. If you’re already using a debit card, there isn’t really any reason why you shouldn’t have your ow...

‘Wonder Woman”s detail, realism impress sophomore wary of superhero movies (trailer included)

‘Wonder Woman”s detail, realism impress sophomore wary of superhero movies (trailer included)

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor
June 30, 2017 • 173 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

There is only one word that can describe “Wonder Woman”: awesome. From the epic battlefield scenes to the stunning sets and brilliant casting, this movie was unlike any I have seen before. “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins (the first female director of a studio superhero movie), is ...

One room, one hour, a battle against the clock: will you get out in time?

One room, one hour, a battle against the clock: will you get out in time?

Jake Longoria, Media/Broadcast Editor
June 28, 2017 • 170 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

When I first heard of escape rooms, what came to mind was a room with the walls slowly closing in, from which I’d have to make a stressful,  David-Blaine-esque escape. But after doing some research, I found that escape room businesses aren’t even legally allowed to lock you in the room. Lame....