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New Jersey Teens Make Their Voice Heard in Government

New Jersey Teens Make Their Voice Heard in Government

Sofia Papadopoulos
June 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Opinion, Top Stories

On May 4, two Willingboro, N.J. teens went to local town hall meeting to confront Rep. Tom MacArthur about the health care changes that he is pushing, which states that rape can be considered a pre-existing condition.  Teens Joseph Zetkulic and Daisy Confoy continually pressed the congressman on ...

Bikini Body is Your Body

Bikini Body is Your Body

By Sofia Papadopoulos
May 30, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Opinion, Top Stories

As the weather heats up and summer activities begin, women’s bodies are more often shamed for not fitting an ideal mold. Even with society breaking down the walls of body molds, physique positivity is more likely to weaken and self consciousness to grow. “Bikini body” shouldn’t be a set body ...

Making Up a Mask or Expressing Art?

Making Up a Mask or Expressing Art?

Sofia Papadopoulos
May 24, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Opinion, Top Stories

Do the products we cake on express who we are? Do the products we cake on mask something from others? Do the products we cake on mean anything? Do the products we cake on define us? Renfrew Center Foundation conducted a survey in 2012 to see what percentage of girls, between ages 8 through 18, wore ...

Is 13 Reasons Why dangerous?

Is 13 Reasons Why dangerous?

Stephanie Kim
May 13, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Opinion, Top Stories

Ever since the show’s launch on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why has been causing controversy in schools across the country. The plotline centers around a teenage girl named Hannah Baker, who later commits suicide due to 13 factors that contributed to her downward spiral. She leaves nothing but 13 cassette ...

Don’t Hurt Them, Pet Them: Animal Cruelty

Don’t Hurt Them, Pet Them: Animal Cruelty

Sofia Papadopoulos
May 3, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

The products that are consistently used within each of our households may have a hidden secret: Animals may have been used to test the “safety” of the house. Cruelty, caused by the animal testing, not only hurts animals but causes defects to them, and is not something Montvale and Woodcliff Lake res...

Sleeping vs. Binge watching

Sleeping vs. Binge watching

Suha Niyas
April 4, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Binge watching, the practice of watching television episodes one after another, has been a crazy phenomenon after being named Word of the Year in 2015 by the Collins English Dictionary. Entertainment companies like Netflix and Hulu are known for having seasons of genre-ranging shows, which allows...

Students weigh in on Freshman Seminar

Students weigh in on Freshman Seminar

Suha Niyas
April 4, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

On Wednesdays, Pascack Hills has an 85-minute period called “Pascack Period,” where students can spend time studying, doing homework, making up assignments, attending learn-to-learn classes, or simply enjoying the free time. Sadly, the freshman class is required to do something different. From...

Strength is Not Gender

Strength is Not Gender

Sofia Papadopoulos
April 3, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Every woman has heard the phrase, “Be a man.” Every woman has heard the phrase, “You run like a girl.” Every woman has heard the phrase, “Man up.” Every woman has heard the phrase, “Boys don’t like that.” We have heard men, women, girls, boys, and parents say these phrases, but what...

Hills’ Opinion on Standards-Based Grading

Hills’ Opinion on Standards-Based Grading

Sofia Papadopoulos
February 28, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Opinion, Top Stories

This year some students were introduced to a new type of grading: standards-based grading. This new pilot grades students on a scale for each standard taught within a class. There is not one style of grading for this, but some examples include the NP (not proficient) to M (mastery) scale, the zero to four...

The Women’s Marches’ Significance to the Pascack Hills Community

The Women’s Marches’ Significance to the Pascack Hills Community

January 30, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Opinion, Top Stories

Editor’s Note: The following is an opinion-editorial. On Jan. 21, nearly five million men and women from all racial demographics and socioeconomic statuses gathered to advocate for the rights of women just hours after the inauguration of 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. Follow...

Chris Christie: Is This Really The Year?

Chris Christie: Is This Really The Year?

Maya Schwartz
January 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Editor’s Note: The following is an opinion piece. Chris Christie gave his 7th Annual State of the State Address. He has been the governor of New Jersey for seven years, and claims that this is the year where everything will change for the better. But after all of these years, why is this year any ...

Is Cyber Monday Overrated?

Is Cyber Monday Overrated?

Harika Vasireddy
November 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Opinion, Top Stories

Editor’s Note: The following in an opinion piece. Every year, numerous websites crash as Americans rush to make the most out of the most anticipated online shopping day of the year. Many wait online for hours to ensure that they’re the first ones to have access to the bargains. Others even p...

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