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Religious and oblivious
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Religious and oblivious

In this day and age, religion is a prominent part of everyday life; through pop culture, politics and education, exposure to different religions is inevitable.  For this reason, it would seem as though most people would have a fundamental understanding of the variety of belief systems. However, most people only have a surface-level understanding of...

Survival, stability, doctors and dancers
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Survival, stability, doctors and dancers

As students in high school, we never seem to know what we are doing or where our actions will take us. The future is something that we put off like something as trivial as a math assignment. But the future is not avoidable, and, sooner or later, we will be forced to ask ourselves what we...

Opening the door – chivalrous or sexist?
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Opening the door – chivalrous or sexist?

A month ago, I auditioned for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the theater. It was a tense moment, getting ready to walk up the stairs and onto the stage to recite lines. Before I stepped up, I noticed that a girl in the opposite line was walking up to audition as well. Trying to be a gentleman,...

Fuel for e-cigarette regulations
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Fuel for e-cigarette regulations

Fifty years ago, Americans received a wake-up call when the Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health announced the dangers of smoking cigarettes (USA TODAY). The 1964 report and subsequent reports linked smoking with lung cancer and led to a storm of landmark legislation that initiated regulations on tobacco (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)....

Outlawing homosexuality in India
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Outlawing homosexuality in India

The last couple of years have brought remarkable progress for the gay rights movement. With the legalization of marriage equality in a number of American states, revocation of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and several celebrities coming out of the closet, gay rights activists have reason to believe that their quest for equality...

Trouble in the North Korean bubble
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Trouble in the North Korean bubble

On December 13, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of his uncle, Jang Song-Thaek. Before his death, Jang was the second in command and held considerable power in the North Korean government as the Chief of the Central Administrative Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea (Reuters). Many people were surprised at...

Should UHS promise to pledge?
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Should UHS promise to pledge?

Recently, it has been debated whether University High School (UHS) should conduct the pledge of allegiance on a weekly basis. This new idea proposed comes with both opposition and approval from the school district, along with many of the UHS faculty. But what makes this 31-word pledge so controversial and what does it really mean? The Pledge...

Hazing in the NFL: Is it really necessary?
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Hazing in the NFL: Is it really necessary?

Hazing is an act of harassment, abuse, or humiliation used to initiate a person into a group. Many believe that it is inappropriate, but this practice has been common in many athletic activities. Is hazing really necessary in professional sports teams? Some coaches in the National Football League (NFL), like Andy Reid of the Kansas...

No, I do not speak “Indian”
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No, I do not speak “Indian”

There are 49 countries in Asia, and over two thousand languages are spoken throughout the continent. Yet people continue to prove that they are unaware of the vast diversity that exists in the largest continent in the world. It is both a disgrace and an insult that people from one of the world’s most developed...

Poll: Pledge of Allegiance
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Poll: Pledge of Allegiance

Recently, University High School (UHS) has been working to integrate the Pledge of Allegiance into regular school life. Students and staff would be expected to say the pledge in class weekly.