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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.

Gerrymandering, the Congressional Vice
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Gerrymandering, the Congressional Vice

On October 1, the start of the fiscal year, the federal government was partially shut down when Congress was unable to pass a budget. This standoff was a product of the conflict between the Republican controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat controlled Senate over the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act, also known...

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Letter to the Editor: Response to “Getting to the Core”

The Sword & Shield prides itself as forum for open discourse in its Opinion section, especially regarding school and student issues. In November, the Sword & Shield printed an article, “Getting to the Core”, briefly outlining the new Common Core State Standards and presenting the perspective of two UHS teachers. Ms. Jeanne Jelnick (English Department) has submitted...

Transitioning away from trans fats
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Transitioning away from trans fats

Microwave popcorn and margarine are foods that will soon need a nutritional makeover. On November 7, The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that artificial trans fats are unsafe for consumers and that they will be banned. Once the ban is enacted, food manufacturers must ask the FDA for approval to use trans fats...

Mr. and Mrs. roles in Hollywood
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Mr. and Mrs. roles in Hollywood

For an industry that glamorizes female nightlife and builds it up to be a young girl’s dream, Hollywood does not have a lot of women to show for it. The low percentage of women involved in the film industry show a persisting trend of inequality. Women make up a staggering minority of movie creators: only 7%...

Keep the Nobel Prize noble
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Keep the Nobel Prize noble

The Nobel Prize is one of the most prestigious awards that one can receive. In his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel designated most of his wealth (around US $260 million in today’s money) for prizes in the following five categories: physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. The Nobel Committee has made two major changes...