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John Kessler’s Recovery Fund Brings UHS Community Together
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John Kessler’s Recovery Fund Brings UHS Community Together

By SKY REYNOLDS and TANVI BARGAJE Staff Writers A GoFundMe for history teacher and coach John Kessler organized by close family friend, Lori Rudin, has brought the University High School community together to raise money. Kessler was hospitalized due to a brain hemorrhage on November 22nd. Rudin, a friend of the Kesslers’ since 2012, organized...

The lies we’re taught in school
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The lies we’re taught in school

By MARCOS WANG Staff Writer Discovering America. These two words would immediately invoke in most students two other words: Christopher Columbus. Or if you like to nitpick, Cristoforo Colombo, the name of the Italian navigator who sailed the sea blue and was supposedly the first to “find” America. But he was not the first European to...

Elegia
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Elegia

By PETER BOTA Student Contributor My Name is Marcus. My once-gleaming blade, now caked with rust, was yours. Master, what happened to you on these Aegyptian shores? Your heroic heart pierced by traitor’s steel! Your skillful tongue and swift mind, a hunter’s trophy. The battles we fought, the foes we slew, The loot we gained,...

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Public education lacks cultural awareness

By TEAGAN SO Staff Writer Since 1976, February has been celebrated as Black History Month, a time to honor the countless numbers of black people that have impacted our country. It is a period of time to recognize the significance of historical figures who have not received the recognition they deserve. With rising concerns about...

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Explorers: a short story

By KRISHAN PATEL Staff Writer The star ship quickly entered the star system, its thousands of passengers and hundreds of crew members all unconscious except for the pilot and co-pilot. “We’re almost there,” the pilot said, looking at the navigation equipment in the cockpit. “Wake the elite members of the exploratory crew from stasis and...

UHS teacher-student pair wins history opportunity
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UHS teacher-student pair wins history opportunity

By VIGNESH IYER Staff Writer University High School’s very own Sonia Kelly (Jr.) and Ms. Judy Richonne (Social Science Dept.) are one of 15 student-teacher pairs from the nation selected to be part of the Normandy: Sacrifice For Freedom Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute program coordinated by the National History Day organization. This...

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Hello, Ms. Huson!

By SEAN LEE Staff Writer When UHS’s new A.P. U.S. History teacher, Ms. Jane Huson (Social Science Dept.), was a student at Long Beach Poly High School, she never thought she would have a career in education. Instead, she was an avid tennis player and a theater fanatic. Though most UHS students know Mrs. Huson...

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El Amrican: a short story

BY RUAA LABANIEH Expressions Section Editor “They won’t come.” The old familiar voice broke through the silence. Her eyes dragged almost exactingly from the clay pot of murky water to her mother’s equally dull eyes. “What?” Her tone was timidly careful. She was trying not to provoke the beast within her mother that had risen...

Columbus Day should no longer be celebrated
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Columbus Day should no longer be celebrated

By ARIANA APOSTOL-DOOLEY Staff Writer Columbus Day, a national holiday since 1937, celebrates the Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus for his “discovery” of the Americas in 1492 and the consequent beginnings of Western civilization in what would become the United States. While the idea of celebrating what was virtually the start of the U.S. may sound appealing, the reality...

“APUSH” too far
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“APUSH” too far

By PETER THOMAS Copy Editor In July 2014, the College Board released a new framework for its AP United States History (APUSH) course. The revised curriculum placed new emphasis on historical and critical thinking skills, stressing contextualization and document analysis as opposed to simple memorization. The new outline also featured several updated content areas aimed at...