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Pencils Down: Academic validation can create excessive stress in students

Pencils Down: Academic validation can create excessive stress in students

By Gabe Hendershot April 17, 2024
College is an advantageous time for many young adults because there are so many academic, social and career opportunities available to them. This is a sentiment echoed constantly by parents and, for the most part, it is true. It’s the messaging hidden behind statements like this that causes a problem.
Pencils Down: How generational divides are impacting the classroom

Pencils Down: How generational divides are impacting the classroom

By Gabe Hendershot March 6, 2024
This growing division between generations is harming the classroom environment.
Pencils Down: Students should not be starving for success

Pencils Down: Students should not be starving for success

By Gabe Hendershot February 22, 2024

It is part of a college’s job to ensure that its students' basic needs are met while they are in pursuit of their degree. This includes safety, housing, mental wellness, physical health and nutrition....

Pencils Down: Excessive debt is weighing down students

Pencils Down: Excessive debt is weighing down students

By Gabe Hendershot February 7, 2024
By the time they have received a bachelor’s degree, 70% of students have accumulated educational debt. These ideas grow anxiety in students that can drive them to overload their schedules with more work and time commitments than they can handle, all in order to reduce their amount of debt.
First-year student Gabe Hendershot writes about the importance of making childcare more financially accessible.

Pencils Down: Why childcare must be made more affordable

By Gabe Hendershot, Columnist January 24, 2024
Childcare and preschool costs are becoming so unreasonably high that parents are running out of options.
First-year student Gabe Hendershot writes about high school graduation requirements and how they can be adjusted to meet the needs of more students.

Pencils Down: Why academic standards should not prevent graduation

By Gabe Hendershot, Columnist November 1, 2023
For many students, graduating high school is a given. After all, the process is often spelled out for them and most have a support system to help along the way. In the eyes of these students, the academic standards required by many high schools in order to receive a diploma are not a roadblock, but rather just another step in the process.
First-year student Gabe Hendershot writes about the risks behind dividing young students into groups based on their academic skill levels.

Pencils Down: Why labeling children as gifted is toxic to the learning environment

By Gabe Hendershot October 19, 2023
How do you teach from a single curriculum while still accommodating all, or at least most, of your students? One way to cope with this problem is to have sections of the school day where students are divided up into different classrooms based on their academic capability.
Figure of Soul: Happiness is not good for the economy

Figure of Soul: Happiness is not good for the economy

By Ninjin Tumurbat September 6, 2023
Find what makes you happy, this self-discovery course will definitely help with that! Read this New York Times best-selling book on productivity, it's a game-changer!
Avengers: Endgame had a massive impact on pop culture and the comic book movie genre. It seems as if Marvels post-Endgame projects havent lived up to their usual quality.

Column: The modern era of superhero fatigue

By Evan Miller, Staff Writer April 19, 2023
With recent negative reviews and lower box office turnouts for Marvel films, it seems as if comic book fatigue may be setting in for audiences.
From left, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) discuss their next play in the fourth and final season of Succession — one of the shows that has benefitted from releasing new episodes weekly.

Column: The case for the weekly streaming model

By Matt Minton, Co Life and Culture Editor April 5, 2023
Despite the popularity of binge-watching, the weekly streaming model is the most effective at keeping the momentum of a show going.
The verdict in the highly publicized trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp has had damaging repercussions on Hollywood and the culture of #MeToo.

Column: Is the #MeToo movement over?

By Lily Lipka, Staff Writer March 29, 2023
Despite #MeToo seeming to move Hollywood in the right direction, the verdict of the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial has reserved so much change.
From left, Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh, Brendan Fraser and Jamie Lee Curtis pose with their Oscars. Three of the four acting wins this year went to A24s Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Column: The 95th Academy Awards make history

By Lily Lipka, Staff Writer March 23, 2023
The 2023 Oscars showed progress with wins for "Everything Everywhere All at Once," but prove that there are still ways to go in representation.
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