Authenticity

A global problem

We live in an age of authenticity. 

We have all been told to be ourselves, urged to express our feelings, and freely voice our opinions. We are encouraged by society to be our authentic selves, unabashed of who we are, and where our core principles lie. In a sense, it all sounds like empowering advice, but in truth, authenticity is quietly distorting our sense of self-value and twisting the ways we view one another.

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Helping Those in Need: Students Giving Hope

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By Alexandra Saffa-Hoethke, Editor

Sat March 10, 2020

(GW CHRONICLE) — As high school students, it is essential to give back to communities to implement long-term habits of community service, sharing kindness, and making impacts on the lives of others. Students in the online school community take community service into their own hands and give back to their home-town communities, all while sharing their experiences through a highly connected network of online school friends. Students of George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) gathered in late January to give back to the medical community and visited the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Charlotte, North Carolina. 

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A Guiding Hand Through Hardship

Kyla W., journalist

Goshen, Orange County, NY — As many towns in upstate New York prepare for the frigid temperatures expected to arrive in late January, those living in destitution worry about how they’ll be able to warm their houses. Startling statistics reveal that in regions such as Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster County, the rate of poverty among the civil population is over 13% – just below the national poverty line. However, for these citizens, all hope is not yet lost. An organization known as Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster has been tirelessly committed to aiding such citizens overcome hardships such as homelessness, unemployment, and addiction. For many individuals, Catholic Charities has been a beam of light in their world of misfortune.

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New Way Forward Act, Sensible but Senseless

Julian-Alexandre Wang, Journalist

This is an opinion article by one of our staff writers, and the opinions expressed here do not represent the views of the newspaper in general or of the leadership team.

On December 10 th , 2019, members of Congress introduced a bill, the New Way Forward Act. With an unconstitutional undertone, this bill has struck a malignance towards the American spirit. This exceeds the extremes of the Green New Deal by far, and the radicalism encroached within this bill envisions the future of our country as apprehensively dismal. Regardless of political sides or opinions, any American should firmly stand against this. The New Way Forward Act goes against American laws, American culture, and the American people. There should be no appropriation on what America has been built upon. From the great Revolutionary War of 1776 to modern society, history has explained that our democratic-republic country is a governmental system that should never be tampered with. It may not be perfect, nor will it ever be, yet that still should not result in dire transpositions. I believe in the American Constitution. I believe in our democracy and our republic, and the belief of a new country distorted astray from the intentions and visions of our Founding Fathers is too irrational.,

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Going Gluten-Free

Francesca R., journalist

In an Italian household, deciding to go gluten-free was going to be hard. However, given my allergy to wheat, it was probably going to be a good idea. Much like how people who are lactose intolerant are notorious for consuming dairy, I was an avid lover of bread and pasta. The idea of going gluten-free was entirely preposterous to me. But a doctor suggested that it would be a good idea in order to help my seasonal allergies, as well as possibly improve my sleep and performance in athletic activities, so I decided to give it a shot. 

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Should Football Be Completely Banned?

Hank T., journalist

A Brief History

The history of American football goes back to Ancient Greek times. Ancient Greeks played a game called Episkyros. Essentially, the game consisted of twelve to fourteen players trying to throw a ball over a scrimmage. Over time, the game morphed and eventually led to the development of the British game rugby, which ultimately led to American football. Football was then played at collegiate levels and later the National Football League was formed in 1920 in Canton, Ohio. Even then, it was an extremely dangerous sport that was destructive to many people. The 1894 Harvard-Yale Game resulted in crippling injuries for four individual players. In 1905, there were nineteen football-related fatalities. President Theodore Roosevelt threatened to shut down the game if the league did not make changes. 

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Review: Reader’s Digest

A magazine for all

Emma D., journalist

“I just don’t have enough time.” Many of us love to cuddle up with a good book for an hour or two, but at the same time, we have busy lives that prevent us from finding the time to read. This was a dilemma that I faced, as well. As a high schooler, my days are filled with schoolwork, studying, and extracurriculars. I have always loved books since I was a child, and it saddens me that nowadays, I do not have the time to dive deep into long stories like I used to. Last fall, I was browsing Barnes and Noble with my mom, when I noticed a little magazine called Reader’s Digest. I picked it up and asked my mom if she had ever heard of this publication. In fact, she had! She used to read it quite a lot when she first came to America, and she highly recommended it to me. That day, I bought the November issue of Reader’s Digest magazine, and I became hooked. I quickly subscribed, and today, Reader’s Digest has become one of my favorite sources of personal reading. 

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2020 National Women’s March

By Alexandra Saffa-Hoethke, editor

Sat January 25, 2020

(GW CHRONICLE) — On January 18th and 25th, 2020, thousands of women’s rights activists united across the nation to advocate for equality. Standing in unity, women’s rights activists carried the gustiness that had initially sparked the origin of the Women’s Rights Movement in the year 1913. The marchers of today represent not only their current generation but also the hundreds of generations that bravely marched before them. For centuries, the notion that men are the superior and entitled gender in comparison to women has been challenged to a point where now women are rising above, rising above stigmas, discriminatory barriers, and unjust enactments that accede to discrimination.

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The complexity of elections

And how you can help

Lily McLean, editor and social director

On March 3rd, 2020, roughly 79% of California’s 25.3 million eligible voters will go out and vote in the primary election. Several other states will be holding elections on March 3rd as well, but among these, California has the largest population by several million. Texas voters will also head to the polls and a new record of registered voters was recently set there this September. Florida, the third-largest state, will vote in the primary on March 17th, while the fourth-largest state, New York, will have to wait until April 28th. 

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