Emma Dumitru, Arts Department Co-Editor
Imagine you are an immigrant who has arrived in the United States. You do not know how to communicate in English, and as a result, you are not able to fully integrate yourself into American society. One day, you learn about the English as a Second Language classes being offered at a local nonprofit organization, The Connection in Summit, New Jersey. Once there, you discover a warm community that welcomes you with open arms.
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Danielle Chan, Newsletter Editor
Tesla, an American company that focuses on the production of electric vehicles and more, has seen its share price go full “SpaceX,” rocketing up to stratospheric levels and making headlines across various media. Living in a world where it’s nearly impossible not to notice the stock market’s daily fluctuations, I couldn’t help but wonder how Tesla has become the world’s most valuable automobile company. With its recent addition to the S&P 500 Index this month, many whispers of both commendation and condemnation have stemmed from questioning the company’s true valuation. Is it worth its price, or is it all just a dream?
Beatrice Layton, Journalist
12 Dec. 2020
As 2021 approaches, many of us are looking to the future. Amid a pandemic and worldwide fear of what is to come, it’s hard not to hope for a better tomorrow. However, perhaps taking a step back into the past could be more beneficial. Enter the roaring twenties, when fashion and culture thrived and when change was imminent.
Dylan N., Journalist
03 Jan. 2021
Every four years, the inauguration of the president happens and starts the 4-year journey for each president. The inauguration is a symbolic moment for democracy as it shows the peaceful transition of power from one leader to the next. It is a big moment for the US and exhibits the people’s choice for who should run the country. In this article, I will talk about the customs for the inauguration, its history, and some interesting things that have happened during them.
The first inauguration happened back on March 4th, 1789, when George Washington was elected president at Federal Hall in New York City. Since 1801, it has taken place at the Capitol Building. The first inauguration started many familiar traditions, such as the oath of office and the inaugural speech. New customs have started more recently, such as an inaugural parade, congressional luncheon, and prayer service.
There are lots of interesting and weird things that have happened during and around the inauguration. One of my favorites is that during Nixon’s inauguration, he requested that all the trees along his route be treated with a chemical called Roost No More, which would stop pigeons from flying around his route. The pigeons though, did not just sit on the branches but also started eating them, which led to Nixon’s inauguration being overrun by sick and dead pigeons. Another interesting fact is that William Henry Harrison spoke for over two hours in the longest inauguration speech. He then died a month later, and people speculated that standing out in the cold had led to some disease.
Ella Mordarski, Journalist
30 Dec. 2020
During a Difficult Year, Taylor Swift Releases Two Excellent Albums: folklore and evermore
By Ella Mordarski
In late July 2020, after a year of hardships, Taylor Swift released a surprise 8th studio album titled folklore. The album was a huge success and is nominated for numerous awards at the upcoming 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, set to air on Sunday, March 14th, 2021. These include Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album. If Taylor Swift wins Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammys, she will become the fourth three-time winner in the category in Grammy history and the first-ever female three-time winner of Album of the Year. Swift certainly had a brighter 2020 compared to most people, including other performers. So, the question is: how could Swift end such a successful year with a bang? By releasing another album, of course!
Claire Douglas, journalist
The Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, was ratified in 1791. In the present day, a shopper can able to click a checkout button online and have a gun delivered in a matter of days. With such easy gun access and a problematic background check system, America saw 611 mass shootings in 2020, with a total of 43,224 gun-related deaths. Simply put, in 2020,, there were more mass shootings than there are days in a year. President-elect Joe Biden, who will be be sworn in on January 20th, 2021, has a plan to “get weapons of war off our streets.”
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Emma D., Arts Department Co-Editor
On Dec. 4, the George Washington University Online High School hosted an assembly on the topic of making good decisions. The lecture was presented by academic advisors Ela Freeman and Chelsea Crawford. While they navigated the audio glitches that occurred in Newrow, Freeman and Crawford provided students with advice on evaluating decisions.
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Beatrice L., Journalist
As millions of Americans stay at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic, you might have noticed that you’ve developed feelings of isolation, whether the longing for interaction, feeling bored or unmotivated, or even feeling yourself losing touch with reality. What you might not realize is that these feelings have a name. What you’re experiencing is an age-old phenomenon known as cabin fever.
Continue reading “Cabin Fever: What it is, and How You Can Avoid It”
Nyma E., Global News Editor
As the spread of the COVID-19 worsens across the EU, many people have been forced into a second lockdown. However, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is offering a glimmer of hope to the 27 nations that comprise the EU.
Continue reading “Mass Vaccinations in the EU”
Lily McLean, editor-in-chief
The 2020 general election saw the spotlight turn, for the first time in many years, to poll workers.
Poll workers are an often faceless class, invisible citizens who, motivated either by a sense of civic duty or perhaps the small stipend offered as a reward, stay at the polls from dawn to dusk. They facilitate a fundamentally democratic process, one that keeps the United States functioning as a republic.
Continue reading “Looking back on the November election”