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  • Opinion > Social Issues / Civics
    Seeing as I’m a second-semester senior, I’m particularly nostalgic and sentimental as of late. Even though the worst of the college process is over for me (can I get a woot-woot?), I often think back to my favorite year of upper school – 10th grade, when high school was all about companionship...
  • Opinion > Pop Culture / Trends
    Unless you live under a rock, you know that Lance Armstrong has come under fire, and righteously so, for using performance-enhancing drugs to complete the Tour de France – his seven titles for which have been stripped away. As I fervent exerciser myself, I was disappointed and disgusted, before I ...
  • College
    Guide > College Essays
    I am passionate about West Point, because I live my life by work ethic; moral, physical, academic and intellectual excellence; integrity; love; and community and brotherhood. These are fundamental pillars of the West Point experience. My intellectual passion has brought me both 1) high standardized ...
  • College
    Guide > College Essays
    My father has always called me a “Renaissance woman.” Throughout my childhood and high school years, I kept up all of my extracurricular activities, which relate to writing, music, dance, athletics, current events and humanitarian work. Similarly, since I was young, I have always been passionate...
  • Fiction > Sci-fi/Fantasy
    I stare through the Roman archway of Raphael’s School of Athens at the Greek forum, which bustles with life as the spirited fathers of Western philosophy gather. Plato and Aristotle, who made pioneering contributions to ethics and logic, speak with each other in the center of the painting. Socrate...
  • Reviews > Book Reviews
    I remember it so clearly – sitting slumped against the wall of my kitchen late one summer night, with the book Skinny B**** in one hand and a chicken-cutlet sandwich in the other. It is no overstatement to say that that night, this book shifted my entire universe. Skinny B**** (a title that may...
  • Hot Topics > Environment
    In my opinion, no matter how passionately you believe in something, it’s important to understand the views, reasons and opinions of the “opposing side.” In order to gain insight and understanding from a meat-eater’s point of view, I interviewed a group of teenage girls and asked them several...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
    You hear about it all the time – how greed and industry have replaced honesty and fairness in America. One such example of this is the utter failure of government agencies to adequately protect our food. Let’s focus on all the ways that the Food & Drug Administration in particular has been r...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
    Perhaps the most controversial, important, serious and devastating facet of the meat industry is the horror of animal slaughter. Some people claim that they aren’t bothered by these methods. Most people don’t want to hear about them. But every human with some kind of warmth in their soul is at l...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
    I’m no lawyer or scientist, but I believe that hard, reliable evidence and information is the most important factor that affects the decisions we make. This applies to our examination of the meat industry, in that fact alone will show us truth. Therefore, we must learn about important incidents in...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
    Of course we all wake up every morning with a long day ahead of us. Imagine anticipating that your long, hard day’s work will consist of standing for 10 hours straight on a chicken assembly line, slicing off beak after bloody beak. This is assuredly along the lines of what runs through every slaug...
  • Reviews > Book Reviews
    Escape with me from beyond-freezing North America to the Caribbean for a moment. You are lying on the soft, white sand while the sun smiles upon you. But through the warmth and comfort, you try to ignore the burns that you are starting to feel on your shoulders and nose. You know that you should rea...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
    This isn’t math class, but bear with me for a second, and picture a logistic growth curve on a graph. Visualize the skyrocketing, exponentially-increasing J-shape. That’s what the growth of the meatpacking industry would look like on a graph of history. You may be wondering why, so let’s delve...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
    James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man documents how Stephen’s experiences with sensual and ethical awareness, Irish politics, language and religion lead him to understand and define both his identity and aesthetic theory. From the very beginning of the novel, Stephen expresses hi...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
    Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers explores the troubled, disadvantaged lives of Muslim, Pakistani immigrants who have settled in an English town that they have renamed Dasht-e-Tanhaii, or “The Wilderness of Solitude”. The novel focuses on the lives of Kaukab, a devoutly Muslim woman, and Sha...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
    William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet investigates the intrigue that occurs in Denmark after a ghost tells Prince Hamlet that his uncle, King Claudius, killed Hamlet’s father, the true king. Claudius secretly murders his brother so that he can obtain power, which is the root of deception and evil fr...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
    Jennifer Egan’s redefines the gothic genre with her modern novel The Keep. This book tells the story of Danny King, an aging hipster who lives in New York City without a real family or career. In high school, he was a popular star athlete who seemingly had it all. At one family picnic, seeking to ...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
    Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment documents the internal struggle of tormented Raskolnikov, a young man who murders an old pawnbroker and her sister. Raskolnikov believes that his intrinsic status as one the few elite men among all others gives him the right to break the standard rule...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
    Another wave of nausea swept over me. I gripped my hands around the bathroom sink even tighter, trying to stay upright. There is no way I can face her. I heard the door behind me swing open, and I looked up into the mirror. There stood Kara, cold, still, paralyzed – a statue. The reflection of ...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
    The kitchen door swung open with a creak as Jenna sauntered through it, proclaiming triumphantly, “I’m ho-ome!" Energy radiated from her eager eyes and flushed cheeks. She began excitedly, “Mom, you’re not gonna believe what Coach just told me in practice-” Jenna carelessly swu...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
    Natasha pressed her bare toes into the hard wood floor of the dance studio, every ridge in the floorboards digging into her skin. A hot bead of sweat dropped from her brow onto her big toe. She clenched her fists, and the tendons in her forearms tightened. I need to calm down. In front of Natash...
  • Hot Topics > Health
    Imagine a food that is natural, wholesome and nutritious. Picture the floods of protein, vitamins and minerals that surge through your body when you eat this nourishing entity. Now imagine processing and bleaching this food, stripping out everything in it that is pure and healthy, and leaving in its...
  • Hot Topics > Environment
    Imagine the classic, traditional American image of father-son bonding – a lazy Sunday spent fishing down by the lake. Perhaps you’re imagining a rowboat, a shining sun and a good time. But here’s a shocking statistic to wake you up from that pleasant picture – “more than 70 percent of the ...
  • Hot Topics > Environment
    Let me guess – upon hearing the phrase “go green,” you probably immediately think, “It’s important, but I’ve heard it all before.” And I bet you’re (understandably) even a little tired of constant dictations such as “Participate in mass transportation by taking our bus instead of t...
  • Hot Topics > All Hot Topics
    Let’s explore an extremely popular medium of media in which we see meat, meat and more meat – film. Whether on TV, in movies or online, images of animal carcass are everywhere. Here, I will examine examples of appearances of meat in videos and look at the effects that they have on the people wat...

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