The Standard reviews: My Heart And Other Black Holes

Sara Short Staff Writer 

Content Warning: mentions of suicide

One of the most heartbreaking quotes from My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga describes how depression feels to someone who is dealing with it: “What people never understand is that depression isn’t about the outside; it’s about the inside. Something inside me is wrong. Sure, there are things in my life that make me feel alone, but nothing makes me feel more isolated and terrified than my own voice in my head.” Continue reading “The Standard reviews: My Heart And Other Black Holes”

Diversity in sexuality

Lea George News Editor – Sara Short Staff Writer

Diversity is an aspect of society that ASL emphasizes frequently, whether that be through the bi-annual Global Festival, or the school’s diversity statement. The school takes pride in its diversity and often mentions the 69 countries represented by students or the 53 languages spoken among the community. The diversity statement emphasizes that “at the American School in London, our definition of diversity encompasses ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, nationality, physical ability, family structure, and religion.” However, it has come to be questioned whether this extreme diversity is apparent, and whether diversity in terms of sexual orientation really is prominent in the community.

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Sal Cerrell (’21): Why we must get behind Nancy Pelosi’s bid for Speaker of the House

Sal Cerrell Staff Writer

In the Pennsylvania House Special election at the end of April, Democratic candidate Conor Lamb pulled off what was deemed a political masterpiece in beating Republican Rick Saccone in a traditionally Republican district. Lamb ran a well-messaged campaign focusing on a set list of issues including affordable health care, increase in job creation and infrastructure improvement. He purposefully steered clear of the drama surrounding President Trump and his legal troubles regarding his campaign’s possible coordination with Russia which, according to Bloomberg, a news publication.

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Examining the effects of single-use plastic

Uma Mokhtarzadeh Staff Writer

When buying lunch at Panzers, Alice Moyle (’20) was offered a single-use plastic bag for her pre-packaged sandwich. Although meant to be helpful, Moyle believes that the double packaging was pointless, and caused her to consider the usefulness of the excess plastic. “I often walk into Panzers at lunch and see people taking plastic bags for small things they could carry with their hands,” she said. “I wonder what the point is of [a plastic bag] because that one bag has an extremely detrimental effect on the environment.”

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AP exams and the additional materials students use

Taylor Anderson Staff Writer

128 students are currently taking 3 or more Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and they will undoubtedly have to spend money on outside materials, including preparatory books and tutors. However, some believe that ASL provides the best resources needed to do well on AP examinations while others believe that these additional efforts are necessary.

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Head of School Reflects On Her First Year At ASL

Eli Nilson Staff Writer

Nearly every morning Head of School Robin Appleby stands at the top of Waverley Place entrance, greeting students for the coming day filled with learning, collaboration, innovation, and diversity. Appleby is consistently working to make sure that students and teachers make the most out of their days and to make sure that they leave ASL as better people who will go out into the world and make a difference.

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Leaving Teachers 2017-2018

Sophie Ashley Lead News Editor — Quinn Whitman Media Director

Lead News Editor Sophie Ashley and Media Director Quinn Whitman sit down with the faculty who will not be returning to ASL in the fall.