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Noor Naseer (’25) plays Tetris during science class. A bookmark extension of the puzzle game Tetris is becoming popular among students in the High School.

Tetris dominates students’ focus

Tara Behbehani, Reporter December 13, 2022

It was nearing 11 p.m. and I was still trying to understand how to do my math homework due the next day. During the last class, I impulsively decided to fill the remaining minutes of class by playing Tetris....

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the importance of environmental action at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference Nov. 11. The annual conference took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where global leaders came together to debate an environmental plan of action Nov. 6-20.

Environment, Explained: UN Climate Change Conference appears unpromising

Eden Leavey, Features Editor: Print December 6, 2022

Hello environmental enthusiasts! Welcome back to my column, in which I analyze current ecological events. In this entry, I will be evaluating the outcomes of COP27. The 27th Conference of the Parties...

The movement fighting for “Women. Life. Freedom” dominates the streets of Iran. Mahsa Amini was killed for wearing her hijab “incorrectly,” and as a result, nationwide protests have occurred to fight against the regime that controls womens bodies and continues to put them in harm.

Iran protests advocate for women’s rights

Tara Behbehani, Reporter November 23, 2022

The women of Iran have grabbed the world's attention by fighting for their basic rights in a way nobody expected. Upon the abrupt death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, the streets of Iran erupted with the...

Today, the word controversial is almost synonymous with Andrew Tate. The rise and fall of this anti-feminist influencer have brought new life to some of the U.S.’s most perennially debated topics: freedom of speech, censorship and corporate power.

Andrew Tate revitalizes debate over dangers of deplatforming

Annika Skorski, Media Team November 18, 2022

Andrew Tate is a man many have never heard of, yet his impact on younger generations is felt worldwide. During the months of July and August, the name Andrew Tate was searched more often than Elon Musk,...

Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the U.S. continuously puts the cost of healthcare over the value of their citizens. As a result, millions of Americans feel inadequately cared for when it comes to their medical needs.

US healthcare system perpetuates discrimination

Ella Friel, Media Team November 2, 2022

The existing healthcare system in the U.S. has a cruel tendency to deny high-quality care to those who most need it. This tendency contributes to preventable inequities, particularly for already disadvantaged...

The fundamental principles of capitalism are at odds with sustainability. However, government policies and public awareness have shown to serve as avenues for capitalism to boost sustainable development.

Capitalism holds potential to catalyze sustainability

Antoine Warnery, Opinions Editor: Online October 25, 2022

In the afterword of his best-selling book "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind," Yuval Noah Harari warns that humans, through their frenetic search for personal comfort and amusement, are creating havoc...

As the cost of higher education continues to rise, students struggle to fund their tuition when completing a college degree. In response, U.S. President Joe Biden recently created a plan to aid students with federal student loan debt.

Biden’s student debt relief plan aids students in debt

Rahil Punshi, Staff Writer September 20, 2022

U.S. President Joe Biden recently announced a plan to relieve up to $20,000 of debt loans for millions of students Aug. 24, according to The New York Times. This announcement, amid inflation and the continuous...

Politics Update - May 31

Politics Update – May 31

Daniel de Beer and Mia George May 31, 2022

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Standard publishes Commitment to Diversity

Standard publishes Commitment to Diversity

Editorial Board May 27, 2022

Recognizing that diversity is the cornerstone of our work and our coverage, The Standard embarked on a process more than a year ago to produce its own commitment to diversity. Through the Editorial Board’s...

Asylum seekers face legal, financial and language barriers when they enter the U.K. These refugees wait months for asylum claim decisions in addition to receiving very minimal financial and language support.

Shifting attention to refugees ensures collective humanitarian advancement

Sophia Bassi, News Editor: Online May 18, 2022

For many asylum seekers, the U.K. is a safe haven from the dangers present in their home countries. However, upon arrival in the U.K., those displaced are met with a series of new challenges: claiming...

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