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The Standard


Student sleep deprivation is a topic of importance which is frequently overlooked. According to a study conducted by the Child Mind Institute, 70% of teens did not sleep the recommended eight to 10 hours every night.

Sleep deprivation impacts daily life, requires attention

Inez Stephenson, Reporter May 17, 2023

I woke up to the agitating sound of my alarm clock. It was 6:15 a.m. on a Tuesday. My head felt groggy and my eyelids were heavy. The night before, I was up past midnight finishing the day's load of homework....

Former Duchess Camilla’s title as Queen rather than Queen Consort is likely to further exacerbate British discontent towards the monarchy. In the U.K.’s post-Brexit political climate, defining national identity was already a daunting task; the royal familys decision to refer to Queen Camilla without the term Consort has only added to the confusion.

Former Duchess Camilla’s coronation as Queen jeopardizes British identity, tradition

Tara Behbehani and Annika Skorski May 9, 2023

Former Duchess Camilla was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland May 6 despite her lack of direct descent from a monarch, according to AP News. The decision to crown...

Due to increased time spent on social media, teenagers attention spans have decreased, according to The Guardian. Devices continue to grasp our attention in many ways, often making them a huge disturbance to everyday interactions.

Attention spans dwindle due to social media use

Sophia Hsu, Reporter May 2, 2023

As I sat in my period eight English class, my mind resisted the efforts to focus on the pages laid before me. I could not understand why my attention span felt so short. Unbeknownst to me, the answer to...

Modern feminism primarily favors privileged women, reinforcing the exploitative system of patriarchy. The movement must drive further progress in uplifting all women – race, ethnicity, sexuality, age or socioeconomic status aside.

Feminism requires embrace of intersectionality

Grace Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief April 25, 2023

Amid the quiet hum of concentration in the newsroom finalizing our penultimate print issue, one of my female co-editors declared, “I should write an anti-feminist article.” Perplexed, I whipped around...

Throughout his tenure as Twitter’s CEO, Elon Musk has made a variety of rash decisions that have put the company on the edge of failure. If Musk continues this unsustainable form of management, the future of the social media platform will remain uncertain.

Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover presents mounting challenges for the platform

Nicholas Landler, Cartoonist April 21, 2023

Elon Musk sent out a declaration that rang out above every Twitter thread Oct. 28: “The bird is freed,” signifying his official $44 billion takeover of the social media app.  Weeks in advance,...

Small businesses in St. Johns Wood – beyond those frequently flooded on the High Street – require additional support. It is imperative to consider student impact on these businesses.

Local businesses require student support

Editorial Board April 4, 2023

At 1 p.m. each day, flocks of students migrate to St. John’s Wood High Street. With a 50-minute lunch period, it can seem unfeasible to venture farther than a few blocks from One Waverly Place. When...

History month displays represent a dedicated time to celebrate a particular group. These displays deserve respect from all community members.

Guest submission: History month displays make our stories visible, deserve respect

Natalie Jaworski, Assistant Principal March 22, 2023

As you come up the orange stairs, you see all kinds of displays throughout the year. Every high school student will inevitably use these stairs at some point in the day. It is where you feel like you “enter”...

In recent decades, there have undoubtedly been marked strides in advancing women’s rights. Even so, gender discrepancies in wages persist and is indicative of entrenched sexism.

Wage gap epitomizes stagnation in gender equality efforts

Grace Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief March 16, 2023

A few weeks ago, an email dropped in my inbox with the long-awaited, “It is with great pleasure we offer you a position for the 2023 summer season.” In my offer letter, I received a base rate of $18...

Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” has undermined the monarchy’s role of providing stability. “Spare” has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time.

‘Spare’ by Prince Harry undermines role of monarchy

Rahil Punshi, Media Team March 10, 2023

Prince Harry’s much anticipated “Spare,” a personal memoir, has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time, according to Forbes. “Spare” explores Prince Harry’s personal experiences,...

During the winter months, student life can become monotonous. The school environment must support students experiencing burnout, prioritizing well-being over all else. (Graphic used with permission from Pat Librojo/sparklestroke)

Student burnout requires acknowledgement

Editorial Board February 28, 2023

As Wordsworth described England in his poem “October, 1803,” “These times strike monied wordlings with dismay.” While we are not in conflict with France, winter in London is notoriously somber.  Days...

Muslim women wear hijabs for religious reasons, and yet, countries such as France have tried to take away the fundamental right of freedom of religion by forbiddingwomen under the age of 18 to wear the article. While human rights violations in other countries are the center of media attention, other violations are often overlooked.

Human rights violations require equal attention across nations

Mymy Taymour, Reporter February 16, 2023

As the World Cup in Qatar came to an end Dec. 18, the country gained substantial international media attention regarding the human rights controversies committed in preparation for the event. However,...

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