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Patrice Evra

Written byLea
on 2018-02-08
Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra, the former Manchester United and Juventis left back, had a contract with Marseille that was cancelled after he kicked out...

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In my opinion, cameras on school premises are
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Sexually Assaulted at School

Written byPerla
on 10 February 2018
Sexually Assaulted at School

A 14-year-old girl at Miami Carol City Senior High School was sexually assaulted by three boys at her school. The school suspended the three boys along with the girl, who said that she “couldn’t breathe” and was “chocking and crying”. The school claimed that the incident was “consensual” because the girl did not scream or run away. Later on, it was discovered that one of the boys who raped her was HIV-positive. Even though the girl is now on HIV medication, she will have to wait for a year before knowing if she has contracted the disease. Her heartbroken mom...

Beyond the Milky Way

Written byAntranik
on 03 February 2018
Beyond the Milky Way

NASA astronomers claim to have discovered unknown planets centered outside the Milky Way using a microlensing technique. The planets vary in size, and they are located in a galaxy 3.8 billion light years away from our own. “Using quasar microlensing, we were able to detect free-floating objects in the RXJ 1131-1231 lens galaxy that range from the mass of the Moon to the mass of Jupiter,” said University of Oklahoma astronomers Professor Xinyu Dai and Dr. Eduardo Guerras. “This is an example of how powerful the techniques of analysis of extragalactic microlensing can be,” the scientists claim. This discovery has...

Multimillionaire CEO Goes Missing

Written byDana
on 31 January 2018
Multimillionaire CEO Goes Missing

The boat of the multimillionaire Quicksilver boss, Pierre Agnes, washed up empty on Tuesday on a French beach.  Agnes, the CEO of Boardriders, Quicksilver’s parent company, is a former professional surfer. At 54, he had been living in Capbreton with his wife and three daughters and had headed out of a surfing resort for his usual morning fishing trip in southwest France.  Four vessels and four helicopters set out to search for him after the boat, ‘Mascaret III’, was found stranded on the beach, along the French coast north of Biarritz.  The local coastguard suspended the search operation on Tuesday night and resumed it the following...

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Can Art Change the World?

Written byMayssa
on 2018-02-03
Can Art Change the World?

Can art be used to change the world? There are many artists who use their art to fight for a cause they are passionate about. In France, an association called “l’atelier des artistes en exil” organized an art exhibition for refugee artists to help them display their creations in Palais-Royal, in Paris. The participating artists range from photographers and filmmakers to painters and sculptors, and even writers and comedians. One of the artists, Mohamed Hijazi, is a Syrian refugee who expresses himself through amateur films about the atrocities happening in the Syrian war. Another artist is all about empowering women. Shehzil Malik, an inspiring Pakistani artist, created a clothing line that promotes feminism. She said that her clothes are “not...

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Love, A Chemical History

Written byGhyd
on 2018-01-05
Love, A Chemical History

In The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon explains that all human beings need love in their lives. Anybody can love at any point in his/her life. But love, contrarily to what is assumed, is a complex phenomenon. It is made of 3 stages. The first stage is lust. It is controlled by testosterone and estrogen. Then comes attraction. Attraction is mostly when couples enjoy being united with...

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Changing the World with a Smile

Written byLea
on 2018-02-10
Changing the World with a Smile

Lucas Warren is an 18-month-old baby from Dalton, Georgia who was born with Down's syndrome. On Wednesday February 10, 2...

Incredible Lebanon

“Golden” Lebanese Fashion Designing

Written byGhyd
on 2018-01-26
“Golden” Lebanese Fashion Designing

Lebanon has been steadily forging a name for itself in the Haute couture fashion world as Lebanese fashion designers hav...

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Support for Local Businesses

Written byPaola
on 2018-02-13
Support for Local Businesses

Indiana, the state known for its farmland and auto race, created an organization called the Indiana Growth to support lo...

Rebellion in Conformity

Created on 06 May 2017

Imagine a world of black and white, maybe a touch of gray. What a sad, miserable world that must be. Well, imagine no more; all you have to do is look around your school halls! School uniforms have always been a topic of controversy, a constant battle between students and the authority. This hasn’t been too big a problem in our school, but I have recently started noticing the different ways this, along with a bunch of other rules, has taken a toll on our individuality.

The first and most obvious effect of uniforms on a student is the conformity that comes with it. While schools in principle encourage and appreciate diversity, forcing students to conform to a uniform sends a contradicting message. We learn about great figures in history like Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai, and the way such people were able to surmount all obstacles by taking a stand and daring to express themselves. Meanwhile we, students, are stripped of that right every day, which greatly diminishes the possibility of seeing the next great trendsetter, activist, or even artist emerge from underneath that black and white uniform.

While I could understand how a uniform makes a point about unity and belonging among JM-ers, what baffles me are the subtle, seemingly unimportant rules that make all the difference. Some simple examples include the prohibition of nail polish and piercing, and the famous “shave your beards on Mondays and Thursdays” mandate. How does nail polish harm the school image, its sophistication, reputation, other students… ourselves? When it comes to piercings, having a student come to school every day with a band-aid covering the side of her/his face is deemed more acceptable than a small little eyebrow ring, right? Wrong. Not only is such a rule discouraging students from reflecting their true self, it is also bashing their self-esteem by conveying an underlying “your piercing is too unsightly” message.

We get that some teenage trends might get out of control, and that some limits must be put out to contain this possibility, but allowing students to make their own choices about hair length, nail polish, and shoe color even, empowers these students and makes them believe that they are maturing young adults, who are entitled to the most basic self-determination and expression, and who are capable of making their own choices. Come senior year, we are expected to make the biggest decisions of our lives when only a few months back we were told what to wear, where to sit, and who to be.

The environment that a teenager grows in says a lot about the person he or she will grow to be. And although the educational and religious factors are guaranteed in ours, the creative, out of the box independent thinking training is lacking. As a result, our personalities are misshapen by all the rules that we are forced to conform to.  

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