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    Why no makeup selfies are problematic

    Nowadays there are many trends that go around the internet, many of which serve the purpose of empowering women, and some of which backfire and create more issues. One of the latter trends is “no makeup selfies”. This has been pioneered by many celebrities such as Gal Gadot, Kylie Jenner and Lea Michele to try to take down the unrealistic beauty expectations set by the media and presented by celebrities. Theoretically, by seeing celebrities without makeup, we’ll see that these gorgeous beings just look like regular people when they’re not wearing makeup. But they really just set up more unrealistic expectations not for what people should look like with makeup,…

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    Apple under Cook has forgotten roots

    Steve Jobs’ death in October of 2011 was a crushing blow to computing, music, media, marketing, communication, and most saliently to style and aesthetic. Apple Computer has forever been associated with the roots of the counterculture forced into the rigidity of the tech world. The name itself conveys the “insanely great” (Steve Jobs’ favorite accolade to describe Apple) company which leads the industry today. Apple, suggesting the organic, the dirty; and computer, with sleek, jazzy, and quick, connotations which are embodied in the brand today, unite to summate the ethos of a company which is now declining. Apple maintains the reputation of a brazen technology company with an inventive spirit,…

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    Students should go on fewer college tours

    For those at the start of the college-search process, there is no need to spend thousands of dollars and multiple weekends searching for the perfect school. Rather, students and their families should pinpoint and tour around five colleges or universities that have desirable traits. The most important thing a student can do for themselves before visiting is to create a list of at least ten attributes they desire in a school, whether that be for educational or extracurricular purposes. From there, it becomes much easier to narrow down the types of schools a student should explore. Some of the most crucial characteristics a student should consider include the size of…

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    Lower the drinking age

    An eighteenth birthday is a milestone, the beginning of adulthood and freedom, but with these freedoms come responsibilities. There are expectations to vote, find a job, and register for selective service. A person who has access to a gun and can be drafted, should be responsible enough to have alcohol. Additionally parents are unable to educate their kids on smart drinking habits and this regulation actually leads to higher abuse rates, as there is a stigma around alcohol and partying.  We need to educate teenagers how to drink responsibility, so that they can drink safely later in their lives.   Great controversy has been raised over the drinking age due…

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    Mandate Test Corrections

    At some point in the journey from kindergarten to high school graduation, every kid reaches a point when they begin to feel like education is no longer about growth and learning, rather, about cramming and grades. At East, this realization usually comes about two weeks into freshman year. For all of East’s academic prowess, there’s little doubt that that it creates an environment of competition and stress, not one of wholesome learning. However, by mandating corrections for every failed test, up to a 65, East could simultaneously save a lot of students from heartache, and create a more holistic approach to learning. The academic environment at East is fast-paced and…