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January 22, 2017

ESSAY: Has The Spirit of Christmas Changed?

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By Shumaya Islam It was about a week or so ago, when I woke up around my usual time in the morning. A sharp tremor of coldness ran from the top of my dark brown locks to the bottom of my round toes. My whole body shivered, as I pulled my comforter closer attempting to stay warm. “December,” I thought.  It was the beginning of a time of the year that has become so cliched that it hurts. The hot-drinks, the trendy winter boots, and most of all, the sweet-flavored candles. For many students,  the month of December may be …continue reading

Poetry: “Time”

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TIME By Osasere Imade  The noise I hear is quite not the same. If only, if only, I could bring back those times. I look around thinking: What changed?” I’m not complaining it’s just not the same. If only, if only. I could bring back those times. We were once the same, but I say those times have changed. What could happen between then and now? Time to go back to what it once was. The days where it was old to me, but new to you. What could have happened between then and now? Bring back what I knew. …continue reading

SCIENCE: Can Voice Analysis Diagnose or Predict Disease?

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By Fariha Fawziah When humans have an abnormal mental and/or a physical condition, we tend to speak in an unclear tone, such as mumbling our words or perhaps having little creaks in our voices. These small changes are, however, undetectable to our ears. Scholars and researchers are now attempting to develop a technology to diagnose and predict everything from heart diseases to depression based on a strange source of data: How we talk.   Although initial results are promising, it still remains to be proven that analyzing speech patterns can generate accurate and useful diagnoses. One Boston company hoping to …continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: A Tale of Modern Day Slavery

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By Chelsea Rahiman Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave         By Shyima Hall (with Lisa Wysocky) Simon & Schuster,  240 Pages Nonfiction Memoir Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave is a compelling and eye opening memoir about Shyima Hall, a former child slave. When we think of slavery most people think back to early American history and the Civil War. However, what many of us fail to realize is that slavery is still prevalent throughout the world. Hall was sold into slavery by her impoverished parents at the age …continue reading

ART: The Studio Museum’s 2016 Exhibition Makes Us Reflect Upon African History

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By Karla Davis   Observant eyes roamed around a space filled with the buzzing sounds of the 1970s. Paint and African history creeped into the cavities of my nose. The newly  installed Circa 1970 exhibition greeted me as I opened the doors of the Studio Museum. The Studio Museum recently added a new set of art pieces to their collections. The themes of these pieces range from the current “Black Lives Matter” movement, to 1970s sociopolitical and cultural landscapes. In this article I will briefly touch upon a few of these works. The very first new exhibit that I experienced …continue reading

ESSAY: Has The Spirit of Christmas Changed?

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By Shumaya Islam It was about a week or so ago, when I woke up around my usual time in the morning. A sharp tremor of coldness ran from the top of my dark brown locks to the bottom of my round toes. My whole body shivered, as I...

Poetry: “Time”

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TIME By Osasere Imade  The noise I hear is quite not the same. If only, if only, I could bring back those times. I look around thinking: What changed?” I’m not complaining it’s just not the same. If only, if only. I could bring back those times. We were...

SCIENCE: Can Voice Analysis Diagnose or Predict Disease?

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By Fariha Fawziah When humans have an abnormal mental and/or a physical condition, we tend to speak in an unclear tone, such as mumbling our words or perhaps having little creaks in our voices. These small changes are, however, undetectable to our ears. Scholars and researchers are now attempting...

BOOK REVIEW: A Tale of Modern Day Slavery

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By Chelsea Rahiman Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave         By Shyima Hall (with Lisa Wysocky) Simon & Schuster,  240 Pages Nonfiction Memoir Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave is a compelling and eye opening memoir about Shyima...

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FICTION: “The Coffee Bee” (Part 3)

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 Part 2 of this story appears in the November Edition of the MCSM Rampage    By Rifath Islam Two weeks later, it was December 15th, and Adeline and Theo had been talking and hanging out more often than not. Any chance they would get, they would make plans together....

MUSIC: Do You Know Keny Arkana?

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By Carol Cooper Even though American rap and hip hop went international as soon as reps from the Bronx-based Zulu Nation toured Europe during the early 1980s, contemporary pop radio in the USA seldom supports rap records from other countries.  When you remember how many early rappers were inspired...

2016-2017 Staff Bios

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Karla Davis—Staff Reporter My name is Karla Davis. I am from the Dominican Republic, and I aspire to be a journalist and/or an author. I have been in the Newspaper Club since my freshman year at MCSM. The newspaper for me has been like an outlet for my fear...

Violence Against Women: South East Asia’s Acid-Attack Epidemic

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By Fariha Fawziah Acid-throwing attacks on women have become a serious problem throughout the world. These attacks, for instance, occur when a woman rejects a guy in some manner or “disrespects” him. She then becomes a potential victim. These mistreated women become outcasts in society and have their lives...

ELECTION 2016: My Kind of America?

  By Shumaya Islam   It was just another chilly morning that day as I walked down Pleasant Ave, with my coat loosely worn, one hand stuffed inside my pocket, and the other firmly holding the strap of my backpack. As I walked, you could hear students ranting among...

FICTION: “The Coffee Bee” (Part 2)

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By Rifath Islam   …WE NOW RETURN TO THE COFFEE SHOP WHERE THEO AND ADELINE HAVE JUST MET…   Around 5 minutes had passed before Adeline returned with a steaming cup of coffee. With a smile, Theo accepted the cup and asked...

The Road Taken to The New President

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  By Osasere Imade THE SURPRISE As many of you know,  the next president was to be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. This article isn’t about who I think should be president. This article is simply to show you the crazy election journey that most of us would have...

7 Reasons Why the Best Place to Be Right Now Is In High School

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By Karla Davis The nation’s high school graduation rate hit its record high in the years 2012-13 at approximately 81%. That is an almost 10% increase in comparison to the graduation rates in years 2005-06. With these two facts at hand, I could not help but question, “why?” and...

Dressing for Halloween…A Scientific Solution

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By Shinelle Black Time is the enemy of all men.  That statement is in no way relevant to the content of this article, yet it accurately depicts how I feel the initial days following October 31st, every year. Halloween, a day more prized, exalted, celebrated, acknowledged, and recognized than...

SCIENCE: Plants, Sunlight, and Global Warming

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By Marvin Agyen   This September, a study in California showed that plants with too much sunlight won’t survive very long,  After wanting to see if plants could combat global warming, the scientists simulated a 30+ year time skip with the effects of global warming, and the results are much...

The Importance of Time Management

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By Deborah Robinson Towards the end of my Junior year, I was facing finals and regents and so many other pointless things that teachers give at the end of the year that I didn’t have time to do SAT prep and write my college essay. I made a vow...

CLUB REPORT: Meet The MSA

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  By Fariha Fawziah It was just a few years ago when students in New York City did not have school days off for Eid. I remember I had to spend the whole day in school, and then after coming back home, maybe I could go visit family and friends...

MUSIC: Revisiting “Lemonade”

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      By Aaron Jackson As I’m typing this, it has been about 5 months since Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter  single-handedly ended every single social injustice ever to plague this disgusting earth. With just the simple swing of a bat and the flip of her middle finger, Beyoncé sent...