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Lesser-Known College of the Month: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution/ Scholarship of the Month: McDonald’s RHMC U.S. Scholarships

By Keisha Aboagye Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution, better known as RPI, is a private, research university located in Troy, NY. Founded in 1824, RPI is the nation’s oldest technological research university. With a campus of nearly 7,000 students, RPI offers 38 majors, and bachelor, masters, and doctorate degrees to its students. RPI boasts a variety of […]


5 Reasons Why Christmas is Not-so Perfect

      By Priyata Richy As Christmas season approaches and the flashing Christmas lights and Christmas products everywhere force you to acknowledge the holiday season’s presence, now may be a good time to step back from all the Christmas joy and think about why Christmas may, after all, not really be the best time of the year. […]


Anti-Haitianism in the Dominican Republic

  By Roberta Nin Feliz In the history and culture of the Dominican Republic, the desire to be light-skinned has reached monumental proportions. Perhaps the first Dominican tragedy precipitated by the hatred of blackness was under the regime of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, who ruled the country from 1930 to 1961–even when he was not officially […]


How to get the Perfect Bold Lip

  By Stephanie Luciano Bold Lips have to be a girl’s best friend. They’re great with any look as long as the colors are used properly and at the right time.  I love the way the sharp pointed tip of my pencil looks ready to define the lines and curves of my lips. Adding lipstick […]


Dear Santa

    By Penda Smith   Dear Santa Tomorrow, I don’t expect to wake up to presents, I don’t expect to see you coming down a chimney, Simply, Cuz we ain’t got one, Not in these projects, Residing in the heart of Harlem, Where poverty knows claws , Knows peeling, And cracking of walls, Where […]


Test Anxiety: Tips for Taking a Test

By Mariama Bah Test anxiety is when students are too nervous to recall learning materials during an exam.  A student not studying for an exam and feeling nervous is totally different from having test anxiety. Test anxiety can be caused by many factors such as past experiences, lack of confidence, and feelings of failure or nervousness about performing […]


The Eric Garner Case: Student Perspectives

  By Cesay Camara Eric Garner, an African-American Staten Island native and father of 6, died on July 17th 2014 from what appeared to have been a choke hold by New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo. According to NYPD policy since 1993, the use of the choke hold is forbidden. Officer Pantaleo, a white male, approached Garner along with other officers because he was selling “ loosies”, or untaxed cigarettes. Garner’s encounter with the officers […]


Rockefeller Tree Lighting 2014

By Karla Davis

Brrrrr!   Winter has not yet come on full blast, but we can still feel the frosty air swirling past our cheeks. For many, that can mean two things : 1.) Christmas is almost here! Or 2.) The Rockefeller Center annual Christmas Tree Lighting has arrived. For those of you who may not know, the Rockefeller Tree Lighting is an annual ceremony held at 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 5th and 6th Avenues. This seasonal icon will enjoy its first shine on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, from 7-9 pm. The ritual of lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree has been one of the most popular public celebrations in New York City for the past 80-plus years. Another intriguing thing about this spectacle is that it is recognized around the world as a cheerful reminder of Manhattan’s winter holiday season.

 So, How Does This Tree Come to Be?

People from around the USA write letters and send photos of their trees, offering them to Rockefeller Center.The dimensions that are desired for the “ideal tree” are 65 feet tall and 35 feet wide, even though the tree at Rockefeller Center is usually 75 to 90 feet tall. Thus, the tree is most likely a Norway Spruce, which is originally native to Northern Europe, not America. .Once the tree is picked and cut, the head gardener for Rockefeller Center counts the rings in order to get a more accurate measure of its age. Next, the tree travels on a custom-made telescoping trailer truck which stretches up to 100 feet and can hold a 125 foot tall tree.It takes about 15 to 20 people in addition to a 280-ton hydraulic crane to handle this tree. The same crane is used first to erect the tree and later remove it from its place of honor.

Afterwards, the tree is transported from wherever it was grown to NYC, travelling in the middle of the night with a police escort using a route designed to disrupt as little traffic as possible. Once it arrives the Rockefeller Christmas Tree is carefully set up in the Plaza Center off 50th street.

Overall View

The unadorned Rockefeller Christmas tree usually arrives in Mid-November. Then comes Thanksgiving and “Black Friday,” when most major midtown stores show off their “holiday spirit” window displays. It is only after these preliminary events that the true holiday season begins.  The massive evergreen is festively decorated by 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights. All of these lights are strung along a surprising five miles of wire. Then, while towering over the plaza and its tiny skating rink, the gigantic Christmas tree is crowned with a huge Swarovski crystal star.

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How it All Begins….


Seniors’ Mountain Creek Trip

  By Beverly Danquah Mountain Creek is a ski resort located in New Jersey, about 1.5 hours away from New York City. Mr. Hernandez proposed the idea of going on a trip to Mountain Creek and the senior council thought it was a great idea. Many of the seniors have never been skiing or snowboarding […]


College of the Month: Johnson and Wales University/ Scholarship of the Month: Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship

  By Keisha Aboagye Established in 1914 as a business school, Johnson and Wales University is a private, non-profit, co-ed educational institution. The university has four campuses, respectively located in Providence, North Miami, Denver, and Charlotte. Johnson and Wales University has two main colleges with sub-schools:  the College of Management and the College of Arts & […]


Beauty: Sanitize Your Makeup Brushes!

  By Stephanie Luciano   Hey guys, welcome back ! I hope your school year is turning out DIVINE! For this month’s issue, I know I promised you guys a Bold Lip Tutorial, however I felt that the topic below is especially important to those interested in cosmetology. It will be one of my shortest […]