The Urban Legend

High expectations for participation hinder students’ grades

Zoe Meneghetti, Staff Writer

June 4, 2015


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There are 15 minutes left of class when my teacher asks the students a question. After 30 seconds, only one student raises his hand. The teacher continues eyeing the room as she nearly begs for another student to put their hand up. My teacher aggressively asks the student with his hand raised to give...

How Twitter has changed Urban’s social culture

Alex Hoskins, Staff Writer

June 4, 2015


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If you want to see real Urban drama, log onto Twitter. Over the past few years, students have created a virtual community that allows them to challenge cultural norms and enjoy popular media. While this can be seen in the hallways at school, there is something special about the way Urban students in...

Book review: “The Warmth of Other Suns”

Ian Shapiro, Staff Writer

June 4, 2015


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Isabel Wilkerson’s book, ”The Warmth of Other Suns,” describes the Great Migration — the migration of black Americans from the South to the North and West during the early to mid 20th century — through the lens of those who experienced it firsthand. The story is told from the perspectives of thre...

Technology: Today’s impact on childhood

Olivia Meehan, Staff Writer

June 4, 2015


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The fluid integration of technology into our youth is a topic that continues to fascinate me. My younger sister does not have a phone or computer, yet she spends all of her free time on my parents’ devices. My sister’s excessive use of technology has had a noticeable effect on her character. She...

OPINION: An emoji is worth a thousand words

OPINION: An emoji is worth a thousand words

Ariane Goldsmith, Staff Writer

February 10, 2015


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The first emoticons were used on March 30, 1881 when Puck Magazine published four typographical faces representing feelings of joy, melancholy, indifference, and astonishment, according to Explore search engine. A century later, in 1982, Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, p...

OPINION: An open letter to phone overusers

OPINION: An open letter to phone overusers

Marie Bergsund, Staff Writer

February 10, 2015


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I was sitting in the library at lunch on a Tuesday. I had intended to do homework, so I zipped up my procrastination-inducing phone inside my backpack and started in. It was not long before I found myself distracted. I was distracted by the girl sitting in front of me taking selfies. Trying to study,...

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