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The Case Against Fracking

The Case Against Fracking

Matty Hack

April 18, 2016


Filed under OPINION, SCIENCE

The state of Oklahoma is experiencing what could reasonably be dubbed an earthquake epidemic. Over 3,000 earthquakes have been reported in the state over the past year alone — far more than in California over the same period. They are frequent enough that my cousin, who lives in Oklahoma, has become...

60th Pioneer Concerto Concert

60th Pioneer Concerto Concert

Matty Hack

April 1, 2016


Filed under FRONT PAGE

Two performances into the 60th Pioneer High School Concerto Concert, Director of Orchestra Jonathan Glawe stepped offstage into a full Schreiber Auditorium. Glawe asked if any Pioneer alumni who had graduated in the 2010s were in the audience; a couple dozen students raised their hands. As Glawe continued...

Judith DeWoskin

Judith DeWoskin

Matty Hack

March 10, 2016


Filed under TIME WARP

CHS English teacher Judith DeWoskin poses with her look-alike for the day, former CHS student Anne Ducmanis. This photo was taken during the 1990-91 school year....

Leaving Her Mark

Leaving Her Mark

Matty Hack

February 24, 2016


Filed under FEATURES, FRONT PAGE

Before her clay pot was criticized by a kindergarten classmate, CHS senior Maddie McCarver had little interest in art. When another girl derided her work as “really ugly,” however, McCarver used the negative feedback as inspiration. “Ever since then, I’ve been trying to prove myself better,” she...

“Just Not a Math Person”

“Just Not a Math Person”

Matty Hack

February 8, 2016


Filed under FEATURES, SCIENCE

Sanelma Heinonen only worked at Kumon for one day before quitting. Heinonen, a Pioneer High School senior, describes math as beautiful, but felt that the teaching she saw that day only taught kids to dislike the subject. “I just hated seeing what they were doing to the kids,” Heinonen said. “They...

The CHS MLK Assembly Brings New and Old Voices

The CHS MLK Assembly Brings New and Old Voices

Matty Hack, Anurima Kumar, and Sophia Werthmann

January 18, 2016


Filed under FRONT PAGE, NEWS, SCHOOL

As the high school students entered St. Andrews, young children were already seated facing them. Nyah Sclassie opened the assembly with a poem, and the emcees—Clarence Collins, Elonah Kirk, Ken Simpson and Eva Rosenfeld—officially began the assembly, and introduced the theme: Youth and the P...

Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus Discusses Molecular Biology, Opossums

Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus Discusses Molecular Biology, Opossums

Matty Hack

November 16, 2015


Filed under NEWS, SCIENCE

On Oct. 30, over 300 people poured into the Rackham Auditorium fourth floor amphitheater to attend Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus’s seminar, despite the strict seating capacity of 227. Frazzled ushers appeared on stage, announcing that anyone who had not found a seat had to leave immediately. Dozen...

Teach Ecological Literacy in Schools

Teach Ecological Literacy in Schools

Matty Hack

November 13, 2015


Filed under FRONT PAGE, OPINION, SCIENCE

An often-repeated statistic is that the average American can name 1,000 corporate brands, but only 10 plants native to their region. Even though this fact has become overused, it should still be alarming. A consequence of urbanization has been an increased disconnect between Americans and nature. Americans...

Senior Meeting 2015

Senior Meeting 2015

Matty Hack

October 5, 2015


Filed under NEWS

When the Community High School class of 2016 walked into Craft Theatre for their senior meeting, they were met with two dozen sheets and packets neatly stacked on an array of tables. By the time they left for sixth hour, the meeting had armed them with more than just paperwork. The seniors exited with...

Should We Clone Extinct Species?

Should We Clone Extinct Species?

Matty Hack and Anurima Kumar

May 26, 2015


Filed under OPINION, SCIENCE

Among the fake scientific controversies that abound in American politics -- for example, whether global warming is real or a myth perpetrated by universities -- scientific innovation is bringing about new, legitimate controversies. Until recently, the concept of bringing extinct species back to life...

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