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Behind every purchase is a person; reduce holiday shopping

Michelle Wei, Editor-in-Chief

December 23, 2019

As ornaments are put on the Christmas tree, gelt is eaten, hot chocolate is drunk, ugly Christmas sweaters are worn and the countdown to 2020 begins, it’s clear that the winter holiday season is here. In this time of year, the air thickens with the aroma of gingerbread and anticipation of everythin...

Pro: Discussing the merits and issues with gender-separate classes

Pro: Discussing the merits and issues with gender-separate classes

Tim Mathas, Opinion Editor

December 18, 2019

Since the opening of Masters’ Middle School in 1986, classes have remained gender-separated for a wide variety of reasons. This was primarily based on research that showed that developing young adults, specifically those who were female, are more successful in a single-sex learning environment.  Thes...

11th Grade Drug Education: Too Little Too Late

11th Grade Drug Education: Too Little Too Late

M. Brody Leo, News Editor

December 18, 2019

From the D.A.R.E. era of the 1980s to the present day, drug use has been a problem at the forefront of many school administrators’ minds, and Masters is no different. We, like the vast majority of the country’s schools, have an irrefutable drug problem that desperately needs a solution, not ...

Con: Discussing the merits and issues of gender-separate classes

Con: Discussing the merits and issues of gender-separate classes

Mitch Fink, Sports Lead Editor

December 18, 2019

When the Masters middle school first implemented its policy of gender-separated classes from sixth to eighth grade in the 1990s, it was a result of research showing how boys and girls – especially during the middle school years – learn more successfully when taught separately. However, in the...

Restroom ‘upgrades’ are environmental ‘downgrades’

Restroom ‘upgrades’ are environmental ‘downgrades’

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2019

I expected my classes to stress me out by day’s end, but it was one minuscule “improvement” in the bathrooms that really had me scratching my head. It was the first day back from Thanksgiving break and after a long day of classes I strode up to the third floor of the Fonseca Center (FC) to g...

CON: We cannot tolerate zero tolerance

CON: We cannot tolerate zero tolerance

Nora Fellas, Opinion Lead Editor

December 4, 2019

This academic year, as of Oct. 25, just two months into the year, six upper school students had been expelled for violating the school’s zero tolerance substance abuse policy. Sixteen others faced the possibility of expulsion for their involvement in substance use on campus, but were diverted into Sanct...

PRO: Zero tolerance keeps us safe

PRO: Zero tolerance keeps us safe

Annie Rubinson, News Lead Editor

December 4, 2019

In 2008, students witnessed a classmate suffer a seizure in the middle of Mandarin class. When his belongings were searched, it was determined that he overdosed on illegal drugs dealt to him by an upperclassman. In response, Masters implemented a zero tolerance drugs and alcohol policy. Recently, how...

Bring back flex lunch!

Bring back flex lunch!

Ethan Schlapp, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

When I first received a copy of the new schedule, I was concerned. No flex lunch, school ending later, the introduction of Masters Hour, and an eight-day rotation were some of the changes I noticed immediately. New goals were outlined by the administration, such as a more consistent class schedule, reduced stre...

The internet makes it easier to exploit children

The internet makes it easier to exploit children

Sophia Van Beek, Copy Editor

December 4, 2019

I don’t use Facebook often, but it takes only about two minutes of scrolling through my feed until I see a picture of a baby or a child. Cute? Maybe. Wrong? Definitely. Whether it’s a photo of a newborn immediately after birth or a post celebrating yet another milestone of the arduous kindergarten...

I repeated tenth grade, now I can’t compete in sports

Sophie Grand, Opinion Editor

December 3, 2019

While I knew the decision to repeat my sophomore year would change my social and educational spheres, I had no idea that it would prevent me from participating in school sports teams.  Mid-way through this year’s fall season, I learned that I would not be eligible to participate in sports for my senior year on account of being a repeat st...

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

November 23, 2019

Following the publication of Tower Volume 76, Issue 2 on Thursday, Nov. 21, a number of members of the Masters community expressed concern with an image on the front page that depicted the flag of the People’s Republic of China with the logo of TikTok, a social media platform, in the upper left han...

Atwood grabs ‘em by the possibilities

Atwood grabs ‘em by the possibilities

Mattilynn Stone, Photo Editor

October 30, 2019

The Testaments” (2019) is a riveting sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” (1985) by Margaret Atwood. It’s a powerful novel about three unlikely women coming together and telling their stories despite the risks. The three main characters are Agnes, the daughter of an important commander who stru...

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