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The Psychology of Bilinguals Thinking in Different Languages

The Psychology of Bilinguals Thinking in Different Languages

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


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“People who speak two languages can accept a fact in one of their languages, while denying it in the other” says Ceri Ellie, a research associate from University of Manchester. According to Ellis, individuals who are bilingual tend to have a different concept and interpretation of true or false statements. An...

New Year’s Resolution Fail? You’re Not Alone

New Year’s Resolution Fail? You’re Not Alone

Ashley Perry, Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


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Each year, millions of Americans wait until the stroke of midnight on December 31 to make significant improvements to their lives. In this very second, people decide to create a vital goal or resolution that they plan to maintain throughout the rest of the year or for eternity. But do all individuals...

What Do Our Dreams Say About Ourselves?

What Do Our Dreams Say About Ourselves?

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


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Where can you be the king or queen of a mystic land, fly in the sky like Superman, or see deceased loved ones? Everyone knows the answer to that question: in your dreams! Even though we all can answer that simple question, there are many more questions that we haven’t uncovered about dreams. Simply...

High School Extra-Curriculars Can Be Cost Prohibitive for Low Income Students

High School Extra-Curriculars Can Be Cost Prohibitive for Low Income Students

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

February 23, 2018


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Poverty has been, and most definitely always will be, an ongoing issue within the United States. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCPP), nearly 43 percent of all children are being brought up in low-income families. While the average high school student living in Boca Raton...

Social Media Obsession Can Lead to Depression for Teens

Social Media Obsession Can Lead to Depression for Teens

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

December 21, 2017


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Social media can be an unhealthy factor in a teenager’s everyday life. The number one target for social media sites is teenagers. From sunrise to sunset most teenagers are absorbed with that little device that is as big as the average hand. The most popular social media sites among teenagers are...

The Man and the Story Behind the Often Taken for Granted 9-1-1 Emergency System

The Man and the Story Behind the Often Taken for Granted 9-1-1 Emergency System

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

December 20, 2017


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We might never know what our fanatical and chaotic world packed with homicide, terrorism, and disease would look like without the invention of a universal emergency number. As 21st century civilians, it is easy to take the technology we use in our daily lives for granted, but to imagine a world with...

Personal Observations on the Las Vegas Shooting Aftermath

Personal Observations on the Las Vegas Shooting Aftermath

Ashley Perry, Staff Writer

December 19, 2017


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Torch staff writer Ashley Perry was in Las Vegas shortly after the mass shooting that took place on October 1. Here, she provides her personal reflection on her observances on how the city was affected by the tragedy. October 1, 2017 was a day that cannot be forgotten. That night, a gunman carried o...

Olympic Heights Seniors Look Back on Freshman Year

Olympic Heights Seniors Look Back on Freshman Year

Isabelle Eisenberg, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017


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Many seniors have just finished submitting college applications, attended their last homecoming, and are now beginning to worry about what life is going to be like after the tassels are moved from right to left. Before the class of 2018 becomes official alumni of the Lions’ den, some of the Olympic...

Clim-ACT-ivists Club Works Locally to Make Global Impact

Clim-ACT-ivists Club Works Locally to Make Global Impact

Marie Preuss, Staff Writer

December 5, 2017


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  The new motto of the Clim-ACT-ivists, devised by the club’s secretary Elisa Weinberg, says it all: “Knowledge is power, but action is progress.” This depicts the Clim-ACT-ivists’ mentality of both educating about climate change and taking active measures to hinder it. The Clim-ACT-ivists...

The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

The Origins of The #MeToo Movement

Giana Toussaint, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


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Sexual harassment has been going on since the age of womanhood, but it seems that only recently that it is being taken seriously and that the harassers are finally being held at least somewhat accountable. On October 15, actress Alyssa Milano reignited the social media “#MeToo” social media campaign...

Are Dual Enrollment Courses Worth the Effort?

Are Dual Enrollment Courses Worth the Effort?

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


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Many students around the country spend endless hours and nights cramming in rigorous material just so that they can enter the college of their choice. For many students living in the U.S., it’s a “hard, knock life” devoting themselves to their studies, rather than enjoying the last remaining years...

As Florida Renews Executions, the Debate Ramps Up

As Florida Renews Executions, the Debate Ramps Up

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

November 10, 2017


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On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the state of Florida executed death row inmate Patrick Hannon (53) via lethal injection for his involvement in the 1991 murder of two men. Hannon’s execution was the third to be carried out in Florida since August when the state made changes to it death penalty sentencing law...

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