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Author: Julia Paul

E. None of the above – The Burden of Standardized Testing

Slider image courtesy of Flickr. You wake up on Saturday morning anxious and exhausted from studying every night for the past month preparing for the ACT; a test that will determine your future in college. You sit down next to the kid breathing heavily out of his mouth because it is the only spot open in the room, take out your calculator and a handful of  #2 pencils, petrified for the next 4 hours of filling in bubbles. Standardized testing, a sensitive topic among high school juniors and seniors, are examinations that are administered and scored in a predetermined,...

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Thousands of Transgender Military Service Personnel Threatened by President Trump’s Transgender Ban

Slider image courtesy of Flickr Last month, in one of his most controversial Twitter threads, President Trump tweeted that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the military. Although the President’s tweets are often disregarded or viewed as “empty threats,” many took this thread to heart. The next week, Trump issued a presidential memorandum to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security officially proposing that transgender persons should be banned from entering the military, but left the details up to the Department of Defense (DOD). The President’s announcement is creating a strong reaction;...

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“LGBTQ Jew?” – New Winterim Offering Sparks Conversation on LGBTQIA Inclusivity at HBHA

During HBHA’s annual Winterims this year, there was a new class option offered: “LGBTQ Jew?” taught by English Department Chair R. Gina Renee. LGBTQIA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual. Throughout the week, the intimate class of four students discussed the hushed topic of LGBTQIA rights and gave the students a glimpse into the lives of those who fall under any and all categories of LGBTQIA as well as looking at the issue from a Jewish perspective. Over the past decade, the media attention and acceptance of LGBTQIA rights has grown exponentially, but there is...

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When State and Federal Governments Can’t Agree: The Weed Question

Written by Julia Paul and Sara Saidel  The legalization a marijuana, a drug that is both legal and illegal at the same time in the US, has proven to be an extremely controversial subject for the past three decades. The unrelenting movement for the legalization of marijuana had led to a weed revolution in the business world. This has subsequently generated a great deal of media attention as well. However, problems arise when the substance is deemed legal in certain states but has remained illegal under federal law.   Although 25 states and the District of Columbia currently have...

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Visit to Aquarium Serves as a Hands-On Learning Experience for Marine Biology Students

On Wednesday Nov. 30, the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) high school Marine Biology class embarked on an adventure to the Henry Doorly Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska. After a three hour trip from Overland Park, Kan. to Omaha, Neb. in a van, the students arrived at the aquarium eager to begin their jam-packed day filled with hands on experiences in marine life. Throughout the semester, the students in marine biology learned about the wonders of marine life by maintaining a large classroom fish tank.  We “designed and put fish in Mr. Welton’s tank” said freshman River Hennick. With a...

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