Torch

Correction

March 2, 2018

In the February issue of the Torch, a source was misquoted in an article about the chess team. The word “people” was used rather than the word “teams” when talking about the number of participants at a state tournament. Torch r...

Take the time, see the impact

February 2, 2018

Basketballs flew through the air as music played and supporters cheered. Over a dozen baskets were set up in the field house, and the girls basketball players shot free throw after free throw. Each basket made resulted in varying amounts of money, contributed by a sponsor, which was ...

The best worst superpower

Natan Shayevich, Opinions Editor

February 2, 2018

I am a superhero. By day I am the humble Natan, not-so-mild-mannered reporter. But put me in a stressful situation, give me a deadline or make me talk to a stranger? I transform into Anxious Man! No, really: I am anxious, man. In fact, anxiety permeates every part of my bein...

I just want to be loved

Nina Fridman, Staff Writer

February 2, 2018

Yeah. You. You heard me. Why don’t you love me? I was built for you: my shelves designed for your books, my hooks itching for your bag or a winter coat to hang on them. But you’re just like the rest of them. You’re...

Don’t sleep on the snooze button

Jackson Weil, Staff Writer

February 2, 2018

It’s the crack of dawn on a dreary Monday morning, and I am jarred awake by a familiar sound. I roll over to assess the situation. It’s 6:50 a.m. If I hop out of bed now, I will have time to take a hot shower and maybe make myself breakfast, but t...

A Chinese American Question & Answer

Keena Du, Executive Opinions Editor

February 2, 2018

Racism: it’s lived through the ages. As a 17-year-old Chinese American female, I’ve heard my “fair” share of racist commentary, often in the form of insinuating questions. So from kindergarten to senior year, these are my answers to a few of the racial m...

Stars, stripes and silence

Grace Chatas, Features Editor

December 8, 2017

It was a time of chaos. Buildings were falling, children were crying and people were locking their doors, fearing the worst. It was the 2016 American presidential election. In the days following the results, the somber mood fill...

You don’t have to spill your tea

Keena Du, Executive Opinions Editor

December 8, 2017

Armed with the cruelest  interrogation tools, they poke and prod to find out everything I know. I am a towel, being wrung out for every drop of knowledge I have. No, these torturers aren’t part of a cult or gang — they’re...

Independence over invasion

December 8, 2017

We’ve all received those notifications from our parents. Four missed texts, three “Find My iPhone” pings and anywhere from one to nine voicemails flood our phones as we study at the local Starbucks or see a movie with fr...

To invent or to uninvent

Nina Fridman, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017

Recently, I read a series of essays published by the New Yorker called “Uninvent This,” in which writers described what items, concepts or technological advancements they would uninvent if given the chance. That got me thinking:...

Help wanted: advice needed

Nora Smith, Opinions Editor

December 8, 2017

Hey, can you listen for a second? I need some advice. I’m afraid of rejection. More than just the fear of being rejected — I’m afraid of rejecting others. I tend to be a people-pleaser, so when a guy tries to become a li...

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