Review: Marvel Avengers: Endgame: “Worth it or Wasted it?”

Eleven years have passed since the first movie of the Marvel Comics Universe premiered on the big screen. After twenty-two movies, the Infinity saga has come to an end. The epic started with Iron man and then Captain America, and continued to introduce new characters until the team of Avengers was assembled. Now, the “Endgame” will put an end to the Avengers series. [Read more…]

Opinion: Tom Brady is the GOAT

The NFL has had many star quarterbacks in the past. Joe Montana for the 49ers, Dan Marino for the Dolphins, and Peyton Manning for the Colts all stand out. None of these quarterbacks manage to top the legend that has been Tom Brady’s career. [Read more…]

Essay: Social Media and the Pressure to Conform

Like any teenager, when I’m bored, I check Instagram, go to the search option, and see what the app has to show me. Often there are posts regarding dance, feminism, comedy, and fashion. But sometimes a thread pops up saying things like, “Get the perfect body!” or “How to make him want you!” and “How to be irresistible!” With kids spending so much time on social media, both girls and boys are prone to be molded into social norms from an early age. For instance, a girl has to dress up, act dainty, and be sweet, whereas a guy has to be macho and mysterious.

These days, women play a big role in society. Some of the best-known figures around the world are women who own their own businesses. Despite all of this progress, women are still paid less in workplaces and are expected to conform to gender norms.

For girls, the pressure is mostly appearance-based. You can’t show too much of your stomach, back, or anything without the outfit coming off as “slutty.” You can’t wear as much makeup as you want because if you wear too much, you’re “hiding something.” The need to impress boys has become so woven into the culture of teenage girls today.

An “ideal” man must always be muscular, athletic, and the list goes on. On Instagram, I see some guys posing in front of an ocean, shirt off. Just look at the models of Calvin Klein and Abercrombie and Fitch on billboards and magazine ads.

Following these norms doesn’t make you a bad person. Social media has put these “standards” out, and it’s your choice to follow them or not. But these expectations certainly are hurting today’s society as people receive unwanted attention and comments by the way they appear.

How Come Girls Do Everything Around Here?

Standing at the front of the room full of CARE volunteers, I noticed hardly any boys. What’s more, most of the boys who were at the meeting came simply because I had asked them to. Later that day, when I went to a Sustainability Committee meeting, I noticed something similar: no boys. [Read more…]

Opinion: A Plan to Throw Hockey Pucks at Shooter is Better Than No Plan

On March 2, 2018, The Mirror published an editorial on gun violence and its effects on our nation. The article called for Northwood School to create a school safety plan in the event of an active shooter. It has been nearly 300 days, and there is still no plan. There have been no emergency drills — other than basic fire drills — in at least 5 years. In the drill more than five years ago, students ran into the surrounding woods upon hearing the victory bell ring. No current students have had an active shooter drill. [Read more…]

Letter: Critical of Kavanaugh Story

Dear Editor:
A couple of thoughts here. The first is that in order to write the Mirror  a letter to the editor, it takes a bit to find out how. Secondly, along those lines, I see no letters in the Letters to the Editor in the menu bar which I find disturbing. Are there any?
And lastly, I just read your take on the Kavanaugh nomination and am surprised that you found no one…repeat, NO ONE with an opposing point of view. I will take this article as OpEd rather than reporting facts, other than the fact that others spoke. And speaking of those who spoke, I will quote the article:
Johann Tremblay Kau ‘22 said, “I feel like when someone’s in that position of power or in a government position, he should have some sort of standard.” The theme of immaturity and unprofessionalism echoed throughout student opinions. Kip Morgan ‘20 said, “I think the way [Kavanaugh] answered the questions was a little inappropriate. He shot them right back and never really gave a straight answer.” Noah Pittman ‘21 said, “[Kavanaugh] shouldn’t be allowed in office because of the extreme partisanship that he has shown.”
Having digested all that, I will refer those to these remarks from Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

Interview July 7, 2016 with Associated Press

Asked what if Trump won the presidency, Ginsburg said: “I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.”

Interview July 8, 2016 with New York Times

“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.

Referring to something she thought her late husband, tax lawyer Martin Ginsburg, would have said, she said: “Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.”

Interview July 11, 2016 with CNN

“He is a faker. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that ….

“At first I thought it was funny,” she said of Trump’s early candidacy. “To think that there’s a possibility that he could be president ….

“I think he has gotten so much free publicity ….

“Every other presidential candidate has turned over tax returns.”

Now, how is that for partisanship, immaturity, and unprofessionalism? Here’s one who has been on the court for years and should know better. But we’ll let that go, of course, won’t we, because she votes….hmmmm how?
All I’m asking is that you show a bit more balance.
Barton Green ’60
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Skriloff: Generation Z Must Register to Vote. And then Vote.

What follows is the speech senior Olivia Skriloff delivered at school meeting on Monday, March 26. She delivered it after showing several clips of speeches from the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC, which she attended and organized a group from Northwood to attend. [Read more…]

Guest Opinion: March is a Sign of Generational Change

By Olivia Skrilloff ’18

Over 800,000 people flooded the streets this past Saturday to join in the March for Our Lives, a student organized protest calling for common sense gun control. Eight students and one teacher from Northwood were part of this 800,000.

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Emma González addresses the crowd at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

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Restaurant Review: Players Bar & Grill

Right at the end of Main Street you will find a place with a great atmosphere and astonishing food. The Players Bar & Grill offers a great setting to enjoy a meal with great music. It doesn’t matter if you want to have a snack, dinner, or just couple of drinks at the bar. The Players Bar & Grill welcomes you with warm hospitality and customer service to insure you will be back there soon again. I loved The Players Grill & Bar. [Read more…]

Editorial: School Shootings Must End

School is a place for education and community. It’s here that students are supposed to feel comfortable and safe. Four of the deadliest mass shootings in America have been at schools, including the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 and wounded 15 a little more than two weeks ago. Unfortunately, schools have became common targets for such horrendous violence, as shown by the 18 school shootings so far this year. With our news feeds so flooded by these stories, young people have become aware of the reality that is gun violence.

We are shocked and appalled by school shootings, not only because of their extreme violence, but also because these shootings are so common that we seem to have become numb to the violence. That numbness is a national crisis just as serious as the violence, and we offer our full support to the students in Florida who are calling for change in the nation’s gun laws.

We agree that Northwood is generally a safe environment. However, every  school shooting is a particularly personal violation for us, even when the assault is 1,500 miles away. We shudder to think of such bloodshed in our sacred spaces, such as in front of the fireplace in the living room during flex, in the auditorium during school meeting, or in the dining hall at lunch. We feel vulnerable when we think about the possibility of an active shooter on our campus.

As the mass murder continues to bring attention to national gun legislation, we must take a serious look at Northwood’s lack of preparation in the event of an attack. Some seniors recall one drill about 4 years ago in which the school bell was rung to signal everyone to run into the woods. There have been no drills since then. Our school currently does not have an emergency plan or drills to train students and staff on what to do in the event of a mass shooter or other incident that may threaten student lives, and we call on the school to develop one promptly. Northwood is in urgent need to improve preparation for these events in order to keep students and staff safe from a possible school shooting. We hope to never need to execute such an emergency plan, but having one will bring us some comfort, because contemplating a mass shooting without one is terrifying. We further call on the school to create an emergency communication system, probably using SMS messages, that will notify the school community, including parents, of a crisis, give instructions, and the eventual all-clear.

While we support many efforts to make schools safer, we disapprove of the idea to weaponize schools and have grave concerns about President Trump’s call to arm one in five teachers. We think that’s a terrible idea. We are also troubled by the National Rifle Association (NRA)’s insistence that the widespread availability of guns in the United States has nothing to do with gun violence. This, coupled with the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is prohibited from conducting research on gun violence in the United States, stunts our ability to effectively deal with the problem.

We support the petition urging President Trump and members of Congress to pass legislation that bans the sale of assault weapons, prohibits the sale of high-capacity magazines, and closes the loophole in our background check law. If you agree with the petition, please sign it to show your support. We also stand with Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior Emma Gonzalez who famously said at a rally following the shooting:

Companies trying to make caricatures of the teenagers nowadays, saying that all we are is self-involved and trend-obsessed, and hushing us into submission when our message doesn’t reach the ears of the nation? We are prepared to call BS!

Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA, telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this: We call BS!

They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence: We call BS!

They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun: We call BS!

They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars: We call BS!

They say that no laws could have been able to prevent the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred: We call BS!

That us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works: We call BS!

We urge the community to educate itself about these incidents and learn more about gun violence in America and other countries. Additionally, we encourage all who are able attend the March on Washington on March 24th to show their support for the victims and send a message to the world. Register to vote. If you are not 18, but will be 18 on election day, you can still register now.  Write to or call your elected officials to add your voice to the national discussion. Please offer your support for those who need it, and do your best to help prevent this tragedy from happening again.

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