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Blackface Scandal in VA Brings Racism To Forefront

Leo Barron, Contributing Writer

February 28, 2019

In early February, a picture of governor Ralph Northam of Virginia in blackface was published by Big League Politics. The picture started a debate over both whether the governor should resign and the racist history of blackface in America.

Oxycontin Company Sued in MA

Oxycontin Company Sued in MA

February 28, 2019

The Attorney General of Massachusetts is suing Purdue Pharmaceuticals for selling and promoting Oxycontin while allegedly being aware of its addictive properties. On January 28th, the latest version of the lawsuit was filed publicly, claiming that insiders in the company had full knowledge of the link between the Oxycontin they were marketing and the widespread opioid crisis.

Co-Chairs of CYC: An Update from the Cambridge Youth Council

Co-Chairs of CYC: An Update from the Cambridge Youth Council

February 28, 2019

The Cambridge Youth Council (CYC) has been working on many important projects this year. For those who don’t know us, we are a subcommittee of the Cambridge City Council, a youth civic engagement group that tackles various forms of the persisting achievement gap in Cambridge, particularly in the high school. As a diverse group comprised of fourteen youth mostly from the high school, the CYC works on policy, social justice, and, of course, team bonding.

Rising Rents Push Out Iconic Businesses from the Square

Rising Rents Push Out Iconic Businesses from the Square

February 1, 2019

Massive local outcry has sparked after the closing of a Harvard Square mainstay, Crema Cafe. For many, Crema’s closing is the latest reminder of the changing square, for other Harvard Square businesses have also been forced out. Co-owner Liza Shirazi, who opened Crema Cafe with her business partner Marley Brush, was unable to renew their 10-year lease, at which point they began a month-to-month lease. Unfortunately, they eventually lost the space due to the ever-increasing rent.

New Policy: Free Breakfast For All, Free Lunch for Some

New Policy: Free Breakfast For All, Free Lunch for Some

February 1, 2019

As of 2019, all Cambridge Public School District students will have access to free breakfast, and those who have previously received reduced fee lunch will now receive lunch for free as well.

District Plans For Extended Day

District Plans For Extended Day

February 1, 2019

In early January, the Cambridge Public School District introduced a proposal to advance equity in Cambridge schools. The new proposal offers a way to promote equity by “Addressing the time-based barriers to improvement,” which requires a “three-pronged approach: improving the use of time (Quality), increasing time for students and staff (Quantity), and improving coordination with the out-of-school time community (Access).”

School Committee Passes New Homework Policy

Zoe Fritz-Sherman, Contributing Writer

February 1, 2019

This past December, the School Committee passed a new policy that restricts when and how teachers are allowed to assign homework. The policy prevents teachers from assigning homework online without addressing it in class, and from assigning it over break, on snow days, or in a way that interferes with a student observing a religious holiday. While it’s uncommon for a new policy to be instituted halfway through a school year, both students and teachers agree that the policy clearly has good intentions, and could help students manage stress.

Behind the Scenes: RSTA’s Health Assisting Program

Behind the Scenes: RSTA’s Health Assisting Program

February 1, 2019

Located along a hallway near the back entrance of the Main Cafeteria lies a spacious classroom filled with neatly organized medical supplies and a few hospital beds. This is the Health Assisting class, a Rindge School of Technical Arts (RSTA) program comprised of four levels and taught by Gina Hughes, Kristian McLean, and Mechille Venus. Typically by senior year, students who have been enrolled in Health Assisting throughout high school will be able to work with patients in real hospitals around Cambridge, instead of the mannequins they practiced on in the beginning.

Stand in Solidarity: CRLS Educators Denounce Hate

Stand in Solidarity: CRLS Educators Denounce Hate

February 1, 2019

On December 20th and 21st, scores of CRLS educators holding signs with messages like “Tolerating racism is racism,” “I am not, Never will be, Never was N****r,” and “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” gathered outside the main entrance of CRLS as part of two silent stand-ins. The demonstrations were meant to be an opportunity for educators at CRLS to stand in solidarity against hate and racism at the school after a series of racist acts directed towards teachers of color.

Cambridge Youth Soccer Gets All Ages Active

Cambridge Youth Soccer Gets All Ages Active

February 1, 2019

As the winter season trudges on, it becomes harder and harder to stay active in this cold, harsh weather. One woman helping to combat this universal struggle is none other than Susan Ruff, the director of the Cambridge Youth Soccer (CYS) Six Weeks of Indoor Fun with Saturday Soccer program.

District Plans For Extended Day

District Plans For Extended Day

January 31, 2019

In early January, the Cambridge Public School District introduced a proposal to advance equity in Cambridge schools. The new proposal offers a way to promote equity by “Addressing the time-based barriers to improvement,” which requires a “three-pronged approach: improving the use of time (Quality), increasing time for students and staff (Quantity), and improving coordination with the out-of-school time community (Access).”  

Who Is Beto O’Rourke?

History Club

January 31, 2019

Robert, or Beto, O’Rourke, was born in El Paso, Texas in 1972, where he resides today with his wife and three children. He graduated from Columbia University in 1993, where he was captain of the mens heavyweight crew team. After graduation, O’Rourke was a guitarist for a rock band and was once arrested for burglary and DUI charges, but went on to found a successful Internet service company in El Paso in 1999. He eventually ventured into politics when he was elected to El Paso’s City Council, serving from 2005-2011.

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