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Point/Counterpoint: did the district steal Christmas?

Madison Forbis and Michael Strobl
December 15, 2016 • 135 views
Filed under Opinion, Point/CounterPoint

The decision to move exams prior to winter break, consequently shortening summer, has raised eyebrows - both in excitement and frustration. So, did the district steal Christmas? Madison Forbis says no: Eggnog, warm sweaters, fun times with loved ones, 15 types of casseroles and the impending dea...

Point/Counterpoint: should the Harambe meme die?

Point/Counterpoint: should the Harambe meme die?

Anthony Suarez and Michael Strobl
September 15, 2016 • 459 views
Filed under Opinion, Point/CounterPoint

Point: Although the Harambe meme was originally used by Animal Rights Activists to call attention to the endangered silverback gorilla, it has become something solely used to harass Cincinnati Zoo Staff and/or to make fun of the situation. This is disrespectful to Harambe, and it’s inconsiderate to assum...

Point/Counterpoint: should the FBI force Apple to unlock the shooter’s phone?

Shreya Patel and Monisha Pillai
March 29, 2016 • 228 views
Filed under Opinion, Point/CounterPoint

Point: Cell phones tend to be places where people keep their innermost thoughts, as well as information that needs to be heavily guarded, such as credit card numbers and other personal records. The government really has no place in accessing these very private affairs, regardless of what security measure...

Point/Counterpoint: Do apathetic students deserve academic attention?

Maria Roberts and Ivy Bennett-Ford
April 28, 2015 • 915 views
Filed under Opinion, Point/CounterPoint

Yes If you don’t want to be here, it’s not your fault. It’s just poor planning. Hillsborough County schools make allowances for students on the extreme sides of the academic spectrum, but what about kids in the middle, who fall into a category of apathy? Students labeled as “slackers” haven’t had the opportunity to take part in t...

Let’s be blunt

Let’s be blunt

Maria Roberts and Daniel Hamilton
October 23, 2014 • 615 views
Filed under Opinion, Point/CounterPoint

The Nov. 4 ballot will include an amendment to the Florida constitution legalizing marijuana for medical use only. Maria Roberts and Daniel Hamilton debated whether or not the amendment should pass. Roberts: If Amendment Two passes, the picture in textbooks for the next 10 years may be very differ...

Point/CounterPoint: are the new bathroom vests worth it?

Point/CounterPoint: are the new bathroom vests worth it?

Bianca Cegatte and Daniel Hamilton
September 17, 2014 • 991 views
Filed under Opinion, Point/CounterPoint

Yes When you find yourself half asleep and bored out of your mind in a class you rely on your handy dandy hall pass. Even if it’s just for five minutes, a quick break from class promises a refreshed brain and some time to breathe. At the time, it may seem like a much better alternative than forci...

Point/counterpoint: are teachers or students at fault for the lack of student motivation?

Point/counterpoint: are teachers or students at fault for the lack of student motivation?

Monisha Pillai and Sarvika Bommakanti
May 2, 2014 • 993 views
Filed under Opinion, Point/CounterPoint

Students You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. Many argue that teachers do not do enough to motivate their students. At first glance, this seems plausible. With the number of students that do not end up graduating from high school, there are only so many conclusions one can dra...

Point/Counterpoint: Midterm Exams

Paige Hill and Gillian Boyce
December 8, 2013 • 962 views
Filed under Opinion, Point/CounterPoint

With just a few weeks left until the first semester ends, students are starting to feel the pressure. There’s a short amount of time left to bring up grades from the second quarter and to start preparing for midterm exams. Unfortunately, students are going to have these burdens weighing on them...

Point/Counterpoint: Black Friday

Gillian Boyce and Paige Hill
November 24, 2013 • 691 views
Filed under Opinion, Point/CounterPoint

Crowded stores, trampled people and inevitable chaos surround this perhaps appropriately named “Black” Friday. You would suppose that after quality family time and a whole day given to celebrate thanks that we might hold ourselves in a more community centered way following Thanksgiving. The department...

Point counterpoint: should Hillsborough County schools adopt a later start time?

Point counterpoint: should Hillsborough County schools adopt a later start time?

Sophia Diaz-Carraway and Shelby Shoup
November 8, 2013 • 1,916 views
Filed under Opinion, Point/CounterPoint

State Rep. Matt Gaetz has proposed a bill that would require all public high schools to start no earlier than 8 a.m. Pro-later start time I can’t be the only one who has rolled out of bed to be greeted by a dark window and wonder why I have to be up if the sun isn’t. Starting high school afte...

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