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Impeachment Free Response

Sara Matvey, Editor

October 9, 2019

Impeachment is defined as calling into question the integrity or validity of someone or something. Recently a congressional inquiry for the impeachment of President Donald Trump has begun. Speaker Nancy Pelosi initiated the inquiry after information was released regarding national security. In sho...

Opinion: Honest about Lying

Opinion: Honest about Lying

Maya Kempf-Harris, Editor

May 23, 2019

As pointed out in a CNN editorial recently, a common defense for inaccurate information from the White House is the idea that “all politicians lie”—that is, because it is thought that no politician is entirely truthful, telling falsehoods is to be expected. But does this make it okay? There was...

College Application Advice from a Senior

College Application Advice from a Senior

Maya Kempf-Harris, Editor

May 13, 2019

After going through a long and involved college process myself, I decided to compile the kind of list I wish I'd had when I began my college search and decision journey. While some of the headers may seem obvious, I would still recommend reading the information below each header to give you some more...

The Indifference in Women Sports

The Indifference in Women Sports

Cassidy Roberts, Staff

March 20, 2019

In the Mercy community, people have wondered why Calvert Hall College was getting their second turf field while Mercy remained with none. It is very common for men’s sports to be more recognized and praised rather than women sports. For example, the top main sports that people watch that mostly consis...

Opinion: Republican Principles are Up Against the Wall

Opinion: Republican Principles are Up Against the Wall

Maya Kempf-Harris, Editor

February 13, 2019

After writing my last article, “A Perversion of Strength,” I thought about other ways that President Trump’s attitude toward border security has uprooted a more traditional political approach. Beyond altering the diplomatic use of the word “strength,” Trump has challenged a fundamental principl...

How the U.S.’s “9 to 5” Mentality is Affecting Students

How the U.S.’s “9 to 5” Mentality is Affecting Students

Savannah Collins, Managing Editor

February 11, 2019

Going on social media apps such as Instagram or Twitter, you may stumble upon posts about "hustle". These posts often feature a picture of a luxury car or private jet with a quote about "hard work" transposed on top. These quotes may be from successful business men, such as Elon Musk or Bill Gates. Others...

A Perversion of Strength

A Perversion of Strength

Maya Kempf-Harris, Editor

January 3, 2019

As I found myself scrolling through The New Yorker reading a number of new political pieces, I stumbled upon Amy Davidson Sorkin’s “Countering Trump at the Border.” I found myself oddly compelled by the first line: “President Trump has always had an odd idea of what constitutes strength.” S...

Mercy’s Fundraiser- All in Good Fun?

Mercy’s Fundraiser- All in Good Fun?

Heather Shanty, Author

December 11, 2018

Though students, alumnae, staff, and outsiders supporters alike are bound together through contributing to the Mercy cause, many of our school happenings yield various opinions- Mercy’s annual fundraiser being no exception. "I have been in Catholic schools all my life, and every one of them had...

“The Gateway” and the Dangers of YouTube Admiration

“The Gateway” and the Dangers of YouTube Admiration

Savannah Collins, Managing Editor

November 19, 2018

"The Gateway", hosted by reporter Jennings Brown, allows listeners to deep dive into the dark side of YouTube idolatry.

Stories from the Inside: A Review and Reflection on Ear Hustle

Stories from the Inside: A Review and Reflection on Ear Hustle

Savannah Collins, Managing Editor

October 24, 2018

Ear Hustle, a podcast co-hosted and co-produced by current San Quentin inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, shows the outside world how important and innovative storytelling in the modern age can be.

Student Viewpoints

Student Viewpoints

September 27, 2018

Check Out the Latest From Opinion! Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review • Lauren Wallace 5/23 Cinder • Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch 5/8 Sports on the Shield: Two Student Perspectives on the Orioles • Savannah Collins and Kaitlyn Le-Compte Roy 4/18  ...

Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

Lauren Wallace, Coordinating Editor

May 23, 2018

“We're in the end game, now.” ----Spoilers Ahead---- Ten years ago, in 2008, Marvel released the first of three films in the Iron Man sequence. Becoming a box office hit of 585.2 million dollars, Iron Man set a new standard on the heights a superhero movie could reach, with a fresh and exc...

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