The Western Hemisphere

A Laptop For Every Freshman, Pros of the 1:1 Initiative

Abby Wheat and Zach Mandell

June 4, 2014

When discussing education policy, it is important to consider that the world is a rapidly changing place. Thanks to Al Gore’s invention of the internet, the world of knowledge is at our fingertips, and because of it the classroom dynamic is changing. I will go on the record and say I’m not a fan...

Don’t Make Everything Pink

Don’t Make Everything Pink

Abby Wheat, Staff Writer

April 25, 2014

As a high school junior interested in engineering, I am bombarded with emails and letters asking me to consider various STEM programs simply because I am female. Obviously, I am glad that so many colleges that are looking to increase the number of women enrolled in science and math related majors. However,...

In Defense of Miley Cyrus

Abby Wheat, Staff Writer

December 13, 2013

I don’t know what I was expecting when I decided to watch Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” video for the first time, but a lack of revulsion certainly was not it. As I watched her naked body swing back and forth on, you guessed it, a wrecking ball, I was more surprised than disgusted. This experie...

A Rant on Class Rank

A Rant on Class Rank

Zach Mandell

October 27, 2013

Walking on the Corner a few weeks ago, next to the campus of the University of Virginia, I overheard a very memorable conversation between two young gentleman that I presumed were students at Mr. Jefferson’s University. In the particularly incisive tidbit that I caught, the one guy said to his frien...

Spirit Skits 2013: Do they really improve spirit?

Patrick Andrews, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2013

Something this year struck me about the Spirit Week skits. It may have been because I was in one for the first time or because I just happened to notice it more clearly, but the skits don’t improve school spirit for all people. The skits tend to make fun of the grades above and below them - that’s...