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How social media is beneficial: Communication in the 21st century

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Caroline Castle, Reporter @ccastlecourant In Connections class on January 4, students took a social media survey which asked questions like: “Do you have a system in place to manage social and technological distractions?” The assumption embedded in this question is that social media is a distraction. This survey is just one example of how adults think that social media is an unproductive, but according to CIO Magazine, jobs in social media pay more than the national average salary. People like our parents and school administrators claim that social media is detrimental to our learning and takes the focus away from…

Is the fault really in our stars?

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Jillian Augustine, Arts Editor @JillAugCourant Senior and active astrology believer Lexie Soro (predominantly Aries) uses astrology differently than the typical quick scroll-through of a horoscope. “I check my horoscope everyday. I tend to check it towards late afternoon or evening in order to allow myself the chance to connect it with things that have happened throughout my day and sometimes to even help me make sense of situations,” Lexie said. While the strategy of using astrology to reflect on the day rather than predict is unique, she’s not alone in this deeper application of the stars—anonymous Junior (Sagittarius rising) also…

Editorial: Challenging the changes in the library

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On the Tuesday following midterms, librarians Michelle Luhtala and Jackie Whiting sent an email to NCHS students and staff regarding the new policies in the library. In the email, which was the result of seventeen drafts, Ms. Luhtala and Ms. Whiting explained that the library has been a source of pride for the school. A great deal of time, effort, and money went into creating such a comfortable and accessible space for students to study, demonstrated through the purchase of lounge furniture, implementation of the Makerspace, and allowance of food in the upper library. With the accumulation of these privileges,…

Finding a future after the 2016 presidential election

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Caroline Knightly and Holly Santero, Senior Editors @KnightlyCourant @SanteroCourant After learning that Donald Trump will be our president for the next four years, the reactions our that our nation has expressed have ranged from agreeable acceptance to complete and utter fear. Turning to media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, some people have been vocal about their hopelessness and fear for the future, while other offer words of encouragement and bravery. Sharing our own opinions with a few NCHS students and hearing what they have to say, we’ve found that, while many students believe it’s best for our country to come together and accept our…

The Dating Dilemma: what happened to real relationships?

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Molly Keshin, Editor-in-Chief @mollykCourant At every family gathering, I know I dread the moment (or moments, because it definitely happens more than once) when an older cousin or relative asks mid-conversation, “So, do you have a boyfriend??” Not only is it an embarrassing, uncomfortable situation when your middle-aged aunt is trying to squeeze information out of you, but it’s also really awkward when you always have to tell them, “No, I don’t!” This article isn’t meant to be some personal sob story about my relationships. But thinking about those moments has made me think that my relatives are probably so…

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