The Shakerite

An Open Letter to Students

Shane McKeon, Print Editor in Chief

September 17, 2013

Last week, we reported that a male student allegedly raped a female student at our school. As with any sensitive story, concerns emerged within the student body and community about our coverage. These are legitimate concerns, an...

The Unscheduled Bell Schedule

Alexandra Harris, Ella Shlonsky, and Hillary Lacks, Opinion Editors

September 3, 2013

After a week of school, we have already experienced four different bell schedules. Students have noticed that it has become extremely hard to settle into our classes when we have not retained one specific daily routine. So...

Flipping Open the Magazine

Abby White, Campus and City Editor

July 22, 2013

“Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.” That quote, from the Ancient Greek author Aesop, justifies Rolling Stone magazine’s latest cover article about suspected...

Shaker Hockey’s Biggest Fan Looks Back on Bartley

Walter Slovikovski, Guest Writer

July 21, 2013

I have followed Shaker hockey since the early 1990s. With some really great teams, some average teams and some teams that struggled, the one constant was Head Coach Mike Bartley. I have known Coach to be a very gentle and soft-spoken...

We Owe Trayvon More Than a Tweet

Erica Seman, Senior Writer

July 18, 2013

Twitter is not the same as activism. Unfortunately, many of my peers seem to think it is. Within minutes of the jury announcing the decision in the George Zimmerman trial, tweets about the not guilty verdict and Zimmerman’s...

A&F CEO Endangers Self-Image

June 10, 2013

The line exists, and Abercrombie and Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries crossed it. “We go after the attractive, all-American kid,” Jeffries stated in a 2006 interview with His words have come back to haunt him recently...

Teacher Condemns Jeffries’ Words

Hillary Lacks, Opinion Editor

June 6, 2013

English teacher Aimee Grey said she views everything as a mother and as an educator. She said CEO Jeffries’ comments appall her, and she considers them to be mainstream bullying. “It’s acceptable to want to make a profit,...

Alternative Finals Relieve Exam Stress

Rebecca Marcus, Staff Reporter

May 10, 2013

As the year is ending, students are getting nervous about finals. Last semester I was told my finals would be easy because I’m a freshman. Instead, the tests turned out to be very stressful, and I studied very hard to pass a...

Reserve Judgement on Evolving Value-Added System

Sarah Shaw and Hannah Heverling, Opinion Editor

May 10, 2013

The state performance index school evaluation system is being phased out of schools to be replaced by the federally-mandated, value-added ranking system. The performance index measures grades and class difficulty in science, math,...

Don’t Let Pokémon Sway Your Vote

Editorial Board

May 6, 2013

Despite posters, speeches and campaigning, most high school election votes are based on popularity. Why vote for the better candidate when the alternative is voting for your best friend? This annual problem is one that every...

How Much do Students Need AP?

Sarah-Jane Lorenzo, Editor in Chief

April 8, 2013

When it comes to college, it is good to be ahead of the game. But is it necessary? Students are often advised to start preparing early, but as schools fight to boost their prestige and selectivity by appealing to more highly...

State of the Schools Marks Shaker’s Progress

Leo Izen, Staff Writer

April 8, 2013

Props to the district for what it has accomplished. Shaker has managed to continue to excel in academics while continuing the district’s financial stability. Superintendent Mark Freeman gave his final State of the Schools...

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