• When I Was Your Age, Toys Were Life-Threatening

    This holiday season, many lucky teens can expect to unwrap the hottest new gadget, whether it be a top-of-the-line iPod or a new touch-screen cell phone.  Yet there was a time not long ago when toy makers gave “hottest new gadget” a completely different definition.  Whether a toy was considered cool or...

  • From South Africa to South Korea: It’s Not Just About Santa

    Adorned with ornaments, tinsel and lights flickering a rainbow-like array of colors is the Christmas tree. Then there is  Old Saint Nick with his full white beard, gleaming blue eyes and red hat with a puffy white ball resting precariously atop his head. These are the sights of Christmas in America. But...

  • The Insider’s Guide to the Holidays: Feeling Poor? DIY Gifts!

    With the economy declining, we could all use a few extra dollars in our pockets.  These four gift ideas from the heart will keep your pockets heavy and your friends and family filled with holiday cheer. For Mom and Dad:Peppermint Pretzel RodsPrice Range: around $6 and makes 15-25 pretzelsLevel of difficulty: EasyWhat...

  • A Day in the Life Of: The Mall Santa

    Forget college apps, transcript requests and the SAT. Ever since I walked into the plastic log cabin pitched in the middle of Montgomery Mall I’ve been counting down the days until I could be the one sporting a velvet hat, black boots and patent leather belt buckle. Since I was eight, I’ve...

  • ELECTION 2008: Dealing with the Economic Crisis

    There was a time when students only had to worry about studying hard to get into college. Today, students face record tuition costs and the fact that credit is more difficult to come by. According to The College Board’s “Trends in College Pricing” study, released Oct. 29, 23 percent of full-time students...

  • ELECTION 2008: Who is Barack Obama?

    The Manby Camilla Yanushevsky Separation, Racism, Struggle, Leadership: The Tall Mountain He Climbed: Barack Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. 00

  • ELECTION 2008: Watching the Election Night Coverage from the Associated Press Newsroom

    < I was blessed with a unique opportunity this election year – the chance to experience election night firsthand in the central newsroom of the largest news organization in the world, the Associated Press. What followed was an exhilarating experience, to say the least, but also a mind-boggling and trying one. 00

  • ELECTION 2008: When Your Actions Speak Louder than a Vote

    How Politically Active Students Are Working Towards Change For most students in the WJ community, political activism probably starts and ends with watching Sarah Palin parody clips on YouTube or putting an “I support­­­…” icon on their Facebook profile. But for a passionate minority, political activism is as much of part of...

  • 4:30 A.M. to 8 P.M.: For Muslim Students, Fasting is More Than It Seems

    While most students are still in bed at 4:30 on a school morning, freshman Halid Hamadi may already be up, preparing to engage in what will be one of two meals he eats that day.  “We eat at sunset and sunrise and that’s it,” said Hamadi. Ramadan is a month-long period of...

  • These Boots are Made for Assisting: New Administrator Fran Irvin is a “Breath of Fresh Air”

    “She’s kind of like a breath of fresh air. She’s different,” said Main Office Secretary Rochelle Kohn, who found it difficult to describe new Assistant Principal and 10th and 12th grade administrator in only three words. “Different” happens to describe Fran Irvin precisely. Not many staff members walk around the school in...

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About WJ but Were Afraid to Ask: Your Biggest Questions Answered

    If you could get ONLY one of these questions answered, which one of these questions would you choose?   00

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