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AP Biology students turned gardeners: plant project connects class to nature

AP Biology students turned gardeners: plant project connects class to nature

By Jimmy Hefter, Feature Editor

October 29, 2019

Although AP Biology students are working countless hours studying evolution and the nature of life, these students also have a light, fun project where they can explore the world of plants. At the beginning of the year in September, students pick their own plants to take care of throughout the year. Sp...

The rise of TikTok

The rise of TikTok
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By Jordan Miller, Editor in Chief

October 23, 2019

Walking through the senior lounge or freshman hallway, you may see students gathering around a phone, filming themselves hitting the clock woah or the milly rock, both of which are ‘TikTok dances. Hearing the word TikTok, many think of Kesha’s famous song TikTok, or of the sound of a clock, but al...

Sounds Good? Wireless headphones introduce new trend

Sounds Good? Wireless headphones introduce new trend

By Jared Tilliss, Opinion Editor

April 8, 2019

The number of headphones and earbuds that were bought in 2017 was around 368 million globally, with that number nearing 400 million this past year. Now, the type of technology that manufacturers are focusing on is creating Bluetooth earbuds to replace the wires. They are at a point now where almost every...

Cell phone companies release new software to combat phone overuse

Cell phone companies release new software to combat phone overuse

By Cory Gorczycki, Science and Tech Editor

February 19, 2019

Four point seven hours: the amount of time every day that an American spends on their phone. Given that most are awake for about fifteen hours each day, spending nearly one third of the day on a mobile device is a staggering statistic. While the thought of smartphones being a key part of people’s lives is not a new concept, many people may not have re...

Advertisement evolution

Advertisement evolution

By Raghav Chopra, Editor-in-chief

October 4, 2018

High school students use their phone on average for nine hours each day. Inundated with bright LED lights and constant advertising, teenagers have grown callous to ads as quickly as they have evolved to maintain their influence on us. In the age of online personalities, the changing shape of ads now s...

The Twitch craze

The Twitch craze

By Jordan Miller, Managing Editor

October 2, 2018

Twitch’s Fortnite Summer Skirmish Tournament is coming to a close and streamers are walking away with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. Eight million dollars in prizes were given away in eight weeks. Twitch is a live streaming platform that allows users to engage with their favorite s...

The rise of the podcast

The rise of the podcast

By Raghav Chopra, Editor-in-chief

October 1, 2018

Podcasts emerged from a niche audience in 2005, when the iPhone announced that it would support the medium, to now having 73 monthly listeners in the US according to Edison Research.   Technology and consumption shifts have enabled this rise in popularity, as consumers are increasingly sh...

Hackley students compete in International Physics Olympiad

Hackley students compete in International Physics Olympiad

By Tommy Larson, Opinion Editor

June 6, 2018

Every year the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Institute of Physics sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition. Seniors Demetra Yancopoulos, Jasmine Bayrooti, Hanna Mark, and Connor Larson all ...

App of the Month: NYTimes – Crossword

App of the Month:  NYTimes – Crossword

By Jordan Miller, Managing Editor

June 5, 2018

The New York Times Crossword App makes crossword puzzles available on mobile devices on the go. To access the full array of puzzles a subscription service is offered on the app costing either $6.99 per month or $39.99 annually. However, a subscription to the New York Times Crossword does not come with...

Juniors Chris and David examine students’ vision

Juniors Chris and David examine students’ vision

By Raghav Chopra, Editor-in-chief

May 10, 2018

Juniors David Jiang and Chris Sun have spent the past months documenting each student at Hackley, one by one like an entomologist, across every grade from lower to upper school. As part of a research project under Dr. Pamela Gallin of the Columbia Department of Ophthalmology, they are conducting data...

App of the Month: The New York Times Crossword App

App of the Month: The New York Times Crossword App

By Jordan Miller, Managing Editor

May 10, 2018

The New York Times Crossword App makes crossword puzzles available on mobile devices on the go. To access the full array of puzzles offered on the app there is a subscription service costing either $6.99 per month or $39.99 annually. However, a subscription to the New York Times Crossword does not c...

Makerspace Encourages Creative Spark

Makerspace Encourages Creative Spark

By Lauren Ahern, Assistant Feature Editor

February 6, 2018

Walking into the new Makerspace, it’s hard not to be inspired by the lego and cardboard covered tables and turquoise walls covered in doodles and messages. With different materials and machines available for the creative drive of students and teachers alike, the Makerspace was created in hopes of facilit...

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