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10 Reasons Why Technology is Ruining Our Brains

In Editorials on February 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Editor note — The Hawks Claw welcomes feedback in the comments section.  Comments will only be published when attached to a Hopkins students’ name, with a valid school  or personal email.

Pipczynski ’15

Nowadays, people are so consumed by their smartphones, tablets, video games, and computers. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or something actually useful like educational information; people never stop staring at their screens. You go out to a party or out in public somewhere, and all you see, is people fiddling with their devices like zombies with no personality. Even with driving laws the way they are, people still drive with their heads down reading something off their phone instead of paying attention to the road. That being said, yes, there are upsides to technology like advances in medical technology, advances in transportation, and advances in homeland security. But when it comes to social media, or applications and games, technology is ruining the human brain. I’ve come up with 10 reasons why technology is a bad thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Honor Roll Breakfast: Motivation or Embarrassment

In Editorials on December 3, 2013 at 8:58 am

Rory Grant Wingate ’16

After every quarter, Hopkins Academy has an honor roll breakfast. The idea being that if a student made honor roll, which is getting all B-’s or higher, then they get called down to the cafeteria in the middle of class. Then they get a muffin and beverage of their choice. Then they are usually treated to a speech by the principal. After about ten minutes or so they all return to class.

Now that synopsis sounds perfectly harmless. But there are many who argue that the way it’s being done leaves bad feelings among the student body. During the morning of honor roll breakfast, every single student is called down who made honor roll. Making it blatantly obvious the state of people’s grades.  Those whose name had been called head down to the cafe. While the rest of students stay in their classrooms and wait for the return of their peers.

Since honor roll breakfast isolates students that hadn’t made honor roll it could easily be argued that it’s not a very supportive way of getting kids to improve their schoolwork. Honor roll breakfast was meant to just be a reward for those who made good grades. But, once you factor in the isolation of those who didn’t make honor roll and the comments sometimes made by teachers for those students left behind in classroom it’s a less than supportive, even embarrassing.

Perhaps a different system could be put in place. One that motivates the entire student body without leaving such bad feelings among other students. There must be a way to show appreciation to students who have managed to do well in the quarter, while still encouraging  the rest of the student body to make honor roll. The goal of rewarding those who achieve  honor roll should be to motivate students to strive for it. If that isn’t being accomplished then why do it at all?

Ms.Howard New Student Services

In Editorials on November 27, 2013 at 8:11 am

Rory Grant Wingate ’16

One of the new additions to the Hopkins staff is the new students services counselor, Ms. Tina Howard. She’s been working with students and in education for over 20 years. Her goal at Hopkins is to support students and staff socially and emotionally. She’s here to help with things such as anxiety, stress, depression, and anything that’s interfering with school. Read the rest of this entry »

To All Parents

In Editorials, Sports on October 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

By now, as varsity and junior varsity players,  high school student should be experienced enough to know how a team works.

This isn’t elementary school, there is no certificate for participation or a ribbon for effort. Everyone does not deserve fair playing time. You EARN playing time. So to all the parents who think they know best about coaching a team and think that their child is the best thing since sliced bread, I think otherwise. Your child doesn’t have to be on the team, if the coach decides that what’s best for the team doesn’t involve your kid, then so be it.

The team is there to win. It’s not about fun at this level, it’s about do whatever it takes to make it to tournament or to put a banner up on the gym wall. We’re past fun. If  you can’t contribute to that banner and help get there, then you should be on the bench where you belong. Don’t blame the coach, he does what he believes is best for the team. If you want your kid to be in the game, don’t complain to the coach or the athletic director, how about getting your child the training needed to earn a spot on the court or on the field. This complaining and threatening results in coaches unable to return and coaches not wanting to return. Coaches that would’ve been successful and could have brought the team somewhere,  won’t return.

It’s not about fair and unfair, life isn’t fair and the sooner people realize that the better off they will be. You don’t just get a spot and receive playing time just by signing up. You earn every second of that time. What u lack in skill you must make up for in effort and the ability to play all positions. Some will have to work harder than others. That’s how it’s been and how it will always be. So the next time you want to ream out a coach for not playing your kid, I suggest you hand your kid a ball and tell them to get better. And if it turns out that your kid is not good enough to play, don’t throw a fit, just accept the fact that your kid is better off trying out another activity.

Horoscope 101: Phobias

In Editorials, Features, Uncategorized on March 18, 2013 at 11:34 am

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(Phobia II by MadameDeVoltaire at deviantart.com)

Compiled By: Laurel King ’13

pho·bi·a

 [foh-bee-uh]

noun

a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it. (dictionary.com)

Everybody has a fear, whether they know it or not. there is something that crawls under their skin and won’t leave.  Whether it makes them cry, scream, shudder, or shut down, phobias are a very strong and influential part of the human psyche. It can handicap people from life’s wonders and advantages.

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Locked Bathrooms. Again.

In Editorials on February 28, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Benjamin Pitta ’14

This morning Principal Rooney made another in a long string of announcements that the boys bathrooms will be closed and locked again. This time it applies to the bathrooms on the high school and middle school levels. He has done this in response to the persistent vandalism of the boys bathrooms, including graffiti, lewd and unhygienic messes, and simply wanton destruction.  This must end!

Having these bathroom locked is a massive inconvenience to the male population of the school. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Our Generation is Doomed, Part 2

In Editorials on November 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm

#YOLO, possibly the most annoying phrase to come out of our generation. It all started with “The Motto”  by rapper Drake. The “motto” being You Only Live Once. Oh really Drake? I thought I was a freakin’ cat or something. I only live once? Well that means I have to go do the stupidest things I can think of and not worry about the consequences. The concept of YOLO is actually something that I like, but it’s what these ignorant, moronic, trash spewing people have done to it that I have a problem with.

Oh you’re 14 and you’re going to a party to get drunk and black out because YOLO? Have fun being on 16 and pregnant with early signs of alcoholism. You’re going to try hard drugs? Why? Oh YOLO huh? Well just remember, don’t drop the soap once you get to prison. It’s not just the stupid/dangerous things that abuse the YOLO idea. It’s these young kids who think they’re acting adult when they don’t do anything. “Bed time at 9, but I stayed up until 930! #YOLO” Really? That’s what you think deserves a you only live once comment? Between these two types of people using the phrase, I think it is safe to say YOLO’s chance at being anything meaningful has officially been destroyed.

Now, I said the concept of YOLO isn’t a bad thing. I don’t think it is. You Only Live Once is a message to enjoy your life, and to not take anything for granted. It could actually be an important and meaningful message if it wasn’t ruined by pop culture icons and stupid teenagers. But we teenagers take everything and ruin it by using it as an excuse to do stupid things. Once again, this is why our generation is doomed.

Oh I’m Sorry, Were You Offended?

In Editorials on November 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

You may or may not know, I’m a hard person to offend. As long as you aren’t hurting someone, more power to you. But it’s getting to be holiday season, and I feel like there has to be some voice of reason in the sea of craziness. It’s this time of year that kills my faith in humanity, or what little left of it there is. Someone wants to celebrate one holiday, and someone else gets offended because it’s not the holiday they celebrate. So what? Who cares what someone else wants to do. I celebrate Christmas, I say merry Christmas to people, unless I already know they don’t celebrate it as well. If I say, “Merry Christmas,” to someone, and they happen to be Jewish, I say happy Hanukkah to them from then on. Read the rest of this entry »

Why our Generation Is Doomed Part One

In Editorials on October 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Welcome to the most opinionated writing series that this paper will probably ever feature. In Why our Generation Is Doomed, I’ll be talking about all the stupid things we watch, do, and listen to.

For part one, I’ve chosen to talk about Honey Boo Boo. This show is possibly the worst piece of trash to ever be allowed to be shown on TV. If you haven’t seen it, I’ll give you a quick synopsis. It’s about a trailer-trash family who got famous from being on the show Toddlers and Tiaras (which is terrible as well). The mother, June Shannon, Read the rest of this entry »

Cheerleading Is A Sport, A Second Opinion

In Editorials, Sports on May 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Kaitlin Richotte, another member of the Hawk’s Claw, (not to mention my best friend) makes a good point in her article “Cheerleaders are ATHLETES.” Being a three sport athlete, I know that sometimes hard work and dedication can be overlooked, which is very frustrating and demeaning. As a basketball player, I truly believe that the cheerleaders have a big effect on how well the team plays, and how involved the fans get. The louder and more involved the fans become, the harder the players work. Yes, cheerleaders can sometimes be a little loud and unnecessarily annoying, but without them, the gym atmosphere would be quiet and awkward. Read the rest of this entry »