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The Trash Epidemic

The Trash Epidemic

Article by Emma Rekate, Writer, Photographer

May 21, 2019

Trash is everywhere, all of the time. Recently, the amount of garbage being left around the school is unacceptable. No matter if it is yours or not, everyone needs to do their part in respecting the space and facilities that ASIJ has to offer. As a way to try and combat the issue, the library has just had t...

The Anti-meritocratic System of College Admissions

The Anti-meritocratic System of College Admissions

Article by Alex Katsuleres

April 18, 2019

It has been a few weeks since the US federal indictment called “Operation Varsity Blues” came down upon college-admissions consultants, several coaches, parents, and administrators, detailing the absurd and almost comical methods that some wealthy parents are willing to undertake to get their child...

Is Your Masculinity Toxic?

Is Your Masculinity Toxic?

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

March 15, 2019

Boys afraid to show any emotion that isn’t anger. Adults telling boys to “man up.” The mindset that men deserve a dominant position in society. These situations are all examples of toxic masculinity being a prevalent and pressing issue in our society.   To clarify, not all masculinity is...

Insecure? You’re Not Alone

Article by Rachel Martini, Writer

February 13, 2019

Almost everyone is self-critical in some way. From the shyest person in the back of the classroom to the star athlete, we all have some doubt about who we are. For a number of reasons, ASIJ students seem particularly susceptible to self-dissatisfaction: feeling pressure to get good grades, striving to...

Gillette’s New Ad Stirs Controversy

Gillette’s New Ad Stirs Controversy

Article by Anna Milstein, Writer

February 5, 2019

A recent television commercial by Gillette expands on the company’s famous tagline “The Best a Man Can Get,” and it has stirred controversy. The nearly two-minute ad features boys and men from different backgrounds tackling issues from bullying, harassment, #MeToo, and toxic masculinity. With the...

The Great Book Locker Room – Library Schism

The Great Book Locker Room – Library Schism

Article by Rei Lindemann, Writer

December 5, 2018

“So.. are you book locker room or library?” I’m quite sure that all of us know exactly what this means. Yes, I am talking about the unspoken divide between two distinct groups of students here at ASIJ—a schism so prevalent, that it was the only thing that was consistently mentioned through all of my int...

Where Is Home?

Where Is Home?

Article by Lilia Dow-Yuzawa and Karen Fukuda

November 17, 2018

Imagine standing on a subway train, when out of your peripheral vision, you feel hundreds of eyes shifting their gaze towards you. You look up and realize that people around you have been staring at your clothes, your hair, your eyes–everything that represents your identity. Glancing around the train car, you catch somebody m...

Why Political Discussions Are Good For Us

Why Political Discussions Are Good For Us

Article by Kai Kurosu, Writer

October 11, 2018

This year, through the various clubs that I’ve joined, I was reminded of the power that discussions and sharing opinions had to educate people. I started to think about advocating for more discussions in our classes, and political discussions about topical issues as well. Yet I also felt as though in the past I only came out of these ...

Ambition

Ambition

Article by Astrid Wihman, Writer

October 11, 2018

Ambition. It’s a word that many of us at ASIJ are characterized by. Though it seems obvious that diversity in ambition is evident, we—as a community—have come to a point where we have formulated a linear definition of who is “high achieving.” We all want to have multiple APs on our transcri...

Why You Should Procrastinate

Why You Should Procrastinate

Article by Anna Milstein, Writer

September 16, 2018

All too often, we’re taught that procrastination is bad. Interestingly, history contradicts this well-accepted notion. In Ancient Egypt, procrastination was considered “waiting for the right time,” and the ancient Greeks and Romans cherished procrastination, as sage leaders would sit around ...

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