The SAT Stepping in a New Direction

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Last month, the College Board announced that the SAT will be undergoing many major changes in the near future. Why the changes? Some are speculating that the SAT’s competition forced the College Board to revise the test. Over the past few years, the ACT has become an increasingly popular test among high school students who are preparing for college. In 2011, the number of students taking the ACT surpassed those taking the SAT for the first time ever. The ACT is a test compromised of four longer sections: math, reading comprehension, writing, and science, as well as an optional essay. Unlike the SAT, the ACT is known to be less conceptual and more subject-based; however, the time limits are notoriously demanding. On the other hand, the SAT is split up into nine shorter sections: three math sections, three … Continue reading

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Re: Horse Drawn Carriages: Yay or Neigh?

To the editors: I’m writing to raise the question of and express my opinion about the horse-drawn carriages and their drivers that gather at the Plaza at 59th Street and 5th Avenue and are threatened by the Mayor de Blasio’s pledge to end their work and presence “by the end of the year.” I have been a New Yorker (a Manhattanite who traveled the subway to high school in the Bronx, snuck away on the subway to the Coney Island beach in Brooklyn more than I should have, and ran the 5-borough marathon 8 times) for almost 70 years, and the horses at the Plaza and in Central Park have always been part of my life. I learned to ride at the now-closed Claremont stables on the Upper West Side and rode in Central Park … Continue reading

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Horse Drawn Carriages: Yay or Neigh?

Stop-and-frisk, universal pre-kindergarten, and paid sick leave: these are just a few of the issues which Mayor Bill de Blasio has tackled during his first 100 days in office. His eyes are now set on one more matter, the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. As anticipated by de Blasio, when the year is up, rides on “electric, vintage-replica, tourist-friendly vehicles” will replace the Cinderella-like experiences currently provided by these horse carriages. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, the majority of New Yorkers wants to continue the tradition of horse-drawn carriages in the city, but de Blasio and many animal rights activists are telling us that it is time to put the fairy tale away. Thomas Kinney, associate professor of history at Bluefield College in Virginia, says, “Ironically, Central Park was created as a venue for the carriages. It was a … Continue reading

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Ben and Jerry Dish Out New “Core” Flavors

Who knew spending $5 on a college ice cream-making course would be the foundation of the unparalleled ice cream company known as Ben and Jerry’s? Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield brought the world famous flavors like Half Baked and Phish Food, and last month, they amazed us once again with five new “Core” flavors. Hazed and Confused: Chocolate & Hazelnut Ice Creams with Fudge Chips & a Hazelnut Fudge Core. As a hard-core Nutella lover, I had very high expectations for this flavor. Hazed and Confused was the first Core flavor I tried and, astonishingly, it exceeded my expectations. The ice cream ravished my taste buds, leaving me amazed by how scrumptious even the spoonful was. The mixture of chocolate and hazelnut ice creams gives a soothing, cool, rich taste as the hazelnut fudge core and fudge chips create … Continue reading

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Race Against Time for Flight 370

March 8, 2014 12:41 AM – What at first seemed like a normal flight turned into tragedy after Flight MH370 took off from the runway at Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia, headed for Beijing, China.  Two hours into the flight, Malaysia Airlines confirmed that the Boeing 777-200 aircraft lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control. As of April 13th, the airplane is still missing. The passenger jet was carrying 239 people, including two infants.  154 of the passengers were citizens of China or Taiwan, 38 were Malaysian citizens, and three were U.S. nationals. Soaring Speculations According to Malaysia Airlines, the plane had just recently passed inspection, the authorities had not received any signals of distress from the aircraft, and there was no harmful weather. So, what happened? With a lack of evidence and little cooperation from the … Continue reading

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