By: Gabrielle L. (’18)
Without doubt, the vicious polarization of the 2016 Presidential Campaign and the subsequent election of the Trump administration increased talk of today’s ‘historically-unparalleled’ political partisanship. In fact, in Barack Obama’s 2017 farewell address, he referred to his inability to reverse the 21st century hyper-partisan trend as “one of the few regrets” of his presidency; the challenges of today’s congressional gridlock are well acknowledged by both the government and public. Despite this, although modern Congress is often criticized for exhibiting a hyper-partisanship incomparable to any other time period in our nation’s history, political science metrics suggest that current congressional polarization actually marks a return to historical norms.
By: Sarina D. (’19)
Everyday after school, as we head to our sports practices or instrument lessons or SAT prep classes, the cast of Radium Girls goes back in time 100 years to factory life in Illinois. Featuring Crystal Students from all four grades, Radium Girls is a dynamic ensemble piece that tells the stories of female laborers in early 20th century Illinois who contracted radiation poison from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint, despite being told that the paint was harmless. The play’s director, Mr. Waters, explained that he chose the play because it had a large cast and would pose a challenge to the actors, who have taken on comedies in the last few Crystal productions. Radium Girls is dark and full of challenges, but ultimately delivers a message of hope.
By: Amy Z. (’19)
Think of Inktober as the artist’s New Year’s Resolution—but you only have to keep your resolution for one month out of twelve! If you’re an incredible artist or inker (we all know the Crystal community’s overflowing with talent!), pick up your mixed media pad and a nice all-purpose pen (this is a $10, super-quality smooth-flowing one I picked up at Aaron Brothers in San Mateo). If you’re just getting started, dig out a ballpoint or a Sharpie, whatever paper you’ve got, and go for it!! The most important part of Inktober is letting yourself create. Practicing your technique and making art a daily habit are great benefits as well, but who needs more tasks on that to-do list? Instead, I suggest approaching your drawing session as time to unwind after a long day—like journaling without words.
By: Georgie M. (’18)
When I walk into a clothing store I notice the colors, the textures, the materials, and styles. Until recently, however, I never gave a second thought about where my clothes came from. As someone who has always loved runway fashion, it’s nice to see similar trends on racks for less than a fraction of the designer price. However, fast fashion retailers such as Zara and H&M have been in hot water in recent years due to their working conditions and environmental cost.
By: Gabrielle L. (’18)
College tours may be a lot of fun and a great experience, but they can also involve a lot of effort and work. From my own experience recently, this effort entailed catching 5 planes in a span of 4 days and attending countless info-sessions with the obligatory corny jokes and undeniably similar advice on applications; touring institutes of higher education is definitely both a noteworthy and stressful experience. Keep reading to find out 5 things that all students who have gone on college tours know to be true!
By: Amy Z. (’19)
This spring, our Gryphon Robotics team made it to the FIRST Robotics national championships for the first time in Crystal history! Team captain Annabelle Tao ‘17 says that “We’ve always been a small team, but that scrappy mentality–‘we can do it although we might fail on the way’–has really helped us this year. That’s one of the best parts of our team. We’re student driven. This year especially, everyone had a hand in the process. Everyone was more engaged and had a greater say in the team.” To learn more about this momentous victory, we conducted an interview with team members Anika Kamath ‘18 and Jesus Picos ‘18.
By: Georgie M. (‘18) My aunt once told me that she wears pantsuits to every meeting with male investors. After hearing this, I was certain that we had nothing in common. I […]