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Everything you need to know about your school’s $14 million budget

November 24, 2016

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With a little extra money in this year’s budget, the administration and SSC try to figure out how to meet competing demandsBy Rachael Schmidt and Maximilian TiaoCourtesy of pexels.comThe school’s advisory board and administration are debating how to spend a $200,000 surplus tha...

Ballet and body image: freshman details her journey to self-acceptance

November 17, 2016

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Originally published on December 4, 2015 Photo Illustration by Aida Irving and Kiara Gil. By Bel Mehaffy, guest contributor to The Lowell. Before my dance teacher discouraged me from becoming a professional dancer by telling me I didn...

Inside Inclusion

November 13, 2016

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Lilee Consoer sits at her desk in the SDC classroom. Photo by Leonard Caoili.A closer look at Lowell’s Special Education programBy Katherine NguyenJunior Gerard Tavares has been on Lowell’s swim team since his freshman year....

Dear Patriarchy: Don’t tell me to wear a bra

JoyAnne Ibay

October 27, 2016

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Originally published on May 24, 2016Photo by Kelley GradeThey were afraid they would laugh because she wasn’t wearing a bra.It was a nice sunny day in the Richmond district when a woman visited the Academy of Sciences to c...

Black History Month controversy: Student’s unapproved display of rappers sparks demands for more…

Rachael Schmidt

October 27, 2016

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Originally published on February 12, 2016Principal Andrew Ishibashi canceled two blocks of classes on Feb. 5 to hold school-wide assemblies in response to students’ and parents’ complaints that a group of photos a studen...

Finding Equity, Part 3: Why we must promote cultural sensitivity and diversity among students

Stephanie Li

October 27, 2016

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Photo illustration by Aida Irving and Kiara Gil“The only question I have for you all today is this: why did it take this long?”The inquiry rings out from junior Tsia Nicole, president of Lowell’s Black Student Union (BSU)....

Uncovering the Undercut

October 26, 2016

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Senior Gene Galicer. Photo by Kiara Gil.The undercut isa current “in” high school hairstyle. While it originated among gangsters in the era of prohibition, it was relatively obsolete for the past century — that is...

I’m here and I’m queer but I’m more than some label

Alyssa Poon

October 26, 2016

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Originally published on May 13, 2016Photo by Kelley GradeI picked up my first Harry Potter book in kindergarten, enraptured by the young wizard and his cupboard under the stairs. Naturally, the only appropriate place to read...

The tuition is too damn high: how students cope with the rising cost of a UC education

Stephanie Li

October 25, 2016

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In March of 2013, Brian Nguyen logged on to the UC Santa Cruz portal to find an acceptance letter. This was the moment he had been waiting for: University of California (UC) schools are a dream for many Lowell students and now...

Shattered homes: Three young women overcoming domestic violence in their families

Josephine Dang

October 25, 2016

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Editors’ note: This story contains descriptions of domestic violence.Illustration by Emily Teng“During heated conversations, he would tell me to go to bed early or see if I could go to a friend’s house, and I never knew why,” she said. “As I got older, he ...

When admins ‘dress-coded’ me for this outfit, was it short-changing my education?

Jocelyn Lee

October 25, 2016

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Originally published on March 4, 2016The outfit in the photo is the same outfit referenced in the column. Photo by Alexis PicacheFor four years, 180 days a year, Monday through Friday, I’ve gotten up early for school. I’...

Finding Equity, Part 2: Latino students share stories about Lowell’s lack of diversity

October 25, 2016

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Finding Equity, Part 2: Latino students share their stories of problems with Lowell’s lack of diversity By Clarissa Wan Senior Meylin Rodriguez, varsity girls’ soccer player and member of the La Raza Club, has challenged ster...

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