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What Does it Mean to Be a High School Senior During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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By Eren Levine

April 21, 2020

There is so much we don't know about COVID-19, in terms of the global situation and the rest of the school year. UNIS will be operating online at least through the end of April, but it seems as though online learning will continue for longer. This means that we will most likely not have much more school...

Was Week Without Walls Useful?

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By Estela Santos Torres

February 24, 2020

Week Without Walls was held this year for the third time at UNIS Tutorial House. It started on Wednesday, September 18th and ended on Friday, September 20th. While T4 students stayed at UNIS working on final projects, T1 through T3 students were able to go to camp. T1 students spent three days at Camp...

School Sports: Does UNIS Have the Spirit?

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By Aphrodite Kuepper

February 24, 2020

Nights at the turf field in the UNIS gym, and on the sandy Randall’s Island grounds with prints of baseball cleats is what is most memorable during sports seasons. Cheers soaring from the sides, lights go brighter as the crowd gets louder. UNIS sports are like a tradition: one team every season, one...

Ballistic Bathroom “Ban” Baffles All

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By Anyue Zhang

November 18, 2019

I think all T1 students will agree with me when I say that I cannot count the number of times teachers have told my class we’re “not in middle school anymore!” What do these words even mean? This remark is always followed by urges to “have more self-discipline” or to “be held accountable...

Melania Mayhem: Students React to Administration’s Decision

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By Clara Scholl

November 18, 2019

  One afternoon in September, T3 and T4 students were called into the theater for an unscheduled assembly. The assembly, led by UNIS’ executive director Dr. Daniel Brenner, was about the controversy behind the “unique opportunity” to send J3 and J4 students to tour the New York Stock Exchange...

Is College Introduced Too Early?

Is College Introduced Too Early?

By Jacob Blau

February 2, 2019

T4s are in the middle of the college chaos: recovering from rejections, submitting applications one minute before the deadline, or still deciding where to apply. All of this on top of the IB curriculum. T3s are just getting started with the process: going to college informational meetings, setting up Naviance, ...

Does Social Media Help or Harm Grades?

Does Social Media Help or Harm Grades?

By Eren Levine

February 2, 2019

Do you have Instagram? Snapchat? Facebook? Or some other kind of social media? If so, you are like many students at UNIS. Do your parents or teachers always tell you to get off your phone? It’s probably because the issue of whether or not having social media is beneficial to students’ academic perform...

Has UNIS Done Enough to Green the Blue?

Has UNIS Done Enough to Green the Blue?

By Claudia Smithie

February 2, 2019

In an interview with Mr. Staccone about what UNIS has done and what we will continue to be doing to ‘Green the Blue’, I learned that the school has made many strides in an effort to improve our environmental impact. One thing that Mr. Staccone mentioned was UNIS’s bin policy in the cafeteria, wh...

Is Completing the IB Beneficial to UNIS Graduates?

Is Completing the IB Beneficial to UNIS Graduates?

By Eren Levine

January 30, 2019

The International Baccalaureate program is known to be extremely challenging for students around the world, including those at UNIS. Current Tut 4 IB student, Niko Filippi, says, “The IB is definitely challenging as we have IAs in every class and exams become cumulative. I think that the hardest p...

The Pros and Cons of This Year’s Club Fair

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By Wenche Tseng

November 20, 2018

On October 5, after setting up their tables, posters, and signup sheets, 44 clubs spent an hour advertising, speaking to students, and acquiring new members, all while generating a vibrant mood throughout the student body. However, there was one obvious difference between this year’s club fair and tha...

Should UNIS Students Learn More Computer Programming?

Should UNIS Students Learn More Computer Programming?

By Alexander King

November 17, 2018

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? You go onto your phone and look online. Our society has evolved from using textbooks to using online resources, from keeping in touch through letters to using social media. Technology and computer science play a significant role in all of our lives and we...

What’s Hiding Behind the Turkey?

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By Saskia Noaghiul

November 17, 2018

Like clockwork, generations of families gather together on the fourth Thursday of November to hold hands and talk about their lives, filling their stomachs with roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, corn on the cob, and mashed potatoes. When thinking about the popular American holiday Thanksgiving, love, turkey...