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Stuff You Should Know: Ponziani Basics

The Ponziani is one of the oldest chess openings, first described by Luis Ramirez Lucena in 1497. It is sometimes also called the Staunton opening as Howard Staunton—the best chess player from 1843 to 1851—was a strong advocate for it. While still iconic, nowadays the opening is not considered to be quite as good as the Ruy Lopez or the Italian game.  Opening The Ponziani opening starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3. C3 is…

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Top 5 Takeaways from the “Megxit” Tell-All Interview

Over the past weekend, CBS televised Oprah Winfrey’s interview with former royals Harry and Meghan Markle. This two-hour tell-all uncovered everything from Meghan’s untold mental health battle to jaw-dropping concerns over baby Archie’s skin color. While numerous bits and pieces of information was shared during the interview, here are the five most notable takeaways from the groundbreaking conversation: Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s relationship is not what it seems: While these two aren’t exactly friends,…

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FHE Kids’ Food Basket Spirit Week

In honor of National Childhood Hunger Awareness Month, the Kids’ Food Basket Club at FHE is hosting a spirit week. The spirit week will include various events and activities to spread awareness about childhood hunger and poverty. These activities will include shirt selling, bag decorating, and additional spirit days throughout the week. T-shirts will be sold in the great hall and the gym during both lunches Monday through Thursday for $15, and 100% of the…

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Save Infinity Train

In the past decade, animation has seen a rise in a new demographic of viewers: adults. The first animated show to really gain popularity with both a younger and older audience was the hit show on Cartoon Network, Steven Universe. Seeing this new demographic watching their shows, several mainstream networks have picked up shows that tailor to both a young audience as well as Millenials/Gen Z viewers. One arguably underrated show on HBO MAX is…

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Eastern’s Breakup Advice

There are countless romance-related topics I could write about as this “Valentine’s Day” season comes to a close: how to find a significant other, how to confess your feelings to your crush, how to maintain a relationship. Yet, today I want to talk about something a little more rugged—breakups.  I asked Eastern students from all four grades to tell me their best breakup advice. Here are the results:  Freshmen  “Don’t hesitate to break up if…

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Personality Tests

Personality tests have long been a popular trend among many.  Although used mostly for casual entertainment and among friends, some have also been used professionally in designing compatible teams of workers and, in one case, even to assist in medical treatment (not diagnosis). However, personality tests have just as many skeptics as believers. In an effort to dispel some disagreement, I have taken five, recorded my results, and rated their accuracy. Five-Factor Scale This five-factor…

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Five Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Mother Earth

As you likely already know, the Earth is dying and desperately needs our help. If you’re like me, you often find yourself feeling hopeless about the state of our environment. “Save the Earth” is a very open and overwhelming statement, and it can be hard to know where to start. These are five small things you can do right now to make a difference for the planet you walk on. 1. Recycle: This may sound…

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Framing Britney Spears

Over the past year, you have likely seen posts with pop star Britney Spears, followed by the tag #freebritney. Spears has been stuck in a conservatorship since 2008, with her father being in charge of Britney’s estate, finances, and her day-to-day decisions. Now the main question is, “how did Britney get here?” This question was unpacked in a documentary titled Framing Britney Spears, which was released by Hulu on February 5th. The documentary focuses on…

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10 Local Businesses and Restaurants to Support During the Pandemic

Bagel Beanery – 455 Michigan Ave. NE Need to grab a bite to eat while heading downtown? Stop at the Bagel Beanery, which serves up freshly made bagels as well as soup, sandwiches and much more. Winning the Grand Rapids Best Bagel award 13 times, there is no argument that they have the best in town. All food is made fresh and in-house daily, including their cream cheese.     2. Brewery Vivant – 925 Cherry St. SE…

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Science Takes the Forefront of Policymaking in the Biden Administration

Among the many sweeping changes made in the early days of the Biden presidency, one has been a new and welcome addition to the presidential cabinet. The director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has been officially elevated to a cabinet-level position. This change has been well-received among the scientific community, as it is seen as a shift in policymaking that will focus more heavily on facts and logic. Now the question…

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