The Stuyvesant Spectator

The Stuyvesant Spectator "The Pulse of the Student Body"
The Spectator, as “The Pulse of the Student Body,” is a forum for student expression. The paper was founded in 1915 and is the official Stuyvesant High School newspaper. It is a bi-weekly publication that is run completely by Stuyvesant students. It is independent of any other organization, such as the Student Union or school administration. It receives no funding and is uncensored. All printing is paid for by subscriptions and advertisements. It is accessible to all parties and is available at no cost. The Spectator has been independent of the school administration, both in terms of funding and prior review since 1998, when the school administration briefly shut down the paper. As a result of this, we developed a formal written charter and the policies of financial and editorial independence. The newspaper staff is composed of 12 departments, six writing and six non-writing. Each member of the newspaper staff, consisting of over 250 students, works for one or two of the 12 departments. The writing departments include News, Features, Opinions, Arts & Entertainment, Sports and Humor. The non-writing departments include Photography, Art, Layout, Copy, Business and Web Development. Together with the Editors in Chief, the Department Editors comprise the Editorial Board, the backbone of The Spectator. The Editorial Board, which meets daily in The Spectator Journalism class, makes most of the decisions that affect The Spectator. These decisions include content selection/changes, voicing opinions through Staff Editorials, and managing work flow. The Spectator, most importantly, is an open forum for the Stuyvesant High School community. We report on issues that affect our school and aim to do so with the best of our ability, while maintaining the highest levels of journalistic integrity and excellence. We welcome and encourage Letters to the Editor, which can be sent to [email protected] or be put in our mailbox in the mail room on the second floor.

Editors-In-Chief: Anne George Matteo Wong

Mission: http://www.stuyspec.com/about

The Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association (SHSAA) plays an integral role in our school community: it raises money, c...
06/09/2019
SHSAA vs. CSA: The Alumni Make Their Case

The Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association (SHSAA) plays an integral role in our school community: it raises money, connects students to career opportunities, and fosters a sense of community among Stuyvesant alumni. However, the SHSAA has faced characterizations by some alumni as being opaque in its organization and fundraising. Some years ago, the SHSAA implemented some reforms, but many alumni were still left dissatisfied, prompting the formation of the Concerned Stuyvesant Alumni (CSA) Group. Two years ago, the CSA began a boycott of the SHSAA, withholding all funds in favor of donations to other organizations linked to Stuyvesant like the Parents’ Association.The two groups make their cases in the point-counterpoint below:
https://www.stuyspec.com/opinions/shsaa-vs-csa-the-alumni-make-their-case

The SHSAA and CSA alumni groups make their case for how to best serve Stuyvesant High School.

Hey everyone! Besides being the day our four day weekend ends, tomorrow is also something far more significant: student ...
06/04/2019
Zeyhana: Zeynep Bromberg and Hana Kim

Hey everyone! Besides being the day our four day weekend ends, tomorrow is also something far more significant: student caucus election day. If your grade has a competitive election, be sure to assess both campaigns' policies and conduct and vote for the one you feel best represents you as a Stuyvesant student. If your grade's caucus is uncontested, you should still take time to learn about the policies your student government is working on and show that you care; the more people vote, the stronger the caucus' mandate and ability to implement its policies. Be sure to vote tomorrow, either online or at the scanners!
As always, the Spectator has extensively covered each campaign to help provide you with insight into it.
Sophomore Caucus: https://www.stuyspec.com/news/tnt-cynthia-tan-and-elio-torres
Junior Caucus: https://www.stuyspec.com/news/corr-sela-corralling-junior-caucus
Senior Caucus: We are proud to endorse the Zeyhana ticket for senior caucus. Here is the article explaining why: https://www.stuyspec.com/news/zeyhana-zeynep-bromberg-and-hana-kim
Here is the article analyzing the ZIA campaign: https://www.stuyspec.com/news/zia-julia-brestovitskiy-and-zoraiz-irshad
We hope you enjoy the rest of your day off!

The Spectator Editorial Board reviews the Zeyhana campaign and elects to endorse it.

Update: Junior Parker has been found and is with his family!Today, police were in the Stuyvesant lobby throughout the af...
05/25/2019

Update: Junior Parker has been found and is with his family!

Today, police were in the Stuyvesant lobby throughout the afternoon to investigate the dissappearance of District 75 Student Junior Parker. Parker has been diagnosed with autism and is known to be intrigued by cars and trains. There is currently an active search for him underway. If you have any information concerning his whereabouts, please contact the relevant authories immediately.
Note: This post will be updated periodically as more information becomes available.
See the following article for more details: https://www.stuyspec.com/news/district-75-student-missing

Happy Election Day everyone! We know it's been a rough election season with a lot of misinformation floating around: as ...
04/18/2019
Student Union: A Year in Review

Happy Election Day everyone! We know it's been a rough election season with a lot of misinformation floating around: as always, The Spectator is here to help! Contrary to what many have insinuated, the SU and its staff continue to play a critical role in the Stuyvesant community; the SU organizes events, promotes initiatives that benefit us as students, and advocates on our behalf. It's true that like any organization, the SU isn't perfect. That's why we, as the school newspaper, continue to hold it accountable: we give it credit where due but also criticize it when it fails to meet the high expectations it sets for itself. If you're looking for a comprehensive report on each SU caucus, its achievements, failures, and an assessment of whether or not it fulfilled its campaign promises, check out the link below:
https://stuyspec.com/news/student-union-a-year-in-review

The Spectator looks at the progress that the SU and the caucuses have made compared to their campaign promises.

After careful consideration, The Spectator has decided to endorse the VISIAN ticket this election cycle. Vishwaa Sofat, ...
04/16/2019

After careful consideration, The Spectator has decided to endorse the VISIAN ticket this election cycle. Vishwaa Sofat, Julian Giordano, and the rest of the VISIAN team conducted themselves with dignity during a tumultuous campaign season; they clearly have the political nous, campaign organization, and credentials necessary to succeed as leaders of our student government.

A comprehensive analysis of each campaign's platform along with ratings for various categories The Spectator assessed each candidate on is available below:

Tam-Kuke : https://www.stuyspec.com/news/su-endorsements-tam-kuke?fbclid=IwAR07kVw5mAbNdQnIoWAqvEyJm1sWgnPrLDSv7EevyTOxqNaH6QgNceYzGf0

Kahan-Yan : https://www.stuyspec.com/news/su-endorsements-kahan-yan?fbclid=IwAR0ccmAb6IzpCx6d7uvAB3Hc3Ud4iJTsJpRxDXIRcsjlSQ2W_vDoa7qSlj4

Sofat-Giordano: https://www.stuyspec.com/news/su-endorsements-sofat-giordano?fbclid=IwAR12KsYrP-CNkK2fFiFRVGwbkxSMEEuceyuTS3tO4bzOjaChsBlC3qJ5Qyg

Hey everyone! We hope that you either enjoyed the extra hours of sleep you got or had a successful SAT day. All of our d...
03/27/2019
The Stuyvesant Spectator

Hey everyone! We hope that you either enjoyed the extra hours of sleep you got or had a successful SAT day. All of our departments are currently holding recruitments; each department's application is enclosed below. Due dates vary by department, but are all approximately 2-3 weeks from now. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to any of our editors. Good luck!
https://www.stuyspec.com/recruitments

The Stuyvesant Spectator is a newspaper published by Stuyvesant High School students every two weeks.It contains sections such as news, features, opinions, arts & entertainment, humor, sports, photography, art, layout, copy, business, and web. With such a wide range of topics, readers would never ru...

03/20/2019
Recruitments 2019

It's that time of year again! We'll be holding recruitments after 10th period this Thursday and Friday in Lecture Hall A. If you're considering joining any of our departments, you should come! If you aren't, come anyway: we'll try to change your mind. See you there!

01/13/2019

UPDATE: Elias Warshaw, previously missing, has been found by the police. According to Detective Walter Warkenthien he is safe as of Sunday, January 13, 1:10 PM.

UPDATE: Elias Warshaw has been found by the police. According to Detective Walter Warkenthien he is safe as of Sunday, J...
01/13/2019

UPDATE: Elias Warshaw has been found by the police. According to Detective Walter Warkenthien he is safe as of Sunday, January 13, 1:10 PM.

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MISSING PERSON

Junior Elias Warshaw has been reported missing. He left home at 7:00 AM on Friday, January 11. As of 9:04 PM, January 12, Elias has not been found, according to the detective assigned to the case.

If you have any information regarding Elias, please contact Detective Walter Warkenthien at (212)860-6441 or [email protected], or Detective Borough Manhattan North at (212)694-1093.

Spread the word.

01/12/2019

Welcoming the next generation of The Spectator Editorial Board! #WatjahellRetires

Issue 8, the last issue of the fall semester, and Undercurrents Magazine are on the stands! Pick them up by the scanners...
01/11/2019

Issue 8, the last issue of the fall semester, and Undercurrents Magazine are on the stands! Pick them up by the scanners.

In "Why Was I Rejected? A Closer Look at the Big Sib Program," Zoe Oppenheimer, Amy Huang, and Amanda Peng examine racia...
12/22/2018

In "Why Was I Rejected? A Closer Look at the Big Sib Program," Zoe Oppenheimer, Amy Huang, and Amanda Peng examine racial and gender disparities between the Big Sib's applicant and accepted pools.
This article appeared in the winter 2018-2019 magazine, "Undercurrents," released yesterday. If you would like to pick up a print copy, they will still be available when we return from break on January 2.

https://www.stuyspec.com/undercurrents/why-was-i-rejected-a-closer-look-at-the-big-sib-program?fbclid=IwAR2FTx_247CATWTXv4SyGc47F-2iaL4ZH_t8nMLMFNC8DZz8XrfF8EqYwv4

art by Beaux Watwood JesusDo

12/20/2018

Pick up a copy of the Winter 2018 Spectator Magazine tomorrow!

FOR THE RECORD: The Spectator neglected to publish a blurb on the Ella Krechmer and Alec Shafran campaign in our freshma...
11/04/2018
The Stuyvesant Spectator

FOR THE RECORD:
The Spectator neglected to publish a blurb on the Ella Krechmer and Alec Shafran campaign in our freshman caucus election coverage. Read that blurb and all others here:

https://www.stuyspec.com/news/campaign-coverage/su-endorsements-freshman-caucus-2018-2019

“Ella Krechmer and Alec Shafran

The Shafran-Krechmer campaign has a clear intent to improve the lives of their freshmen peers. Their proposals to extend writing center hours and turn the half-floor into a phone-friendly zone are just some examples of how they wish to ease freshmen’s transition into Stuyvesant. These proposals are definitely plausible, though the platform lacks a proper explanation for how they could execute these plans. An idea the platform discusses is student discounts at several local eateries. There seems to be misinformation concerning the extent of previous caucuses’ success in achieving these discounts, as none have been achieved in the past few years. An idea to ask shelters circa Stuyvesant to open their doors for student stress relief is well-meaning, but lacks research, as not a single shelter name was mentioned within the platform. Overall, this platform does have good intent and originality within its ideas but would require serious clarification on how these plans could be brought to fruition.”

The Stuyvesant Spectator is a newspaper published by Stuyvesant High School students every two weeks. It contains sections such as news, features, opinions, arts & entertainment, humor, sports, photography, art, layout, copy, business, and web. With such a wide range of topics, readers would never r...

10/07/2018
Spectator Fall 2018 Recruitments

Join a 100+ year tradition of student journalism.

In the words of Ahmed Hussein: you either spectate or get spectated. Choose wisely!

vc: Jane Rhee and Joanela OfArc

Thank you to everyone for coming out to recruitments! If you missed them, you can still find information about each depa...
04/04/2018

Thank you to everyone for coming out to recruitments! If you missed them, you can still find information about each department and the applications for each here:

https://www.stuyspec.com/recruitments

Meme credits: Jeremy Rubin

03/27/2018

LAST MINUTE: Looking for photo submissions from Stuy students of the March For Our Lives.
We are looking for photos including Stuy students especially.
If you are willing to submit a photo (photos?) of your experience at the march on Saturday, please send a message to the Stuyvesant Spectator (There's a clicky link on the top of the page) or PM Sophie Watwood.

In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, and the subsequent wave of student protest around the nation, gun control has...
03/14/2018
The Stuyvesant Spectator

In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, and the subsequent wave of student protest around the nation, gun control has become more of a "hot-button" issue than ever. In this article, Opinions editor Artem Ilyanok seeks to help turn gun control advocacy into pragmatic and effective policy solutions.

Read the article here:
https://stuyspec.com/opinions/a-shot-at-change

The Stuyvesant Spectator is a newspaper published by Stuyvesant High School students every two weeks. It contains sections such as news, features, opinions, arts & entertainment, humor, sports, photography, art, layout, copy, business, and web. With such a wide range of topics, readers would never r...

03/14/2018
WALKOUT!

WATCH: A walkout against gun violence organized by Stuy Says ENOUGH! and protest march to City Hall organized by seniors took place this morning at from about 9:30 to 11 AM.

Walking out this Wednesday? Op-Ed contributor and retired EIC Matteo Wong encourages you to make your voice heard for mo...
03/13/2018
The Stuyvesant Spectator

Walking out this Wednesday? Op-Ed contributor and retired EIC Matteo Wong encourages you to make your voice heard for more than 17 minutes. This isn't just about your safety, this is what it means to demonstrate.
Read it at the link below:
https://stuyspec.com/opinions/national-walkout-an-act-of-disobedience

The Stuyvesant Spectator is a newspaper published by Stuyvesant High School students every two weeks. It contains sections such as news, features, opinions, arts & entertainment, humor, sports, photography, art, layout, copy, business, and web. With such a wide range of topics, readers would never r...

This Wednesday, March 14, students will walkout of their third period class at 10 AM.  Get the scoop on the event and it...
03/13/2018
The Stuyvesant Spectator

This Wednesday, March 14, students will walkout of their third period class at 10 AM. Get the scoop on the event and its background at the link below.
https://stuyspec.com/news/stuy-says-enough-to-host-walkout-on-march-14

The Stuyvesant Spectator is a newspaper published by Stuyvesant High School students every two weeks. It contains sections such as news, features, opinions, arts & entertainment, humor, sports, photography, art, layout, copy, business, and web. With such a wide range of topics, readers would never r...

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Pick up issue 11 on Thursday and see the winner!Caption contest! The best commented caption ...
02/12/2018

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Pick up issue 11 on Thursday and see the winner!
Caption contest! The best commented caption on this post will be published alongside the following piece of “Dead Art” (art for which the corresponding article was cut). Good luck!
Art by Jade Lo

01/24/2018
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We all knew this was coming...

"...Tahseen Chowdhury walked on stage to address the Stuyvesant body. As he walked toward the podium surrounded by a roost of 500 SU officers, the entire crowd rose in unison to salute him. It was the one year anniversary of Chowdhury’s rise to absolute power. To honor this occasion, Chowdhury officially proclaimed the birth of a Stuyvesant Empire."

Check out the rest of "Greater Stuyvesant Empire Proclaimed," by William Huang:

https://www.stuyspec.com/humor/greater-stuyvesant-empire-proclaimed

And don't forget to pick up Issue 8 if you go in for finals!

01/22/2018

Pick up a copy of The Spectator if you are coming in for finals week! They are on the distribution racks on the second floor entrance.

Do you think Stuyvesant has a hook-up culture? Have you ever discussed being in an open relationship with a significant ...
01/15/2018
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The Spectator wants to hear your point-of-view. You can share as little or as much as you like. And if you don’t feel comfortable having your name published, we are willing to offer you anonymity (your name will be changed in the article). Please message us or e-mail [email protected] with any questions/concerns.

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"From carols thousands of years old given a new spin by modern artists to original holiday hits that have quickly become...
01/02/2018
christmas through the ages, a playlist by spec.ae on Spotify

"From carols thousands of years old given a new spin by modern artists to original holiday hits that have quickly become classics, we’ve compiled a list of two (and in one case three) Christmas songs per decade that you should be listening to, stretching from the 1930s to the modern day."

Christmas has passed, but the holiday season has not — continue celebrating with the Arts and Entertainment Department's "Christmas Through the Ages" playlist!

https://open.spotify.com/user/spec.ae/playlist/269vNuKW50ccegYi3vbuPh?si=349TNDRpT6KENKvmw8rK3w

A playlist featuring Stevie Wonder, Pentatonix, Christina Aguilera, and others

12/25/2017
stuyspec.com

Merry Christmas, Stuyvesant!

In the holiday spirit, our Features department asked teachers to tell them about the best or weirdest gift they have ever received.

Some of our favorites:

“When I was about eight years old, my grandmother gave me a baked potato wrapped in tinfoil. I cried for two hours.” — Mr. Bravo

“The best gift that I've ever received is not anything material. It would be having my family members around: the people that I love, the people that are close to me. I'm thankful for the birth of all my nieces and my nephew, that my family is healthy, and my friends are healthy as well. And for my health. And also my students. That's the best gift I can think of; everything else is ephemeral. We do have lives, but in terms of total fulfillment, it's people.” — Ms. Brando

See the rest here!

"What’s the Best or Weirdest Gift You Have Ever Received?"
https://stuyspec.com/features/what-s-the-best-or-weirdest-gift-you-have-ever-received

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