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Intellectual essays, both informative and argumentative, written by the Talon staff and students.

A Weekend in the Life of a Model U.N. Delegate

March 21, 2016 2:48am | Shereen Elaidi

Read Part I: UMass Model U.N. 2016  I’m a senior, and this was my last Model United Nations Conference. I, along with Junior Julia Williams represented the Russian Federation on the United Nations Security Council, which was charged with solving water scarcity. For those of […]

Reshaping Education with MOOCs

May 4, 2015 9:36pm | Shereen Elaidi

Imagine having free access to college courses from MIT, Harvard, Stanford, or Duke. Is there a particular subject that intrigues you, such as the science of black holes, the cyberpolitics of international relations, or the the global business of sports? Ever heard of a course […]

Having Role Models, and What It Has Taught Me

March 19, 2015 11:54am | Creighton Ward

For my 9th birthday, my aunt Francesca gifted me with a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. At the time, I was more interested in reading the Chronicles of Narnia and the like, but I felt compelled to finish it, since it was a gift. I read […]

Opinion: An Unpopular Yet Valid Opinion

March 17, 2015 2:34pm | Courtney Gallant

Library [lahy-brer-eee] noun, plural libraries; 1. A place set apart to contain books, periodicals, and other material for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference, as a room, set of rooms or building where books may be read and borrowed. Silence [Sahy-luh-ns] 1. An absence of […]

Quem Deus Vult [What Does God Will?]

March 7, 2015 10:22am | Michael Clements

(The Latin in the headline is there not solely for flavor, but also in reference to the phrase commonly said by Crusaders, especially after the declaration of the first crusade. “Deus Vult,” or “God Wills It,” was a very popular saying, and it was said […]

Dystopian Future Televised Death Competitions

November 24, 2014 12:00am | Tyler Boudreau

Here’s my idea for a movie. In the dystopian future, a mysterious but likeable hero, through a series of unique and dangerous circumstances, reluctantly gets entered into a televised competition where they will have to compete for their life in order to find the unknown […]

Essence of Adolescence

November 19, 2014 3:48pm | Kelsea Vavra

The smallest moments in life enable personal growth. Throughout my entire life, I have resided as the youngest within my extended family, and so, without further ado, infantilization frequently occurred; admittedly, in my later years, aunts and uncles didn’t resort to pulling on my cheeks […]

Young Adult Fiction

November 19, 2014 3:45pm | Michael Clements

Any library in any town in the SAU 16 no doubt had an entire section dedicated to them. Any EHS student who has taken Freshman English has probably read half a dozen of them. Any educator nationwide has most likely selected a favorite one. Young […]

Generation Y

November 8, 2014 2:43pm | Michael Clements

Kids these days are getting all being told that they are special too frequently. Too much self-esteem and too little humility seems to be the main complaint about growing young men and women. The everybody-gets-a-trophy culture seems to be a problem, from the perspective of […]

The Psychology of Learning #1: November 2014

October 30, 2014 8:45pm | Shereen Elaidi

What is learning? How does our brain translate facts into knowledge, then store it away for later use? Does our education system catalyze or act as a barrier to learning? What about creativity, a skill that is so crucial to numerous jobs in today’s complex […]