The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

Although necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, test optional admissions still have some flaws to be ironed out.

Test optional admissions needs improvement to compensate for rising student debt

Kevin Chen, RubicOnline October 17, 2021
Test Optional applications for colleges need improvements to face rising tuiton costs.
Older students should advocate for more opportunities to show younger students the ropes, to be like their superheroes. It is our job to step up and take on that role, and in doing so, experience the joy of connection.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Superheroes needed: be an active mentor for lower school students

RubicOnline Staff October 13, 2021
Older students should advocate for more opportunities to show younger students the ropes, to be like their superheroes. It is our job to step up and take on that role, and in doing so, experience the joy of connection.
While CRISPR does sound like a safe and well-rounded idea, as there have been over 30 years since it was first introduced, many details and specifics are left uncontrolled.

Step aside CRISPR, the world isn’t ready for you yet

Tommy Verhey, RubicOnline October 12, 2021
CRISPR, a gene-editing technology, is a relatively new science created in 2012 that has taken the world by storm. Its ability to be injected into a human, edit and remove unwanted genes, and leave the body without a trace could be a crucial part of life in the coming years.
SPA is heavily focused on community-building, but how it builds it may be subpar.

Are school-based community building efforts effective?

Kevin Chen, RubicOnline October 7, 2021
Well, maybe? SPA's focus on community is commendable, but it needs some improvement to fully work.
People in the community need help from representatives t guide different processes and help them show the importance of the issue.

US Representatives racial imbalances impact representation

Rita Li, RubicOnline October 2, 2021
Race and equality is a crucial step for human society to advance forward, and right now, there needs to be more representation.
Consistency, structure, and organization can improve health and reduce stress levels.

Balancing schedules is key to maintaining mental health

Hazel Waltenbaugh, News editor September 29, 2021
Managing schoolwork on top of extracurriculars, relationships, mental health, and any other commitments or obligations can be difficult. Being mindful of priorities, personal goals, and well-being is crucial for efficiency and success.
Friends sit together in the stands at Lang Field to cheer on Spartan Boys Soccer at a Sept. 10 game against Holy Angels. Make a sign, grab some friends and have fun.

When I say school, you say spirit

Catherine Hooley, The Rubicon September 28, 2021
The return to school in person should mean the return of school spirit, but students are lacking excitement.
DISCONNECT. Google Classroom notifications fill up Gmail inboxes in the blink of an eye, and create a lot of unwanted stress. No one wants to hear their devices constantly buzzing with the sounds of new assignments and grade updates. So why not just turn them off?

How can we set boundaries between school and personal life? Here’s eight tips.

Eliana Mann, RubicOnline September 25, 2021
As school is ramping back up again, it's hard not to let it take over our personal lives.
Mindfulness activities, though well intentioned, can do more harm than good to students.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Classroom meditation activities not as helpful as intended

The Rubicon Staff September 23, 2021
Though mindfulness in classrooms may have an allure, the costs of the time spent in silence may outweigh the benefits.
After almost two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, SPA students are finally back in school on a normal schedule.

Building a strong community needs to be a student priority

Henry Burkhardt, RubicOnline September 19, 2021
After almost two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, SPA students are finally back in school on a normal schedule.
U.S. occupation of Afghanistan caused Irreversible Damage

U.S. occupation of Afghanistan caused Irreversible Damage

Zadie Martin, RubicOnline September 17, 2021
After 20 years of military presence in Afghanistan, the U.S. troops, citizens, and allies evacuated the country starting mid-August. Refugees fly to the U.S. from temporary sanctuaries near their former Taliban controlled home. The U.S. started something they couldn't finish.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Students need time with Head of School candidates

RubicOnline Staff September 10, 2021
The time allotted to students to get to know and assess this perspective head of school is simply not enough. Neither is it reasonable to believe that five upper school students can represent the interests of 400 students 9-12.
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