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Student Political Union discusses State of the Union address

Student Political Union (SPU) members (from left) freshman Raffi Toghramadjian, freshman Ellis Tomlinson, freshman Liam McVea, sophomore George Stiffman, senior Connor Allen, sophomore Will Donaldson, freshman Andrew Michael, junior Zeeshawn Abid, senior Nick Cohen, junior Haris Hussain, Upper School debate teacher Aaron Shuler, senior Bryant Carlson, senior Carter Rients, senior Lowell Naas, junior Shaan Bijwadia, and junior Jordan Hughes regularly discuss controversial and politically divisive topics like the State of the Union address. “This [speech] is the first major thing Obama has done, where he’s departed from his platform of change,” Bijwadia said.

John Wilhelm, News Editor

February 4, 2014

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 28—a speech intended to inform the representatives of matters that the President believes are important, or demand immediate action. The speech addressed a myriad of topics, ranging from the financial health of the country, to ...

Competitive environment fuels the urge to cheat

An intense academic environment may lead to cheating. “It’s my opinion that school has become about passing a test and not about actually learning,” senior Connor Allen said.

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinions Editor

December 20, 2013

Four years of high school can be reduced to a collection of rankings and accolades: the first curve in Honors Earth Science, quarterly honor rolls, awards assemblies, and, finally, college decisions. Throughout, there remains a distinct element of competition—silent or not. Students compare grades...

Library nook provides a quiet retreat

Seniors Jonathan Sogin and Connor Allen relax in the library. “I think what we’re really missing now is a chimpanzee,” Allen suggested. “If we could just have a chimpanzee to cuddle with, that would be prime.”

John Wilhelm, News Editor

December 16, 2013

With midterms moving ever closer, St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s students are beginning to alter their migration patterns. Seniors Jonathan Sogin and Connor Allen have recently found a newly renovated library enclave. Where once was a tepid desk with mere school supplies, is a now an untamed w...

Candy Crush Saga addiction grows among students

Senior Connor Allen plays Candy Crush Saga on his phone. “It is really fun and addicting,

Catherine Braman, Sports Editor

November 1, 2013

There might not be Snickers, Laffy Taffy, or Tootsie Pops in the game Candy Crush Saga, but that does not matter to the estimated 100 million users. This app, first released in April 2012, is the most popular app on Facebook. And, it is free. Also available for the iPhone and Android, Candy Crush Saga ...

Connor Allen fulfills dream as new Spartan mascot

Spartan senior Connor Allen cheers during the Homecoming Pepfest on Sept. 27. “I am going to cheer better than any Spartan ever has or ever will,” he said.

Hannah Johnson, Editor in Chief

September 27, 2013

One of the most outspoken members of the senior class will now bring their energy and school spirit to Spartan Athletics. Senior Connor Allen was named the new Spartan mascot at the beginning of the school year. Allen has had his eye on the Spartan costume for a long time, “ever since my first day...

Gallery: School spirit rises high during Homecoming Pepfest

Juniors raise their hands in support of their class.

The Rubicon Staff

September 27, 2013

Here are some highlights from this year's pepfest. To see more pictures, visit The Rubicon on Facebook over here. 

Students kickoff homecoming week

Senior Nick Hoffman kicks off Homecoming Week.

Lucy Li, Online Editor in Chief and Print Managing Editor

September 24, 2013

To view a gallery of this year's Homecoming Kickoff, click here. Senior Nick Hoffmann kicked off Homecoming Week on Sept. 23 during assembly, with the assistance of Spartan mascot senior Connor Allen and Midnight Red band member Joey Diggs....