The Rubicon

Four SPA debaters win second place in international debate tournament

Seniors Jordan Hughes, Afsar Sandozi, Thomas Toghramadjian, and Shaan Bijwadia, along with their coaches, Heather Fairbanks and Tom Fones hold up their second place trophy.

Emily Thissen, News Editor

May 8, 2015

Four SPA debaters win second place in international debate tournament.

Charlie Hebdo attacks reveal divide within Islam

Charlie Hebdo attacks reveal divide within Islam

Shaan Bijwadia, Co-President of the Student Political Union

January 22, 2015

Student Political Union co-president, Shaan Bijwadia, writes about the importance of understanding the complicated global divide between radical and moderate Muslims in order to productively discuss the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Intercultural Club, Common Ground, and Student Political Union facilitate a discussion on Ferguson

Senior Mansuda Arora began the discussion with a brief on the conflict in Ferguson, Missouri.

Diane Huang, Online Chief Visual Editor

October 11, 2014

Around the country, protests, media coverage, and social media spoke loudly about the riots and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite this, the SPA community has been rather silent. In response to this, the Intercultural Club and Student Political Union facilitated a discussion on Ferguson on Oct. 8.

Academic WorldQuest team wins competition

Academic Worldquest team members freshman Raffi Toghramadjian and juniors Thomas Toghramadjian, Shaan Bijwadia, and Jack Labovitz are congratulated for their performance at Minnesota’s Academic Worldquest competition.  “I looked at Shaan and both of us totally thought we did awful, and then they announced that we won,” Labovitz said.

Netta Kaplan, Copy Editor

March 19, 2014

Do you know the ramifications of the asymmetric nature of cyberattacks? What about the first president to pledge the goal of energy independence? Or the number of free trade agreements Mexico has? While most people have no idea what the answers to any of these questions might be, there are a few who...

And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to…

Patrick Commers, Staff Writer

February 28, 2014

Film critics rejoice, be ready to give your best insight on as many movies as you can. That’s right everyone, it is awards season. One of the biggest events of the awards season is The Academy Awards and what is thought to be the biggest category of them all, the prestigious best picture category....

Upper School Council finalizes cell phone policy

The current policy states that cell phones must be completely turned off during school hours. “I collect about three to five phones a day,” Cummins said.

Katrina Hilton, Sports Editor

February 19, 2014

This semester, the Upper School Council aimed to address the issue of the non-uniformly enforced cell phone policy. The old cell phone policy stated that “cell phones must be turned completely off—not just have the ringer turned off or set to vibrate” during the school day. While this is a standard...

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 ...

Pops concert comes together just in time

Students stand for applause at the end of the Pops Concert on Dec. 7, 2013. “In general, I am very happy with all of my students this year. Everyone is working hard and is doing their very best,”  Upper School Orchestra Director Englehardt said.

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinion Editor

December 12, 2013

The week leading into this year’s Pops Concert was marked by a distinct sense of crisis. Time limitations caused by the new class schedule, along with an ambitious array of pieces, left the musicians and their directors “scrambling for solutions,” in the words of Upper School Orchestra Director...

Students show interest in computer science class

Shefali Bijwadia, Staff Writer

September 30, 2013

St. Paul Academy and Summit School offers several clubs, classes, and now the school is considering a Spring offering of a student-run AP Computer Science class. Henry Swanson (‘13), taught the same course in last school year. Junior Shaan Bijwadia would teach this course, either after school or during...