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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

Iran accords worth the cost

Iran accords worth the cost

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor April 18, 2015
Increased American intelligence and inspection of Iran's nuclear program are worth the risk of creating an aggressive nuclear power.
Republicans search for candidate to reunite party

Republicans search for candidate to reunite party

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor March 20, 2015
Candidates for the Republican primary go neck-to-neck in polls for the first year in decades.

Catholic priest shortage caused by discouragement

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor December 16, 2014

Invigorated by a dynamic new pope, rapidly expanding in the developing world, and comprising over 1.1 billion members, the Catholic Church has entered the 21st century poised to remain a very relevant...

Thanksgiving price cuts undermine the holiday spirit as Black Friday creeps backwards

Thanksgiving price cuts undermine the holiday spirit as Black Friday creeps backwards

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor December 2, 2014

Enabled by enormous public demand, Black Friday sales continued their backwards march into Thanksgiving last weekend. Many retailers, including Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Kmart, JC Penny, Best Buy, and Target...

8th grade students hosted the annual naturalization ceremony in the middle school on Thursday, Nov. 13. Immigration is often discussed topic at SPA.   Rapid and bipartisan legislative action could ...lay the groundwork for more comprehensive future reform.

Mid-term elections yield potential for immigration reform

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor November 14, 2014
After a national wave in the midterm elections, which saw Republicans build their majority in the House and recapture the Senate, they now effectively control what, if any, immigration legislation will turn up on President Obama’s desk. With Obama threatening executive action to delay deportations in anticipation of an uncooperative Congress, while record numbers of unaccompanied undocumented minors flood the border, the stage is apparently set for two more years of dysfunction and delay. However, Republicans have the means to preempt the undesirable prospect of piecemeal reform through executive order, by taking the initiative to pass common-sense enforcement measures that can pave the way for more comprehensive reform.
Brittany Maynard , a 29 year old woman with terminal brain cancer, will end her life on Nov. 1 with the help of death and dignity laws.

Legal euthanasia pressures patients and denies hope for recovery

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor October 14, 2014

The story of Brittany Maynard, a twenty nine-year old brain cancer patient who plans to end her life on Nov. 1, has captured headlines nationwide and revived the debate over physician-assisted suicide....

Big Bang Theory lends its name to a television comedy about a virtuosic physicist who cannot be bothered by religious irrationality...

Faith and science are deeply complementary

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columns Editor September 30, 2014

The Big Bang theory, besides being the widely accepted model for the beginning of the universe and deeply informing the scientific fields of astronomy and physics, has taken on a certain cultural significance...

Fitzgeralds appeal transcends iconic Jazz Age depictions

Fitzgerald’s appeal transcends iconic Jazz Age depictions

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columnist/Columns Editor September 23, 2014

The work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, St. Paul Academy’s most renowned alum, has recently made fresh rounds in the media, thanks to a new book by literary critic Maureen Corrigan. Titled “So We Read On:...

Mandatory national service unites young people of different backgrounds through a common experience.

COLUMN: The case for forming a National Service Bureau

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columnist September 9, 2014

Many young Americans share a certain reverence for the achievements of our grandparents and great-grandparents. It’s nearly impossible to visit the Greatest Generation exhibit at the Minnesota History...

Stronger American response necessary to contain ISIS threat

Stronger American response necessary to contain ISIS threat

Thomas Toghramadijan, Columnist/Columns Editor September 2, 2014

Three months have passed now since the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria captured the world’s attention by making major territorial gains in northern Iraq, and yet the terrorist group has only continued...

Senior Nick Cohen passes through the lower library after a day at the office of First Assistant Public Defender Andrew Mohring. “[My project] really opened my eyes more to criminal public defense. It’s a really tough job,” Cohen said.

Senior Nick Cohen finds passion for criminal defense on senior project

Thomas Toghramadijan, Columnist/Columns Editor May 28, 2014

The Class of 2014 has spent the last month working everywhere from television sets to hospitals to corporate offices, and each senior has seen or contributed to their own share of interesting endeavors...

Dogmatic libertarianism is a poor replacement for critical evaluation of government policies

Libertarian influence on Republican Party corrodes realism and compassion

Thomas Toghramadjian, Columnist/Columns Editor May 13, 2014

Libertarianism has experienced a remarkable resurgence in recent years. A 2013 Washington Post survey finds that 22% of Americans now identify themselves as Libertarians, or lean toward libertarianism....

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