The Pulse’s 2017 story round-up

By Pulse Staff

In 2017, The Pulse dived head-first into stories that matter to Arundel and the surrounding community. We highlighted the lesser-known lives of teachers, and the successes being made on the football field and the auditorium stage. We put a spotlight on current and former Arundel students celebrating triumphs—and grappling with tragedies. Pulse reporters found a balance between lighthearted debates on the merit of Adam Sandler and Jaden Smith, and hard-hitting news regarding budget cuts and policy changes. In our efforts to get to the heart of each story, Pulse staff ventured from the streets of Baltimore, to the cities of China. Before the curtain falls on 2017, take a glimpse back at the Pulse articles that made this a newsworthy year.

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The students are all extremely proud to be putting on such a prestigious show and hope that the turnout is as good as last year, if not better. When asked about their hopes for the show, Su Kim said “I hope for it to be memorable, for us all. I want to be able to look back on senior year and for this production to be one of the highlights.”

Women’s History Month Q&A: the female teachers of Arundel High School weigh in

fullsizerender-e1490247257111.jpgWe see just now with the marines that it’s 2017 and women are still being taken advantage of in the work place, being degraded in the work place, and the fact that people allowed it. You got that link, you looked on that link, you saw what was on that link, and either said nothing, or did nothing. So that kind of pervasive toxicity exists, and it’s disconcerting and upsetting for me.”

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In today’s America, medicine is viewed as a big business and if you get a prescription from a doctor within 15 minutes of being seen, in quantitative terms, that doctor is doing his or her job. Because of this, opioids and painkillers are being dispensed to people that are in actual pain and those that are not.

Arundel Voices: a new beginning a world away


Today I’m in the United States next to my father, living the dream we had dreamed
for years. We are in America to live better.  I’ve always been interested in technology, and I want to be a computer engineer. Now that I’m here, with more opportunity to evolve, entering Arundel High School feels like a great chance.

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“It was never easy for him, however he had a drive that I’ve always envied,” she said. “His obsessions with the well being of the children became his greatest asset . . . Even without his sight, he heard what people were missing out of their own lives.”

Meet Irina: the life of a teenage entrepreneur 


“[To all future entrepreneurs,] always be involved and love what you are doing. Never lose interest in something you’re passionate about due to it being hard, or a challenge. Constantly keep moving forward, despite all the negativity that might come your way. Any person who is genuinely passionate about something can rise to the top.”

New Pride Period schedule garners mixed reactions


Before answering if she’s seen any difference in students using Pride Period wisely, Cooper herds wandering students into the cafeteria’s quiet study space, including a girl exclaiming that she “didn’t even know it was pride period.” “We’re still trying to get used to it,” Cooper said.

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For the past three years, Arundel has utilized Remind to its full extent. Such uses include sending reminders about due dates for assignments and test dates, updates on classroom locations, and coordinating redos. This convenience became routine for both teachers and students. Its abrupt expulsion has caused both shocked and upset feelings.

Different sports, different hype: how Arundel athletes prepare for their big gamespicture11.png

“I try to lose as much water weight as I can.” Chaves said that once he makes weight, he goes back to eating and drinking as normal. “After that, I zone out into my own world and start warming up and focus on the moves that I want to work on to get that win.”

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 “One of the things that I love about literature is that you can find connections that you often don’t find in the real world, sometimes even in media,” she said. “Harry Potter was never physically abused, he was only psychologically abused, and people can connect to that a lot.”

Lesser known electives: all about American Film Studiesrobert_tutak_and_andrzej_adamczak_at_the_national_film_school_in_c581c3b3dc5ba2c_poland2c_1982.jpg

Dr. Depriest, the current teacher of the class, hopes that “[her students] come out of it being able to talk thoughtfully about the stories films tell, and the ways films tell stories, especially how they use visual storytelling.”

Arundel art students visit artist John Bodkin’s studiopasted-image-0.jpg

Dolbeck believes this trip was important for the same reason Huntington does: “It’s really important to see actual artists doing what they love and being successful at it, and seeing that you can actually have a career in art.”