Destressing through humor

As students, it’s not uncommon to hear the phrases “I barely even studied for this test” or “I finished this essay last period” uttered throughout the hallways. These confessions are part of an unusual recurring theme at PHS: an apathetic attitude towards academics and pride in not studying. This is seemingly contrary to the school’s competitive, high-performing image. Yet these attitudes of intentional academic negligence do make sense when considering the stressful environment they are cultivated in.
The results of the recent Challenge Success Survey revealed over 80 percent of PHS students reported feeling stressed out by schoolwork. To combat this …

Why there is no college map.

You may have noticed the lack of a colorful, two-page map filled with the future plans of the graduating class in this June issue of the Tower…
As seen in the results of the recent Stanford survey, as well as in national trends, high school students today feel more pressured and stressed than ever before. And in our competitive high school, this academic focus has morphed into a tunnel-vision focus with elite colleges at the end. In fact, the Stanford Challenge Success program responsible for the survey specifically recommends schools refrain from publishing college acceptance lists in order to foster a …


Intolerance left and right

Liberal hypocrisy by  and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek said, “The liberal idea of tolerance is more and more a kind of intolerance.” That is to say, the complete acceptance of ...

Summer Films Smörgåsbord

Summer’s almost here, and with the absence of school you’ll probably have a lot more time in your schedule. You may be ready for summer camp, or you might even ...