The Boiling Point

OPINION: Becoming an undercover Jew

OPINION: Becoming an undercover Jew

Eva Suissa, Opinion Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Growing up in a Modern Orthodox community in a free country, I’ve always been proud of my Judaism and have felt safe to express it. But is there a limit to how open I should be? On an early afternoon in late December, during winter break, I called a Lyft — an Uber-like transportation service ...

OPINION / MLK Holiday: Use the whole day

OPINION / MLK Holiday: Use the whole day

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Arts & Culture Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Wait, we just had school on a national holiday? This year, Shalhevet commemorated Martin Luther King Day by having a normal school day with one hour and 45 minutes cut out for King-related activities. The third Monday in January -- close to the day Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was born, Jan. 15 -- was re...

OPINION / National unity starts with each of us

OPINION / National unity starts with each of us

Ariella Sassover, 10th Grade

February 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

On the rainy Friday morning of Jan. 20, all eyes in the gym were glued to a screen on which history was being shown. The entire Shalhevet student body and faculty filled endless rows of chairs, some kids were sprawled on the floor, to witness Donald J. Trump's inauguration on a TV rolled in from a conference...

Page Three: When normal days aren’t normal, there’s a problem

Page Three: When normal days aren’t normal, there’s a problem

Micha Thau, Staff Columnist

January 24, 2017


Filed under Page Three Columns

“What now?” I ask as I rub my eyes and check my phone to see the ever-so-common Shalhevet good morning greeting, “Special Schedule.”  Five minutes shaved off of every period one day, 10 the next or even entire classes sent to the chopping block for a multitude of reasons I find difficult to...

OPINION: The King is still dreaming

OPINION: The King is still dreaming

Eva Suissa, Staff Columnist

January 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

African-Americans seemed to gain full equality after the Civil Rights Movement, because they were granted the right to vote, and Jim Crow laws were abolished. But is there more to equality than the opportunity to eat French fries at a white man’s diner, or the chance to try on shoes in the neighbo...

TWO BOILING POINTS OF VIEW: Will the new party crackdown work?

TWO BOILING POINTS OF VIEW: Will the new party crackdown work?

January 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Two Boiling Points of View

Yes: Over time, it will change school culture By Zack Hirschhorn, 11th Grade This is the way rule-breaking is normally handled at Shalhevet: A student breaks a rule, or does something not okay, and the administration finds out. They call that student into their office and they talk about the i...

OPINION: Leaders of four high schools show how it should be done

The Boiling Point Editorial Board

January 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Clothes are for sale. Cars are too. But enrollment slots in schools are most definitely not. Shalhevet’s increasing applicant pool each year has led to a gradual increase in spending, potentially distracting from the school’s important qualities with gourmet food at events and elaborate giveaways. A...

OPINION: Fake Instagram accounts can’t escape teen realities

By The Boiling Point Editorial Board

January 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Finstas, or ‘fake’ Instagram accounts, can be an innocent way to share funny moments in school, ugly selfies, and cute throwback pictures. But when a finsta becomes an outlet for oversharing, venting or being flat-out inappropriate -- as is often the case -- what started out innocently can take...

As I See It: A Slumberless Sleepover

As I See It: A Slumberless Sleepover

Eva Suissa, Staff Columnist

November 21, 2016


Filed under As I see it, Opinion

 It’s easy to learn from your own mistakes. But what happens when you see someone else make one? Can you still learn from it?   While I was at a sleepover a few weeks ago with a group of friends, I witnessed someone make a horrible mistake.   The lights were off in the entire ...

Two Boiling Points of View: Should Ben Shapiro have been allowed to speak at School?

Two Boiling Points of View: Should Ben Shapiro have been allowed to speak at School?

Hannah Jannol and Clara Sandler

November 20, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories, Two Boiling Points of View

No: Free speech is different when it takes place at a high school By Hannah Jannol, Community Editor Ben Shapiro’s Sept. 12 appearance at an assembly of the 11th and 12th grades was controversial on two accounts. One, he has a history of fervid conservatism, and two,Shalhevet’s administration re...

Page Three: The ‘wow’ that we want

Page Three: The ‘wow’ that we want

October 23, 2016


Filed under Page Three Columns

Wow. That was the word I and many of my fellow classmates during our freshman year would use to describe our first Town Hall. The topic was in no way memorable, the comments were average and a good portion of the room seemed to be lost in a different dimension.

OPINION: Let students help solve the schedule problem

the BP Editorial Board

October 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion

We’ve all come to expect the moans and groans of stressed-out juniors and seniors.  But sophomores?  Freshmen? This year’s new schedule, which was imposed on the students, rather than decided on democratically, burdens underclassmen by shortening their lunch period to about half an hour, and...