The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

The Uproar

The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

The Uproar

The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

The Uproar

Aris Pastor

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Aris Pastor is a senior at NASH. They are the event leader of interpretation for the North Allegheny Speech and Debate Team, and they have hopes for a future in both psychiatric research and law. They love reading, listening to Supreme Court podcasts, and thinking too hard about fictional characters. They will be going to Bowdoin College, majoring in government and legal studies, as well as psychology, on a pre-law track.

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The summer before senior year can be fun not only abroad, but also within Pittsburghs city limits.

[Photo] The Summer before Senior Year

Greta Mott, Staff Writer June 1, 2023

The summer before senior year can be fun not only abroad, but also within Pittsburgh's city limits.

Junior year is full of both memories and lessons, both of which NASH students will carry far into their futures.

[Photo] 10 Reflections on a Challenging Year

Sarah Klosky, Staff Writer May 31, 2023

Junior year is full of both memories and lessons, both of which NASH students will carry far into their futures.

The military-entertainment complex allows the Department of Defense to have a tight leash on Hollywoods movie production—especially surrounding movies they have a vested interest in.

Opinion: Hollywood’s Front Lines

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 29, 2023

They are our survivors. Our honor bound. Our zombie killers, our superheroes, our action figures. They also make up 13% of the homeless adult population. They have a higher rate of risk seeking behaviors,...

Ms. Keats, one of NASHs AP Economics teachers, talks about her path through Duke Law, K&L Gates, and eventually, North Allegheny.

21 Questions with Ms. Keats

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 17, 2023

Hand it to Hulver

Hand it to Hulver

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 2, 2023

You’ve been to Caltech, Yale, MIT, and a host of other college campuses. What was your favorite part of your college travels? My favorite college visit is probably MIT’s campus preview weekend,...

Outside the GOAL office, a poster quotes United States Poet Laureate Ada Limón in celebration of 2023s National Poetry Month.

[Photo] A Rhyming Regimen

Isha George, Staff Writer May 1, 2023

Outside the GOAL office, a poster quotes United States Poet Laureate Ada Limón in celebration of 2023's National Poetry Month.

The American left must stay true to its ethics, even when fighting what appear to be losing battles.

Opinion: Defeatism on the Left

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 25, 2023

As climate politics have developed over the past few years, amid the denialist voices, between those that claim that global warming is a part of the earth’s natural ebb and flow, new claims have come...

Building officials, staff, and students alike hope that this development will lead to a stronger, cleaner NASH.

NASH to remove windows over Spring Break

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 1, 2023

As North Allegheny continues to lead the way forward in the modern educational world, the district is always looking for ways to improve students' learning environment. At the most recent district facilities...

HBOs adaptation of this hit zombie apocalypse game stands out as one of the best video game adaptations of all time.

A Review of HBO’s The Last of Us

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 17, 2023

Mass graves. A highly contagious disease spreading on an immense scale. Millions of deaths worldwide. If this sounds too familiar, it should. Though largely in the rearview mirror—at least within United...

Nepotism exists far beyond celebrity circles, outlining the future of academia and politics alike.

Opinion: Admitted since Birth

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 9, 2023

In 2022, Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of famous actor Johnny Depp and actress Vanessa Paradis, told Elle, “If somebody’s mom or dad is a doctor, and then the kid becomes a doctor, you’re not going to...

The internet has exacerbated the creation and influence of one-way relationships.

The Parasocial Ladder

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 22, 2023

As life becomes increasingly digitized, so too have our relationships. In the past twenty years, the world has moved to Discord chats, Twitter threads, and subreddits, making it easier than ever to build...

Charles Potter (left) and Alicia Gasana (center) talk through their speeches as Coach Erin Wolf (right) wraps up her final days on the team.

Speech and Debate in need of head coach

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 1, 2023

Speech and Debate has long been one of North Allegheny’s most successful clubs. When former head coach Mrs. Sharon Volpe’s took over the already successful team 20 years ago, membership surged,...

Surveillance capitalism poses a danger to online spheres and privacy throughout all social media.

Opinion: Big Brother, Digitized

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 30, 2023

The first time I heard the concept behind BeReal, I was skeptical. I never did download the app, but the name itself seemed like an ironic joke—“being real” on a social media platform that’s meant...

GamerGate and its subsequent culture wars are excellent case studies of how cringe culture flourishes on the internet.

A Cringeworthy Cause

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 11, 2023

A few months before I deleted TikTok, I was witness to a spontaneous wave of hatred towards a cosplayer under the username @arsenic.anarchy. The harassments were too disturbing to detail here, but suffice...

As eugenics rhetoric spreads through online spheres, we must recognize the ideologys dangerous history.

Opinion: Buck v. Bell: A Retrospective

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 19, 2022

Throughout high school, I have heard a collection of Supreme Court cases over and over again. Some, like Roe v. Wade, are spoken of due to their relevance to modern politics or the controversial nature...

True crime shows, books, and podcasts have rocketed in popularity, bringing with them new controversy.

Opinion: The Ethics of True Crime

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 9, 2022

On September 21, 2022, Netflix’s Dahmer—Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story was released, sparking a new wave of discussion—and controversy—regarding true crime. The arguments that surround Dahmer...

Conceptual clarity, especially in political and psychological spaces, is integral to having a productive and genuine discussion.

Opinion: The Weight of Our Words

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 17, 2022

Online psychology spaces are full of warped definitions, medical terms that have become disturbingly colloquial, and diagnoses that have become yet another commodity in the attention economy. The term...

While applying early has distinct advantages, getting into the thick of college application season is unavoidably stressful for most seniors.

Early to Rise

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 4, 2022

For many people, October 31st means costumes and pumpkins and candy, as well as a healthy dose of frights. But for many seniors, the last day of October denoted something different and undoubtedly more...

Paywalls can prevent those that need the press the most from reading the news, but they also pay journalists.

A Tangle of Needs

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 1, 2022

In 2017, the Washington Post adopted the phrase “Democracy Dies in Darkness” as its official slogan. It was coined by investigative reporter and Post associate editor Bob Woodward in a 2015 conference...

Wombo Dream is a website that uses neural networks to create art from a written prompt.

AI and the Future of Art

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 13, 2022

For decades, the digitization and innovation that has marked developments in artificial intelligence (AI) has brought with it a persistent, and often justified, fear: a loss of jobs. From security to marketing...

Although the dance is the big event this Saturday, Homecoming groups are looking forward to beginning the evening at restaurants around the Pittsburgh area.

[Photo] Dinner before the Dance

Greta Mott, Staff Writer October 7, 2022

Although the dance is the big event this Saturday, Homecoming groups are looking forward to beginning the evening at restaurants around the Pittsburgh area.

With wisdom accrued over her 90-year life, Ursula K. Le Guin writes with astute insight on a smattering of topics that lesser writers would overlook.

No Time To Spare Review

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief September 29, 2022

Last summer, I volunteered at the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden, cleaning, weeding, watering, and harvesting plants that were to be sent to food banks around the community. There was a good amount of...

Campaigns against science and/or foreign art have a long and frankly terrifying history.

Opinion: A Dangerous Deficit

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief September 14, 2022

In 2020, when COVID-19 was first announced, a wave of pseudoscience rushed through the internet. From health gurus recommending plants like garlic, ginger, hot pepper, and lemon as healing medicines to...

Andrew Wang (left) and Eli Zemsky (right) carry Ben Quint (center) during an agriculture program at Penn State University over the summer.

A Quick Rewind

Aris Pastor, Co-Editor-in-Chief August 23, 2022

As a new school year begins, hundreds of NASH students are getting ready to return to class. But before starting to panic about the summer reading we all definitely read or the applications we have yet...

False irony has allowed a new wave of fascism to infiltrate the internet.

Opinion: It’s Not Just a Joke

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer May 31, 2022

With the growth of the internet has come a new wave of fascism, a phenomenon that has been noted by journalists, YouTube personalities, and authors alike. The increasing popularity of online authoritarian...

Aprils 30-day poetry challenge has inspired NAs young poets in their endeavors.

Two Paths, One Poem

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer April 27, 2022

In his poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost famously deliberated over two roads in a yellow wood, wondering which path he should take. This month, many students, faced with two prompts per day,...

As time goes on, practical effects have become more and more obsolete, rapidly being replaced by CGI.

A Vivisection of Visual Effects

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer April 18, 2022

Animatronics. Cardboard models. Makeup. All of these are deeply emblematic of the history of practical effects in movies, especially in science fiction and fantasy. Throughout television and movie history,...

The brutal and viscous realities of war stand at the forefront of Kuangs debut.

A Review of The Poppy War

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer March 31, 2022

Everybody knows that war is ugly. We are given stories like Saving Private Ryan and All Quiet on the Western Front that reveal the scars war leaves behind, and extensive studies on Post-Traumatic Stress...

The compulsive urge to search for bad news can at once cause and stem from anxiety.

All Gloom and Doomscrolling

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer March 10, 2022

It’s not an exaggeration to call the last few years horrible. Many factors contribute to this verdict—COVID-19 pandemic, a politically fraught atmosphere culminating in a contentious election in 2020...

Phrases like these can brush over a persons actual problem, and they can feel dismissive and insensitive.

Opinion: The Pitfalls of Positivity

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer February 23, 2022

When I was in middle school, I had an intense hatred towards the song “Happy” by Pharrel. It always seemed out of place in my middle school life, especially when I was struggling with mental health...

North Allegheny celebrates another year of love, appreciation, and candy hearts.

Be mine, Valentine

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer February 14, 2022

Valentine’s Day—a day for lovers, crushes, and panicking boyfriends that probably don’t have a gift planned yet. Still, the day has a long history of romance, so how is North Allegheny celebrating?  Some...

As in advertising, media corporations can easily take advantage of the current zeitgeist, all while seeming virtuous and well-meaning.

Opinion: An Insidious Illusion

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer February 8, 2022

Everyone knows the joke: Disney owns everything. From Marvel to Star Wars to the princesses that popularized the company, Disney seems to have a hand in almost every new piece of media. The company has...

Mitskis album, set to drop on February 4th, is as exciting as her new songs are enthralling.

“Love Me More” delivers poignant desperation

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer January 24, 2022

Mitski has always appealed to me as an artist. Her songwriting, singing, and music videos are all uniquely intimate, a view into her headspace performed in a blunt yet poetic manner. She expresses the...

It is essential to develop instructions and lessons on drugs that remain lasting and impactful.

Prevention Through Stronger Education

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer January 5, 2022

As I progress through high school, the semester of health classes I received in freshman year becomes more of a distant memory. Even the middle school anti-drug rallies fade in my mind, and many times,...

Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld star in a new and wonderful holiday production on Disney+.

Hawkeye Lands True

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer January 4, 2022

This article contains spoilers for Hawkeye and Avengers: Endgame. In the wake of Avengers: Endgame, many people, including me, were frustrated that Clint Barton, or Hawkeye, survived rather than Natasha...

[Multimedia] Rhyming Couplet

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer December 15, 2021

The stigma those with Antisocial Personality Disorder face puts them in danger not only in their everyday lives but also in medical and judicial settings.

Still Human

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer December 1, 2021

The words “psychopath” and “sociopath” are strewn throughout the media, from factual accounts of serial killers to the fictional world of crime shows. Recall Silence of the Lambs, No Country for...

Writers use National Novel Writing Month to get as many words into a draft as they can in a demanding challenge to compose an entire novel in a single month.

50,000 Words. One month.

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer November 10, 2021

While some may think of November as the month of Thanksgiving break or the days when the chilly air turns into frosty mornings, many writers see the month as a different time. National Novel Writing Month,...

The supposedly haunted Blue Mist Road twists into the woods, full of mystery and unease.

Petrifying Pittsburgh

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer October 29, 2021

Urban legends are a staple in every city, warnings of closed roads and spaces under bridges taking new forms with every additional voice. Many of them are the only legacies of the mostly forgotten dead....

Mitski releases a new song and music video after two years of hiatus.

Mitski’s latest release cuts deep

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer October 19, 2021

I remember the moment like it was yesterday; singer-songwriter Mitski finally returned from her musical hiatus. I was eating lunch and scrolling through my phone, awaiting something interesting to catch...

In regard to our evolving understanding of gender, the Tokyo Olympics represented progress, but inequities remain.

Breaking the Binary

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer September 27, 2021

This past summer, the Tokyo Olympics hosted at least 160 LGBTQ+ athletes, and perhaps even more revolutionary, the first openly transgender athletes to compete in the Games. However, at the same time,...

Osamu Dazai (1909-1948) gives a piercing look into depression before the era of modern psychology.

A Review of No Longer Human

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer September 13, 2021

Trigger warning: This review contains discussion of depression, mental illness, and suicide. When I first read No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai in an attempt to expand my focus beyond American literature,...

Co-director Savannah Guzzi-Garber and social media and communications officer Madi Eschenbach discuss plans for the future of Gender Equality Series.

Females of the Future

Aris Pastor, Staff Writer September 1, 2021

Women in public office. Women in space. Women in sports. Promoting the breaking of gender barriers is taking place by women all around, even specifically by 23 females at North Allegheny. On March 8th,...

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