The Uproar

Betul Tuncer

Betul Tuncer, Assignments Editor

Betul Tuncer is a senior on the NASH Uproar. In her free time she enjoys writing poems, listening to kpop and snacking on hot cheetos.

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Students on the VARIATIONS staff have worked hard to bring the magazine together, even from the isolation of their own homes.

Dedication to Publish

June 3, 2020

For nearly as long as NASH has existed, VARIATIONS has been a consistent publication that brings student work together. Every year, dedicated students work together to compile the best student artwork...

All the black men, woman and children to die at the hands of white police officers (including Ahmaud Arbery who was killed by white civilians) after Eric Garner's death in 2014. May their names be remembered. (List of names provided by NPR)

This Is America

June 2, 2020

As we all must know already, a week ago George Floyd was murdered by a white officer in a disturbing and brutal way. When I saw the news and the video, I was absolutely devastated. My first reaction was...

It may strike others as surprising that Muslims enjoy a month of fasting, but for the faithful, Ramadan can be a deeply meaningful observance.

Ramadan in the Time of Quarantine

May 20, 2020

Some people may find it hard to believe, but Ramadan is my favorite month, as it is for a lot of practicing Muslims. It may seem odd that anyone could come to love fasting, but Ramadan is much more than...

Politics vs the Pandemic

Politics vs the Pandemic

April 27, 2020

The other day I was watching President Trump’s daily White House briefing on COVID-19, and I couldn’t help but notice how much the briefing had strayed from its intention. Back in March, when these...

ProTips: Self-Isolation Edition

ProTips: Self-Isolation Edition

March 27, 2020

It has officially been two weeks since in-person classes stopped and a week since Pennsylvania state declared all life-sustaining businesses to close. Since then, the government and health organizations...

Some foreign tv shows are worth turning on subtitles and going on a Netflix binge watching spree.

Binge-worthy Subtitles

March 24, 2020

Abyss I have seen many Kdramas, and I have to say, Abyss is by far my favorite. Unlike a typical Korean drama, the show is focused on action rather than romance. The show focuses on two best friends...

In the days before the district announced the extended school closure, Nurse Scrabis' job was growing rapidly busier.

A State of Limbo

March 16, 2020

Last week, before NA announced a two-week school closure, the school days were understandably pre-occupied with health concerns. Perhaps no one's job at NASH was more intensified than that of Nurse Scrabis,...

Rather than only being fun

“Bops” Heal Thoughts

March 6, 2020

The bell rings and almost simultaneously hundreds of students wedge in their earbuds or slide on thick headphones as they flood into the halls. Phones are palmed, playlists are shuffled, and songs are...

Navigating high school is challenging, even more so when you stick out and must contend with painful assumptions.

That “Thing” on My Head

February 12, 2020

Every morning at 6am, I wander around my room in a sleepy daze and get dressed in an outfit that was meticulously planned the night before. I spend the morning like pretty much every other American teenager,...

Manic explores Halsey's thoughts  and experiences through unique musical perspectives.

Deep Dive into “Manic”

February 4, 2020

On January 17th, Halsey released her 3rd studio album, Manic. The album features 17 songs, including three genre-defying interludes. Halsey has been promoting Manic as an “emotional spectrum," and truly,...

The film and TV industry has come a long way in regard to diversity, but it still lacks the proper representation our society needs.

Not Quite The Golden Age

January 20, 2020

Living in America, one can’t help but notice the lack of representation -- or outright misrepresentation -- of minorities in the film and television industry. Despite the fact that America is known for...

Right now the Uyghur population in Xinjiang, China is facing brutal ethnic cleansing, yet the world remains silent.

Open Your Eyes

December 19, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, today's teenagers regularly advocate for change in social and economic systems as well as environmental policy. Yet still many of us are still living in ignorance -- especially...

Merry Christmas?

Merry Christmas?

December 10, 2019

“Merry Christmas!” “I don't celebrate Christmas.” “Oh... happy holidays?” “Um...thanks, you too!” This awkward conversation is one with which I’m well acquainted. When you...

Thanksgiving As We Know It?

Thanksgiving As We Know It?

November 27, 2019

Over the course of our childhood, we’ve learned the history of the first Thanksgiving feast seemingly annually. But in case you don’t quite remember the story, it goes a little something like this…. The...

Senior Sofia Mazziotti shares her most recent artwork and talks about the techniques and inspirations behind each piece. The following captions are all written by Sofia.

Look At This!

November 26, 2019

NASH junior Yaseen Sabil aims for a strike last Friday at Perry Park Lanes.  Sabil and others in the Muslim Student Association hosted a meeting at the bowling alley to build community around friendly competition, food, and fun.

A Strike Against Stigma

November 15, 2019

The billing "bowling, pizza, and fun" sounds as if it could describe any lighthearted get-together.  But last Friday at Perry Park Lanes, the Muslim Student Association proved that an afternoon at the...

The Little Things

The Little Things

November 15, 2019

A string of green lights, free donuts, wearing sweatpants to school. These are all things that seem quite trivial, yet on rare occasions, they seem to ignite a spark of joy within us. As human beings,...

“I’m Not a Janeite”

October 30, 2019

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a world classic, a literary masterpiece, and a feminist landmark. And yes, I’ll admit that for Jane Austen to publish a book about the daily lives of young ladies...

Podcasts are now so plentiful and popular that there's likely a series to suit any listener's tastes.

Play It By Ear

October 23, 2019

Worst Year Ever  Worst Year Ever is a fairly new podcast, hosted by Robert Evans, Katy Stoll, and Cody Johnston, in which the trio talk about current social and political events and how the year 2020...

Age of the Buzzed

Age of the Buzzed

October 18, 2019

The smell of espresso fills the air as we pull up to the Starbucks drive-through. A memorized conversation takes place, minutes pass by, and then two arms stretch between the window and the vehicle, as...

We're raised to believe in our own creative thoughts, but when we reach high school a drastic change takes effect.

No More Artists

October 4, 2019

School, the workshop of human intelligence. The central path of our upbringing. The place where we are taught how to talk and walk and act. Where we are taught the proper way to learn and listen and think,...

Dash to the Deadline

Dash to the Deadline

September 6, 2019

As the school year starts off, the senior class of NASH is burdened with the stress of choosing their college and career paths. The first deadline of November 1st is slowly approaching and with it will...

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