Supernatural Beings Inhabit Dorms and Faculty Housing

 Although the school year has just begun, two students have already noticed paranormal activity in their dorm rooms at Western Reserve Academy through suspicious light activity and odd sounds at night.  WRA’s history spans almost 200 years and throughout its existence, various accounts of supernatural experiences have been shared, an unsurprising fact due to the … Continue reading

 Should Cancel Culture Be Canceled?

 The first time I heard the term “cancel culture,” I was listening to the radio, flipping through broadcast after broadcast. Confused, I pressed pause on the scanner, straining to hear the commentator through the static as she referenced this unknown concept—yet, despite no prior exposure to the term, I felt an instant surge of recognition … Continue reading

 Why The Test Optional Policy Should Stay

 Last year, the world watched as college after college announced their decision to go “test optional.” This policy gives students the option of not submitting test scores—either because their scores were not reflective of their abilities or because they were not able to take the test. Other schools have gone completely test-blind, which means they … Continue reading

Yellow Peril in Knox’s Ten Commandments

It all starts with a detective named Erika Furudo from Umineko: When They Cry. To begin with, Umineko, first released in 2007, is a Japanese murder mystery written by Ryukishi07. Dedicated to inspiring readers’ imagination as well as celebrating literary traditions, Umineko alludes to many monumental developments in detective fiction, merging them into its uniquely … Continue reading

Orwell Never Dies: On the Importance of Clear Political Language

In American political discourse it has become stale to quote George Orwell’s novels 1984 and Animal Farm to claim the other side is totalitarian. The great insight of 1984, however, is that language shapes politics; totalitarianism takes root only after you have been deprived of the proper words with which to think and oppose it. … Continue reading

Is an Uncrustables PB&J a Form of Ravioli?

 Is an Uncrustables PB&J a Form of Ravioli?  Isabella Folio ’22Managing Editor  When I learned that I could finally write editorials for the Reserve Record, I felt ecstatic. The ability to write whatever I wanted, no prompt, made my head spin with potential ideas. Of course, I knew then that I would use my position … Continue reading

Reflections on the Revolution in CHAZ

Elie Aoun ’21Editor-in-Chief To the history of failed communist states, we can add the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). Established on June 8, 2020 in downtown Seattle by Antifa sympathizers, BLM extremists and other anarcho-communists agitators, CHAZ is a fascinating case study into the anatomy of fringe left-wing ideology. Owing to a lack of police … Continue reading

Organic or GMO?

Organic or GMO?  Khushi Chawda ’21Editor Organic agriculture started in the early 20th century as a response to the environmental consequences of the agricultural revolution. It aims to increase biodiversity, nutrition levels, and sustainability by using naturally occurring pesticides and fertilizers, such as green manure. Crop rotation and intercropping are common practices that help keep … Continue reading

Trump’s War on the LGBTQ+ Community

 Trump’s War on the LGBTQ+ Community Ellie Polyak ’21Managing Editor Trump’s hand-in-hand run with racism, bigotry, and prejudice isn’t anything hidden from the public; in particular, his conflicting message on the LGBTQ+ community. He has danced around vaguely accepting social progress and the community to saying he would “seriously consider” a Supreme Justice who would … Continue reading

Standardized Testing Isn’t For Everybody

Standardized Testing Isn’t For Everybody  Hannah Ma ’22Editor During high school, all students feel the pressure from grades, colleges and parents. This period is crucial for our future, and we are constantly working towards creating that stellar college application. Of course, colleges take into account our extracurriculars, athletics and leadership positions, but there is always … Continue reading