The Foreword

‘folklore’, Ranked: a Careful Dissection of Each Track on Taylor Swift’s Soft New Record

A scene from Taylor Swift's

Luke Chinman and Abigail Segel

September 17, 2020

While promoting her seventh studio album Lover in the summer of 2019, Taylor Swift told British Vogue, “I sort of equate my twenties with walking into a costume shop and trying on all these different costumes, and then walking out of the costume shop in my regular outfit and being like, ‘I'm cool...

Why being a White American Jew is not the same as being a Black American

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Abigail Segel

June 12, 2020

As I returned home from the Black Student Union’s powerful sit-in at Allderdice yesterday, I was thinking of the inspiring, courageous students who organized and spoke at the event. Their words will stick with me as I unlearn the prejudice within me and aim to practice antiracism. In addition, I was ...

PPS Won’t Pay Spring Sports Coaches Any Money for a Season That Had Already Started

Both Allderdice track teams won the City League championships last year. // Will McBride

Abigail Segel

June 12, 2020

In response to the economic and educational chaos caused by Covid-19, the Pennsylvania state legislature passed Senate Bill 751 which says, "No employee of any school district who was employed as of March 13, 2020 shall receive more or less compensation than the employee would otherwise have been entit...

Another Incident of Police Brutality Rattles the Country

George Floyd with his daughter

Chloe Werner

May 30, 2020

Monday, May 25, was a dark day for Minneapolis, Minnesota. George Floyd, a 46-year old African American man, was arrested by four police officers. Unarmed, he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground under a white officer’s knee. “I can’t breathe,” he was gasping out, but to no avail. Floyd was...

Remembering Ms. Goodman

Beloved Allderdice teacher Roz Goodman passed away in February after fighting liver cancer.

March 12, 2020

“It's hard to put into words what Roz meant to me. I taught down the hall from Ms. Goodman for many years. We had a special bond because we usually taught the same students. She was a true example of a decent colleague, always had my back, picked me up when I was having a bad day, and always made me l...

Naviance: Not Just For Nerds

Naviance college statistics //

Madeline King

March 12, 2020

Naviance. We’ve been lectured about, assigned seemingly meaningless tasks on it, and overall most students don’t give it a second thought. But if you take a deeper dive, it’s actually pretty cool. One feature that's really helpful is that our counselors can constantly update Naviance with new...

“Miss Americana” Shows Taylor Swift’s Human Side

Taylor Swift and Lana Wilson at the premier of Miss Americana at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23 //

Abigail Segel

March 12, 2020

  On January 23, Lana Wilson’s film about Taylor Swift, Miss Americana, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The next week, it was released on Netflix, bringing it to a massive audience of all types: fans, haters, neutrals, and everyone in-between. The documentary offers a remarkable look int...

Failed Communication From District, School Results in Work Release Chaos

A February 21 screenshot of junior James Blodgett’s petition on // Abigail Segel

Abigail Segel

March 12, 2020

On January 31, Assistant Principal Ms. Davies held assemblies for juniors in which, among other new policies, she revealed that the work release program would not exist next year. This announcement set off mass outrage, confusion, and worry for hundreds of students and parents. Even though students...

Food Writer Priya Krishna is the Best of America

Krishna speaks at the Cherry Bombe Jubilee 2019 conference about cultural diversity and sexism in the food world

Abigail Segel

February 20, 2020

In the food world, 2019 was the year of Priya Krishna. She released her second cookbook, Indian-ish in April, and it instantly became a smash-hit, eventually being named one of the Best Cookbooks of Spring 2019 by the New York Times, Eater, and Bon Appétit. Krishna then embarked on an immensely popular national...

Community Shows Support After Ms. Goodman’s Diagnosis

Ms. Goodman and Ms. Britton pose in their shirts.

Maya Shook and Luke Chinman

February 20, 2020

In late December, beloved math teacher Ms. Goodman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of liver cancer. After learning about Ms. Goodman’s diagnosis, math teacher Ms. Britton organized an effort to “show her support—not just financial—but emotional support.” The two have known each oth...

Who was Taylor Allderdice? A Look at Our School’s Namesake

Taylobr Allderdice’s Obituary article from the Pittsburgh Press, 1934

Bella Crum

February 18, 2020

Five days a week, hundreds of students walk up the front steps and past the green and white lettering that spells out the name of our school on their way into the building. Upon gazing at this name, many may know simply that Taylor Allderdice was probably named after some long dead rich guy. In the case...

It’s Time to Act on Your New Years Resolutions!

Global Minds is a great club for students who want to make Allderdice more inclusive

Madeline King

February 18, 2020

Winter break is over and we’re all struggling to get adjusted to normal life. On top of that, finals are looming in front of us. Among the stress and pressure of school, new year's resolutions or even new decade’s resolutions can get lost and overlooked.  To help the students of Allderdice stay on t...