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Staff Writer Michael Pizzella discusses his thoughts on Kendrick Lamars new album “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers.

A Review on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers’

Michael Pizzella, Staff Writer June 3, 2022

Following his break into the rap scene in 2003, Kendrick Lamar has produced countless iconic hip-hop records during his time in the industry. From the grainy yet profound “Good Kid M.A.A.D. City” to...

Sarah Buttikofer shares her opinion on the tragic shooting in Texas last Tuesday. She explores how this problem can be prevented with one change: gun control.

Condolences must bring change

Sarah Buttikofer, Editor in Chief June 1, 2022

As I scroll through social media, my eyes jump from post to post about the mass shooting that happened last Tuesday. My eyes tear up as I see repeated phrases such as “I send my condolences to the families...

Harry Styless third album Harrys House was released Friday, May 20. Staff Editor Cameron Dolan shared her opinion on the album.

‘[Harry’s House] teeters on the line between good and great’

Cameron Dolan, Staff Editor May 25, 2022

Harry’s third album, “Harry’s House,” has created a widespread debate as to whether it has fallen short or exceeded excellence. Compared to “Fine Line” and his debut album, “Harry’s House”...

Gabrielle Rothenberg shares her opinion on the newest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’: Falls Short of Excellence

Gabrielle Rothenberg, Staff Editor May 18, 2022

Spoilers Ahead   When the first glimpse of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was shown as a post-credit scene in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (2021), fans were ecstatic for...

Editors Emily Moy and Sophie Kolax share their opinions on the recent Supreme Court document leak and the possible overturning of the benchmark case Roe v. Wade.

Opinion: Leaked Court draft on the overturning of Roe v. Wade is a step backward

Sophie Kolax and Emily Moy May 12, 2022

Editor’s Note: The opinions presented in this article are not necessarily that of The PV Student Publication or its staff.    Content warning: r*pe   In a shocking and horrific...

Ioanna Tsompanellis shares her opinion on the currently trending book It Ends With Us in the review below.

It Ends With Us: A Brilliant Heart-Wrenching Story

Ioanna Tsompanellis, Illustration Editor May 6, 2022

Disclaimer: contains spoilers and mentions of domestic violence. From TikTok to Instagram, “It Ends With Us” has been advertised everywhere.  Any other person (including myself) would think...

Editors Megan Austin and Emily Moy review Los Fuertes de Loreto in Hillsdale.

Los Fuertes de Loreto: ‘a tiny restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and fast service’

Megan Austin and Emily Moy May 5, 2022

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, for this month’s food review, editors Emily Moy and Megan Austin visited Los Fuertes de Loreto, a family-owned Mexican restaurant in the center of Hillsdale. It is located...

Staff Editor Lola Smith shares her opinion on how exercising and having a routine is beneficial for your mental health. Smith says, The impacts of exercising are exceptional, and as a high school student, I think having a routine could change lives drastically as it has done for me.

How exercising affects your mental health

Lola Smith, Staff Editor May 4, 2022

It goes without saying that exercising has a direct impact on your physical and even your mental health. According to ScienceDaily, “A study of 1.2 million people in the USA has found that people...

Opinion: NCA and NDA was nothing like I have ever experienced before

Opinion: ‘NCA and NDA was nothing like I have ever experienced before’

Ava Kim, Photo Editor May 4, 2022

Disclaimer: The following contains spoilers for the Netflix show "Cheer."  After two unusual years, the Daytona National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance Collegiate National...

The percentage of stem electives to humanities electives is 65.4% to 34.6%. Staff writer Maya Schlessinger shares students thoughts on the lack of humanities classes.

Opinion: ‘Does Pascack Valley need to find its humanity?’

Maya Schlessinger, Staff Writer March 23, 2022

Every day students hear those around them echo, “Challenge yourself!” and  “Take classes you’re interested in!”   For some, that is not as simple as it seems. It is easier for some...

Julia Cano reviews Without Merit by Colleen Hoover and calls it a thrilling emotional story.

‘Without Merit’: An Eye-Opening, Unforgettable Plot

Julia Cano, Staff Writer March 18, 2022

Warnings for “Without Merit”: Violent language, drug/alcohol abuse, sexual references/actions, suicidal actions “Without Merit” by Colleen Hoover started as a book I was very reluctant to read,...

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