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Chelsea Dagger's Favorite Teen Novels

By Chelsea DaggerNovember 30, 2011
Is there anything better than sinking into a hamburger-shaped bean bag chair and opening a book you love? NOPE. Because the best thing in the world—bacon-covered foodstuffs and Joseph Gordon-Levitt aside—is finding a book that we truly connect with, a book that's always... More  →
Chelsea Dagger's Favorite Teen Novels

Turkey Time and Texting

By ContributorNovember 30, 2011
This week, Faye makes one of the smartest observations about graduating from high school and moving on that we've ever heard. Why didn't we think of putting it this way? —Sparkitors The scene: Downtown of a nondescript city. It’s Christmastime and the streets are... More  →
Turkey Time and Texting

The Hit List: House of Heroes

By ContributorNovember 30, 2011
Metalhead's back to doing what he does best: music reviews!—Sparkitors Queen. The Beatles. The Foo Fighters. Springsteen. The Clash. Muse. And Broadway musicals. Throw them all in a blender, and what do you get? Five guys from Columbus, Ohio, making fun, yet thought-provoking rock... More  →
The Hit List: House of Heroes

Ask a Teacher: Why Aren't Letter Grade Percents More Reasonable?

By Mr. JungNovember 30, 2011
A reader recently posed another excellent grading-related question, which I snatched it up like a crazy Black Friday shopper. The question in question was, why are grading scales organized with ten percentage points between full-letter grades (A = 90-100, B = 80-90, etc.), until the... More  →
Ask a Teacher: Why Aren't Letter Grade Percents More Reasonable?

Math: The Bane of My Existence

By ContributorNovember 30, 2011
carrieaimelire, we hereby appoint you Ambassador of the Society of Butts Against Math. Your badge is in the mail.—Sparkitors As with pants, math and I are not friends, compatriots, chums, mates, or consorts. We are not bros. And we are not homies either. I... More  →
Math: The Bane of My Existence

7 Reasons to Love Calculus

By ContributorNovember 29, 2011
All_Is_Mal is making us regret wimping out after Algebra II! —Sparkitors This year, I’m taking AP Calculus BC, which involves ninety minutes of calculus class every day, and it’s one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. That sounds dramatic and over-exaggerated, but calculus has... More  →
7 Reasons to Love Calculus

How to Tie a Tie: The (In)Comprehensive Guide

By ContributorNovember 29, 2011
flyergirl13 is just as good at tying ties as she is at surviving a fight with a zombie. Which is to say, not very good.—Sparkitors I decided to tackle this tough subject because it is the most-searched... More  →
How to Tie a Tie: The (In)Comprehensive Guide

Tips For Next Year's NaNoWriMo, From a Winner!

By ContributorNovember 29, 2011
Dumblydorr's coming down the home stretch with HOW many words?! —Sparkitors Hello again, Sparklies! We're nearing the home stretch. How do you feel? Have you been writing... More  →
Tips For Next Year's NaNoWriMo, From a Winner!

Why High School Dances Are Terrible

By ContributorNovember 29, 2011
Something tells us Charlotteness isn't counting down the days til prom. —Sparkitors High school dances suck. They always have sucked, they suck for almost everybody, and they will most likely continue to suck. Here's why. 1. The hype Most dances get framed by the drama/rumor/hype mill... More  →
Why High School Dances Are Terrible

Ginger's Black Friday Diary

By ContributorNovember 29, 2011
This Thanksgiving was... different, to say the least. Not only did I not go home, but I didn't eat a Thanksgiving dinner, I didn't watch the Packers game, and I didn't spend the next day and a half in a food-induced coma. Instead, I ate... More  →
Ginger's Black Friday Diary