Charu Sinha

Class of 2015


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Game of Thrones

“Game of Thrones” has, to put it lightly, a complicated relationship with women — both with the women on the show and with the women who watch the show. HBO’s 42-time-Emmy-nominated ratings juggernaut has garnered critical and popular acclaim, but not without its fair share of controversy. From its casual treatment of rape to its gratuitous male gaze-driven nudity, a misogynistic undercurrent ran inflexibly throughout the past four seasons of “Game of Thrones.” Often, exposition, motive and backstory will be established casually by a male character while a prostitute is completely naked in the ...
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February Backpage

How to Pay for College: A Definitive Guide This issue, we outlined the different ways students can pay for college in our Focus section. However, if you are still confused about or frustrated with your payment options, or are just unsure of how to approach student loans, we have compiled several alternative methods for you to consider: 1.    Organ “donation”: If you think about it, having two kidneys is just an unnecessary hassle. Why waste all that internal abdominal space on a superfluous second kidney, when you could quite easily profit with the simple help of a PayPal account and ...
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Oscars: Best Supporting Race

75 years ago, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to receive an Academy Award for her performance as Mammy, an infamously racist depiction of the “noble slave” archetype, in “Gone with the Wind.” “My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel,” McDaniel said in her acceptance speech, “May I say thank you and God bless you.” Last year, Lupita Nyong’o won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Patsey, a slave girl, in “12 Years a Slave.” She was only the fifth black actress to win in her category since McDa...
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The Darrell Hammond Project

The cliché of the sad clown is one of those stereotypes that is deeply-rooted in truth. Call it biology or psychology or coincidence, but the greatest comedic geniuses are often those who battle the darkest inner demons, as evidenced most recently by the suicide of the much-beloved Robin Williams. There is something undeniably compelling about the macabre irony of a depressed comedian, and “The Darrell Hammond Project,” Darrell Hammond’s one-man stage adaptation of his memoir, examines this irony through the razor-sharp lens of humor, nostalgia and painful retrospect. In doing so, Hammond constructs an in...
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December Backpage

DEFCON TPHS It’s no secret that things at TPHS have been a little crazy as of late. Between shooting threats originating from an app whose name sounds like the noise a farm animal makes when it feels threatened to there being a couple of days when actual rain fell from the actual sky, it seems that “bring the chaos” has perhaps been interpreted a little too literally. The Falconer has conducted a thorough investigation into the administration’s handling of these emergencies and discovered this color-coded threat level chart, which we are now bravely printing in full TPHS SECURITY ADVISORY S...
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Backpage October & November 2014

Note to Readers: We usually don’t publish editorials written by our readers for one reason: Our readership is comprised wholly of our parents (who would like to let us know that they are very, very proud of us and we should keep up the hard work but be home by 7:00 p.m. because we’re having spaghetti tonight!) In fact, if you’re reading this and aren’t genetically linked to one of our staffers, we’d like to thank you for making it this far — you’re a trooper, and frankly, a living miracle.  This is why we were so surprised when Sharon McWasp, who is unrelated to anyone on ...
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Ebola quarantine is ineffective and unconstitutional

Following the death of Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States, three major protocols have been proposed by public health officials to prevent the entry and transmission of the deadly virus throughout the nation. All three strategies involve some form of quarantine, an archaic and harsh medical practice that not only severely infringes upon basic civil liberties, but also is demonstrably ineffectual at preventing the spread of disease.  The first strategy establishes drastic restrictions on incoming flights from Ebola-affected nations. The second, which has already been ...