The Tam News

The Modern Addiction to Cell Phones

The Modern Addiction to Cell Phones

By Ryan Leake and Ryan Leake

June 2, 2017

I wish I grew up 30 years ago. Not because I want 50-cent Coca-Colas, or because I want to watch Larry Bird go up against Magic Johnson (though that would be a plus), or even because I wouldn’t have to hear this annoying message before watching any movie in a movie theater: “Our world seems to be overru...

The Demise of Twitter

The Demise of Twitter

By Kavi Dolasia

March 18, 2017

In 140 characters or less, Twitter gives users the power to broadcast any notion, idea or comment instantaneously. It’s almost an ingenious concept - who doesn’t want to share their 2am ambitions on the internet? - and yet, as of 2016, the company has lost $2 billion since debuting over ten years...

The Obsession with Social Media

The Obsession with Social Media

By Megan Butt

February 14, 2015

Senior Russell Wirth looked down at his phone which displayed a photo he had just posted on Instagram. The photo showed Wirth and his family river rafting on vacation, and he had decided to share it so his friends could see what he had done over the break. He had spent some time editing the photo and...

The Early Bird Catches the Dress

The Early Bird Catches the Dress

By Elizabeth Archer

April 8, 2014

Bing. I look to the top right of my Facebook page, squinting my eyes to see the infamous red number icon that indicates a notification. It’s early March, which for me, marks the beginning of soccer season—or in other words—the time of year of sunburned cheeks, and purple, jammed fingers in goalie...

Attack of the Relatives: Facebook Edition

Relatives sometimes mess with your Facebook

By Declan Katz

February 13, 2014

I’m lucky to have the support of a great family, and have yet to be disowned by them. But one piece of constructive criticism I have for my family is that they need to leave Facebook. Or, at the very least, completely leave me alone and for all intents and purposes on Facebook. Yet, despite my efforts,...

New “Lulu” App Allows Women to Rate Men


By Natasha Harvey

June 8, 2013

A new application called Lulu has struck the teenage world that allows girls to comment and rate their male Facebook friends. The app was originally popular among college students and has now made it to the high school social scene and is rapidly increasing in popularity. The only way to log in with ...

Get Off Your Butts, Armchair Activists!

Get Off Your Butts, Armchair Activists!

By Aaron Newman

June 5, 2013

Let’s assume it’s an average day. You’ve just arrived home after your slew of college-résumé-building extracurricular activities and, hoping to find a reason to procrastinate before starting up the steep hill of homework you’ve yet to climb, you do what many teens would after a long, productive...

Learning Goes Social: The New Age of Teacher-Student Communication

Learning Goes Social: The New Age of Teacher-Student Communication

By Devon Stoeber

May 31, 2013

One school night, sophomore Madelyn Lunder gets ready to begin her homework by checking her planner. After she realizes she forgot to write some assignments down she logs on to her Facebook. Lunder is a member of her sophomore English and social studies Core class Facebook group where she can ask fellow...

Leadership and Link Crew Host Mixer

By Sophia Ellingson

April 22, 2013

Link Crew and Leadership students held a “Come Meet Your Facebook Friends” mixer event at lunch on April 24, in hopes of bringing together new friends and developing a positive social atmosphere on campus. Upon entering Ruby Scott Gym, where the event was held, each student was given a number correlating...

New Generation for “Tam High Excellent Parking”

By Justin Schmidt

March 21, 2013

“Excellent Parking by Tam Students (EPTS),” a Facebook page known and loved by hundreds of students, is in a transformational stage. The page showcases photos of cars parked illegally or poorly by Tam students, or in entertaining ways. Jackson Lundgren, Tam alumnus of 2012, created the page two years...

“Tam Girls Only” Moves

By Holly Parkin

February 21, 2013

The popular Facebook group “Tam Girls Only” has been shut down in favor of an updated, professional website where high school girls can share and purchase clothing from one another. The original Facebook group, created by senior Francesca Chiloiro, served as an online exchange system where girls...

Open a Book and Open a Part of Yourself

Open a Book and Open a Part of Yourself

By Maddie Elias

November 6, 2012

Sometimes people ask me why I read so much. When they ask this, my response always comes down to, “Because it’s fun.” I must be insane, right? A book is just a bunch of words on a bunch of paper, which sure doesn’t sound like much fun. And yet, it’s the truth. Reading a good book can be an...