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Spotswood Hosts Quaint Ambience

By Quo Vadis October 29, 2020

By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-In-Chief, There is nothing marking the various entrances into the town. In most areas, there is no sign signifying the movement across town lines. As a result, many people, even some town residents, don’t know where other towns end and where Spotswood begins. With a town area of only 2 miles, it’s common to refer to the small municipality as being less than a mile long. Compared to sprawling suburbs like East Brunswick or...

My Day With a Dolphin

By Quo Vadis October 29, 2020

By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-In-Chief I awaken to the sound of my cell phone vibrating against the heavy wooden nightstand. I open my eyes and take a moment to acclimate myself to the unfamiliar territory. I scan the sky-blue walls and graying wooden floorboards, briefly inspecting the black and white print of palm trees that is hung on the wall across from me. I can’t see the digital clock from my bed, but I know it must be...

COVID Rules Affect Deaf Community

By Quo Vadis October 21, 2020

By Diandra Hilario, Staff Writer The current pandemic has been hard for everyone around the world, forcing many to change their day-to-day lives to accommodate the difficulties that coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought. While most individuals can adjust to rough times with little to no trouble, others like those from the deaf community have lost most of their communication abilities. Since facial expressions are a huge part of American Sign Language (ASL), many of the community are not...

Vote For Yourself

By Quo Vadis October 21, 2020

By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-In-Chief This year, the focus is on voting. Every news outlet  in the world has banners on their homepages showing users how to register to vote. Businesses are encouraging shoppers to vote via commercials, advertisements and displays. The internet is overflowing  with tips, notices and continuous reminders to vote.   Voting has always been a cornerstone of democracy. Many Americans have worn their “I Voted” stickers every four years like clockwork. Yet, the recent influx...

Nivea Helps With Dry Skin

By Luke Lombardi May 6, 2020

Sebastian Casado   Everyone who knows me is aware that I never leave the house without moisturizer. It is something that I’ve felt is always necessary to use to take care of your skin well. My favorite hand lotion is the 48  hour Nivea body lotion with deep nourishing serum and shea butter. I use this product every day. It keeps my hands smooth and smells amazing. The moisturizer keeps your skin fresh and hydrated for 48...

Don’t Let the Pandemic Control Your Life

By Luke Lombardi May 6, 2020

Madison Bara As about a month of quarantine has passed, I am starting to get tired of hearing about the coronavirus (COVID-19). I understand that we are in a pandemic and need to take it seriously, but we don't have to talk about it every minute of the day.  During this quarantine, I rarely listen to the news, as I know that the situation is still going to be the same. Thus, instead of focusing on the...

Why I Dress in Pajamas for School

By Luke Lombardi May 6, 2020

Luke Lombardi On the internet, there has been a lot of discussion lately over whether people should still be getting dressed up for both school and work. I am on the side of online schooling or working from the home office in pajamas. I personally find it comfortable, and it makes my day a little bit better. I completely understand why people decide to dress as if they were in a classroom or their typical work environment....

Why I Watch TV and Read Books Like I Do

By Luke Lombardi April 29, 2020

Luke Lombardi I have always had obsessive behavior. Whether it be anxiety or deciding what to watch on TV, I am always obsessing over things.  Most of the time, this is a bad thing. The only time it is a good thing is when it comes to movies, television and reading books or comics. I tell my family and friends all the time that I am lucky to live in the streaming age.  Due to my obsessive...

The Trip That Changed My Life

By Luke Lombardi April 29, 2020

Gabrielle Ignotis The February after I turned 16, I got my first piece of mail. Up until then, everything that needed to get to me through the post office would be addressed to the “Ignotis Family”, often in the thin script of aunts, grandmothers and other assorted family members. This letter was typed and addressed solely to me. The envelope bore the seal of the National Youth Leadership Forum.     My mother claimed it was a scam,...

The Compelling Woman Whose Name I Do Not Know (QUO VADIS COLUMN CONTEST WINNER)

By Luke Lombardi April 22, 2020

Sehrish Taqweem        Large and watery gray eyes gazed upon me as I walked past a crowded bazaar in Pakistan. I remember her features so well that I don't think they've ever left my mind. Her lips resembling a bruised grape and her face so easy to read. You could see the pain in her rough-looking hands, with a dark scar on the right side of her cheeks. The wind had blown and her shirt rushed to cling...