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Humans of TAMS: Anjulie Van Sickle

Brand new to McConnell Hall this year, Dallas-native Anjulie Van Sickle has made a quite smooth transition, and she can relate to our unique situation at TAMS more than you may have thought. “I...

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TAMS Couples 101: Part 2

In honor of Valentine’s day, we got up close and personal with some of TAMS’s hottest couples. Rohan and Shivani, Taylor and Tyler, and Hrishi and Sumedha all sat down with us to discuss...

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Humans of TAMS: Savanna Depew

TAMS is not just a student body; it is a community of young intellectuals, Residential Assistants, Program Assistants, and administrative staff working together to create the most enriching environment possible. Savanna Depew, a new...

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Humans of TAMS: Amy Freeman

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism project that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. Thank you to this week’s interviewee, Amy Freeman. Like...

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Humans of TAMS: Madeline Yuan

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism project that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. Thank you to this week’s interviewee, Madeline Yuan. Just...

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Humans of TAMS: Steven Jacob

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism project that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. Thank you to this week’s interviewee, Steven Jacob....

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Humans of TAMS: Josh Yue

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism project that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. For the next month we will be spotlighting...

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Humans of TAMS : Renae White

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism project that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. For the next month we will be spotlighting...

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Humans of TAMS: Kristina Pieterson

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. For the month we will be spotlighting new junior...

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Peeks and Previews: Artfelt

Passion. Individuality. Community. I’d like to share my personal experiences about Artfelt, and, in doing so, I hope to also give you a brief glimpse of Artfelt’s role in the TAMS community. At the...

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Parting Words

The year is 1992. It is Dr. Richard Sinclair’s first year as the director of TAMS. Every day around 4:00 pm, he is a regular at the McConnell Hall front desk. During his first year holding the position, these...

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Peeks and Previews: RO

Every year, TAMS students are recognized within the state, nation, and even around the world for contributing revolutionary research to the many fields of science. Even as high school students, TAMS students work as...

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Peeks and Previews: TMS

The TAMS Medical Society is dedicated to providing medical opportunities for students seeking to develop their career in medicine. With growing interest within the medical field, our organization’s goal is to ensure that each...

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Peeks and Previews: JETS

Interested in science competitions, community service, or robotics? Then the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) is the club for you! You don’t have to aspire to become an engineer in order to join JETS....

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How to Survive College Apps

Compiled and Written by Alison Chapman, TAMS Alumni Relations *Disclaimer: this is merely meant as a friendly advice article. Please confirm all specific details with your college advisor and the institutions you are exploring....

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Summer Orientation

You will learn a lot at Summer O, or TAMS summer orientation. First, what is Summer O? Taking place on June 13th and 14th, Summer O is a busy weekend where you get to...

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Dear Class of 2014

Dear Class of 2014, You have finally made it! Congrats on being the 25th graduating class of TAMS! It still hasn’t hit our class yet that you guys are actually leaving. We have to...

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Humans of TAMS: Lucy Hao

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism project that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students.Thank you to this week’s interviewee, Lucy Hao. “…when...

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Senior Day

April 26th, Pilot Point LAKE RAY ROBERTS-Isle Du Bois To see photos below, right click photo>open new tab> click photo Our gallery for the time being has a bug in it, we are working...

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Humans of TAMS: Shelby Stanfield

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. Thank you to this week’s interviewee, Shelby Stanfield. Shelby...

For the past few days, TAMS students have been in a frenzy regarding the new changes to the club system. Last night, Kevin Roden called a meeting for all juniors to discuss these new policies.  
	Roden emphasized that student activities should be progressive in order to mirror the innovative academic system at TAMS. The entrepreneurial spirit of the student body lends itself to allowing all student organizations to stand on equal ground when receiving funding. 	Traditionally, a club’s budget was determined by the club’s track record the previous year. However, Roden asserted, frequently a club’s innovative year would be followed by a static one. In that case, all of the funding that club received would be wasted and not used to its full potential. 
	In the new system, however, any student or group of students could meet, put on events, start a club, reserve rooms and vans, advertise to students, and more controversially, have access to a pot of funds. Potential clubs would pitch their idea to a panel and would be asked questions regarding the specific idea and its implementation. After analyzing the idea and its possible affect on the TAMS community, the board would either veto the proposal or grant the money. Track records would be very important in this system; well-established clubs would have an easier time gaining funding, at least in the beginning. Additionally, students who have good track records of their ideas being successes would be granted money more easily as well. 
	According to Roden, there are many benefits to the new system. From a monetary standpoint, anyone in the TAMS student body would have easier access to funds. From a community perspective, the implementation of the system would create a better environment for new programs, events, and opportunities. 
	However, even when Roden discussed all of the potential advantages to the new system, many still dissatisfied students hotly debated his points. One big concern that kept reemerging was that money would run out in the beginning, leaving major clubs without funds for annual events that occur later in the year like AID the Cause or Prom. However, Roden asserted that there would be an infrastructure in place in which some funds could be secured in the beginning of the year for these kinds of activities. 
	Most students had specific concerns. According to Joanne Shang, a new Teach and Learn exec, “I think [Roden] just wants a bunch of little startups, which focuses on a specific type of club, not the already established clubs.”
	As Laura Pang, the new Computer Science Club president, says, “TAMS should promote nonprofits but not be the source of the money. Students shouldn’t be able to pitch money just so their money can be exported somewhere else.”
	However, other students, such as Terrance Alexander and Steven Jacob, feel benefitted by the new system. Together, they recently began a small startup. According to Jacob, “There are so many organizations that use their money really quickly, but we need some too. Our organization is trying to obtain sample rape kits to send to third world countries. This new system would allow us to gain funds to really start working.” 
	Many more students had opinions on the subject as well as ideas that hybridize the current and proposed systems. Roden emphasized that he would love to hear more of the community’s voice on this topic. He can be reached at kevin.roden@unt.edu. However, he asserts he would like to hear complaints along with constructive criticism as to how to improve the system, not just rants. And as always, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below also. 13

Rethinking Club Budgets

For the past few days, TAMS students have been in a frenzy regarding the new changes to the club system. Last night, Kevin Roden called a meeting for all juniors to discuss these new...

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Humans of TAMS: Serena Delgadillo

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students.Thank you to this week’s interviewee, Serena Delgadillo. Serena Delgadillo...

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Clash of the Clubs

Photo credit: Caitlin Allen Think the stress of exec season is over? Think again. Big changes may be coming to the current TAMS club system. Traditionally, official clubs receive a set amount of money...

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AID the Cause

It seems that the media continuously alerts the general public about the travesties of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa and, indeed, throughout the world. The virus wrecks havoc on an individual’s immune system over...

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A Slice of STEM on 3.14

There are a few labels I will wear proudly, and “nerd” is one of them.  Tonight I am headed to a local restaurant called Science Club for a Pi Day celebration – an activity that I...

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Humans of TAMS: Grace Marcelo-Ramirez

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. Thank you to this week’s interviewee, Grace Marcelo-Ramirez. Biology...

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Humans of TAMS: Michayal Mathew

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. We apologize for this week’s delay in posting this...

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Humans of TAMS: James Peng

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. We apologize for this week’s delay in posting this...

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A New Biology Beginning

After a semester of biology as taught by Dr. Crossley, many of the juniors were caught off guard by the vastly different teaching and testing style of Dr. Jagadeeswaran. Most students did not know...

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Humans of TAMS: Lindsay Rittenhouse

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. Thank you so much to this week’s interviewee, Lindsay...

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Humans of TAMS: Parth Rawat

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. We apologize for this week’s delay in posting this...

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TAMS Couples 101

“Only do it because it makes you both happy and you can grow from it,” Tiffany Jiang says about being in a relationship at TAMS. Valentine’s Day is hours away, and excitement is building...

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Blood, toil, tears, and sweat

“Blood, toil, tears, and sweat.” These were the words of Winston Churchill on his thoughts on World War II. But, this phrase is incredibly relevant with TAMSters today. With SLAMT quickly approaching this weekend,...

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Humans of TAMS: Brittany Bunag

Humans of TAMS is a photojournalism project by ION, the TAMS newspaper, that seeks to capture the diversity of the TAMS population through a series of interviews and portraits of students. Thank you to...

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DECA and All-Region: The Controversy

TAMS allows its students to gain tremendous exposure to math and science while maintaining their passions in music, art, and sports. But what happens when major competitions in these outside areas disqualify TAMS students?...

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HOT News: Introducing Humans of TAMS

Next week, Ion will begin its most exciting project of the year: Humans of TAMS (HOT). Many of you are familiar with Humans of New York, a wildly popular photojournalism project that features short...

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Final Exam Madness

Another semester at TAMS has passed again, and as seniors are gearing up for the last round of exams they’ll take seriously (c’mon, senioritis), the juniors are anxiously preparing for their first TAMS Finals....

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An Interview with Dr. Dane Crossley

The sun is rising, the birds are beginning to chirp, and over 200 TAMS students are dutifully making the trek from McConnell to Sage Hall for early morning biology. There are a number of...

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My Greatest Rejection

December 6th, 2012. 8:04 PM I lay on the leather seats with my blue blanket keeping me from getting too cold. Faint moonlight shines in through the windows of my parked car. As I...

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Of Cats and Cations

For as long as anyone can remember, Dr. Martin Schwartz has been teaching chemistry to a significant portion of TAMS juniors. An esteemed professor and ardent cat lover, he is beloved by his students...

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Helpful Hints: Study Tools

With the end of the first round of exams, many students are looking for study tools to improve their grades. Luckily, Ion has complied some resources for biology, physics, chemistry, English, and math. Use...

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The Bio Bust

The success of the junior class’s first bio test has been overshadowed by something most TAMSters know too well: cheating. Wednesday morning started off normal, with the juniors waking early for their 8AM Biology...

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Up and Coming: TMS

Hey babes! I’m Cindy, the publicist of TAMS Medical Society (TMS). TMS has a lot planned for you guys this coming year! I know that many of you guys aspire to careers that aren’t...

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Up and Coming: Academy Players

“According to most philosophers, God in making the world enslaved it. According to Christianity, in making it, He set it free. God had written, not so much a poem, but rather a play; a...

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Up and Coming: Sports Club

On behalf of Sports Club’s #beautifulexecs, welcome to TAMS! We are really excited for the upcoming year and look forward to meeting all of y’all. While at TAMS, it’s important to stay active and...

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Up and Coming: Amnesty International

Nowadays, you’d be hard pressed to find someone without an opinion on what’s happening in the world around them. Thanks to the widespread availability of news across a spectrum of formats, you can be...

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Up and Coming: TBO

Hey guys! I’m sure you all are SUPER excited to start your year at TAMS. One of the things you’ll find yourselves most involved in is the variety of established clubs here at TAMS....

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Up and Coming: Naturally

Most people in our planet are involved in jobs effectively destroying the planet. Environmental issues and climate change aren’t remote problems. They aren’t confined to Antarctica or the forests in South America. They affect...

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Up and Coming: Artfelt

Artfelt is a club dedicated to helping TAMS students explore and improve their artistic skills. Whether it be digital art, fashion design, mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, or origami, we seek to use these...

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Up and Coming: TEA

Have a knack for debating? Then come check out the TAMS Egalitarian Association (TEA) once school starts! TEA is a brand new club with lots of events and activities planned for this coming school...

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Up and Coming: RESOLV

RESOLV: REAL PROBLEMS, SOLVED At TAMS, one will find many ways to help out the community. One such opportunity is RESOLV, a new and growing club with a unique approach to service. Here at...

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Up and Coming: Delta

For centuries, there has been split blood, fights, and deaths all for one cause: to ensure that the people are the source of political power. Now, in the 21st century, where has that initiative...

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In My Days: Alvin Gao

This week’s short-but-sweet “In My Days” comes from Alvin Gao! Comment below if you agree with what Alvin has to say! If you’re part of the 2013 class and are interested in sharing your...

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In My Days: Dom Litong

Here’s the second installment of “In My Days”, courtesy of Dominic Litong. Comment below if you liked what he has to say! If you’re part of the 2013 class and are interested in sharing...

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Meal Plans

Meal plan confusion. Food is one of the first tastes of college life that TAMS kids get (pun intended) and with it comes the confusion of meal plans. Seven day or five day? Basic...

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In My Days: Karen Zhang

Here is the first installment of the “In My Days” series, in which fresh TAMS graduates share their advice for rising TAMS seniors and juniors. Comment below whether you liked it and what you...

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Introducing “In My Days”!

As the TAMS-seniors-now-college-freshmen are adapting to life outside of TAMS, they are sure to have valuable knowledge about how to make the most out of the TAMS experience. We caught up with a few...

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Class of 2015 Facebook Group

If you’re part of the TAMS Class of 2015, join our Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/tams2015/ TAMSters use Facebook extensively to ask each other questions, work on group projects, find out information about clubs and events,...

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Dear Class of 2013

Dear Class of 2013, Congratulations on your graduation! As you leave TAMS and progress into your future, the Class of 2014 would like to wish you the best and encourage you to always go...

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TAMS: Rampant with Sleep Deprivation

College students are the victims. Studies show students attending college are the most highly sleep deprived people in the nation. While on average, they are supposed to receive eight to nine hours of sleep...

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Hillary Clinton: The Shadow of One Mistake

Despite the joy and celebrations of Obama’s recent re-inauguration, Washington has come to terms with the fact Hillary Clinton will no longer be by Obama’s side. After her years of dedication, hard-work, and endurance,...

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Sneak Peek at the Yearbook

Here is an exclusive sneak peek at the yearbook! This spread encompasses the beginning of the school year: the pool party, the dance lessons, and the Pop That Bot dance. TAMS yearbooks are $65!...

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Extinction of Privacy

How private is private? In light of recent events surrounding David Petraeus, it’s been revealed that the FBI found out about his extramarital scandal by reading his email, leading to his resignation earlier this...

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Coffee House Compilation

Coffee House Video from TAMS ION on Vimeo. Watch a quick preview of some of the acts that are shown at the Coffee Houses hosted by the TAMS Academy Players!

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A Clark Kent of TAMS

A green Grand Cherokee drives down the Tollway, carrying what seems to be a normal mother and son. A mother and son who are about to have their lives utterly transformed. Forever. Cutter looks...

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#Hilary2016

With the election of 2012 over, the question lingering in the political world is: who will run for president in 2016? One name keeps reoccurring over and over- Hillary Clinton. After Mitt Romney conceded...

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A Thanksgiving of Two Worlds

  Thick sheets, warm bed, heavy eyes, a muted internal alarm rings within me, gathering strength as the hours tick away lazily in the benumbed haze of late Thursday morn— Thanksgiving, my mind abruptly...

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A Slice of Obesity

When it comes to preventable causes of death, obesity is only topped by smoking in America. You would think that with First Lady Michelle Obama championing her campaign for healthy foods in school, movies...