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Mary Orsak

Mary Orsak

Mary Orsak

Mary is an avid bibliophile, politico and a lover of law and crime TV shows.

Kramer Explains: The Civil War, Episode 1

Upper School History Department Chair Steve Kramer explains common misconceptions of the Civil War in this series, “Kramer Explains.” In this episode, Kramer discusses John Brown and answers the question, “Is John Brown a...

A (Trance)formative Way To Improve Scores

PICTURED ABOVE: Starting as early as Lower School, Hockaday students begin standardized tests. Director of Learning Support Shelley Cave notes that these types of tests often provoke anxiety in even the youngest students. Photo...

Staff Standoff: Is He Our President?

COMPROMISE By Mary Orsak To preface this article, I must admit that I despise President Donald J. Trump. His megalomania, ignorance of history and puerile temper render him incompetent to hold the most powerful...

Don’t Sweat Homecoming

PICTURED ABOVE: Then juniors Payton Hart and Julia Mitterer-Claudet dance at the 2017 Hockaday Winter Formal. Photo provided by Cornerstones staff. After 45 minutes of awkward conversation about family pets, favorite subjects and upcoming...

It’s a Long Story

PICTURED ABOVE: Ed Long, Nancy Penn Penson ‘41 & John G Penson Distinguished Teacher in Fine Arts and Dean of Upper School // Photo by Cirrus Chen A staple of the Hockaday community since...

Day in the Life of Mr. Murray

Have you ever wondered what occurs behind the closed door of Head of Upper School Terry Murray’s office? We did, too. The Fourcast sent Magazine Editor Mary Orsak to shadow Murray and to learn...

Hall Shatters the Brass Ceiling

PICTURED ABOVE: Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall addresses the 354th Graduating Class of the Police Academy at the Hall of State at Fair Park on Sept. 22. Photo provided by Dallas Police Twitter...

My 12 Minute Mile Time

With rivulets of sweat soaking my ill-fitting, stained Hockaday gym shirt, I pump my fists in the air, exuberant as I finish the last lap of my mile. Immediately after crossing the threshold, I...

Your City Today: High Time for Drug Reform

In the fall of 1971, a group of rebellious teenagers, known as the “Waldos,” embarked upon a fateful journey that has since defined rap music, Seth Rogen movies and youth culture. These students of...

Dallas Elects City Council Members in 2017 Municipal Elections

On May 6, thousands headed to the polls across Dallas to participate in municipal elections. Despite the limited coverage by major news outlets, the elections can have profound effects on the operations of the...