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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.

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...

Should actors be judged for their personal misdeeds during awards season?

The words “The Academy Awards” evoke a sense of glamor and images of golden statues held by giddy, well-dressed actors and actresses, not of sexual assault and domestic violence. However, this year controversy regarding...

Caught in the Political Crossfire: Refugees Struggle for Survival

Ten years after the end of the Vietnam War, Thomas Hoang’s family only had enough money to send one of its children on a small fishing boat headed for the United States. As the...

HOCKABRIEFS: FEBRUARY 2017

Seniors plan grade-wide sleepover In seventh grade, students participate in a grade-wide lock-in, in which they watch movies, play games and sleep on the floor. Channeling the spirit and camaraderie of the event, the...

Lt. Gov. pushes for bathroom bill amidst criticism

On Jan. 5, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and state senator Lois Kolkhorst introduced Senate Bill 6, requiring all citizens to use the bathroom of their biological sex in public facilities. The two filed...

Mismanagement, Risky Investments and Tax Hikes: the DPD Pension Fund Dilemma

On July 7, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson gunned down five Dallas police officers during a peaceful protest of the recent killings of unarmed African-American men in both Louisiana and Minnesota. Johnson, a former Afghanistan...

The Last Ditch Attempt to Dump Trump

Today, 538 electors across the country will meet in the state legislatures to cast their ballots for the president of the United States. Traditionally, this voting remained a formality as most – if not...

HockaBriefs: December 2016

Hockaday JETS Advance to State in Robotics On Nov. 5, the Hockaday JETS team competed in the Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology Competition, or BEST competition. Following the theme of farming, the 34 teams...