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Los Altos Should Bring Dead Week Back to Life

Los Altos Should Bring Dead Week Back to Life

Avery Luke, Staff Writer
December 13
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

The week prior to final exams, or “dead week” as it has been referred to by high school and college students, often conjures up images of overworked students who are given yet another opportunity to slack off before their exams. However, this harmful misinterpretation increases the stress that surro...

Chow Mein and Chao Mian: On Asian-American Cultural Identity

Chow Mein and Chao Mian: On Asian-American Cultural Identity

Miranda Li, In-Depth Editor
December 13
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

I’d rate myself a solid 84 percent in Mandarin fluency, but when I refer to Beijing and chow mein as embedded within an English sentence, I pronounce them as the Anglicized “bay-jing” and “chow-main” rather than their linguistically accurate Chinese pronunciations. Chow mein isn’t even spelled ...

Animal Visits are Worthwhile, if not Lifechanging

Animal Visits are Worthwhile, if not Lifechanging

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer
December 12
Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

Given that finals week is approaching fast, it’s no secret that stress levels are steadily rising. But never fear, the school is bringing dogs to destress students and take their minds off the intense cram sessions that are to follow. Service dog visits occurred this Thursday during lunch in the quad...

Q & A: Seth Donnelly

Q & A: Seth Donnelly

Alex Wong and Javin Pombra
December 7
Filed under Opinions, Showcase, Web Exclusive

The Talon recently talked to social studies teacher Seth Donnelly on the outcome of the presidential election. While Donnelly did not support either candidate before the election, he expressed concern for the future of the country. This is part of a series of interviews The Talon is conducting wi...

Q & A: Marta Sakowicz

Q & A: Marta Sakowicz

Alex Wong and Javin Pombra
November 30
Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

The Talon recently talked to social studies teacher Marta Sakowicz on the outcome of the presidential election. Sakowicz, a Hillary Clinton supporter, voiced worry over the upcoming Donald Trump presidency and talked about approaching the subject to her class the day after the election. This is par...

Los Altos Should Abandon the AP Program

Los Altos Should Abandon the AP Program

Alex Wong, News Editor
November 17
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

The MVLA school district has been a devout follower of the AP system since its inception. In 1971, the district offered four AP courses. Today, the district offers 31 of the 35 courses created by College Board. AP enrollment is on the uptick, in alignment with the MVLA School Board’s efforts, and l...

“Gig” Economy Drives New Working Relationships

“Gig” Economy Drives New Working Relationships

Savita Govind, Copy/Content Editor
November 17
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

From Uber drivers to Doordash waiters, many people have moved away from the traditional eight-hour work day to have more personalized schedules with flexible hours and salaries. More than 9 million Americans have shifted to alternate work arrangements from 2005 to 2015, pushing this now-called “gig...

Bring on the Construction Paper

Bring on the Construction Paper

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer
November 17
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

I took a field trip to Anno Domini, a privately owned art gallery in downtown San Jose that prides itself on featuring self-made artists. The current exhibit, called “The Art of Zines,” features a temporary library of international zines, and they were amazing. I didn’t know what a zine was when I wal...

Affirmative Action: Addressing the Wrong Problem

Affirmative Action: Addressing the Wrong Problem

Yalda Khodadad and Adrienne Mitchel
November 17
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

Economic Consideration Needed for Diversity I’m only a sophomore, but the idea has been on my mind since my sister, currently a freshman in college, started thinking about it her junior year. The stressful process for her gave me an uncomfortably real idea of how much pressure college applications put...

Changing the Drive Behind Drives at LAHS

Changing the Drive Behind Drives at LAHS

Michael Sieffert and Priya Dixit
November 13
Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

When cardboard boxes are passed around second period classes, chances are that students have more than one incentive to donate a dollar or two to the worthy cause at hand. One such motive may be the undiluted concept of goodwill: charity is a value that LAHS strives to instill in students, and studen...

Column: Trump’s America Stretches Empathy to its Limits

Sana Khader, Staff Writer
November 9
Filed under Features, Issue-3, Opinions

I’m in shock. This isn’t the America I believed in growing up as a Muslim woman of color. My dad’s immigration story from India was one of triumph. He taught me about an America that let him work hard and move up the social ladder, an America where it didn’t matter what you believed in or if your...

Post-election Thoughts: America, We Messed Up

Post-election Thoughts: America, We Messed Up

Javin Pombra, Staff Writer
November 9
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

America, we messed up. On Tuesday, we picked a man who has labeled millions as “rapists and criminals,” a man who has joked about disabilities and a man accused of sexual assault over the most qualified candidate in contemporary American history. Even if Hillary Clinton isn’t your idea of the per...

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