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Thanksgiving Should Be Top Holiday Among Family-Starved Teenagers

Felix Ong II, Staff Writer
November 21
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With Thanksgiving approaching, big roasted turkeys, large mounds of mashed potatoes and delicious apple pie are competing with family binding time as the sole purpose of the holiday. Unlike other holidays that have lost their real meaning among teenagers (such as Labor Day), Thanksgiving should cou...

Tutorial Center Worth Its Weight in Tutors

Ancy Dow, Staff Writer
November 21
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First semester report card: English - B. Math - C. Science - D. Spanish - F. That probably isn’t the best way to be learning the alphabet. Fortunately, chemical formulas and sinusoidal functions no longer need to be mortal enemies. The school’s Tutorial Center offers a helping hand to all st...

Trick-or-Treating is a Time-Honored Tradition

Kate Keenan, Staff Writer
October 19
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Hundreds of kids flock to the streets every Halloween. From tiny ballerinas to vampires, costumes can be seen everywhere. But amidst the kids and their parents, a group of teenagers are seen with trash bags in their arms and masks in their hands. This sparks the question that is on everyone’s m...

Teen Poker Games Are a Safe Gamble

Scott Stephens, Staff Writer
October 19
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DISCLAIMER: Gambling with money or valuables is illegal in the state of California When parents see their children crowded, wearing stone poker faces and calling each other’s bets, they generally panic at the sight of this unruly money-exchange. Is it bad to enjoy a friendly poker game between friends? ...

Swearing is Not Caring—Especially on Campus

Alex Williamson, Staff Writer
October 19
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The hallways are packed and the rush of busy students fills your ears. Suddenly, a vulgar word rings out through the corridor. The general reaction is … nothing? Students have become too comfortable with using swear words in public. It’s hard to have a conversation without profanity being used. “I’m...

Taylorvision

Taylor Freret, Editor-in-Chief
October 19
Filed under Columns, Opinions

I have a confession. I am not a Facebook addict. To me, the word friend is not a verb. Writing on walls will always be vandalism. And I shall never understand how someone can debase the deliciousness of cherry pie by sending it through a computer. I have watched my friends go over to the dark side. B...

Junk Food Law Limits Choices, Does Not Promote Healthy Ones

Courtney Moulds, Staff Writer
October 19
Filed under Opinions

Every day during brunch and lunch last school year, the student store was swarmed with people, staring into the glass case at the wide variety of candy bars. This year, the student store is very different. The Snickers and Skittles are still there, but they’re packed away into a small corner, unava...

Online Grading Benefits Everyone

Kelly Wang, Staff Writer
October 19
Filed under Opinions

“Welcome to the Student Information System (SIS). We hope you find it useful and easy to use.” These are the words that greet the school’s students when they log onto the new but hardly improved online grading system. Yet despite its initial consequences, SIS serves an overall constructive pur...

AP Gossip Should Not Deter Prospective Students From Learning

Nadya Agrawal, Senior Writer
October 19
Filed under Opinions

The haunting image of a sleep-deprived, caffeinated and growth-stunted teenager has been the poster child against AP classes for too many years. Students shy away from AP classes because of these stereotypes and rumors, resulting in a fluctuation of AP classes over years. Classes like United States History AP (USHAP) ...

Recreational Clubs Bring Fun and Games to Campus

Sandra Song, Staff Writer
October 19
Filed under Opinions

Club Day was chaotic, with swarms of students packed together in the quad and huddled around tables, eager to join various on-campus organizations. In the midst of this confusing jumble of poster boards and bribes, it was obvious that there was a lack of recreational clubs, especially in comparison to the...

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