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Bring on the Construction Paper

Bring on the Construction Paper

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer
November 17, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

Column: How to Navigate Social Media during this Shaky Time

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer
November 9, 2016
Filed under Columns, Features, Issue-3, Opinions

These are shaky times. I’m not going to go into election results analysis or personal political views or ideologies right now, but I can tell just by walking through campus the morning of November 9 that an odd fog of mixed emotions and realized opinions has settled upon Los Altos. According t...

No to Death (Penalty)

No to Death (Penalty)

Julia Santos and Michael Sieffert
November 7, 2016
Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

Not only is Tuesday, November 8th the day of the presidential election, but it is also the day we vote against other major issues in the form of proposition ballots. Californians will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on issues ranging from education to drug pricing. Two propositions regarding t...

Free the Millennials From Age-Old Beliefs

Free the Millennials From Age-Old Beliefs

Madison Woo, Staff Writer
October 22, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Our world is comprised of about 75.4 million millennials and here in the United States, the numbers are increasing with the flood of immigrants. The millennial generation is comprised of those who are born between the years 1977 to 1994. It has now overtaken the baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1954, as...

Even STEM Students Need Humanities and Liberal Arts

Rachel Lu and Anisha Desai
October 22, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

It’s easy to feel like an outsider if you are interested in humanities while everything and everybody around is focused on STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In recent years, our nation has placed increasing pressure on STEM in order to encourage innovation and push America forward as a ...

Tired of Today’s Politics? Get Involved

Tired of Today’s Politics? Get Involved

Tino Tugwete, Features Editor
October 22, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

The 2016 election season has been one for the record books, particularly due to the fact that both candidates face harsh opposition and criticism. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both considered to be less than ideal options for the presidency by many. Some now seem to be siding with a candidate ...

2016 Presidential Election: The Right Leans Left

2016 Presidential Election: The Right Leans Left

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer
October 22, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

In the world of media, there is no such thing as an “unbiased” viewpoint. Bias shows up in videos, articles and even headlines, and often, it isn’t hard to distinguish a liberal article from a conservative one just by the news outlet that published it. We can’t control what will show up when w...

Terrible Traffic and What to Do About It

Terrible Traffic and What to Do About It

Emma Van Geuns, Staff Writer
October 22, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

The intersection of Jardin Drive and Casita Way at 7:45 a.m. is peaceful. Cars are parked neatly along the curb behind the tennis courts, and the stark morning air is undisturbed, quiet. For now, all is well. But as the minutes crawl closer to the first bell at 8:05, that intersection turns into a livi...

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