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Taking Too Many AP Classes is Overrated

Chris Dadok and Rachel Lu
May 2
Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

Throughout the years, the intent of AP courses has changed dramatically. However, one constant remains the same — the content for AP level courses are meant to prepare students for college, and many colleges do accept high AP scores as college credit, which saves tuition and allows students to get...

How to Handle Junior Prom at LAHS

Emily Aoki and Jessica King
May 2
Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

In past years, juniors have expressed disappointment at the lack of a junior prom, and Jordan Auerbach and his friends are no exception. Over the winter break, Jordan and his friends, juniors Cooper Cornell, Tyler Grant, Kyle Godfrey, Lee Staufenbiel and Ryan Young, came up with the idea that the junior...

AP Human Geography Diversifies Social Studies Department

Savita Govind, Staff Writer
May 2
Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

With already rigorous course options and limited choices, all students deserve the chance to study the world in a new light, from interpreting maps to using satellite images and aerial photographs. The AP Human Geography course offers each one of these opportunities and much more to its students. Next...

Harvard is “Turning the Tide” — naively

Spencer Dembner, News Editor
May 2
Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

When it comes to shaking up the college process, there’s a new leader in town. Forget the Colleges that Change Lives, forget the Hidden Ivies, forget affordable public education. No, if you really want to be on the cutting edge, you’ll have to visit the obscure, scrappy school which has established...

Jim Takes a Break: Interlude

Jim Takes a Break: Interlude

Jim Hollingworth, Staff Writer
March 21
Filed under Columns, Issue-6, Opinions

There’s not much to talk about on the college front besides the cacophony of thumb-twiddling that’s taking place as we wait for late-March admissions. There’s also the happy truth that college is currently a bit “out of sight, out of mind” and I’d rather not dwell on something that’s better...

“Turning the Tide” on College Admissions

Anisha Desai and Julia Santos
March 21
Filed under Issue-6, Opinions

There is a possibility that community service, contributions to family life and accomplishments based on quality will be valued by college admissions just as much — or even more — than GPA, the number of AP or Honors classes taken or standardized testing scores. Harvard University and 88 other colleges...

John Steinbeck: On the Verge of Extinction

John Steinbeck: On the Verge of Extinction

Claire Bai and Rachel Lu
March 21
Filed under Issue-6, Opinions

George and Lennie. Crooks, Curly and Candy. These are all characters with whom we have traveled in the adventure “Of Mice and Men” our freshman year, but who won’t be passed on to the next generation. This year, the English department has pulled the text from the ninth grade Survey of Composition...

Youth Desensitization in the U.S.

David Lisbonne, Senior Writer
March 20
Filed under Issue-6, Opinions, Web Exclusive

Out of the 365 days in 2015, the United States saw 372 mass murders –– classified as four or more people killed or injured –– with 475 deaths and 1,870 injuries, according to PBS. With this staggering and terrifying data comes a problem less exposed: youth desensitization. This current outpouring of of v...

Rich, Educated and Unvaccinated

Rich, Educated and Unvaccinated

Miranda Li, Staff Writer, Graphic Artist
February 13
Filed under Issue-5, Opinions

  Los Altos is sitting in the middle of one the most important and alarming public health phenomena of this era. We live in the epicenter of a dangerous anomaly, an anomaly which is simultaneously biological, ethical and psychological. In the Bay Area and in other pockets throughout the United S...

Negative effects of modern consumer culture

Negative effects of modern consumer culture

Akhil Jakatdar and Michael Sieffert
December 15
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

In modern society, big technology companies like Apple, Google, Netflix and Facebook have revolutionized the way consumers react and behave toward new products. Modern consumerism isn’t inherently bad, but its effects have a negative impact on the modern society overall. As consumers, it makes sense...

It’s time for recreational sports

It’s time for recreational sports

The LAHS Leadership Classes
December 15
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

It’s dodgeball season, and the campus buzzes with special energy over the daily lunchtime tournaments. Students pummel each other with rubber balls while an announcer tallies every point, hit and miss. It’s an exciting activity that gets students’ blood pumping while also boosting their moods,...

Reactions to the 2015 Paris Attacks

Reactions to the 2015 Paris Attacks

Hanna Khosravi and Emily Aoki
December 15
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

In a multitude of different ways, social media has completely altered the way we disseminate information about the tragedies that take place in our world. Words spread virally, and humans, irrespective of where they are on this earth, get to express their opinions regarding such controversial topics...

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