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Casualties of misunderstanding: The Vaccine Scare

Casualties of misunderstanding: The Vaccine Scare

Jim Hollingworth, Staff Writer
December 15
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

A baby drowning in needles! Aborted fetuses are being fed to your children! Don’t trust the government! In 1998, a man named Andrew Wakefield published the deadliest scientific paper of the last 20 years. In it, he details both the medical backgrounds and neurodevelopmental health problems of 12...

El Niño Adds Water to Reservoirs But Will Not Save Us From Drought

El Niño Adds Water to Reservoirs But Will Not Save Us From Drought

Miranda Li, Staff Writer
November 18
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

Contrary to popular belief, El Niño is not analogous to children in any manner aside from its nominal ties to the Spanish language. A paramount influence on weather and ocean conditions, El Niño refers to the unusually warm fluctuation of water temperature in the equatorial Pacific that occurs every...

Pushing Past the Asian-American Stereotype

Pushing Past the Asian-American Stereotype

Tino, Tugwete
November 18
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

At our school, the highly academic environment and race to enter selective, elite colleges has made the Asian-American stereotype more and more relevant. The Asian-American population at our school is an integral part of what defines the campus, and it is important to understand that many preconceived...

Children of Bethlehem: Moralizing “Digital Nativity”

Children of Bethlehem: Moralizing “Digital Nativity”

Eli Colbert, Staff Writer
November 18
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

In her 1968 essay, Joan Didion likened the acidheads of San Francisco’s Haight Street to a Yeats line: “slouching towards Bethlehem.” “The center was not holding,” she takes from Yeats as well. “Turning and turning in the widening gyre/The falcon cannot hear the falconer,” the poem continues....

Bernie Sanders Appeals to the Youth Vote

Bernie Sanders Appeals to the Youth Vote

Emily Terada, Senior Writer
November 17
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

From the land of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, an unlikely candidate comes to rise. Hailing from Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders is turning heads and firing up the storms of the hashtag extravaganza. Some people may be wondering why young people all across the nation are optimistic about a politician...

Netflix Streaming Helps Define Modern Media Culture

Netflix Streaming Helps Define Modern Media Culture

Alexis Malgesini, Staff Writer
November 17
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Netflix and other streaming companies, such as Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video, are taking over and crushing the popularity of classic cable television. According to The Huffington Post, 40 percent of all American households with a television or Internet use one of the previously mentioned instant-video...

Student Feedback Beneficial to Developing Homework Policy

Student Feedback Beneficial to Developing Homework Policy

Ben Zaeske, Staff Writer
November 17
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

Defining a homework policy can be a touchy subject, especially when most students will jump to the initial response of “we want no homework.” However, taking a more objective look at what a school’s homework policy should be is a good idea and hearing the voices of students who will be affected...

Transportation safety improvements are beneficial

Anisha Desai, Staff Writer
October 30
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Each day, hundreds of students walk, bike or drive themselves to school, so vehicle safety directly affects much of our student body. There are already rules in place to maintain safety on and around campus such as walking bikes to the racks, locking bikes, and wearing helmets, but even more changes...

Planned Parenthood is crucial to womens’ health

Planned Parenthood is crucial to womens’ health

Kevin Yen and Avi Varghese
October 30
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Jeb Bush made a major political gaffe on August 4 by telling 13,000 people at the Southern Baptist Convention, “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” Hours later, he sent out a statement: “I was referring to the hard-to-fathom $500 million in federal funding...

Applicants should be aware of legacy’s influence in college admissions

Claire Bai, Copy/Content Editor
October 30
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Every college application season, legacy admissions, or advantage in admissions based on family alumni bring about conversation among prospective students hoping to get into the elite college of their choice. Long integrated into the system, legacy admits are the epitome of elite American universities’...

Halloween costumes perpetuate cultural and gender stereotypes

Halloween costumes perpetuate cultural and gender stereotypes

Sofia Guo and Hanna Khosravi
October 30
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Freshmen Marcos Cardenas-Salazar, Edgar Barajas, Simon Burdick, Nicholas Chippa, and Tenzing Sherpa contributed to this article. When Halloween falls on a school day, many students dress up in whimsical and comical costumes in playful spirit, participating in school activities and engaging in group ...

Students should follow European migrant crisis

Students should follow European migrant crisis

Emily Aoki, Features Editor
October 30
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

While the world is witnessing human displacement on a vast scale due to various political and sectarian conflicts around the world, there are important questions that are being raised about how to address this growing problem. On campus, exposure to current worldwide issues helps students facilitate...

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