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Youth Desensitization in the U.S.

David Lisbonne, Senior Writer
March 20, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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...

Casualties of misunderstanding: The Vaccine Scare

Casualties of misunderstanding: The Vaccine Scare

Jim Hollingworth, Staff Writer
December 15, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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...

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