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School spirit matters, but we can live without it

Jessica King and Keith Bohrer, Entertainment Editor and Staff Writer
October 30
Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

In a school gym, a school marching band plays a lively song while cheerleaders in brightly-colored garbs jump and leap in time. A mascot runs up and down the court in front of the bleachers filled with stomping and hollering students dressed in matching colors and face-paint. However, zoom out of this...

Opinion: Homecoming assembly shows that school must discuss improving homecoming traditions

Opinion: Homecoming assembly shows that school must discuss improving homecoming traditions

Alice Dai, Print Managing Editor
October 7
Filed under Opinions, Showcase, Web Exclusive

On Tuesday, October 6, ASB hosted the annual homecoming assembly. ASB modified this year’s assembly to be more inclusive to the student body in a direct effort to increase class spirit and to address concerns with homecoming court elitism. While ASB’s efforts are commendable, the assembly should be taken as...

Student work hours should not be increased on weekdays

Student work hours should not be increased on weekdays

Eric Thiem, Business Manager
September 30
Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

As more and more students flood colleges around the country, ways to differentiate oneself from the crowd are quickly becoming a necessity. Students are taking full Advanced Placement course loads, playing sports and practicing instruments, all while working part-time jobs on the side. With everything...

Teddy Chmyz and David Lisbonne
September 30
Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

Last spring a subcommittee of the District Teacher’s Association dedicated to discussing possible changes to the bell schedule decided that it was, in fact, not in the school’s best interest to change to a four-block-day schedule. Such a schedule would have two odd block days, two even block days...

Donald Trump: One-of-a-kind candidate

Donald Trump: One-of-a-kind candidate

Chris Dadok and Akhil Jakatdar
September 29
Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

Extroverted, enterprising, controversial and extravagant. All of these words and more have been used to describe the ever-surprising Donald Trump. One description, however, that is not usually heard within the immense buzz surrounding Trump is that of strategic genius. Ever since he officially announced...

Booker Martin, Staff Writer
September 29
Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

The school implemented the program Google Apps For Education (GAFE) in August 2015 as part of the district’s digital movement, in addition to the Bring Your Own Device program initiated last school year, and many agree that the program has resulted in some benefits. However, as the school transitions...

Music streaming helps up-and-coming artists

Music streaming helps up-and-coming artists

Julia Santos, Staff WRiter
September 29
Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

The era of spending $1.29 on songs on iTunes is long gone. Free-streaming music services are taking over today’s music industry and introducing more accessible and contemporary media for music discovery. These services, such as Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and Google Play, have changed how music is discovered...

Self-driving cars present myriad of obstacles

Self-driving cars present myriad of obstacles

William Jow, Copy/Content Editor
September 29
Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

In the past few years, it has become more common to see Google’s self-driving cars cruising the streets of Los Altos and Mountain View; many students often spot the vehicles during their morning or afternoon commute. The autonomous cars have been making news as one of the biggest advancements in day-to-day...

ACT stands strong between flawed SATs

Emily Terada and Alex Wong
August 18
Filed under Issue 0, Opinions

With the new SAT debuting in March, many juniors will be wondering which college admission exam is best for them. The new SAT will consist of more thoughtful questions that emphasize critical thinking rather than specific knowledge, similar to the ACT exam. According to the Washington Post, these changes ...

Time for tech to find a new home

Spencer Dembner, News Editor
August 18
Filed under Issue 0, Opinions

Apparently creative naming is not a requirement to be a technology hub. The German region of Saxony is now “Silicon Saxony.” In England, a small area around Cambridge has delightfully been named “Silicon Fen.” Norway’s startup-heavy Oslo suburbs have been designated “Silicon Fjord” —...

FIFA Falters in Supporting Women’s Soccer

FIFA Falters in Supporting Women’s Soccer

Olivia Jerram and Hanna Khosravi
August 17
Filed under Issue 0, Opinions, Sports

Over the past few decades, the United States’ fondness of professional soccer has grown steadily, reaching new heights in recent years. In 2014, the Men’s World Cup in Brazil saw an adamant outburst of American praise and excitement for the U.S. team. At this year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada, ...

Native American Mascot Debate Requires More Research

October 30
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

For decades, there has been a push in sports to remove mascots and names that are deemed offensive, especially those that are based off of Native American people, history and customs. This debate has reached a new level with the argument over the Washington Redskins and whether the name is demeaning or a...

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