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April 29, 2020

If you want free, easy access to a high-quality education, look no further than a California community college. We hope we erased some of the stigma surrounding community college and illustrated that it's a great option after ...

I finally found my nest

By Negar Bagheri, Guest Writer

April 29, 2020

Instead of confirming my enrollment to a college on May 1, I was crying in my bedroom because I couldn’t go to my dream school. Although I had been accepted, my family and I could not afford to pay $76,000 a year for my under...

Another shot at my dream

By Peter Coe, Guest Writer

April 29, 2020

Throughout my time at Los Altos High School, I frequently joked that if everything falls apart, I’ll just go to community college, a place I thought was full of unmotivated, lazy students.   Flashforward to my senior year, I suffered m...

Credit/no credit grading policy misses the mark

By Stella Huang and Nina Crofts

April 25, 2020

Within a week, a petition against the school board’s decision gained over 1,000 signatures. I signed and posted a vehement comment, angry with the board for “reducing the hours of effort we put in to waste.” However,...

Credit/ no credit: Not the perfect solution, but the best solution

By Oliver Yu, Guest Writer

April 25, 2020

As the Los Altos School Board Representative for the last two years, I’ve participated in various board discussions on topics ranging from stadium lights to our new bell schedule. With the current shelter-in-place and school clo...

Myth #2: The coronavirus will subside by summer

April 18, 2020

Fact: The coronavirus may follow typical annual flu patterns, but it’s possible that it will continue into the summer like the 2009 swine flu pandemic. More laboratory experiments on the survival of SARS-CoV-2 are needed to pred...

Myth #3: The coronavirus is just as deadly as the flu

April 18, 2020

Fact: While both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu share symptoms such as fever, cough and aches, COVID-19 is much more serious for a number of reasons. While estimates vary widely, COVID-19’s mortality rate is predicted to be b...

Myth #4: The coronavirus was engineered in a lab in China.

April 18, 2020

Fact: The coronavirus originated from natural causes. Kristian Andersen, Ph.D., an associate professor of immunology and microbiology at Scripps Research, analyzed the public genome sequence of the novel coronavirus and found that there was no evidence that it was engineered by humans. Th...

Myth #5: The coronavirus came from a woman who ate bat soup.

April 18, 2020

Fact: While the coronavirus may have spread to humans from a bat, it did not come from a person eating bat soup. While scientists believe that the novel coronavirus originated in bats, the myth that the coronavirus came from...

Myth #1: Masks don’t help prevent the coronavirus

April 18, 2020

Fact: Masks are an effective preventative measure against coronavirus. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) falsely stated that regular surgical masks did not help prevent...

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