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Elite: Honors Students Cheat at Alarming Rates

Shefali Luthra, Staff Writer
March 4, 2008
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Students and teachers agree that cheating is rampant. However, research done by The Talon shows that the elite honors and AP students at our school are cheating at much greater rates than many teachers would expect. An anonymous female sophomore, who admits to cheating in the majority of her classes,...

Cheating a Road to Nowhere

Hallie Keenan, Business Manager
March 4, 2008
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As most students now, cheating is, in most cases easier than actually studying for a test. But what does any student really gain out of cheating? Cheating has become more and more prominent at the cost of learning. Cheating leaves a deeper scar than just a slap on the wrist; it hurts one’s charact...

Boys: Not Always Sex-Crazed Maniacs

Sahil Luthra, Staff Writer
February 5, 2008
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Sex: the thing that’s always on the brain of the stereotypical male. Though the adage usually stands, “When in Rome, do as the Romans,” this male would instead say that, “When in Rome, do the Romans.” According to an anonymous male student, “all guys will be like, ‘Oh yeah, sex, all the...

Girls Decide to Have Sex Because of Emotion, Beliefs

Stephanie Baer, Content Editor
February 5, 2008
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Since elementary school, girls have been criticized by adult on campus for what they wear to school. Dress codes haven forced upon students so that attire doesn’t “distract” others from their learning experiences and the “educational goals of the school.” Girls aren’t supposed to look sexy ...

It All Comes Down to Love in Teen Sex

Jade Shi and Natalie Larsen
February 5, 2008
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Sex, for many students, is the forbidden fruit of adulthood. The popular stereotype portrays premature sex as the result of teenage irrationality, but is it really that simple? Is teen sex really that deplorable? True it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 in California to engage in sexual a...

Green Team Petitions for Change

Kelly Wang, Staff Writer
December 14, 2007
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There are 35 people in the school who commit to printing on both sides of the paper, reusing their water bottles and recycling everything that could possibly be recycled. These people make up the school’s Green Team, and they meet in room 708 at lunch every other Thursday. “It’s a student-based club with people who h...

Moving Towards Greener Lifestyle

Sandra Song, Staff Writer
December 14, 2007
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The facts are in about global warming, water pollution and paper waste. But how many people actually remember them when they get in cars to go to school or throw one-sided paper in the trash? Caring for the planet and environment is becoming an increasingly bigger and more troublesome problem for this ...

Students Jam With Mozart

Shefali Luthra, Staff Writer
November 21, 2007
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When people hear about student bands, their minds often jump to visions of teenagers banging drums and practicing guitars in their garages. Rarely do they imagine elegant quartets and jazz ensembles practicing on saxophones, flutes and violins. For many students, however, this second image represents a ...

Citizens of Hip-Hop Break New Ground

Paul Winterbotham, Senior Writer
November 21, 2007
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“Hip-hop, hip-hop is dead. Hip, hip-hop, hip-hop is dead.” Despite what rapper Nas says, hip-hop is far from dead; instead, it has never been bigger. It is everywhere: on television, on the radio and on our campus. Hip-hop is a movement with a huge following of people from all walks of life. The ...

Daily Scales

Brian Walz, Staff Writer
November 21, 2007
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Rap, 70’s classic rock, jazz, country—different genres of music have become favorites among various groups of students, and the music plays an integral role in their lives. “[Music] helps me relax,” senior Eric James said. “It’s just something that helps me think better, and most of the...

The Lunchtime Dilemma: Eat Well or Eat Healthy?

Nadya Agrawal, Senior Writer
October 19, 2007
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The bell rings and the race is on. Students pour out of classrooms, shoving each other aside for the chance to be first to the parking lot. Other students are limited to the quad, cafeteria and various grassy spots are where they eat lunch and hang out with friends. These students bring the classic bag l...

Growing in All the Wrong Directions

Kristin Lee, Copy Editor
October 19, 2007
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Lunchtime—kids flock to the cafeteria and come out loaded with bags of chips, Pop-Tarts and fries. One group walks back onto campus with Venti-sized Caramel FrappuccinosTM. After school, students get home, plop down on the couch with a soda in hand and stay there for the rest of the afternoon. This is th...

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