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Teens Look Beyond Just Appearances

Katherine Robertson, Features Editor

May 2, 2008


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Admit it. Every single person has had those moments in front of the mirror where they furrow their brows, roll their eyes and throw their hands up with frustration with what they see looking back. For centuries, teenagers—both boys and girl—have struggled with the issue of body image and an ever...

Dirty Little Secret: Rampant Underage Partying

Paul Winterbotham, Senior Writer

March 25, 2008


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The high school party is stereotyped by movies like “American Pie,” “Superbad,” and “She’s All That.” Hollywood shows red cups all over the place, teenagers barking off balconies and everyone being completely wasted, but how accurate is this? The picture that Hollywood paints in nothin...

When Alcohol Becomes a Problem

Nadya Agrawal and Courtney Moulds

March 25, 2008


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Often times in high school, people who like to drink excessively every weekend are called “alcoholics.” However, alcoholism is really when the body becomes dependent on alcohol— true alcoholics drink several times per day. Alcoholism is a much more serious problem than drinking for fun, accordi...

Secret Cheating Methods Exposed

Scott Stephens, Staff Writer

March 4, 2008


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Cheating takes forms from petty to radical. Cheat sheets, communication, answer keys and many more methods are sometimes utilized by students if they forget to study or want an edge. The more innovative are presented here. Out of Control Bladder Some students find the bathroom to be a fairly safe...

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 ...

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