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The Talon

Personal Column: War Face

Eli Colbert, Staff Writer

March 9, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6

I remember learning about it when I was a kid. I remember when the existence of death was bad news. I think it was in Sunday School that I was told Moses had bitten the fertile dust of the Promised Land, all those nutrients from milk and honey notwithstanding. I kept to my room for the next few days...

Seeing Death

Claire Bai, Emily Terada, Kevin Yen, Eli Colbert, Savita Govind, Miranda Li, and Michael Sieffert

March 9, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6

The binary quality of death, like the binary quality of a light switch, isn’t too difficult to understand. The implication of the dark, though, is more layered, as is the absence of the only-recently-alive. Attitudes toward death are complex and massively varied, shifting across individual philosophies....

What is Death?

Paola Campos, Staff Writer

March 9, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6, Showcase

Teenagers don’t usually spend very much time contemplating death. We are dealing with the trials and stresses of growing up and becoming adults, so much so that our own mortalities are too far off in the distance for us to be concerned about. But paradoxically, it’s around this same age that we often...

Teen Health: Mind, Body & Birth Control

Teen Health: Mind, Body & Birth Control

Cole Hanson, Copy/Content Editor

February 12, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-5

Adolescence is arguably the most important stage in our physical and mental development, but also we find it increasingly hard to take care of ourselves. In our attempts to maximize the time we have left to ourselves after a typical day at high school, we devote more and more of our time to the convenience...

Motivation Required

Motivation Required

Emily Aoki, Claire Bai, and Keith Bohrer

February 12, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-5

Exercise? Pff. That’s how most people react when they’re asked about that topic a week into New Year’s resolutions. Everybody likes to think that they’ll succeed in the challenges of healthier eating and hitting the gym like a macho, it’s a brand new year, right? Unfortunately, that confidence...

The Pill

The Pill

Alexis Malgesini, Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-5

California will be following Oregon’s lead in March when a new law will enable pharmacists to directly prescribe hormonal contraceptives, making birth control accessible to women without a trip to the doctor. This new approach will not exactly be “over the counter” because pharmacists will complete...

“I’m So Depressed.”

“I’m So Depressed.”

Paola Campos and Booker Martin

February 12, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-5

Take a second and look up from wherever you’re reading this. Picture yourself in your first class of the day. Look around and take note of the faces you see every day. In the average class of thirty students, six suffer from a mental illness. It might be the kid who sits right in front of you, or ...

Beyond the Screen: Exploring the Impact of Visual Media on Our Lives

Paola Campos, Staff Writer

December 18, 2015


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-4

When we were kids, the things that appealed most to us had to meet simple requirements: They had to be brightly colored, they had to be shiny and they had to be interesting enough for us to drop whatever had been holding our attention (quite literally) and make our way over to the new thing. Most of...

Informative Visuals

Informative Visuals

Hanna Khosravi, Teddy Chmyz, and Ben Zaeske

December 18, 2015


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-4

Many of us, in response to the question of how we learn best, would probably say that visual learning plays an immense role in how we understand concepts, ideas and definitions. Be it in the form of a graphic or image, visuals can serve as some of the most powerful and accessible informational vessels,...

Entertaining Visuals

Entertaining Visuals

Alex Wong, Rachel Lu, and Francesca Fallow

December 18, 2015


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-4

In this fast-paced world, people and industries are using visuals as a way to communicate emotionally compelling ideas for their entertainment value. Visual media catches our eye when we open any modern social media platform, and it is a crucial part of our entertainment intake and social lives. The...

The 2016 Presidential Election

November 17, 2015


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-3

The 2016 Presidential Election is ripe with vibrant characters all contending to be your next United States President. With a few months until the Democratic and Republican primaries, the 2016 presidential race is heating up, and candidates are gaining widespread media attention as they each try to leave...

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