The Talon

The Influence

Jim Hollingworth, Alice Dai, Eli Colbert, Claire Bai, Miranda Li, Tino Tugwete, Emily Terada, Kevin Yen, Chris Dadok, Alexis Malgesini, and Cole Hanson

May 2, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-7

Teaching young people about drugs is not precise: however individualized the curriculum, it will never be enough to account for the diversity of young people. A high school student who is intent on using drugs will not likely be discouraged by a health class or a student newspaper. And despite being...

Personal Column: The Morgue

Douglas Curtis, Guest Columnist

March 9, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6, Web Exclusive

During the summers, I intern in a necropsy lab performing autopsies. Death is so often viewed with intense sadness and pessimism, however, dealing with death on a daily basis has taught me to do the opposite. Each day I face a new circumstance and a different range of difficulties, from the physical...

Personal Column: Curtains

Julia Santos, Staff Writer

March 9, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6

My aunt was shot by her husband when I was 9 years old. He shot her twice, once in the chest and once in the head, and then once in his own hand; he told the police he was shielding himself and my aunt from the intruders when they were shot. Without, being aware of the truth, my grandma called to...

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,...

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