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Miranda Writes: Calypso

Miranda Li, Print Managing Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Columns, Issue-1

In fourth grade, I had a fantasy universe in my head, in which I was a princess with magical powers and a plethora of unreasonably attractive siblings. It infringed heavily upon the copyright of Avatar: the Last Airbender, but with more dragons and Oreos. As I grew, though, that world dimmed beneath...

The Average Lifespan of a Boy Band

The Average Lifespan of a Boy Band

Emma Kwan and Daniela Gloster

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

A boy band performs on a stage, surrounded by thousands of fans, holding up posters and screaming the lyrics to one song after another. The majority of the crowd are teenage girls who have brought equally excited friends and unwilling parents to the concert, waiting hours to buy merchandise or VIP passes...

The Changing Perspectives of My Korean Parents

The Changing Perspectives of My Korean Parents

Madison Woo, Senior Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

Over the summer, I was sitting in the car with my dad. He turned to me, with his voice teetering on the edge of uncertainty, and asked me how I felt about two men kissing. I responded honestly: I saw no reason to make a huge deal out of it. My dad shook his head, not out of disgust but mild frustration,...

Timely and Timeless: Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Crucible”

Timely and Timeless: Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Crucible”

Priya Dixit, Senior Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

In the Puritan community of Salem in 1692, the inhabitants tore their town apart with paranoia-fueled accusations of witchcraft. In the larger United States in the 1950s, a similar phenomenon occurred as supposed communist sympathizers were made scapegoats, part of a phenomenon called McCarthyism. And...

Materialism by Millenials

Madison Woo, Noelle Hanson, and Francesca Fallow

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

VINYLS Although known for their high-tech gadgets that confuse anyone over the age of 35, millennials’ newest obsession is something even your grandmother can understand: vinyl. Created in 1940 and thought to have left the technology and music scene by the 90s, according to Forbes, millennials ha...

After Banner Year, Robotics Sees Major Expansion

After Banner Year, Robotics Sees Major Expansion

Justin Yu and Kristen Fan

September 29, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, News

Following the Los Altos Robotics team’s unprecedented first place victory at the Ventura Regional last year, the team has expanded to participate in a new competition. They’ve also received new equipment and space to work in by taking over half of the auto shop and adding an additional class sect...

City Reveals Scenarios for Downtown Visioning

City Reveals Scenarios for Downtown Visioning

Daphne Ih, Jocelyn Maeyama, and Ethan Ruyack

September 29, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, News

As the latest part of their process in designing a long-term development plan for downtown Los Altos, City Council unveiled three proposals that aim to increase vibrancy by encouraging more economic activity and foot traffic. These scenarios were generated based on community feedback obtained through a mon...

The Next Step

Daniela Gloster, Staff Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

In a country where political dissent has become the norm, it’s rare for a protest to capture the public’s attention for more than a split second. However, through blood and violence, the Charlottesville rally did. The counter-protest was seen as a moment of unity and bravery, and in the few weeks s...

Guest Writer: Eitan Weiner

September 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

Here's my take on the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia: Nazis are disgusting wastes of space for whom I have no sympathy for. Period. But, we live in America, and as long as this country abides by the Constitution, those Nazis still have a right to assemble, shout anti-Semitic s...

An International Perspective

Max Weirauch, Photographer/Graphic Artist

September 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

My name is Maximilian Weirauch. I was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany and I moved to Los Altos and began attending LAHS in January 2017. The events in Charlottesville reminded me of my childhood and alerted me of the dangerous direction our nation is heading in. As a child of a German father and a Russian ...

A Partisan President

Nathan Godderis, Senior Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

Deadly demonstrations of racism and anti-semitism flooded the streets of Charlottesville as President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters protested the removal of Confederate statues in the South. In response to this, Trump took a side: his supporters. The side that shouted “You will not replace...

In the Wake of Charlottesville

September 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

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