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Freshmen assist varsity girls volleyball

Freshmen assist varsity girls volleyball

By Ethan Ruyack and Kylie Akiyama | November 10, 2019

For the first time in three years, the varsity girls volleyball team has accepted freshmen. Freshmen Kaitlyn Lee and Megan Wong received a warm welcome in August. The last time a freshman joined...

Los Altos plans to pass a tobacco ordinance aimed at addressing teen vaping.

Los Altos to pass tobacco ordinance

By Nina Crofts and Vaishu Sirkay | November 8, 2019

Los Altos City Council plans to pass an ordinance restricting the sale and advertisement of tobacco products in the city of Los Altos. This will affect grocery and convenience stores, in addition to gas...

Mountain View is passing an RV parking restriction within the city.

Mountain View institutes RV parking restrictions

By Nina Crofts and Kate Stadler | November 8, 2019

After months of deliberation, the city of Mountain View is moving forward with a large-vehicle restriction, which bans RVs from parking on “narrow” streets less than 40 feet in width between 2 a.m....

Los Altos is introducing a text-to-911 feature that can be used when calling 911 is not possible.

Los Altos introduces text-to-911 feature

By Nina Crofts | November 8, 2019

The Los Altos City Council and Los Altos Police Department, along with various cities in Santa Clara county, have launched a new feature that enables citizens to text 911 instead of call, which can be...

As we closed the books, we were not fulfilled with the bittersweet farewell to the epic saga; instead, we were furious at the vague epilogue, our treasured happily-ever-after between Daniel and June tantalizingly out of reach.

A decade later, Marie Lu closes Legend saga with “Rebel”

By Cedric Chan and Vaishu Sirkay | November 8, 2019

“He is a Legend. She is a Prodigy. Who will be Champion?” We, alongside countless other elementary and middle schoolers, read those words on the backside of Marie Lu’s beloved “Champion,”...

The cross country team runs on a multitude of different roads and trails, but the athletes each have their personal favorites. Junior Amanda Le, freshman Boden Sirey, and sophomore Riley Capuano explain why they like to run either the Conception or Packard route with the team. All three athletes are on the cross country team for the first time this year and have loved its welcoming and supportive atmosphere.

I ran with the cross country team and lived to tell the tale

By Elana Eisenberg and Suzanne Guo | November 8, 2019

I felt my legs start to seize up as we slowed our pace to something that barely qualified as a run. The hill looming ahead of me seemed a thousand times steeper than it had when I’d admired it on the...

It’s immoral to force students to pay for their grade and use their own money to fund ASB and SCL.

Solving Los Altos’s unethical fundraising

By Vaishu Sirkay and Cedric Chan | November 8, 2019

ASB and SCL students don’t sell tickets for the fun of it; it’s directly correlated with their grade. Although ASB’s and SCL’s policies vary slightly, the gist is the same: students are given a...

After 13 months of anticipation and a lifetime of building his reputation as arguably the most talented artist of his generation, the shallow ideas and divisive direction of “Jesus is King” are underwhelming, and ultimately fall short of Kanye's potential.

Jesus is king: Kanye West’s “gospel” album foiled by his own ego

By Lucas Bricca, Senior Writer | November 8, 2019

On Friday, October 25, Kanye West released his newest album, “JESUS IS KING” (JIK). The album dropped over a year after the initially-announced release date of September 2018—West even used billboards...

Editorial: Tackling mental health at Los Altos

Editorial: Tackling mental health at Los Altos

November 8, 2019

In wake of the student suicide at Mountain View High School (MVHS) last month, Los Altos administrators promoted our mental health and wellness resources to help the community cope with the incident. Their...

With slight variation, ASB and SCL policies require that students sell a certain number of merchandise and tickets. If they are unable to meet this quota, their grades are negatively affected. To avoid this, some students end up paying for unsold goods themselves. 

ASB and SCL grading policies violate California Education Code

By Cedric Chan and Vaishu Sirkay | November 8, 2019

ASB’s and SCL’s (Associated Student Body and Student Community Leadership) grading policies, which require students to sell merchandise and tickets in exchange for their grade, violate the California...

The 90-second grace period is downright disgraceful

The 90-second grace period is downright disgraceful

By Nina Crofts and Cedric Chan | November 7, 2019

Walking across the entire campus to get to history every day feels like a marathon. Having to run to get there on time is agony. And doing that all just to miss out on several valuable minutes of a...

Krames twins: Kicking it together since the womb

Krames twins: Kicking it together since the womb

By Elli Lahdesmaki and Barrett Wong | November 7, 2019

              At first glance, it might be difficult to tell that juniors Kyleigh and Ragan Krames are related. Kyleigh has a distinctive birthmark...

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