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Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month

Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month

Jocelyn Maeyama and Daphne Ih

October 28, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

Introduction October is LGBTQ+ History Month in the U.S., coinciding with National Coming Out Day on October 11. While its June counterpart, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, revolves around the present, History Month looks back to see the progress members of the community and their allies made in the fight for civil ...

Stephen Palumbi: Saving the seas with STEM

Stephen Palumbi: Saving the seas with STEM

Kristen Fan, Staff Writer

October 27, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-2

Growing up near the Atlantic coast in Maryland, Stephen Palumbi always wanted to work close to the ocean. As a child, Palumbi went to the beach every week with his family where he discovered his dream to study the fascinating creatures in the sea. Now, as a Stanford marine biology professor, he hopes to ...

Raising Mental Health Awareness Through Hip Hop

Raising Mental Health Awareness Through Hip Hop

Brian Huebner and Kristen Fan

October 24, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

When Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab in 2016 for depression and suicidal urges, the hip hop scene woke up to the real world of mental illness. “I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life,” Cudi wrote in a Facebook post. “My anxiety and depression have...

‘Mother!’ and ‘It:’ Horrifically Disappointing

‘Mother!’ and ‘It:’ Horrifically Disappointing

Mia Scher, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

Warner Bros. Mother! Jennifer Lawrence had something profound to say about her latest movie, 'Mother!,’ a psychological horror film, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. "It depicts the rape and torment of Mother Earth... I represent Mother Earth; Javier, whose character is a poet, represe...

Bonchon Chicken Fulfills the Fundamentals

Bonchon Chicken Fulfills the Fundamentals

Maddie Chu, Opinions Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

Given the immense popularity of the Bonchon Chicken franchise around America, the opening of a downtown Mountain View location on Castro Street was highly anticipated by many. Bonchon’s specialty and main selling point is Korean fried chicken, but it also offers a wide variety of Asian American ...

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty: Makeup For All

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty: Makeup For All

Tinomuda Tugwete, Senior Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

Carissa Lee   Robyn Rihanna Fenty, aka popstar and fashion-beauty icon Rihanna, had not only her fans, but the entire makeup industry clutching their pearls when she dropped her new makeup line Fenty Beauty on Sepember 8 at midnight. Ms. Fenty came out with the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Lo...

Berea College: Education without a cost

Berea College: Education without a cost

Yolanda Spura and Rachel Lu

October 24, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-2

Affording college is difficult — the average undergraduate student faces $30,100 in loans when they graduate. By not charging tuition, Berea College offers a solution to this issue. All students receive the Tuition Promise Scholarship, which amounts to nearly $100,000 over the course of four years. ...

Emily Macway’s path to teaching

Emily Macway’s path to teaching

Alex Luna and Emma Kwan

October 24, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-2

Emily Macway would start her mornings at Los Altos and finish her nights at Santa Clara University every school day last year. Her schedule, from teaching Algebra 2 at 8 a.m. to taking classes until 10 p.m., is common for a student teacher. The experience, while tiring, taught Macway essential skills ...

Miranda Writes: This Place

Miranda Li, Print Managing Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Columns, Issue-2

Los Altos sits in an odd overlap between the cozy, ranch-style houses of suburbia and the decadent wealth and privilege of the Silicon Valley. It’s the kind of place where the high school parking lot is a hodgepodge amalgam of used Craigslist Toyotas and Benz’s, where twelve year olds use their pare...

Social Media Stars: The Dangers of Following False Idols

Social Media Stars: The Dangers of Following False Idols

Emma Van Geuns and Mayu Alten

October 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

For decades now, fame has been a relatively difficult goal to achieve. However, with the recent influx in the popularity of social media, it has become less of a matter of how hard you work, and more about who can produce the most dramatic content. As a result, we can easily add social media stars t...

Downtown Los Altos: Don’t Forget the Teenagers

Downtown Los Altos: Don’t Forget the Teenagers

Javin Pombra, In-Depth Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

On a Friday night, it’s common to see barren parking lots in downtown Los Altos. Quite frankly, it’s common any night. Los Altos has made it a mission to become a family-friendly town, but a large demographic is missing from that family: teenagers. High schoolers and middle schoolers who atte...

First Impressions: When do They Matter?

Yalda Khodadad, Features Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

If you knew me in seventh grade, you might notice that a lot of things have changed. I no longer have braces, I cut off ten inches of my hair, and my T-shirts are no longer emblazoned with smiling pandas or lime green musical notes. Eleventh-grade me prefers drinking kombucha out of Klean Kanteens, toting a...

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