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The Reality of Online Gaming

Dieter Joubert, Business Manager

December 14, 2007


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Every day students can be found after school practicing their social skills and interacting with their friends. Yet a different world exists for some students, a world where skills are measured through bars that fill up as physical practice occurs and where talking to friends is done through a text ...

School Needs to Do the D.A.N.C.E

Hallie Keenan, Business Manager

November 21, 2007


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Why do our dances have such huge gaps of time between them? It seems like there are a handful of activities trying to distract many students from what they want to do. Homecoming is a blast because everyone who attends is in the mood to dance. However, students are not able to shake their groove tha...

Excessive Use of Plastic Water Bottles Overwhelming Landfills

Brain Walz, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007


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With a plethora of sources for water, students mistakenly resort to buying an individual plastic water bottle daily and not recycling it, which has negative effects both on the school and the world. A lack of recycling and a huge increase in plastic water bottle production have been detrimental to the en...

Gossip Does Not Fill a Brain Like Current Events

Stephanie Baer, Content Editor

November 21, 2007


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Many teens stop at a nearby coffee shop before going to school. Students rush in and out of the crowded store without even a glance at the newsstand. Then they drive to the school listening to their iPods instead of checking the morning news stations. At school, students choose to gossip about the la...

New Operating Systems Revive a High-Tech Debate

Ava Foudeh, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007


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With the release of Apple’s Leopard operating system following quickly on the heels of Microsoft Windows’ Vista, tensions between the two companies have never been higher. But on which side of the age-old debate should students be on? Although Windows is the most widely used operating system ...

Taylorvision

Taylor Freret, Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2007


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In fifth grade, my math teacher gave the class a quiz about writing checks. She issued each student an unused check, and then we had to fill in all the blanks. Unfortunately, I didn’t pass the quiz; I was the one fifth grader who didn’t suddenly become a millionaire. The big red “F” on my...

Thanksgiving Should Be Top Holiday Among Family-Starved Teenagers

Felix Ong II, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007


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With Thanksgiving approaching, big roasted turkeys, large mounds of mashed potatoes and delicious apple pie are competing with family binding time as the sole purpose of the holiday. Unlike other holidays that have lost their real meaning among teenagers (such as Labor Day), Thanksgiving should cou...

Tutorial Center Worth Its Weight in Tutors

Ancy Dow, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007


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First semester report card: English - B. Math - C. Science - D. Spanish - F. That probably isn’t the best way to be learning the alphabet. Fortunately, chemical formulas and sinusoidal functions no longer need to be mortal enemies. The school’s Tutorial Center offers a helping hand to all st...

Trick-or-Treating is a Time-Honored Tradition

Kate Keenan, Staff Writer

October 19, 2007


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Hundreds of kids flock to the streets every Halloween. From tiny ballerinas to vampires, costumes can be seen everywhere. But amidst the kids and their parents, a group of teenagers are seen with trash bags in their arms and masks in their hands. This sparks the question that is on everyone’s m...

Teen Poker Games Are a Safe Gamble

Scott Stephens, Staff Writer

October 19, 2007


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DISCLAIMER: Gambling with money or valuables is illegal in the state of California When parents see their children crowded, wearing stone poker faces and calling each other’s bets, they generally panic at the sight of this unruly money-exchange. Is it bad to enjoy a friendly poker game between friends? ...

Swearing is Not Caring—Especially on Campus

Alex Williamson, Staff Writer

October 19, 2007


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The hallways are packed and the rush of busy students fills your ears. Suddenly, a vulgar word rings out through the corridor. The general reaction is … nothing? Students have become too comfortable with using swear words in public. It’s hard to have a conversation without profanity being used. “I’m...

Taylorvision

Taylor Freret, Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2007


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I have a confession. I am not a Facebook addict. To me, the word friend is not a verb. Writing on walls will always be vandalism. And I shall never understand how someone can debase the deliciousness of cherry pie by sending it through a computer. I have watched my friends go over to the dark side. B...

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