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Consider Making Unique Gifts Instead of Purchasing Them

Claire Bedard, Senior Writer

December 14, 2007


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No matter how hard it was to pick out that brand new video game (along with that intoxicating smell of shrink wrap), purchasing a gift from a store just doesn’t mean as much as making a special gift for a special someone. Students should consider taking the initiative to create something persona...

Poor Intentions Cannot Justify Good Actions, Generous Deeds

Sandra Song, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007


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Usually, students need to be offered incentives to do good things and even though they are perfectly capable of giving without taking things in return, many are unwilling to do so. Many students see altruistic efforts as beneficial; however, the reason they do not commit to doing these charitable a...

Advisory Period Needs to Be Condensed

Nicole Schreiber, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007


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Every Tuesday for half an hour, freshmen are required to attend their assigned advisory class, with the purpose of becoming more connected with the new high school environment. During this period, students have discussions and do a variety of activities with their student advisers, focusing on re...

GSA Should Play a More Active Role

Shefali Luthra, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007


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When someone mentions club meetings, the first thought that race through a student’s head include excited chatter and a room crowded with cheerful, enthusiastic students. Rarely do students imagine an almost silent room, with just a few students attending the meeting. However, for the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), s...

Taylorvision

Taylor Freret, Editor-in-Chief

December 14, 2007


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There are many things that send students wandering aimlessly about: the search for the true meaning of life, a trip to the “bathroom” during class, the sound of the fire alarm ringing throughout the school. The aimlessness of the first two can be solved. Students can engage in deep soul-searc...

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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...

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