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Waking Up Early Has Its Advantages

Kristen Lee, Copy Editor

March 4, 2008

Filed under Opinions

Most students cringe at the idea of waking up early. Getting up in time to rush to school is supposedly already an arduous chore, and getting up even earlier would be a crime to many. But it is actually not nearly as terrible as it seems. In fact, waking up early has many advantages in getting homework done. First of all,...

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Taylor Frerey, Editor-in-Chief

March 4, 2008

Filed under Columns, Opinions

Growing up, all children are supposed to learn the same basic skills: politeness, respect and organization. Unfortunately, I never understood the importance of at least one (and maybe more) of those skills. To this day, I have absolutely no penchant for organization. Although my mom stopped nagging me about cleaning my r...

Student Art Should Be Displayed Permanently, Proudly

Claire Bedard, Senior Writer

March 4, 2008

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Art is a rare commodity at our school. There are a few shows put on by the Art Department every year, and art in the display case, and on the walls of the administrative office—but nothing is displayed prominently, proudly and permanently. Instead, student art is tucked away at the corners of our school or sits for a co...

It’s All About the Debit Card, Baby

Hallie Keenan, Business Manager

March 4, 2008

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Birthday wish list for a 16-year-old: new car, new cell phone, later curfew, debit card? Not just for shopaholics, debit cards can serve as a transition into the world of grown-up finance, something that all teenagers should be prepared for. Having a debit card teaches lessons of money management, responsibility and self-co...

When Words Hurt: The Bane of Cyber-Bullying

Sandra Song, Staff Writer

March 4, 2008

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“Get a life.” “Stop acting like a goody-two-shoes.” “You’re such a poser.”   These are only a few of the many nasty things people say to each other online which make up the technological phenomenon known as cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying, according to stopcyberbullying,org, is when a minor is tormented, threaten...

Rainy Day Lunch Options Are Severely Limited

Alex Williamson, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008

Filed under Opinions

While Gene Kelly may have proclaimed his love for singing in the rain, many students would much rather prefer to stay dry and avoid the rain completely. While the transitions from class to class are tolerable, lunch becomes a problem for underclassmen who have to huddle under arches and hallways, often time reduced to si...

O, Community Service, Where Art Thou?

Nadya Agrawal, Senior Writer

February 5, 2008

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Community service has now become more of a personal service. With the competitiveness of college application, students are scrambling to supplement their applications with all manners of extracurriculars. Community service is usually listed amongst these. But in student desperation to have a one-up on all fellow applicants...

We Are On the Way to Being Ruled by Machines

Jade Shi, Senior Writer

February 5, 2008

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Nowadays, graphing calculators have become a part of every student’s arsenal in the academic community. “I use [my calculator] for everything,” junior Josh Huang said. “It’s like my best friend.” While the prospect of entrusting every homework assignment and test to a mechanical mentor who knows all the an...

The California Primaries Happen Today!

Jamil Poonja and Ancy Dow

February 5, 2008

Filed under Opinions

Today, February 5, Democrats, Republicans and Independents will go to the polls to elect their party’s candidate for President. On this day, now dubbed “Super Tuesday” by almost every campaign and news source, 24 states will host contests including California. The Talon takes a closer look at two of the candidates in the conte...

Valentine’s Day: Views From Both Sides of the Heart

February 5, 2008

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Paul Winterbotham - Staff Writer I do not like Valentine’s Day. There, I said it. I was the kid back in third grade for whom no one had a card to put in those pathetic mailboxes. Everyone told me that there weren’t enough cards in the set, but I don’t think cards always came in sets of 23. These frustrations m...

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Taylor Freret, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2008

Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Beach Boys sang in their hit “California Girl,” “the West Coast has the sunshine, and the girls are get so tanned.” Unfortunately, they didn’t get the memo that California winters aren’t so sunny. Neither did a large portion of the girls at this school. The weather lately has been cold, frigid and unbearable (let alo...

Teens Don’t Need Caffeine to Function — Just Willpower

Sydney Negus, Content Editor

February 5, 2008

Filed under Opinions

What do Rockstar, Red Bull, Monster, Mad Croc and Go Girl have in common? Any of these could be pro-wrestler names, but they’re just energy drinks. Many teenagers rely on these and similar substances just to get through their days. This is unnecessary and ridiculous. It is quite possible to function as a productive, active te...

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