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To Friend or Not to friend: Teachers and Students on Facebook

March 3, 2009

You know you’ve got a real friend when you can add, block, marry, spam and throw a sheep at him or her with the click of a mouse. Making friends is no issue with the online social network, Facebook. But where should students...

Sleeping is Too Important for Teenagers to Ignore

February 9, 2009

No matter how many times a credible source shouts it, the study results have been ignored by the student population of the school: the number of A’s students receive is directly related to the number of ZZZs from the previous...

Fool, Don’t Be a Hootstick, Slang Is Sick

February 9, 2009

The year is 2025. The CEO of your finance company approaches you and says “Yo homie, where my reports at?” Whether we will have chill CEOs in the future or not, people believe that slang is corrupting our ability to speak...

We Ought Not Tolerate Improper English

February 9, 2009

Hoot. Sketch. Raw. What do these words mean? They mean slang. Slang that only teenagers of the Bay Area are aware of. The new slang that students are using at the school not only separates them from other teenagers around the...

Spread the Valentine’s Day love

February 9, 2009

Flowers and chocolates are selling. Guys are planning on whom to ask. Girls are crossing their fingers. Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is for love to share. As the butterflies build up and the day gets closer, people are...

Prep Classes Not Best Option for Standardized Tests

February 9, 2009

When it comes to the SATs and ACTs, students today have a multitude of test prep options availble to them, such as classes by Kaplan or Revolution Prep. Classes like these claim to raise test scores as much as 200 points—for...

Implementing Full-Time Block Schedules Helps Students, Teachers

February 5, 2009

For 38 weeks a year, students struggle to complete hours of homework each night while juggling sports, clubs and other extracurriculars. They suffer from an extreme homework overload, which is reduced only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays...

Let’s Get Political… and Stay Political: Getting Involved Once Every Four Years Is Not Enough to Implement Change in Society

February 5, 2009

During the months prior to Tuesday, November 4, the corridors of the school were filled with students proudly displaying their campaign shirts and conversations about Tina Fey’s latest Sarah Palin impersonation floated through...

Lack of School Spirit Days Leaves Students in Daze

November 24, 2008

During homecoming week, students walked through the hallways wearing fairy wings, Harry Potter glasses and zombie costumes. It was funny to see that guy in math class wearing a shrunken superhero cape, and everyone enjoyed watching...

Excessive Group Work Hindrance to Learning

November 24, 2008

The school’s Leadership Team made an unfortunate decision at the end of last school year when it voted to make “collaborative learning” this year’s instructional focus for teachers. While collaboration is a vital life...

Onion Punch

November 24, 2008

Colleges raise bar, students struggle to hang on Six of the nation’s top universities published a new set of undergraduate admissions requirements last week in light of the unprecedented tidal wave of applicants this year. “T...

Campus Littering Takes Its Toll

November 24, 2008

Just a few hours after school, the lawn on the quad glitters green without a soda can in sight— no thanks to the students. Littering on this campus has always been taken care of by other people, but it is time for students to...

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