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Frayed Strings and Sibling Things

Frayed Strings and Sibling Things

Miranda Li, In Depth Editor

March 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-5, Opinions

I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to my 14-year old-brother for longer than 20 minutes at a time. In fact, 20 might still be an overestimate. My brother isn’t really interested in conversation; he’s autistic. For 13 years, I struggled to grasp at the fraying strings of what I thought constituted...

A Recipe for Perfect Happiness

A Recipe for Perfect Happiness

Michael Sieffert, Senior Writer

March 28, 2017


Filed under Issue-5, Opinions

“In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.” Franz Kafka’s words have stayed put in my mind since the first time I read them. Maybe it was because I secretly wanted to find that key to perfect happiness;...

Sledding Down Memory Lane

Sledding Down Memory Lane

Madison Woo and Brian Huebner

March 27, 2017


Filed under Issue-6, Opinions, Showcase

Intro On Thursday, March 29, an iceberg will sink, a dance studio will close and a lighthouse will no longer shine as the online world of Club Penguin will close. The termination of this virtual world has struck sadness among many adolescents who grew up playing this game. Madison's Story It would ...

Why Companies Need To Be Politically Involved

Why Companies Need To Be Politically Involved

Anisha Desai and Justin Yu

March 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-6, Opinions

The United States was founded on the belief that the government would have limited oversight on private property. The checks and balances on government are ingrained in America’s root values of democracy and capitalism. But should companies use their influence on consumers to oversee the government...

Cultivating Activism through Search Engines

Cultivating Activism through Search Engines

Yalda Khodadad, Staff Writer

March 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-6, Opinions

I myself am an avid user of the search engine Ecosia, a Chrome extension I obtained on a whim a couple months ago after browsing through the Chrome webstore. The quirky engine promises to donate 80 percent of its revenue gained through advertisements to planting trees through reforestation projects scattered...

Circuit Court Ruling Highlights Checks and Balances

Circuit Court Ruling Highlights Checks and Balances

Sana Khader, Staff Writer

March 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-6, Opinions

On January 27, President Trump signed the first executive order of two that barred citizens from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The reason for this bizarre use of presidential power? “To protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to...

Granting Choice: Time for Schools to go Test-Optional

Granting Choice: Time for Schools to go Test-Optional

Ross Avery, Staff Writer

December 25, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Many high school upperclassmen and their parents have, by now, begun to make sense of the college admissions process. One of the most well-known aspects of this process is the standardized test: students pay to take the required SAT or ACT, then send in the scores they receive. But many schools have...

Teachers, Stand Up For Your Stances

Teachers, Stand Up For Your Stances

Javin Pombra, Staff Writer

December 13, 2016


Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

After Mountain View High School’s history teacher Frank Navarro was reportedly put on paid leave for comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, news of the controversy spread across the nation. While Mountain View’s administration allowed Navarro to come back, the debate over whether teachers should...

Slacktivism: Expanding Activism or Joining a Trend?

Slacktivism: Expanding Activism or Joining a Trend?

Yolanda Spura, Staff Writer

December 13, 2016


Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

#BlackLivesMatter, #LoveWins, #LoveTrumpsHate and #StandingwithStandingRock were all common hashtags pertaining to social and political issues that flooded social media sites this year. Posting and reposting about these issues, signing online petitions and uploading pictures or videos to spread awareness s...

‘Tis the Season for Controversy

‘Tis the Season for Controversy

Maddie Chu and Haley Ecker, Staff Writers

December 13, 2016


Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

It’s that time of year again! By now many of you have probably seen several ads for holiday sales on TV, heard jingle bells chiming every time we enter a building and started making plans with family on how to celebrate one of the most festive months of the year. But this joyous time of year has its own...

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