The Talon

Rainy Day Lunch Options Are Severely Limited

Alex Williamson, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008

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 ...

O, Community Service, Where Art Thou?

Nadya Agrawal, Senior Writer

February 5, 2008

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...

We Are On the Way to Being Ruled by Machines

Jade Shi, Senior Writer

February 5, 2008

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 p...

The California Primaries Happen Today!

Jamil Poonja and Ancy Dow

February 5, 2008

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...

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

February 5, 2008

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 e...


Taylor Freret, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2008

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...

Teens Don’t Need Caffeine to Function — Just Willpower

Sydney Negus, Content Editor

February 5, 2008

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....

Don’t Be Green Just to Be Cool

Natalie Larsen, Senior Writer

December 14, 2007

“Plug in a light bulb and save a life! Upload this Facebook application and help preserve a forest in Botswana!” Sound familiar? It should, because every time you turn on your television, computer or cell phone, the screens bl...

Handwritten Letters Bring Holiday Cheer

Meaghan Whitehorn, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007

With the winter holidays right around the corner, do teen these days really have the time, and more importantly, the will to send out handwritten cards to celebrate the holidays or wish a happy new year? Feeling the crunch...

Consider Making Unique Gifts Instead of Purchasing Them

Claire Bedard, Senior Writer

December 14, 2007

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. ...

Poor Intentions Cannot Justify Good Actions, Generous Deeds

Sandra Song, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007

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 ben...

Advisory Period Needs to Be Condensed

Nicole Schreiber, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007

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...

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