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Terrible Traffic and What to Do About It

Terrible Traffic and What to Do About It

Emma Van Geuns, Staff Writer

October 22, 2016


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

The intersection of Jardin Drive and Casita Way at 7:45 a.m. is peaceful. Cars are parked neatly along the curb behind the tennis courts, and the stark morning air is undisturbed, quiet. For now, all is well. But as the minutes crawl closer to the first bell at 8:05, that intersection turns into a livi...

There’s Nothing to Fear Except Fear-Mongering

There’s Nothing to Fear Except Fear-Mongering

Danny Vesurai, Staff Writer

October 21, 2016


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

“Two Brussels police officers stabbed in suspected terror attack.” Major news organizations ran this headline recently. In doing so, they demonstrated a problem with today’s journalism. In a world overrun with an abundance of information, the motto “if it bleeds, it leads” has grown to new e...

Silicon Valley is Stressed, Depressed and Striving for the Best

Silicon Valley is Stressed, Depressed and Striving for the Best

Maddie Chu and Yolanda Spura

September 30, 2016


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

At 2:35 p.m. every day, I make the drive from Los Altos to Palo Alto to attend my internship at a political non-profit organization. It typically takes 10 to 15 minutes to get there, 30 if there’s traffic. As I drive into Town & Country, directly across from Stanford, I see Palo Alto High School...

Are Drones Violating Our Privacy? Or Is There None Left?

Are Drones Violating Our Privacy? Or Is There None Left?

Booker Martin, Senior Writer

September 30, 2016


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

I click on a Facebook article that catches my interest. Data spins into a digital world of my personal preferences and potential advertising weaknesses. A green light blinks on my webcam, indicating it is capturing video of my every move, but I’m oblivious as the words I read play into my deepest fears....

Brock Turner: Time To Take Rape Seriously

Brock Turner: Time To Take Rape Seriously

Alex Luna, Staff Writer

September 30, 2016


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

When someone says the word rape, it brings an uneasy feeling to all that hear it. It’s a topic that has become more controversial over time. So much so that nowadays it is a struggle to even discuss this topic. Despite this struggle, rape should be seen as a huge ethical issue, and because of this,...

When a Hijab Becomes a Warning

When a Hijab Becomes a Warning

Sana Khader, Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

It’s not uncommon to see a Muslim woman wearing a burkini, a tunic outfit with loose pants made with swimsuit material. It’s an alternative to the revealing mainstream swimwear that contradicts their modest religious values. But last month on a beach in Nice, France, armed police accosted a Muslim...

Overcoming Prejudice: I Am Not a Stereotype

Overcoming Prejudice: I Am Not a Stereotype

Emily Meza-Perez, Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

Ever since I was a little kid I picked up on the stereotypes that societal prejudice has formed. I began to understand that some people did not even have to know me in order for them to believe they knew who I was. Many people assumed things about me based off of my appearance and my ethnicity, and as...

Grading the Homework Policy

Grading the Homework Policy

Priya Dixit, Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

By now, we are resigned to the fact that homework is an intrinsic element of school, and by extension a student’s life. Its existence is ingrained into routine, yet the specifics are always subject to updates. The homework policy put into effect last May was an attempt to bring the previously shadowy...

Disneyland: Where Did the Magic Go?

Disneyland: Where Did the Magic Go?

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

September 17, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” Disneyland is growing, but it is blatantly obvious that the “Imagineers,” the people who design Disneyland, have no imagination. Disneyland originally was a...

Social media through the eyes of a non-user

Social media through the eyes of a non-user

Ross Avery, Staff Writer

August 19, 2016


Filed under Issue 0, Opinions

Before I describe my views on the impact of social media, I have a confession to make: I don’t actually use social media. I don’t post on Facebook, share any photos on Instagram or send Snaps (which, I have learned, is the correct name for a message sent through Snapchat). I suppose I’m sort of...

Let’s stop complaining about airplane noise

Let’s stop complaining about airplane noise

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer

August 19, 2016


Filed under Issue 0, Opinions

On any given day, at least a thousand flights depart from San Francisco International Airport and Mineta San José International Airport. It’s often possible to hear the rumble of these departing planes as they zoom overhead. However, some residents of communities along the San Francisco Peninsula...

College Board Prioritizes Profits over Students

College Board Prioritizes Profits over Students

Kevin Yen, Senior Writer

May 30, 2016


Filed under Issue-8, Opinions

Each spring, when AP season comes around, I ask myself why I’m paying a ninety-something dollar fee that seems to rise every year, just to take a test.    Seconds later, I fight the impulse to shout that the College Board is stupid, that they’re a money-grubbing company that masquerades as a ...

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