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No to Death (Penalty)

No to Death (Penalty)

Julia Santos and Michael Sieffert

November 7, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

Not only is Tuesday, November 8th the day of the presidential election, but it is also the day we vote against other major issues in the form of proposition ballots. Californians will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on issues ranging from education to drug pricing. Two propositions regarding t...

Free the Millennials From Age-Old Beliefs

Free the Millennials From Age-Old Beliefs

Madison Woo, Staff Writer

October 22, 2016


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Our world is comprised of about 75.4 million millennials and here in the United States, the numbers are increasing with the flood of immigrants. The millennial generation is comprised of those who are born between the years 1977 to 1994. It has now overtaken the baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1954, as...

Even STEM Students Need Humanities and Liberal Arts

Rachel Lu and Anisha Desai

October 22, 2016


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

It’s easy to feel like an outsider if you are interested in humanities while everything and everybody around is focused on STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In recent years, our nation has placed increasing pressure on STEM in order to encourage innovation and push America forward as a ...

Tired of Today’s Politics? Get Involved

Tired of Today’s Politics? Get Involved

Tino Tugwete, Features Editor

October 22, 2016


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

The 2016 election season has been one for the record books, particularly due to the fact that both candidates face harsh opposition and criticism. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both considered to be less than ideal options for the presidency by many. Some now seem to be siding with a candidate ...

2016 Presidential Election: The Right Leans Left

2016 Presidential Election: The Right Leans Left

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer

October 22, 2016


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

In the world of media, there is no such thing as an “unbiased” viewpoint. Bias shows up in videos, articles and even headlines, and often, it isn’t hard to distinguish a liberal article from a conservative one just by the news outlet that published it. We can’t control what will show up when w...

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...

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