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Student Feedback Beneficial to Developing Homework Policy

Student Feedback Beneficial to Developing Homework Policy

Ben Zaeske, Staff Writer

November 17, 2015


Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

Defining a homework policy can be a touchy subject, especially when most students will jump to the initial response of “we want no homework.” However, taking a more objective look at what a school’s homework policy should be is a good idea and hearing the voices of students who will be affected...

Transportation safety improvements are beneficial

Anisha Desai, Staff Writer

October 30, 2015


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Each day, hundreds of students walk, bike or drive themselves to school, so vehicle safety directly affects much of our student body. There are already rules in place to maintain safety on and around campus such as walking bikes to the racks, locking bikes, and wearing helmets, but even more changes...

Planned Parenthood is crucial to womens’ health

Planned Parenthood is crucial to womens’ health

Kevin Yen and Avi Varghese

October 30, 2015


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Jeb Bush made a major political gaffe on August 4 by telling 13,000 people at the Southern Baptist Convention, “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” Hours later, he sent out a statement: “I was referring to the hard-to-fathom $500 million in federal funding...

Applicants should be aware of legacy’s influence in college admissions

Claire Bai, Copy/Content Editor

October 30, 2015


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Every college application season, legacy admissions, or advantage in admissions based on family alumni bring about conversation among prospective students hoping to get into the elite college of their choice. Long integrated into the system, legacy admits are the epitome of elite American universities’...

Halloween costumes perpetuate cultural and gender stereotypes

Halloween costumes perpetuate cultural and gender stereotypes

Sofia Guo and Hanna Khosravi

October 30, 2015


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

Freshmen Marcos Cardenas-Salazar, Edgar Barajas, Simon Burdick, Nicholas Chippa, and Tenzing Sherpa contributed to this article. When Halloween falls on a school day, many students dress up in whimsical and comical costumes in playful spirit, participating in school activities and engaging in group ...

Students should follow European migrant crisis

Students should follow European migrant crisis

Emily Aoki, Features Editor

October 30, 2015


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

While the world is witnessing human displacement on a vast scale due to various political and sectarian conflicts around the world, there are important questions that are being raised about how to address this growing problem. On campus, exposure to current worldwide issues helps students facilitate...

School spirit matters, but we can live without it

Jessica King and Keith Bohrer, Entertainment Editor and Staff Writer

October 30, 2015


Filed under Issue-2, Opinions

In a school gym, a school marching band plays a lively song while cheerleaders in brightly-colored garbs jump and leap in time. A mascot runs up and down the court in front of the bleachers filled with stomping and hollering students dressed in matching colors and face-paint. However, zoom out of this...

Opinion: Homecoming assembly shows that school must discuss improving homecoming traditions

Opinion: Homecoming assembly shows that school must discuss improving homecoming traditions

Alice Dai, Print Managing Editor

October 7, 2015


Filed under Opinions, Showcase, Web Exclusive

On Tuesday, October 6, ASB hosted the annual homecoming assembly. ASB modified this year’s assembly to be more inclusive to the student body in a direct effort to increase class spirit and to address concerns with homecoming court elitism. While ASB’s efforts are commendable, the assembly should be taken as...

Student work hours should not be increased on weekdays

Student work hours should not be increased on weekdays

Eric Thiem, Business Manager

September 30, 2015


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

As more and more students flood colleges around the country, ways to differentiate oneself from the crowd are quickly becoming a necessity. Students are taking full Advanced Placement course loads, playing sports and practicing instruments, all while working part-time jobs on the side. With everything...

Teddy Chmyz and David Lisbonne

September 30, 2015


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

Last spring a subcommittee of the District Teacher’s Association dedicated to discussing possible changes to the bell schedule decided that it was, in fact, not in the school’s best interest to change to a four-block-day schedule. Such a schedule would have two odd block days, two even block days...

Donald Trump: One-of-a-kind candidate

Donald Trump: One-of-a-kind candidate

Chris Dadok and Akhil Jakatdar

September 29, 2015


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

Extroverted, enterprising, controversial and extravagant. All of these words and more have been used to describe the ever-surprising Donald Trump. One description, however, that is not usually heard within the immense buzz surrounding Trump is that of strategic genius. Ever since he officially announced...

Booker Martin, Staff Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

The school implemented the program Google Apps For Education (GAFE) in August 2015 as part of the district’s digital movement, in addition to the Bring Your Own Device program initiated last school year, and many agree that the program has resulted in some benefits. However, as the school transitions...

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