November 17, 2019

SMHS Mateobotics Gears Up for the Season -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Leap from High School to College Sports -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mateo Comes up Short: 2019 Little Big Game -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Master of Self-Deprecating Humor -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

How Old is “Too Old” for Trick-or-Treating? -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We Need to Get Serious About Shootings -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How Boyan Slat Is Helping Solve The Great Pacific Garbage Patch -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Youtube’s Yankovic turned Chinese TikTok Star: Bart Baker -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

#TeamTrees -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Varsity Football -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

CA Bill Pushes School Start Times Back -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Why the Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Pros and Cons of Energy Drinks -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Movies to Watch during Halloween -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How Media Affects The Mind -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matilda Provides Hope -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS’ Boomwhacker Club

The xylophone can produce about 40 different pitches; the piano, a whopping 88. The boomwhacker? One.  A boomwhacker is a hollow plastic tube that produces a sound when hit against a surface. The length of the tube determines the pitch, with longer tubes producing lower pitches. Crucially, this means that each boomwhacker can only make one sound. Combine this with the fact that you can only play one or two boomwhackers at a time, and you have a recipe for monotony. But with several people working together, entire octaves can be spanned –– and, with practice, music can be created….

Questioning the Ethics of Unconventional Childbearing

As technology has taken over so much of modern society, it has also taken over the way humans come into the world. What was once a natural process is now a highly clinical one. While innovations in the ways children are conceived and born seem to be great alternatives for couples who struggle with infertility or are otherwise unable to conceive naturally, these innovations have created a series of ethical issues. In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a process where an egg is fertilized outside of the body. Eggs are extracted from the mother and sperm from the father, which…

Don’t Blame Video Games

Recent tragedies such as the El Paso shooting have caused some politicians to swivel towards violent video games for something to blame these unfortunate events on. In a White House address after the aforementioned shooting, President Trump said that we as Americans “must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.” Another politician, Dan Patrick, lieutenant governor of Texas, said on the “Fox & Friends” TV program that the federal government needs to “do something about the video game industry.” Politicians have been blaming violence on video games…

Why Disney Won’t Stop Remaking Movies

With the release of Maleficent in 2014, most audiences were thrilled to finally get a Disney live-action movie since the release of the Alice in Wonderland remake in 2010. The movie was an extreme success and raked in $750 million in worldwide box offices. However, moviegoers scratched their heads when a Cinderella movie came out a year later. Before Alice in Wonderland, only three live action movies came out with the Jungle Book (1994), 101 Dalmatians (1996), and 102 Dalmatians (2000). No one really questioned the release of Cinderella due to its great reviews and its entertainment value. After all,…

The Versatility of Virtual Reality

Only a decade ago, virtual reality was a fantasy only found in science fiction books. Now, virtual reality has become a large part of the gaming world and many people enjoy playing video games with virtual reality headsets. While this technology is mostly used for entertainment, not many people consider the practical applications of virtual reality and how it can be used to improve our world.  Virtual reality is already being used for more than just playing cool games; it is already being used in countless industries, such as healthcare. Surprisingly, the retail industry has also started using virtual reality…

Pondering Yondr

Coming into San Mateo High School this year, all I could hear people talking about was Yondr. In past years students of SMHS could keep their phones with them the entire day. After testing Yondr in December of last year, the Administration of SMHS put Yondr in action. I have heard many negative opinions about Yondr. Many people say that Yondr limits a parent’s connection with the kids and the parent’s ability to make sure the kid is safe. It also limits our ability to communicate and be able to keep ourselves updated on current events. But I think that…