October 21, 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

Mock Trial: Murder Trials, New Captains, and Autonomous Vehicle Accidents -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS Starts the Year Cellphone Free -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS’ Boomwhacker Club -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Questioning the Ethics of Unconventional Childbearing -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Don’t Blame Video Games -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Why Disney Won’t Stop Remaking Movies -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Versatility of Virtual Reality -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Pondering Yondr -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mr. Shea: The Meme King -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

#AHistoryofBadBoycotts -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Increased Regulation is Necessary for Homeschooling -

Thursday, August 29, 2019

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Increased Regulation is Necessary for Homeschooling

Though school may tend not to be the most anticipated event in our life, our choices for where to attend are often limited. Private schools are available to some, but many charge steep tuition. Homeschooling, though it is an appealing idea, is unreliable in regulating the standards of education its students receive. If homeschooling is to be considered a viable option for education, it needs a severe increase in regulations.  According to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, only twelve states have academic assessments to provide accountability. With a growing number of students being homeschooled nationwide, the requirements to assess…

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My Experience at the Women’s March

The second Women’s March took place on  Saturday, the 20th of January with thousands of men and women marching through the city. Marchers  arrived to the start at eleven thirty and the actual march began at around one o‘clock. What better place than the forward thinking city that is San Francisco; a place that encourages people to be different and to join movements or groups. It was my first time going to the Women’s March; I was very excited but at the same time I was feeling very anxious since I didn’t know what to expect. Not knowing beforehand  how…

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The Destructive Culture of Social Media

Social media: it’s become so popular that it’s extremely rare to find someone without an account on any social platform. Everyone uses it, and it has taken over our daily lives. As much as we all love scrolling through our endless feed and flexing for the ‘gram, social media has a lot of downsides: and it’s not just our parents scolding us about it. Real research has been done, showing that there are lots of signs of addiction. Harvard neuroscientists Diana Tamir and Jason Mitchell at Harvard performed a study where participants were put under an fMRI scanner, and were…

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Contraceptive Coverage Rollback Endangers Women

 Women’s reproductive rights were dealt a serious blow early this month. On October 6, The Trump administration issued a rule that gives any organization, business, or university the right to deny their employees contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While Trump has claimed that these actions were taken to protect the religious freedoms of employers, this is no more than an excuse being used in attempt to weaken the ACA and further his own anti-contraceptive agenda at the expense of the health and wellbeing of women across the country. Because of the Obama-era contraceptive coverage mandate, it was…

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Should Confederate statues be taken down?

A lot of people who would automatically answer the question with a firm no, without considering perspective of the opposing side. I believe that the Confederate statues should stand. The figures symbolize a horrendous part of our history, but it is there to remind that these things should never happen. A nation that remembers is a nation that is great. It gives us an opportunity to be able to actually see how far we have gone, how much we have evolved. It gives us a reason to stand for equality, for a chance to redeem ourselves. Recently, a surge of…

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Net Neutrality: Why It Definitely Should NOT Be Repealed

Net neutrality has been a hot topic in recent news, getting coverage from everyone from CNN to talk show host John Oliver. But what is it? There’s so much information (and misinformation) floating around about it, but many people haven’t even heard of it. Net neutrality is one of the most important things when it comes to surfing the internet and freedom in general. Net neutrality is basically the principle that keeps internet service providers (ISPs), companies like Verizon or Comcast, from treating data on the internet differently. This prevents them from purposely slowing down or blocking any particular site…

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