December 7, 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

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

“Aren’t you a little old to be trick or treating?” is something many of us have heard at one time or another. Is there a select age at which it no longer becomes socially acceptable to go out with our friends in our costumes to gather Halloween candy that we can trade and devour at the end of the night? Some may argue yes, but here’s why trick-or-treating should be an ageless pastime enjoyed by all ages, especially teens. For the unfortunate souls who have not experienced the thrilling event of trick-or-treating, one usually dresses up in a costume of…

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We Need to Get Serious About Shootings

Something needs to be done about shootings. America has a problem where we are 25 times more likely to die from gun violence in comparison to many affluent countries that have banned firearms or regulated them to a high degree according to Gifford’s Law Center. It seems as though many conservatives refuse to address the issue, and many liberals fight the wrong ones. Both have differing agendas that have lead to nothing but inaction. Familiar stories about individuals and families grieving over the loss of a loved one to a criminal with an agenda continue to plague news articles today….

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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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