May 30, 2017

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

International Week Shines -

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Patent Battle Closed for CRISPR -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump’s New Executive Order Is Not Effective -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Uber Drives Itself Into a Corner -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A New Tale That’s As Old As Time -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“Life” Falls Flat -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life”

As college decisions are coming out, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what makes a worthy college applicant. Students seem to think that, the more you do, the better chance you have at getting into a top school. This mindset leads to an extremely busy schedule, unhealthy amounts of stress, and, in the end, perhaps an unsatisfactory result. This mindset is born from two of some of society’s most limiting beliefs: the idea that business leads to importance and that doing nothing is a waste of time. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, and perhaps even before, humans…

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Trump’s New Executive Order Is Not Effective

All throughout his campaign trail, our president, Donald Trump has reminded us that our country needs to put forward some laws that will prevent the immigration of those who may have terrorist connections. Now, he has finally put some of his words to action. According to Trump’s original executive order, which was signed in January, citizens from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Sudan were banned entry to the United States for 90 days. The order also suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days and indefinitely banned refugees from Syria. While Executive Order 13769 was effective from…

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Uber Drives Itself Into a Corner

Uber is widely used and loved, and it is growing more popular day by day. But what exactly goes on behind the scenes? Is the company itself as welcoming and efficient as its programming? As confirmed by multiple former employees and inside sources, it most definitely is not. The most visible threat to the general public is probably the many dangerous incidents involving or caused by an Uber driver. In the past six months, there have been six deaths, 24 violent assaults, 35 sexual assaults and 37 drunk drivers reported worldwide. These numbers, however, mean nearly nothing when compared to…

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Not My Healthcare ― Introducing the American Health Care Act

Obamacare: the healthcare that failed the masses. The Affordable Care Act: the plan that gave millions access to healthcare. Although these are one and the same, many were quick to critique the flaws of Obamacare. Passed in 2010, the health care system got off to a rocky start. On the first day, merely six people were able to sign up through Healthcare.gov. Condemned to join because of the individual mandate, which required people to either sign up or pay a fee, many felt as though healthcare was just another monetary burden. Speaking of money and burdens, Obamacare was one of…

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Aviation Spotting is a Growing Hobby

People have always found my hobby to be unusual. I am not into cars, sports, nor music, but aviation. My dad was a pilot for ten years and that’s where my hobby sparked. From a young age I remember walking from the private aircraft terminal to my dad’s Cessna 172 or Piper Meridian. My parents still tell me how much I loved flying; however, I spent the majority of the flight sleeping. As I grew older I couldn’t unglue my eyes from the window the moment the engine was started. During middle school my dad joined a non-profit organization called…

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It’s Not About Saving the Planet

It is no surprise that President Trump is not a fan of spending money to protect our environment. So, it comes as no surprise that he is reportedly considering reducing the budget and cutting programs from the Environmental Protection Agency (according to The Hill). In light of this expected but extremely unfortunate information, I’ve been thinking a little about the stances of American voters and politicians on climate change. Although there is undeniable scientific evidence proving that global warming is occurring and that humans are causing it, somehow, in 2014, 23 percent of Americans said they don’t believe in global…

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College is Still School

It looks good for college. This is the supreme justification, the paramount motive, the because before all becauses. College: the heavenly beyond, unsurpassed in importance; we would do nearly anything for an acceptance from anyone on our lists, Ivy to state. Whether it be taking AP classes, getting good grades, joining clubs, getting jobs, playing sports, or preparing for the SAT, if colleges like it, we have no choice but to do it. Many students spend high school in agony, taking classes they aren’t interested in, mindlessly memorizing facts and promptly forgetting them the moment they bubble in that last…

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Betsy May Be DeWrong Choice for Secretary of Education

On Feb. 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos was confirmed to be the next Secretary of Education. As the country was still reeling after many of Trump’s decisions, this was yet another shock. The nerve-wracking final vote to confirm DeVos’s 51-50 election was cast by Vice President Mike Pence, thus creating another win for the Republican party. Part of the cause for controversy was that DeVos was unquestionably ill-prepared for her confirmation hearing. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked her a question about whether or not she believed guns should be allowed on school campuses, and DeVos replied by mentioning the possibility of…

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Can I Have a Glass of Water?

Within the past few months, the Bay Area has received steady rainfall. Periods of rain have lasted weeks, which feels a bit outlandish, considering the average annual rainfall in this area has been around 22 inches, compared to 39 for the States. Even with all this recent rain, California is still shown as status: in a drought. Nearly five years after hitting a record low in rainfall in the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, things are finally taking a turn for the better. Life is flourishing, reservoirs are filling and snow is collecting in the mountains. Lake…

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The Branding of Higher Education

A brand-name is a powerful tool – especially in America. Our distinctly American brands reach across the world, as Asian students adorn the latest Nike apparel, and our signature drink, Coca-Cola, is drunk as far as Antarctica. Even our biggest tourist destination, Times Square, is a commercial fantasyland, lit by the incandescent glow of corporate advertising. However, our obsession with branding goes beyond consumer culture, and has leaked into the world of higher education As seniors begin receiving their acceptance decisions, rounding out the college application season, their tension is palpable. For years, these students have been working towards the…

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