January 19, 2020

With Christmas Comes Nostalgia -

Monday, December 9, 2019

November Book Recommendations -

Monday, December 9, 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

NCAA Exploiting Players

March Madness is over with Duke fans rejoicing and basically everyone else muttering to themselves. Last year, the University of Connecticut won the NCAA College Basketball Championship, but it ended with a startling quote by star UConn guard Shabazz Napier “There are hungry nights when I go to bed and I’m starving” Shabazz Napier went hungry in college as thousands bought jerseys bearing his name and came to watch him play, and because Napier never saw a dime of that money. In fact, NCAA players are legally barred from taking any compensation outside college scholarships, except how can one get…

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How Far Will Graphics Go?

Since the invention of the video game, developers have worked countless hours to improve the amount of pixels they are able to display on the computer screen to create graphics, but just how far can they go? People talk of games approaching levels of life-like fidelity, but to make this kind of detail within an image, whole teams of people must spend more and more time while creating their game just to make it look better. This leads to less time being devoted to actually creating a fun game to play and instead focuses on making pretty-looking scenery. If graphics…

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Technology Decreases Intelligence

According to Sir Peter Blake, “ new technology is common, new thinking is rare.” Why think for yourself when there is a wonderful, intelligent computer there to do the thinking for you? We as humans rely on technology to think for us, when we re perfectly capable of thinking for ourselves. Personal technology is decreasing our intelligence by causing us to be reliant and it shortens our long-term memory. Technology causes people to become too reliant on it. In other words we don’t need to remember the information in our brains because we can rely on technology to store it…

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Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Exchange

First of all, cultural appropriation and cultural exchange mean the same thing. The only reason I’m distinguishing the two is because the phrase “cultural appropriation” has started to develop a negative connotation. Hopefully, writer to reader, we can get rid of that. Cultural appropriation and cultural exchange mean the same thing, the adoption of a foreign culture’s elements. Now there are certain reasons this can be done; to show acceptance or appreciation, or to mock the idea. Unfortunately, the latter is moderately common, though less prominent than the former. The issue is obvious with the latter but many seem to confuse the two motives and brand the…

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The Homeless Period

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=57&v=egDmmfKj7Zs

Uh-oh, it’s that time of the month again. Time to find your stash of chocolate, netflix password, heating packs, tubs of ice-cream, and of course your pads and tampons. Sounds like the perfect period. But, that is a long list of items to deem as convenience. Imagine a life without any of those. Yes, a life without ANY of those; including tampons and pads. Believe it or not, there are women that go through the struggle of keeping their menstruation within budget and end up depending on unhygienic sanitation methods, such as cloth. Most of us have grown up in…

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Ellen Pao: New Feminist Icon in Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao, a former junior partner at the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, lost her gender discrimination lawsuit on April 27. Pao had alleged that the firm had discriminated against her because of her gender, and she seeked 16 million dollars in damage. The definition of discrimination has changed drastically in the past couple years, as it went from having to be based around serious sexual harassment cases to being centered around unequal treatment of different genders.   Her case had sparked many controversial arguments over the definition of gender discrimination. Some claimed that she had made a…

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Fiber Competition Rises

When Google Fiber was announced several years ago, it was unopposed and ready to gain the support of countless U.S. citizens eager to experience faster internet speeds. Now, competition has finally arrived for Google Fiber, allowing fiber internet to gain the momentum it lost while Google took its time. Both Comcast and AT&T have announced their own competitors to Google’s fiber service, called Gigabit Pro and GigaPower respectively. This means that fiber internet may appear in new areas as three different companies compete to create a better service than each other. In fact, Comcast’s new service plans to bring a…

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Iranian-US Negotiations

Over the course of the past month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has addressed U.S. Congress several times, in an attempt to influence our foreign policy. The controversy here is that President Obama never invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress. Throughout this whole event, Senators and President Obama have been involved in a power struggle: does Congress reserve the right to overpower the desires of the President? This past week has brought new developments in the power-struggle saga. On March 9, a group of 47 Republican Senators, led by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, sent a letter addressed to “The…

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AP Exams: Isn’t it too expensive?

Last month, as students received the papers that announced the monstrous costs for the AP Exams, a loud rumble of disgruntle passed through the crowd as they stared at the three digit number that laughed mockingly at them. Just a couple weeks after receiving the horrific news that brought them back to reality, they had to grudgingly bring checks of a huge sums of money to the career center. Many darkly joked that they will be in debt before they even get to college as they brought their loaded checks to the office. “I took multiple AP classes this year,…

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The Pressure to Take APs is Real

Peer pressure is something we are all exposed to in our lives, especially in  high school. In fact, you may not even know you are falling into the trap of peer pressure at school. With so many students taking multiple advanced placement classes it is easy to feel obligated  to do the same. When enrolling for AP classes, it is important to understand what you’re getting yourself into. With great amounts of homework each night and intense content to absorb in each class, AP classes are no matter to take lightly. They are, after all, a college level course. While…

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