November 18, 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

Cell Phones Vs. Education

Cell phones are a huge part of a high school student’s life. Many students nowadays have smart phones, where they are able to search the Web and do many things for school on their phones. Schools have been open to students having their phones on campus and using them, whereas some schools don’t even allow students to have phones on campus. Luckily, here at San Mateo High School, we have the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy set in place. What this policy means is that students can bring their phones, tablets, iPads, etc. to school and can use them…

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New Police Regulations

Police across the country are struggling to regain the trust that many people once had in them. Could body cameras be the answer?   Recent events such as those that occurred in Fergusson and Staten Island have caused many to believe that police officers are dangerous and will abuse their power. This brings police departments to look for ways to improve their relationships, including the proposed body cameras. These would be cameras mounted onto an officer’s uniform while they are on duty to record what they do. It would show exactly what happened in a situation where people claim there…

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New Youtubers Surfacing

Which types of videos on Youtube are watched the most? Judging from the top Youtubers, the most popular genres are music, entertainment, and gaming. Recently, many new people on Youtube have surfaced, creating content similar to popular Youtubers like Pewdiepie or Zoella. In the comment sections of popular Youtubers, it’s a common sight to see these new Youtubers promoting their channels. The excessive amount of self-promotion was a part of why Pewdiepie, the most-subscribed Youtuber, disabled the comments several months ago. In his video, Pewdiepie described the comment section as being “mainly spam” and “people self-advertising.” However, not all of…

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Superficiality of the Senior Polls

The Senior Polls are a tradition that has been carried on throughout in high schools for as long as yearbooks have been printed. They are lighthearted, and are not meant to acknowledge large accomplishments, but are seen as a big recognition simply because of tradition. The people who win the awards are the “best” in class, or the “most” something. However, the awards available are limited to physical appearance, such as the awards for “Best Eyebrows,” and “Cutest,” and awards like “Most likely to be late to graduation,” and “Life of the Party.” “People are getting recognized for really dumb…

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How Counselors Deal with Mental Illnesses

If you’ve found yourself struggling with any personal issues or are just having trouble dealing with high school as a whole, you may have considered seeing a school counselor. However, are you aware of the services that counselors offer and how effective it is to see one? Schools all over our district offer psychological services to students suffering from mental illnesses or going through a hard time, whether it’s at home or at school. Counselors at San Mateo have proved to be effective, according to students who have visited and taken advantage of the counseling services available here at SMHS….

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An Oppressed Korea

While the controversy around “The Interview,” movie has made sure that we are all aware of North Korea, how much do people really know?   Everyone knows about the country the FBI claim to have hacked Sony for making a movie about assassinating its leader. It keeps an estimated 200,000 prisoners in labor camps and has been developing nuclear weapons technology for decades. Millions of its citizen have been suffering through the oppression of its government as it spends its money on military instead of simple necessities like food. If someone were to say anything against the government or attempt…

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Is Hate Speech Glorified?

The freedom of speech is undeniably one of the most important human right one can have. A person should not have to fear for their lives for expressing their views on an issue. However, to what extent should that speech be protected? In the wake of the tragic events that occurred in the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris, Je suis Charlie, an international movement that supports the Freedom of Speech and condemns the attacks in Paris, has ignited. Consequently, the cartoonists killed have been martyrized by the movement. What many people overlook, however, the grossly offensive and disrespectful things that are put Charlie Hebdo issues. The French government, who banned burqas and other types of…

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Charging for Single-Use Bags is Good for the Environment

If you have done any shopping in the new year, you may have noticed that the price for paper and plastic bags has increased from 10 cents to 25 cents per bag. Although some are unhappy with the recent price hike that took effect starting January 1, 2015, it is a good way to remind people to be eco-friendly by using their own bags.   The San Mateo County Reusable Bag Ordinance first went into effect in the city of San Mateo on June 6, 2013 in an effort to reduce the number of bags that end up in landfills…

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Life With ADHD

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to pay attention, control behavior, and causes you to be hyperactive. It affects approximately 6.4 million children. ADHD is often looked over and seen as laziness and stupidity. Sometimes people generalize ADHD and forget that it’s different for everyone. People tend to look at ADHD as a quirk. People think ADHD is “cool.” I personally do not see how failing school, being teased and ignored is “cool.” ADHD isn’t a joke it isn’t something you want. ADHD has turned school into my worst enemy. I am…

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2 M4NY H4CK5

We live in a world surrounded by the Internet; virtually everybody uses it. But, as with everything, there are people who like manipulating the Internet and finding security vulnerabilities. Some do it for fun, some do it to make the Internet more secure (white-hat hacking); and some do it to get what they want (black-hat hacking), like what happened during the Sony hack. The story of the Sony hack started off like any hacking story would: Sony Pictures employees went to their offices, sat down, and turned on their computer. Suddenly, a skeleton appeared on the screen, overlaid with “Hacked…

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