September 22, 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

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

All About That Bass, but Trainor’s in Treble

Surely you’ve heard the popular and upbeat song, “All About That Bass” playing on the radio, and many of you have casually sung along to its catchy chorus. It’s true, this song is an awesome tune to jam out to, but what much of its audience doesn’t know is that Meghan Trainor’s hit may not exactly be what it seems. “All About That Bass” comes off to be a fun, body-positive song all around. But, when we take a closer look, the context of “All About That Bass” is promoting only one body type, and shaming another. When asked what…

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Robin Williams Leaves a Legacy

Robin Williams, our beloved comedian, unfortunately passed away by committing suicide in August. Even though there were many articles paying tribute to the famous actor’s successful career and mourning over his tragic death, there were still some that harshly judged his choice of suicide as “selfish”. “I simply cannot understand how any parent could kill themselves. How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children? […] So, you don’t kill yourself,” rock singer Henry Rollins told LA Weekly for an editorial called ‘Fuck Suicide’. Many others judged Robin Williams’s choice with the same opinion as Rollins. It…

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Stop Connecting Islam to Terrorism

What’s going on in the Middle East? Do you know? Do I know? Do the various news anchors that spend hours talking about it know? Does our dear President Barack Obama know? Does anyone REALLY know? Speaking for myself, someone who tries to remain fairly up to date on current events through reading articles and blogs and talking to people who probably know a lot more than I do, I still feel like I have no clue what’s going on. There’s ISIS. There’s ISIL. There’s the Islamic State. There’s the caliphate. Everything is the same yet everything is different. I’m…

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Hobby Lobby Hero Rises

Over the summer, a very controversial Supreme Court decision was announced. The Supreme Court ruled that religious corporations, such as the arts and crafts franchise Hobby Lobby, can be exempted from having to provide their female employees with “no- cost access to contraception.” On June 30, 2014, in a 5-4 vote, the court decided that forcing a company to provide contraception is a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Christian companies who avidly oppose contraception, can now impose their beliefs on their female employees. This is an awful violation of working women’s rights. They are being deprived of an…

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Mentally Benjamin Button

Alzheimer’s disease is not a laughing matter. It is an incurable mental illness that worsens over time and eventually seriously weakens the patient’s immune system. Patients often forget memories and simple things like walking, eating, and expressing emotions. Now, Alzheimer’s disease itself is already serious enough, but many people do not think of Alzheimer’s when they see a lost-looking old man; they think of “consequences of old age,” “old people problems” and other related nonsense. My grandfather (I will call him Chris for this article), who visited for the summer with my grandmother, looks like many other 80-year-old Asian grandfathers…

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The Panic Attack Over Ebola

Ebola, a viral disease that, according to the World Health Organization, has a “90% case fatality,” once again attacked Africa this year, causing global panic and distress. Even though there is much to worry about over this disease, I cannot help but notice something about Ebola: there are some highly publicized reactions to Ebola that are just purely unreasonable, and I think that these reactions reflect a sad misunderstanding of Ebola. Some background information: people can only get Ebola from contact with another person’s bodily fluids and organs, but normal, day-to-day interactions with others makes it easy for Ebola to…

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American Society Neglects the Humanities

In Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address, he preached for an investment in early education, insisting teachers need to be better supported and students must stop being measured on how well they can “fill in a bubble on a test”. As much as I agree that these are all prevalent issues that must be resolved, something still troubles me. Not just Obama, but rather the majority of the government and society continue to prioritize the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) over the arts, politics, economics, linguistics, etc. We all understand and agree with the fact that the…

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The Secret Life of an Indian Teen

We all probably have one or two Indian friends in SMHS. But when you start talking about relationships, they seem to stay somewhat quiet. Have you ever wondered why? Have you heard a group of Indians talk about their parents without complaining at least once in the conversation? Do you catch them saying, “My parents won’t let me,” often? Have you ever wondered why? As an Indian, I find myself doing these things often enough to write about them. Indian parents usually find many norms in society outrageous. For most, dating isn’t allowed until college. But you can’t just date…

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The Dark Side of the Porn Industry

According to covenanteye.com’s porn statistics, there have been 600,440,991, and counting, online searches for porn since 2014.  The porn industry makes between 10 and 14 billion dollars in annual sales. As quoted from the Huffington Post, “porn sites get more visitors than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined.” But, would users still find porn desirable if they knew the disgusting, vile things that happen behind the camera? Porn is not as simple as two people having sex on camera for money. Female porn stars are usually manipulated, abused, and raped. Women become porn stars believing it will give them a ‘glamorous’ life….

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Computer Science: a Global Perspective

Though our school’s Computer Science program has made great strides in the past months with the new AP C.S. Program joining the raster of course offerings next year the question remains unanswered: how does our school stand on the global stage? The U.S. has been blessed with a “home team advantage” as the inventors of the internet, this advantage is one that has been squandered through ineptitude and slow-to-act policy makers. As we get back into the “game” of preparation for the cutting edge of tomorrow we are finding a great deal more competition as countries in Latin America, Asia,…

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