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

Target Flops On Thigh Gap Photo

Pictures are deceptive, especially in this era dominated by Photoshop and Instagram filters. But alterations done in a sloppy manner can generate more attention than the original photo would have received. On Target’s website, they had a junior model sporting a bikini as an advertisement. I know, nothing wrong about that, except part of her CROTCH was erased (by erased, I mean there was a white rectangle covering up her crotch to match the white background). The white patch on her crotch gave the illusion of a thigh gap. And on top of that, her arm was badly altered to…

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School Cafeteria and Junk food

  School lunches, are they good or bad? San Mateo High School has a very popular cafeteria and food stands filled with many choices of food. With at least one third of the school buying lunches everyday it is considered high demand But are all these choices good? A lot of the food sold by the cafeteria is junk food. A look at one of the stands shows you that there are very limited choices for healthy food.  The few options include a salad on a few days, fruits, and a granola bar. On the other hand if you look…

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What happened to MH370?

The search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is the longest civil aircraft disappearance in modern history.  The plane disappeared on March 8, at 1:20 AM, 40 minutes after the plane took off from Kuala Lumpur.  12 hours after the plane vanished, nearby countries began to send to search for wreckage or other traces of the plane around Vietnam. “According to most sources, the plane was most likely hijacked,” said Owen Zhai (11). A Vietnamese admiral soon reported that there was possibility that the plane may have crashed in Vietnamese waters, since traces of oil slicks and smoke was found.  However,…

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Racism Still Exists

Cultural diversity is highly celebrated at this school. When you walk down any hallway at San Mateo, the walls are covered in banners, some of them promoting the belief that we are a school that is tolerant of others. But does that mean that ignorance and racism is non-existent at a school like this? The answer is no. As of right now, there is not one high school where the people of all races can live in peace with each other. Of course, prejudice against other races varies from school to school. But no school is perfect. Some of the…

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Coke Commercial Brings Out the Ugly in America

Lets face it. Commercials are the worst. They are nuisances that interrupt our favorite shows, movies, and sporting events. However, occasionally, commercials can be quite entertaining. The Super Bowl, for example, has the best advertisements of the year. They are typically quite unoriginal, beer companies that pay ridiculous amounts of money for celebrity endorsements, or fast food restaurants with mediocre  product and equally  painful advertisements. This year , however,  one specific advertisement  stuck out to me .  The  Coca- commercial, showing multi-ethnic and multicultural Americans  singing  “America the Beautiful” in various languages. This came as a pleasant surprise to me….

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Rape Culture is Everywhere

  *Warning this article includes talk of rape and sexual violence and might be triggering to some people No one is in favor of rape, right? Wrong, many people qualify their opinion. “A person goes to a party and gets so drunk, they pass out. Then they are raped. Whose fault is it?” Some would reply the rapist, but others would reply the victim. Why is our society so confused about rape? Rape is forced sex without consent. It is one of the most horrendous crimes that could ever be committed. While the physical damage left to the victim might…

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Social Media “Celebrities” Lead Us Astray

On any form of social media, there is always someone who has a large number of followers.  Many of these so-called “celebrities” often invest a majority of their time into social media; it becomes a part of their life and who they are. Recently, with the rising popularity of Vine, YouTube, and Instagram; many LA teenagers have found themselves becoming famous due to these sites.  Many of the followers are girls from 12-15 who idolize these teens.  Many of these girls obsess over them, and work to try to get as popular as them. These teens get put onto a…

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High Testing Fees – Are they justified?

Throughout the high school years, students take many tests – including the most important ones: SAT, ACT, AP, and SAT Subject Tests. These tests are either required or recommended for applying to UCs and many other colleges of choice by our students. In the face of rising applications into colleges and applicant profiles becoming more robust, high-achieving students use these extra scores to stand out. Preparing for these tests are not simple tasks for most of us, and registering for them also costs a lot of money these days. Are they unreasonable or justified? Most colleges require standardized tests for…

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SMHS Is Frozen: A Parody

                        Do you wanna build a snowman? Well, now you can! Your very own San Mateo High School has gone Frozen. While sitting-in on some classes, Principal Shiu couldn’t help but hear the humming of “Love Is An Open Door” from students. She quickly realized that singing these songs in class helped the students stay focused on their class work. Soon enough, she went to the district for permission to take her Frozen inspiration to the next level. With luck and true passion on the subject, her request was…

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Sexism still rampant in the Music Industry

If you are a woman, you shouldn’t be able to do what you love and express yourself without being constantly demeaned by men, right? Wrong. Really, totally, absolutely wrong. Then why is it that strong females in the music industry have experienced incredible bouts of misogyny and bigotry directed toward them? Rising female-fronted synth-pop band Chvrches is one of the few examples affected by sexual harassment. Every day, the band receives terrible messages that “jokingly” threaten rape and demeaning comments aimed toward making them feel inferior. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry, enraged, speaks out against this and asks, “Why should I…

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