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

BLM Causes Far More Problems Than It Solves

America has had its problems in the past, and it has done some horrendous things, but now in 2016 there are people who claim that black people, and other minorities, are still oppressed based on nothing more than their melanin levels. One organization that claims this is none other than the infamous Black Lives Matter (BLM). From the Ferguson, Mo. riots to the much more recent Charl otte, N.C. riots, there is definitely something worthwhile to look at here. In the summer of 2013, George Zimmerman was acquitted for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. This was the inspiration for the…

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Are AP Classes Bad for Students?

AP classes are difficult. Clearly there is a reason: the classes are supposed to resemble college level classes, at least in theory. More and more students enroll in AP classes each year, with some students taking up to six APs during their senior year. Other students never take an AP class. But some students take APs for the wrong reason. As a junior, I have spoken with many students over 3 years and I’ve had long conversations specifically about AP classes with older students who are now in college. One common theme from those conversations was the social clout that…

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Profanity is Used Excessively

We all slip out an occasional swear word when we drop things, forget something, whatever–but really, do we need to swear every five seconds in a normal teenage conversation? I would be a trillionare if I earned a dollar for every time I heard a person swear just by walking down the halls. Seriously, we teenagers could swear ten times just by describing the weather–and unless you are either very angry or passionate about the weather, I don’t think that’s necessary. “Among friends, swearing has a crucial social function: sharing a lexicon of words, and breaking societal taboos, bonds people…

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NBA Season Predictions: Golden State and Cavaliers are once again at the Top

The NBA Season has finally arrived and it is more anticipated than ever. Many people, especially Warriors fans, are very curious and wondering the same thing: What are the top three seeds of the NBA Western and Eastern Conference going to look like this season? Who will win MVP? Who will win Defensive Player of the Year? Who will be Coach of the Year? Who will win the Most Improved Player of the Year? Rookie of the Year? I was also curious and made a lot of educated guesses and finally came up with a prediction. First, I will go…

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Spirit Divides the School

  They scream their hearts out at every game. They volunteer themselves at every event. They’re constantly dripping in orange gear, covered head to toe in paw prints. These students embody the classic motto of San Mateo: “peace, passion, pride.” These are Bearcats. They go to school. They may own an orange hoodie, but for the most part, they glide through the hallways, barely acknowledging the amount of spirit around them. They’re indifferent to Leadership, as they clap politely at rallies, and silently chuckle at the antics of Keagan. They sit inside on Fridays, and can’t understand why you’d get…

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Editor’s Note

To the readers of The Bearcat: Eleven days ago, on Monday, Oct. 24, one of our staff writers posted an article titled “Western Feminism’s Uselessness” on thebearcat.net. The article has generated an unprecedented amount of discussion and controversy, especially within the past few days. As a general rule of thumb, most articles that do not fall under hate speech and that do not target a specific, non-public figure are permitted to be published. There are certainly exceptions to this rule and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. While the First Amendment rights, particularly the Freedom of Speech and Freedom…

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Hillary: The Better Of Two Evils

I’ll admit, I am just as unenthusiastic about the election as a majority of the U.S. population; our candidates are a monstrosity and proven to be childish and immature. But for those that are in a quandary, there is a substantial difference between an indifferent president in collation to a fascist dictator. It is clear that Trump lacks the knowledge to become president. He is not a politician, “he is a businessman.” But is he really? Obviously, part of Trump’s appeal is him being an astounding businessman. His supporters tend to find it impressive that he was able to cheat…

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Addressing the Asian Stereotype

Twenty-four percent Asian American, San Mateo High School students have surely experienced the Asian intelligence or model minority stereotype, whether they are of Asian descent or not. I know I have. I am a caucasian female who is generally successful in my studies and am constantly underestimated in comparison to Asian students. One example stands out as very telling of the effects of this stereotype. Last year in one of my classes students were being put into teams and asked to go up to the board and solve a challenging problem. Coincidentally, one team happened to be predominantly Asian and…

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Dance is an Art, Not a Sport

Time and time again, the first response I get when telling people that I am a ballerina is: “How high can you kick your leg?” or, “How many turns can you do?” My reply has always been met with awe and admiration and while that may be flattering, it also uncomfortably brings to mind the question: is that all that ballet, and more generally, dance is to the public? “According to a 1975 study done of 61 physical activities conducted by Dr. James A. Nicholas in the Journal of Sports Medicine, ballet ranked number one as the most physically and…

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Time-off on Voting Day?

Voting day this year is on Nov. 8 for the 2016 presidential election. Some people have argued that everyone around the nation should get a day off on this decisive day of choosing our next Commander in Chief. Having the right to vote compared to being allowed to do so by your employer are two different things. There have been some employers in the U.S. who have been encouraging their employees to get two hours of paid leave on voting day for political purposes. Hunter Walk, Homebrew’s CEO, has asked other company CEOs to make Nov. 8 this year a…

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