September 19, 2018

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

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Causes National Outrage

NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick sat during the US national anthem, “Star-Spangled Banner.” The act caused a nationwide outrage. Kaepernick said to CNN, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” This statement quickly turned him into a target of the media. Famous athletes…

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The Struggle for Space

This year’s abnormally large freshman class has resulted in a lack of space in various aspects of life at San Mateo. Two of the most prominent ones are the shortage of lockers and the limited bus space. There have been many complaints about these two issues, particularly from those who had to squeeze three onto a seat on the bus, or students who couldn’t get a locker right away. The struggle to obtain a locker still continues now, more than a month after school has started. There are still several students who weren’t able to get one, with “approximately 30…

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Why are Libraries so Important?

Recently, there has been a large amount of funds cut from library budget at public schools around the Bay Area. “I think it’s wrong and there should be more libraries than prisons,” says Mr. David Chau, Library Assistant of the San Mateo Public Libraries on the topic of reducing library funds. Mr. Chau states that libraries are more important to fund than prisons, because “the more you read, the less likely you are to commit crimes and you can better yourself.”   Since not all libraries are funded equally, San Mateo libraries are lucky to get sufficient funding and Mr….

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Social Justice Influence on the Social Climate of College Campuses

Are you a conservative right wing individual? Do you want your opinions to be heard and to engage in the free exchange of ideas that universities and places of higher learning are meant for? Even if those ideas are controversial? Maybe it’s just hanging the American flag on the door to your dorm. If so, it is advised to exercise caution when doing so in the light of some recent problems on college campuses involving a lack of conservative expression. In recent years the social and political climate on college campuses has changed from its original climate, one of political…

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Should Mass Surveillance Be Allowed in the US?

  As many know, the United Kingdom has passed laws that allow public mass surveillance, or the act of watching a large group of people without their permission, entailing a huge invasion of privacy. There are many downsides to it, but it may have helped bring down crime rates, according to the UK Office for National Statistics. If the US allows mass surveillance, less crime will be committed, but there will also be immense protests against it. In the UK, laws allow public businesses to demand any customer’s private information. They can order Internet service providers to reveal search histories…

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Is Age Just a Number?

Is Age Just a Number?   “I mean I’m 13 now, so it doesn’t really matter…” says Emily Skelton, freshman. At age 12, Emily admits to faking her age to get her own Apple ID. Despite knowing that it was illegal to fake your age online, her actions were rooted in a desire to feel more independent and listen to her own music.  Emily didn’t think that there was any chance someone could be caught faking their age, saying to herself, “I mean, how do they know?”   Even as a freshman, I have noticed that the pressure to be…

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Letter to the Editor: Peninsula High School

Editor, I was just reading your article “SMUHSD Planning Relocations” in The Bearcat, and I wanted to share my perspective on an issue you bring up. I thought you did a great job reporting on the district’s plans for building staff and faculty housing, and some of the challenges present in relocations of current district holdings. You also bring up the reputation of Peninsula Alternative High School as part of the bigger picture; you imply that one concern is the impact that the so-called “troubled” students of PAHS may have on the community should the school be relocated. I’d like…

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To Barbie Or Not To Barbie…

PROS When you think of childhood toys for girls, Barbie dolls are one of the first to come to mind. You know what I’m talking about. The blonde, blue-eyed, slim doll young girls have loved ever since 1959. Throughout the years, Mattel has changed Barbie’s looks, occupations, and her boyfriend’s looks as well as her family members. Recently, Mattel made the biggest change to Barbie yet. In early 2016, Mattel unveiled tall, petite and curvy versions of the iconic doll. The new Barbies also had a larger range of skin tones, eye colors and even different facial features.These new dolls…

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Great Expectations

At every age, we are expected to perform certain tasks and gain certain attributes. As you grow up, people begin to have higher expectations from you, but the problem is that nowadays, people expect too much from teens just on the verge of adulthood. The transformation from a teenager to adulthood is a tricky combination of  hormones, bodily changes, greater responsibilities, and the media. Expecting too much from teens only aggravates this unstable mix.  Teens aren’t ready to make life-changing decisions such as choosing a profession,  buying a house, or getting married, yet we are expected to know what we…

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Kanye’s Ego is His Success

           It’s not new that Kanye west’s ego has been severely inflated to the point of being obnoxious. Although Mr West’s personality and ego is irritating and over the top, it could be the key to his success.           Throughout the years, he has compared himself to revolutionary men like Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. He even went as far as to draw similarities between himself and God and Jesus Christ. A bold example of this was Kanye’s “The Passion of Kanye West” cover on the Rolling Stone magazine. His arrogant pride…

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