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

Bowditch Bomb Threat Prompts A Safety Question

The students and staff of Bowditch Middle School underwent a terrifying experience on February 4 when an unidentified person called the school at 1:20 PM and threatened to blow up the campus at a specific time with a bomb that was supposedly already on the campus. “The teachers made us go outside without our backpacks and our phones and didn’t tell us what was going on. We stayed outside for more than half an hour, past when school ended. When we were finally allowed to leave, we couldn’t even contact our parents because our phones were in our backpacks which…

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Pro Life Shootings

Let’s talk about irony. Pro-life advocates want to ban abortion because they believe that once a woman has another life in her, she no longer gets to make decisions about  her body. So, in theory, they support “life.” However, pro-life crimes resulting in death have been going on since 1977, the first one occurring shortly after abortion was legalized in 1973. Ironic? They are killing full-grown humans to protest the killing of barely-alive embryos, completely contradicting their claim of being “pro-life.” There is no reasonable logic to this situation. In the very recent “pro-life” shooting, which happened on November 29…

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AP Tests are Bankrupting Students

Ninety-seven dollars. That’s the price to take one AP test. Keep in mind that most students are taking several AP classes and may have to spend more than $500 to take a few tests. I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks that’s absurd. Of course, the AP tests do cost the College Board a lot of money because the tests must be written, printed, proctored and graded. However, AP tests are also College Board’s highest source of revenue. According to Jonah Hahn on the bulletin.represent.us, revenue from the 2012 AP tests was $299,570,967. That amount of money is…

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Republicans Struggle in the Bay Area

We live in one of the most liberal regions of America, the Bay Area (and California as a whole). As a republican teenager, we have found difficulty in expressing ourselves while receiving respect from our peers and elders. Inside and outside of the classroom, we are all bombarded with liberal ideology because we reside in a highly democratic state. Teachers often voice very anti-conservative opinions in class by mixing them into their lessons, making snide remarks and sometimes blatantly having a one-sided discussion about politics. Perhaps this excessive tension is brought about by the nearing election, but no matter what…

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Americans Must Make a Choice: Gun Ownership or Citizen Safety?

  There are 317 million people in the United States. There are 357 million guns in the United States. That means that, per 100 Americans, there are about 113 guns, according to the Washington Post. There are more guns than humans in this country. That is insane. We have the most guns per capita than any other country; Serbia is runner up with about 70 guns per 100 people, much less than the US. According to the New York Times, in 2015 there were more days with mass shootings than not (209 out of 336 days). Out of all developed…

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Can Music Change A Film?

                In celebration of the incredibly successful Star Wars VII, an interesting question must be asked. How successful would the Star Wars franchise be if its famous and nostalgic soundtrack was completely different? Does the success of a movie lie within its music?           Filmmakers apply appropriate music to a scene to help emphasize the tone of the world the movie takes place in. A great example of this is the iconic shower scene from the classic horror film Psycho. Why is that particular scene so famous? The uneasy…

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Your College Doesn’t Define Your Intelligence

College application season is upon us and, like every year, it’s dragging sleep-deprived, stressed, flustered seniors into their futures, even if they aren’t ready to face them yet. The value placed on an impressive college experience is one of the many factors that create incredible stress for students applying to college. “I’ve noticed others getting really stressed out about apps,” said Laurel Shuster, a SMHS senior applying to colleges. “There’s also a weird competitive feel, and I really hope that as letters start coming in, it doesn’t come between my friends,” she said. Laurel understands that you can be happy…

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Do You Know What Terrorism Actually Is?

Terrorism infuses fear in our society and minds, but do we really know what it is and where it came from? You have probably heard of ISIS and the attack on Paris on November 13, but do you know about the roots of ISIS? Terrorism has occurred throughout the world throughout history, but for my purpose I am going to focus on the Middle East in modern times. It begins with the two Islamic religions, the Sunni and the Shia, having two opposing views. The Sunni is the majority with 80 percent of the Muslim population in the world and…

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Ben Carson- Unfit For President

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Second place presidential Republican candidate, Ben Carson is being denounced for having extremely controversial opinions and stories. Carson said that for black people in America, the two biggest causes of death are homicide, which he described as ‘at the hands of other black males,” and “black babies that are being aborted.” He went on to say that the Black Lives Matter movement is missing the point. “We [black people] need to be looking at ‘How do we save those [black] lives?’” Carson said, implying that black America is the group responsible for the high death rate of blacks. He not…

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Is Christmas taking over?

Even though we live in a multicultural country, we see Christmas everywhere we look. Christmas lights surround houses, Christmas cookies and cinnamon smells come from kitchens. Some people have already started Christmas shopping before December first. And some stores have stocked up on Christmas ornaments. But haven’t we forgotten something? What about Thanksgiving Day, a day to give thanks for what you have and are grateful for? Stores have already thrown out Halloween decorations and candies and brought in Christmas things. But what happened to all of the Thanksgiving decorations? In the month of November, when you walk into a…

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