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UC schools no longer for California students

UC schools no longer for California students

June 5, 2013

The University of California system, one of the most prestigious public school systems in the world, should no longer be called the University of California.  It should be called the University of Out of State Students. Despite years of state taxes California families pay that go to support the UC...

Seniors lacking basic life skills

June 5, 2013

What really makes the world go round? Is it a five on an AP test, or 4.0 on a high school transcript? The answer to the above questions is a simple no. More and more society is realizing that graduating seniors are not ready for life itself. Although every graduating class is becoming increasingly...

Best in humanity shines through

April 29, 2013

Following the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon, news sites ran stories focusing on the dead and wounded, pushing the tragedy into the living rooms of Americans. The media did have very important stories to report, including the shootings at MIT, and the resulting shootouts resulting in the capture...

Suicide aftermath made worse by lack of action

April 29, 2013

It could have been us. Saratoga High School’s year long nightmare case of 15-year-old Audrie Pott’s September suicide, and the following drama, could have happened in any upper middle class area, including the San Ramon Valley. Pott was a sophomore at Saratoga High near San Jose when she attended...

Sequester costs America heavily

March 19, 2013

For Congress, the month of February ended with as much headway on budgetary issues as it began with: absolutely none. The sequester, which was an automatic budget cut, came into effect in the beginning of March, chopping $85.4 billion from the defense budget and domestic programs. This is just...

‘Traditional prom’ unconstitutional

March 19, 2013

Rejection letters understandably make students lament some of their decisions in school. But affirmative action sparks feelings of regret for a factor students cannot control: ethnicity. Despite its claims to bring diversity to society, affirmative action instead takes away the value of merit and...

Facebook suffers from loss of face

Facebook suffers from loss of face

February 11, 2013

The year was 2008. The hottest thing was Facebook, which had just reached 100 million users. We were all at that age where Mafia Wars and Pet Society were games to be checked daily, if not every second. Facebook would always lie open in the background and it was often people were called to attention...

Conspiracies over Sandy Hook deaths

February 11, 2013

No matter your age, race, religion, political affiliation or defining demographic, it would seem that everyone should be able to agree that the Sandy Hook shootings were an awful tragedy. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Not long after the burials of the 26 killed in this mass shooting, a group...

Donovan situation was mishandled

Donovan situation was mishandled

December 19, 2012

Almost every year we hear about a coach resigning or a player being cut from a sports team because “it was all politics.” Maybe it’s time to put these practices to an end. Politics have widely been accepted as the inescapable reality of playing high school sports, or even sports in general. ...

Internet should not be regulated

December 19, 2012

Ever since the Internet was created, it had been an amazing source of collaboration, information and innovation. People all over the world meet every day for work and play without uniform regulation across every website, forum, and board. This lack of regulation is why the Internet has been so...