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Students and teachers discuss their last thoughts on the election

Students and teachers discuss their last thoughts on the election

Vivian Chiang

November 7, 2016


Filed under Multimedia, OPINION, Politics, Videos

With the election right around the corner, people are on the edge of their seats, wondering who will determine the future of America: Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Although many Americans have already cast in their vote, the last voters will go to the polls tomorrow, Nov. 8, to finalize the outcome...

VERGE: How do teachers feel about enforced patriotism in schools?

VERGE: How do teachers feel about enforced patriotism in schools?

Katerina Pappas

October 21, 2016


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, OPINION, Politics

The standstill in the beginning of 5th period is nothing new. As the daily announcements project overhead in every classroom on the Monta Vista campus, students and teachers both listen. Announcements vary from day to day — sometimes, they’re about the upcoming football game, other times they’...

Inconsideration in the Pledge of Allegiance

Inconsideration in the Pledge of Allegiance

Helen Chao

October 21, 2016


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION, Politics, Print Opinion

PERHAPS, IN AGES PAST, you actually enunciated the “A” in “America” as a kindergartner, rapt in attention and absorbed by the haze of red, white and blue, repeating “I pledge allegiance…” Yet as years pass and your patriotism subsides, allegiance to America becomes a monotonous routine...

None of the above: Third party candidates are not considered a viable option

None of the above: Third party candidates are not considered a viable option

Shayon Moradi

October 21, 2016


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION, Politics

This article appeared in the print magazine under the headline "None of the above" When polling voters on their political leanings in the election, it seems appropriate to ask, "Are you a Republican or a Democrat? Trump or Clinton? Red or Blue?" Through these constant binary juxtapositions, we enfor...

“Locker room” talk is not going away

“Locker room” talk is not going away

Brighton Balfrey

October 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, Editorial, OPINION, Politics

Walking down the halls, I can take my pick at what I want to hear: misogyny, racism, gossip. Everyone thinks that the words they say within their small groups don’t have the power to hurt. They fall under a presumed cloak of anonymity and assume that others in passing aren’t listening or are just...

Who really won the presidential debate?

Who really won the presidential debate?

Sara Entezarmahdi

October 5, 2016


Filed under OPINION, Politics, Videos

The first presidential debate, aired Sept. 26, was accompanied by both controversial topics and public disputes. The debate covered political agendas, including proposed minimum wages, battling global warming and acknowledging racial issues. During and after the debate, constant chatter both on social...

Checking the box: New state bill raises conversation about disaggregation of race

Checking the box: New state bill raises conversation about disaggregation of race

Vivian Chiang

September 21, 2016


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION, Politics

Co-written by Shayon Moradi and Aditya Pimplaskar A year ago, an Indonesian resident filling out his or her health records would have to check the box labeled "Asian" on the California state standardized forms. Similarly, a Tongan resident's health forms would be labeled as "Pacific Islander." But no...

Students debate about the upcoming presidential election

Students debate about the upcoming presidential election

Vivian Chiang

September 13, 2016


Filed under OPINION, Politics, Videos

Between presidential nominees, one infamously known for her email scandals and the other for his offensive remarks, there is controversy regarding both political parties. Many love former senator, First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her liberal views and feminist stances, while oth...

Homeless shunted aside as San Francisco prepared for Super Bowl

Homeless shunted aside as San Francisco prepared for Super Bowl

Sarah Robinson

February 9, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Multimedia, OPINION, Politics

Sunday was the day so many Bay Area residents had been waiting for – the San Francisco Super Bowl. The city had spent a long time preparing for a game that was actually held in Santa Clara, and as it approached devoted fans had been pouring into the area. But fans weren’t the only...

Teachers on the Syrian refugee crisis: Pete Pelkey

Teachers on the Syrian refugee crisis: Pete Pelkey

Pranav Jandhyala

November 18, 2015


Filed under Featured, Multimedia, OPINION, Politics, Video

The Syrian Refugee Crisis has become one of the most pressing international issues of this decade. The Syrian Civil war has been going on since the Arab Spring protests of 2011 and has displaced over 12 million Syrians, most of whom are children. Many of these refugees have made desperate attempts to...

Dissapointing gun show

Dissapointing gun show

Pranav Jandhyala

November 5, 2015


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION, Politics, Print Opinion

A gunman walked into a (high school/movie theater/University campus) with a gun, a machine built for the sole purpose of efficient murder, killed (insert number) children, (insert number)fathers, (insert number) mothers, and wounded (insert number). I thought it would be efficient to create a univer...

Top 30 dumbest things that were said during CNN’s GOP debate

Top 30 dumbest things that were said during CNN’s GOP debate

Pranav Jandhyala

September 24, 2015


Filed under Commentary, OPINION, Politics

Ah, another GOP debate. Another chance to grab some popcorn, sit back and unwind to the white noise of incompetent fools debating about the issues that really matter to our nation for 3 hours, like whether or not Donald Trump actually tried to open up casinos in Florida or how successful Carly Fiorina...