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The worst of 2017

The worst of 2017

Ananya Bhat

December 12, 2017


Filed under OPINION

We hoped it would be better. As we watched the ball drop 12 months ago, we wished with crossed fingers that this year would be better than 2016. But let’s be honest — it wasn’t. From sexual assault accusations to violent protests, 2017 has taken a turn for the worse. In June, Trump de...

FCC’s new plan threatens net neutrality

FCC’s new plan threatens net neutrality

Andrea Perng

December 12, 2017


Filed under OPINION, Politics

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n November 21, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai announced a plan to eliminate net neutrality. Without it, Internet service providers (ISPs) could restrict websites like Facebook and YouTube, charging their customers monthly fees to access websites in pack...

Adjusting our focus: We need to pay more attention to the news

Adjusting our focus: We need to pay more attention to the news

Nathan Stevens

December 12, 2017


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

[su_dropcap]I[/su_dropcap] turned the TV to the news, expecting to see Donald Trump front and center on CNN, as he is almost every day. I did not, however. What I actually saw was much more terrifying. One moment, waves crash along the iconic sand beaches. Tourists and natives crowd along the ocean’s...

Excuses, excuses

Excuses, excuses

Swara Tewari

December 12, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

It’s midnight and we still have a mountain of work left to do. We tell ourselves that finishing everything is possible and we begin working with a new sense of urgency. Slowly, the words on the computer screen begin to blur, and our mind starts to wander. Fatigue starts to conquer us. As the minute...

Give Us a Break

Give Us a Break

Hannah Lee

December 11, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ollowing the transition from a relaxing summer into a new school year, first semester can often be tiring. There are approximately 14 1/2 weeks of school between the first day of school and Thanksgiving break with only 3 days off. Students and staff have only two full days off for...

Bye-bye Cupertino

Bye-bye Cupertino

Songjun Na

December 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[su_dropcap]A[/su_dropcap]s I was driving down Stevens Creek Blvd. after soccer practice to go to the Cupertino Library, I noticed a brand new building replacing Vivi’s, a local restaurant that went out of business last year. I looked closer at the sign written on the building: Starbucks. I think to...

Oscars 2018

Carol Lei

December 11, 2017


Filed under OPINION

The countless victims of sexual assault are finally speaking up. Politicians, journalists, actors, directors; powerful men are dropping like flies into unemployment after sexual assault accusations. At this rate, there should be an award show for all those getting fired. But is that enough? Is firing...

Who’s on the cover of TIME?

Who’s on the cover of TIME?

Ruth Feng

December 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

On Dec. 6, 2017, TIME magazine released their person of the year issue, and this year, it wasn’t just one person. The magazine cover features five women, given the name “The Silence Breakers,” all wearing black. None of these women are the same — but one woman can be recognized as one of the...

Battle of the arts

Battle of the arts

Sarah Young

December 10, 2017


Filed under Multimedia, OPINION

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ophomore Catherine Liu first started drawing with pencils and paper. These pencil drawings, whether they are scribbles or realism sketches, are considered traditional art. Traditional art is ubiquitous from primary school to high school. In primary school basic paintings with wat...

Politics over the table

Politics over the table

Mallika Singh

December 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t holiday family gatherings, the atmosphere is typically excited and warm. Hugs and warm greetings are exchanged as the family settles around the table. The conversation tends to start out lightly — school, work, weather, some catching up. But when the conversation transitions in...

To shave or not to shave: Take on No Shave November

To shave or not to shave: Take on No Shave November

Aditya Dash

December 7, 2017


Filed under OPINION

November, the eleventh month of every calendar year holds a tradition that has influenced thousands of people around the world. It marks the beginning of the time period known as No Shave November. In this month, men grow beards in order to raise awareness towards male-related diseases such as prostate...