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Marijuana through the years

Marijuana through the years

Julia Yang

January 31, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

Marijuana, also known as cannabis or weed, has had a long history of human use, whether it be for medical or recreational purposes. In ancient cultures, marijuana started off as a medicine in Asia. Cultivation of marijuana flourished in America when early colonists grew it for textiles and rope. Throu...

Freshmen, how do you feel?

Freshmen, how do you feel?

Helen Chao

January 30, 2018


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They sat down and stared at the scantron in front of them, and the haphazardly bubbled scantron stared unflinchingly back at them. Last semester, not only did freshmen experience their first ever round of finals, but they also ultimately had a taste of what the remaining three and a half years have in ...

Absent minded: different views on skipping school

Absent minded: different views on skipping school

Vivian Chiang

December 12, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine

*Names starting with J are false names to protect the anonymous sources It was a sunny Friday morning when she thought to herself, I shouldn’t be at school right now. I could be doing so many other things. So she and her friend spontaneously decided to get some Korean food, leaving all worries ...

Breaking under pressure: Students with eating disorders during the holidays

Breaking under pressure: Students with eating disorders during the holidays

Zara Iqbal

December 12, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Print

*Names starting with M are false names to protect the anonymous sources. [dropcap]M[/dropcap]abel had no idea something was terribly wrong. Not when the world began spinning around her as she warmed up in P.E. Not when she could barely finish one slice of turkey and a spoonful of mashed potatoes duri...

A Film Lover: Razi Mahmood

A Film Lover: Razi Mahmood

Karen Sanchez

December 12, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Special

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or senior Razi Mahmood, film is the best kind of art. There’s a sense of joy, a small satisfaction and excitement, when the theater slowly grows darker before a movie. The same can be felt when lying on the couch, warm, watching Netflix. The screen enters full screen mode and...

The benefits of commercial art

The benefits of commercial art

Zara Iqbal

December 12, 2017


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[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ommercial art is not just painting or sketching. It’s a tedious process, with intricate planning and designing. The purpose of commercial art is to promote, explain and inform with design. Art teacher Brian Chow has always felt that the design involved with commercial art sets it apa...

Fulfillment: A world of woodworking

Fulfillment: A world of woodworking

Helen Chao

December 8, 2017


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Fulfillment: A garden of her own

Fulfillment: A garden of her own

Katerina Pappas

December 8, 2017


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It was about five years ago, when she found her new home. It was perfect — everything she could have asked for. There was even a quaint backyard, a change from her old house. The previous owners had tried to start a garden in the existing space. However, they never went farther than planting a few v...

The dilemma of ditching

The dilemma of ditching

Helen Chao

December 6, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Features

She was dead serious. Her son would be absent the entire day — for a haircut. Attendance technician Joe Roan chuckled a little bit after hearing her voice message. He let the matter slide, thinking of the approaching dance that might have urgently required the haircut. To this day, it’s the ...