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Short end of the stick: Affirmative Action

Short end of the stick: Affirmative Action

Andrea Perng and Annie Zhang

May 22, 2019

Affirmative Action (AA) is a vehemently debated policy — both a milestone for supporters and a grievance for opposers. Over the past couple of years, news relating to college admissions has been largely dominated by the notorious Harvard lawsuit involving its alleged discrimination against Asian ap...

Sex ed: the impact of sexual education

Sex ed: the impact of sexual education

Claire Yang and Nate Stevens

May 23, 2018

“Siri, do you know what sex is?” Siri Konanoor looks up from beneath a heap of blankets at her older sister, surprised. Sex. She’s definitely heard that word before. She fidgets, racking her brain for an answer. “Why are you asking me this at 12 at night?” Her sister sighs and eases...

Uncharted Waters

Uncharted Waters

Andrea Perng

February 1, 2018

From mass shootings to natural disasters, from sexual assault allegations to violent protests, 2017 was fraught with distress and destruction, leaving many hoping for a better year. The future is an uncertain haze at this point. Some are expecting just as much chaos in 2018, given the trend of the pa...

Finding a home: breeders versus shelters

Finding a home: breeders versus shelters

Ilena Peng

November 15, 2017

Additional reporting by Nate Stevens Dr. Kristie Adrian has two dogs — Luna, a seven-year-old Blue Lacy and Jinx, a six-year-old mutt — that are both adopted. In her house, there’s a separate area where Luna and Jinx aren’t allowed. There, she fosters underage puppies through the Humane Society of S...

Entangled ethics: the questions raised by DNA testing

Entangled ethics: the questions raised by DNA testing

Ilena Peng

October 20, 2017

The steps are easy. You order a kit and spit into a plastic tube. Six to eight weeks later, the results come back. They outline your ancestry and sometimes health results as well, which tell you diseases you may be at risk for, among other things. But the simplicity of the process belies a complicated e...

Searching for answers: Google’s new questionnaire helps those with depression

Searching for answers: Google’s new questionnaire helps those with depression

Nathan Stevens

September 15, 2017

t’s hard to believe the first month of school is already over. With North Korea and the U.S. on the verge of a nuclear war just a week before white supremacists paraded the streets of Charlottesville, calling the news intense would be an understatement. Even if I manage to get away from all the craziness, ...

The f— bomb: what students and teachers think about swearing in school

The f— bomb: what students and teachers think about swearing in school

Claire Yang

September 13, 2017

“F---.” “B----.” “Bull----.” “A--.” These words can be heard echoing around campus, popping unceremoniously out of both students’ and teachers’ mouths. “Holy s---.” There goes one. “F--- yeah, dude.” There goes another. But are these words acceptable, especially...

Snowed in: the danger of hypersensitivity to prejudice

Snowed in: the danger of hypersensitivity to prejudice

Ilena Peng

September 13, 2017

We would like to say there isn’t a problem with bubbles. After all, they’re safe, protecting us from the outside world. Without bubbles, we wouldn’t feel that sense of comfort that comes with being able to assume someone’s personal or political views. It makes conversations easier within the com...