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Cupertino holds 9th annual Earth Day and Arbor Day festival

Cupertino holds 9th annual Earth Day and Arbor Day festival

Ilena Peng

April 23, 2017


Filed under Local, NEWS

Glass tiles form lines across the Civic Center Plaza, in rows where water used to spray up from fountains, darkening the surrounding concrete. Although the heavy rains that have hit Cupertino have recently soaked the concrete, it’s been quite some time since the fountains’ water has touched that ...

Link Leaders host Capture the Flag game for the class of 2020

Link Leaders host Capture the Flag game for the class of 2020

Stephanie Lam

April 2, 2017


Filed under Local, NEWS

Senior Matthew Ho  labels each person as either a one or a two. Though the count was random, freshmen and Link Leaders were almost equally divided among the two teams . reshmen and Link Leaders stand on the sidelines of the football field as Link Leader senior Matthew Ho label them off as either a ...

School board members share thoughts on Resolution #1617-12

School board members share thoughts on Resolution #1617-12

Vivian Chiang

March 20, 2017


Filed under Education, Local, NEWS

A flurry of mixed emotions spread across the country when President Donald Trump announced the travel ban on Jan. 27, placing a 90 day suspension on anyone entering the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The ban, and other questionable ...

The introduction of Assembly Bill 165 into California state legislature

The introduction of Assembly Bill 165 into California state legislature

Claire Chang

March 10, 2017


Filed under Education, Local, Politics

Many students regard their phones as one of their most valuable possessions. Between addictive games and a plethora of social media apps, students live much of their lives glued to their screens. Phones almost act like a digital diary, containing moments from our days, funny screenshots and private c...

The backgate: MVHS’ party culture in the 70’s

The backgate: MVHS’ party culture in the 70’s

Sepand Rouz

March 8, 2017


Filed under Beyond the Magazine: News, Local, NEWS

MVHS hasn’t been the same school throughout its history, it hasn’t always been a school focused so heavily on academics. The year was 1970, and things weren’t like this. The school was in its infancy, young and uncontrollable. David Lofstrom graduated from MVHS in 1972, and was able to illustrate...

A day at the Santa Clara U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office

A day at the Santa Clara U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office

Claire Chang

March 8, 2017


Filed under Local, National, Politics

he building is only one story tall, but stretches so far in both directions that it seems massive. It sits silently at the edge of a cul-de-sac, a one story concrete behemoth framed by grey steps and a tall silver flagpole. The large glass doors that crown the top of a short flight of stairs swing open ...

FUHSD adopts a new resolution to protect student information

FUHSD adopts a new resolution to protect student information

Ilena Peng

March 7, 2017


Filed under Local, NEWS

Fremont High School senior Ana Maria Vazquez had always pronounced her name with a lilt that highlighted her Latina descent. And on the first day of her freshman year at FHS, she said her name in that same manner when the teacher took attendance. Her teacher began asking her about where she was from: wh...

Problems for Oroville Dam

Problems for Oroville Dam

Karen Sanchez

February 26, 2017


Filed under Local, NEWS

alif. has been experiencing a heavy amount of rain in the past couple of weeks, and the empty, cracked and dried reservoirs are filling up just as they had shriveled up when the drought first occurred. The same can be said for the Oroville reservoir, located in the city of Oroville, situated on the fo...

There’s no place like home: Student Homelessness in the Silicon Valley

There’s no place like home: Student Homelessness in the Silicon Valley

Chetana Ramaiyer

February 9, 2017


Filed under Best of News, Beyond the Magazine: News, Local, NEWS

conomics Teacher Pete Pelkey knocks his fists on the compact student desk, imitating the sound of the police interrupting his sleep as they tapped on his car window late at night. They would make him get out of his car, roll up his sleeves and check for track marks. Finding no evidence of heroin use,...

What it feels like to have gender dysphoria: The story of transition

What it feels like to have gender dysphoria: The story of transition

Katerina Pappas

January 31, 2017


Filed under Local, NEWS

Even before she recognized that her friend was transgender, she noticed the little things that made him stick out. Like his hatred for skirts. The two sophomores met when they were six, when he had moved to her apartment complex in their conservative city in India. And before they could even speak, they could ...

Fair-skinned and Jesus-loving

Fair-skinned and Jesus-loving

Brighton Balfrey

January 31, 2017


Filed under Local, NEWS

Jesus-loving, soft-spoken, with blonde hair spiked up in the front. His smile and laugh are comforting, and he sits with one leg resting on top of the other. Prompted about religion, he immediately said this: “A lot of people think that I don’t like gay people, that I’m anti-abortion, just l...

Bank robbery and manhunt in Santa Clara County causes shutdown of Highway 17

Bank robbery and manhunt in Santa Clara County causes shutdown of Highway 17

Claire Chang

January 26, 2017


Filed under Local, NEWS

POST UPDATE: The over 30 hour manhunt for the robbery suspect has ended Friday with the arrest of three people. Based on early evidence, Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies are confident that one of the three people in custody is the main suspect of the Bank of America robbery that occurred late Thursday...