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VERGE: Drawing the line for cyberbullying

VERGE: Drawing the line for cyberbullying

Vivian Chiang

October 19, 2016

The twenty first century version of bullying is no longer limited to pushing heads down toilets or getting into fist fights. Bullying has evolved to sarcastic jabs and outright insults online, otherwise known as cyberbullying. Sometimes, even jokes come off as bullying online so the question to ask i...

Snapchat streaks: A controversial form of friendship

Snapchat streaks: A controversial form of friendship

Vivian Chiang

October 18, 2016

Living in the decade of quick and easy communication may seem like a great feat to most; though, this modern, dumbed-down form of interaction can also bring out a shallow side to relationships. This form of interaction parallels with the teenager loving, selfie obsessed, and persistent check ups of the...

Drastic Epipen cost spike

Drastic Epipen cost spike

Shayon Moradi

September 22, 2016

For all the mortals out in the world, modern medicine is often the difference between life and death. Whether it’s treatment for a case of AIDS or a reaction to a bee sting, almost everyone has taken some pill or injected something into their bodies before. In many countries in the developed world, medical...

Being Basic: Looking just like the next girl

Being Basic: Looking just like the next girl

Sara Entezarmahdi

September 21, 2016

FROM ONE GIRL TO ANOTHER, I think, deep down, we all have the same concerns about looking good. No, it's not about clumpy mascara, uncomfortable clothes or getting your hair stuck in your lipgloss. It's something bigger – way bigger. So big that there's even a word dedicated to the dreaded look: b...

What religion adds to excuses

What religion adds to excuses

Derek Shao

September 16, 2016

Co-reported by Katerina Pappas eligion plays a huge role in today’s society. For some people, religion defines their moral principles and dictates the way they live their everyday lives. But although a person’s religion and sense of morality can vary, the excuse of religion can be used in o...

There is no excuse for body shaming

There is no excuse for body shaming

Shriya Deshpande

September 15, 2016

t age nine, P.E. Dance teacher Dasha Plaza knew what it was like to have her body heavily scrutinized. At age 15, Plaza often heard the words “fat,” “untalented,” “stupid” and “dumb” tossed in her direction. Some questioned her dancing ability based on her body type. As a young girl...

White privilege in the sports world

White privilege in the sports world

Jackie Way

September 12, 2016

n 2002, high school football star Brian Banks was falsely accused for raping a classmate and then was sentenced to six years in prison. It wasn’t until 2012 that the accuser’s story was found to be untrue; but by then, Banks had served over five years in prison and five years of high custody par...

Soylent: New smoothie offers an alternative to food

Soylent: New smoothie offers an alternative to food

Krishna Sunder

August 30, 2016

oylent is the future of food. At least that’s what researchers at Rosa Labs claim about their new product, a tasteless smoothie-like beverage that contains all the nutrients an average adult needs to survive. Many Monta Vista students spend lunch occupied between clubs, academics, or sports and ca...

The Rio Olympics aren’t as bad as they seem

The Rio Olympics aren’t as bad as they seem

Derek Shao

August 22, 2016

Co-written by Aditya Pimplaskar, Cover photo by Gabriel Heusi, licensed under CC BY 3.0 ince the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, people have been awaiting the next spectacle in the sports world: The 2016 Games, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, recent political turmoil with the impeachment of ...

Soylent: The cardboard milk

Soylent: The cardboard milk

Helen Chao

August 22, 2016

For all the mathematicians out there, the shortest distance from Point A to Point B is not a straight line. In the 21st century, the shortest distance is no distance: your Uber driver at insurmountable speeds (practically teleportation), eager to deposit you at Point B and pick up the other engineer...

The new Olympics: How our media has shifted its attention from on-screen to online

The new Olympics: How our media has shifted its attention from on-screen to online

Stephanie Lam

August 22, 2016

Co-authored by Sara Entezar Gabby Douglas. Ashton Eaton. Usain Bolt. These are just some of the Olympians who rose to fame by dominating in their sport. But over the past few weeks, the athletes’ sports weren’t the only reason as to why their names are all over the internet. Type in Gabby Douglas...