Dear Home Country: An open letter to the Philippines

Dear Home Country, I commend your proactive actions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, yet the aggressive nature suggests you let the pandemic become an excuse for a man, yet again, to strip the freedom of the Filipino people, as we saw happen with former President Ferdinand Marcos a generation ago. It seems like it’s only a…

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Small Business Spotlight: Taste Buds Kitchen

How a cooking class franchise is surviving the pandemic and engaging with the community Editor’s note: A member of our staff has a personal connection to the main source of this story.  Standing six feet back from outside the customer’s house, Scott Andersen, owner of Taste Buds Kitchen in Palo Alto, watches as excited kids…

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Supporting the Frontlines: Exploring a Relief Program for Local Businesses and Hospitals

As countless businesses have started to plummet as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the restaurant industry has been hit especially hard. “We saw our sales drop by 80% in less than four days when we started [to shelter in place],” said Rocco Scordella, owner of two restaurants in Silicon Valley, Tootsie’s and Vina Enoteca. …

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“Extra support” staff: Travel nurses impacted by hospital’s pandemic preparation

Many people might think that during a pandemic, hospitals would be overflowing with activity. It’s not uncommon to imagine overwhelmed staff juggling a lack of personal protective equipment and patients sick beyond repair. However, the truth for most places is far from it. One of the little-known secrets of health care management during the pandemic…

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Patient Bias in the Medical Field

“We can’t really do much for women compared to men,” were the words that Whitney Aquino, a Paly Wellness Outreach Worker, heard as she sat in a room at Kaiser Permanente looking for assistance for what could potentially be a medical emergency. She had returned in a rush from a overnight vacation with her husband upon…

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Clothing Consciousness

Fashion industry’s impacts on the environment and how to choose clothing to help the problem Art by Ellen Fang. Flipping through the racks of clothing at a department store, it may be challenging to find clothes that match both your budget and your beliefs. Picking where to purchase your clothing can be a difficult but…

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Feminism Evolved: How Feminism has developed over a century

Modern Suffragettes: Gunn Students parade as the suffragettes for Vote-A-Palooza (Feb. 22) Photo by Karlene Salas. Introduction Since childhood, we have been conditioned to adhere to oppressive gender roles.  Phrases such as “boys will be boys” and “that’s not very ladylike” have been used to portray the place of young girls in society. The feminism…

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Traps of Voluntourism: How to avoid harming when you're trying to help

It’s April again and students’ summer schedules are booking up.High school students are scrambling for an enriching summer program that they can put on their college applications and volunteering abroad sounds like the perfect fit.  In recent years, there has been a rise of Palo Alto High School students who attend service abroad programs. Just…

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The Parachute Kid: The Untold Story of Student Immigrants

It’s 1979 in Los Angeles. You wake up in a quiet house, in a foreign land with an unfamiliar language. You take the bus, you buy groceries, alone. Your parents? A mere 7,000 miles away.  This was the everyday life of my mother when she came to the US with her brother at the age…

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Housing is a Human Right: Exploring the depths of the Affordable Housing Crisis in the Bay Area

Affordable Housing Crisis  The Bay Area. Home of numerous tech companies and innovations. These factors entice people to move to the Bay Area, but only a lucky few who have struck gold are able to stay. With Bay Area real estate prices on an exponential rise, many struggle to find affordable housing, especially those who…

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