A substitute teacher distributes at-home COVID-19 test kits to students on Wednesday in an AP English Language and Composition class. Rising case numbers and the recent Omicron variant are causing safety concerns among some students and staff members. Junior Anjali Akkaraju said she believes a transition to online learning, though undesirable, is necessary. “I don’t want school to be back online, but I’m just confused why we’re not,” Akkaraju said. “They gave us two rapid tests, which is good because they’re sold out everywhere.”  Photo: Lauren Wong

Campus on edge over omicron, potential for closure

The school community shares their thoughts on omicron and possible distance learning.
Sofie Zalatimo, Lauren Wong, and Olga Muys
January 7, 2022
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Spanish teacher Kevin Duffy sits at his desk during an interview Wednesday with journalism students. Our place is here with our students and it was so hard when we were on Zoom learning, Duffy said. Photo: Anushe Irani.

Teachers reflect on omicron’s implications for the district

Faculty share their concerns about the new variant and their thoughts on potential closure
Ash Mehta and Kat Farell
January 6, 2022
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The state of student self-defense

The state of student self-defense

Pandemic leaves seniors without vital self-defense knowledge
Olga Muys and Emma Kim
December 3, 2021
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Activist and junior vice president Ines Legrand talks about her efforts with the ASB menstrual product plan and her excitement regarding the new state bill. Photo: Anushe Irani.

Periods: Now Free of Charge

Activists applaud new law mandating complimentary menstrual products in campus bathrooms
Arati Periyannan and Karrie Huang
December 3, 2021
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Art by Xiaohan Li.

One fish, two fish, red fish, Blackfish

Another celebrity joins the list of people accused of Blackfishing — and it’s time to stop
Maya Mukherjee, Staff Writer
December 3, 2021
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From top to bottom, left to right: Stamped by Jason Reynolds, Wordslut by Amanda Montell, Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, and She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Redraws by Arati Periyannan.

Bettering the world through books

Four activist books that will open your eyes to injustices
Maya Mukherjee, Staff Writer
December 3, 2021
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Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and Lady Jessica Atreides (Rebecca Ferguson) in Dune (2021).

Hills of Gold

How ‘Dune’ (2021) confronts colonialism, and why it’s important
Olga Muys
December 3, 2021
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Pencil In Hand - Students taking the ACT and SAT spend months preparing for the test in some cases, but with new test-optional and test-blind admissions policies, some students are not as prepared to spend the time they once might have. (Photo by Neil Rathi)

Pencils Down

Is standardized testing still worth it?
Tyler Wang and Jeffrey Tu
November 10, 2021
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Standard 28-day birth control pills on a countertop. Art by Xiaohan Li.

The abortion debate re-sparks

Student opinions on the Texas Heartbeat Act
Ash Mehta, Managing Editor
October 25, 2021
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A transgender teenager gazes out a window at a trans-pride-colored sky. Art by Alison Xiong.

Coming out post-covid

How self isolation and the return to school helped students realize their identities
Ash Mehta, Managing Editor
October 17, 2021
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Councilman Greg Tanaka talks to the Junior class at Palo Alto High School during Advisory today about his background and career. Photo by Lauren Wong

Council member talks life lessons, internships with Junior class

Career, academics and background part of Greg Tanaka’s Advisory presentation.
Arati Periyannan, Editor-In-Chief
October 8, 2021
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The Movement Behind A Shrinking Hashtag

The Movement Behind A Shrinking Hashtag

Student activists challenge the silent media on the Stop Asian Hate movement and persistent hate crimes. #StopAsianHate. What happens post-viral?
Payton Anderson, Staff Writer
October 7, 2021
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