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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The Disloyalty Charge: How Jews have been perceived as disloyal throughout history and how it impacts us today

Living in Palo Alto, I haven’t personally experienced outright anti-Semitism. Aside from general ignorance and the errant Holocaust joke, I just don’t have to deal with it. Of course I know people who have, and I know how it impacts my family, but my experiences of anti-Semitism don’t compare to those of people in other…

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Debatable: Veganism

Pro: Generally, the factors that support veganism can be broken down into three categories: health, environmental impact and ethics.  Health: Studies done in the past few decades or so show evidence that vegan and vegetarians’ heart disease risk is very clearly lower than that of meat eaters, since they have lower levels of saturated fats…

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Toxic Gaming: Pulling the plug on abusive behavior

You know the feeling. You’re on your phone, just scrolling and minding your own business. But then you see it. A comment, a meme, something that is just so mean, racist, sexist, so toxic it ruins your day. Now multiply that feeling by 100. Welcome to the darker parts of the gaming community. Video games…

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Weeaboos Not Welcome: The evolution of Asian fetishization through pop culture

“You kind of look like a loli,” he says. For the lucky ones who don’t know what that is, a loli is an anime term used to describe a small, Asian, girl who is definitely a minor but is portrayed in deeply inappropriate ways. It was during a field trip last fall. All I could…

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Delivering Results: Your guide to making permanent change

So, you’ve read the news, you’ve gone to the rallies, protests and marches, and after all this you’re still thinking to yourself: “How much has my participation really impacted the issue?”  Well, good job. You’ve taken the first step. You’ve learned about a topic you care about and publicly shown your support. But here’s the…

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ASB Reconnected: Transparency and student involvement

You’ve seen their posters on the walls and witnessed their campaigns. But, with all the chaos that is being a student of  Palo Alto High School, it is easy for students to be unaware of what the Associated Student Body, the supposed voice of the student body, does. It is common knowledge that Paly’s ASB…

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