Living Skills, living better: Why sex education is important in a high school environment

Text by Josephine Andersen and Juliana Griswold The longtime taboo topic of sex may finally become a widely accepted subject in a high school environment with required classes such as Palo Alto High School’s Living Skills to educate students on the importance of their sexual health.  Living Skills is designed to be part of the…

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The Stigma of Vegas

This past summer was quite a hectic one. Volunteer work, a lecture series I participated in and a trip to Nepal, left me with with only sixteen days of downtime for summer break. My family had the perfect cure: “Vegas!” After informing friends, family and all the other necessary parties of our jaunt to Sin…

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The Anatomy of a Lockdown

It’s 1:01 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon and I am crouching in a closet. The lights are out and the blinds are drawn, covering every bit of window they can reach. My knees are pressed together, my ankles starting to go numb. My computer is sitting in the Media Arts Center atrium; a biology lab…

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Controversial Paradise: The rising problem with trash in our oceans

by Lou Guionnet When thinking of a nice and exotic place to relax during a vacation, you might find your mind wandering towards a picture of white sand, palm trees and turquoise colored waters, a place far away from all of our problems and worries that make up our life. That is what comes to…

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The Adorkable Male Misogynist

Nerds. Geeks. Dorks. These three types of people are generally outsiders in the schools depicted by mainstream American media. However, in Silicon Valley these individuals have become the foundation of our community. Here, geek is chic. A recent trend in television programming follows this fascination with outsiders, namely the male geek, nerd, and dork. Take,…

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Eating Meat: A Tale of the Consumption of Animals

1. A History of Food The American pride, and yet simultaneously the evil, is encompassed in our food. Over the span of human history, what we eat has consistently evolved. As primal humans, we discovered cooking, giving us an advantage over other species and allowing us to develop the complex societal structure we hold today.…

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Let the Hair do the Talking

By Joy Chan I am not entirely sure if cutting my hair the way I did was necessarily a fashion statement but more so a way to express who I really am. There are a lot of ways to express or represent oneself. Some people do it through styles of clothing, or the way they…

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Students’ Perspectives on DACA

In an unprecedented turn of events, President Trump has “agreed” to fix DACA and resolved their border-security plan, “excluding” the US-Mexico border wall after a meeting with Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. However, whether or not DACA is secured, the divide between stances on immigration are distinctive. For many Americans, we…

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Treat the KKK like the Terrorists that they are

Terrorist. What comes to mind when you hear the word terrorist? Is it an ISIS fighter? Al-Qaeda? Images of 9/11 and suicide bombers? These groups and events are all acts of terrorism. But what about the KKK and Alt Right? Are they considered domestic terrorists? The media and the courts do not use the word…

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