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Michael Schneider: a Bohemian ultrarunner in the making
Sports

Eva Shen | March 19, 2020

It was mile 17, and Michael Schneider wanted to throw up. 

The running-crazed DV senior and aspiring ultrarunner was taking on the California International Marathon, his first ever. By mile 13 he was…

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Tame Impala returns with serendipitous “The Slow Rush”
Arts & Entertainment

Riya Mehta | March 11, 2020

On Feb. 14, psychedelic rock musician Kevin Parker, more famously known as Tame Impala, released his fourth studio album “The Slow Rush.”

Mysterious and echoey, the album begins with a fast beat…

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Breaking down biraciality: I am myself
Opinions

Owen Spargo | March 11, 2020

The most frequent question I have been asked throughout my childhood is, “So what are you?” I often proceed by staring at the other person in confusion. Are they asking about my ethnic background?…

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Prioritizing electability in politics eviscerates democracy
Opinions

Sanjana Ranganathan | March 3, 2020

According to a Gallup poll from November 2019, 60% of Democrats surveyed prioritized a candidate with the best chance to beat the incumbent Donald Trump, even if the candidate differs from them on many…

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Why my hijab does not define my faith
Opinions

Shereen Ahmed | February 27, 2020

There I stood, with the hijab in my hands. My head was itching and my mind was struggling, debating whether to wrap this piece of fabric around myself. It was an early November afternoon and in the back…

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Halsey unveils her inner mind in album “Manic”
Arts & Entertainment

Lauren Chen | February 26, 2020

Releasing her third studio album “Manic” on Jan. 17, Halsey reverts to her hollowed vocals and rebellious lyrics, finding creative solace within her own life and focusing on the person behind her persona:…

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Food waste litters Dougherty halls
News

Anika Garg | January 21, 2020

At Dougherty Valley High School, abandoned lunch trays filled with leftover food are a common sight. Littering the quad, hallways and stairwells, these lonely trays are indicative of a sinister lurking…

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Not-so-secret prank war continues to bring teachers together
Features

Steven Deng | January 21, 2020

In spite of the tension beginning to peak on campus as finals week approaches, a touch of lightness and fun still springs forth from an unlikely source in the 1000s building — the teacher prank war….

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Lowell Tuckerman: From the press box to the classroom
Features

Steven Deng | December 13, 2019

English teacher Lowell Tuckerman sits at his desk as his students work on their respective assignments. With his microphone by his side, Tuckerman watches his class, occasionally reminding them to remain…

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San Ramon housing crisis prices teachers out
News

Sraavya Sambara | December 9, 2019

Former Dougherty Valley High School math teacher Mr. Colin O’Haire spent the first nine years of his teaching career in San Ramon. Yet as rent increased, he and his wife, who also taught in San Ramon,…

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Social Justice projects capture student and staff attention around campus
News

Daniel Shen | December 2, 2019

Last month, more than a dozen Social Justice projects were displayed around Dougherty Valley High School, drawing attention to their portrayals of current issues such as school shootings and sexual assault….

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Sustainability is in fashion
Opinions

Mahika Arya | November 7, 2019

Despite the current surge of environmentalism, the conflicting concept of fast fashion is beginning to rise. While fast fashion and its users have been criticized, promoters for sustainable fashion must…

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Sustainable solutions take root in the form of new zero-waste products and services
Features

Taylor Atienza | April 23, 2019

As the Green New Deal and studies about warming trends raise concerns about climate conditions and environmental issues, the zero-waste movement is bringing awareness to the issue of food and resource…

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“Nine Perfect Strangers” satisfies, but doesn’t stun
Arts & Entertainment

Eva Shen | April 23, 2019

It might not be fair to compare Liane Moriarty’s latest novel to her past bestsellers, but “Nine Perfect Strangers” does not live up to expectations. Despite this, Moriarty manages to shape an enticing…

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Get cultured
Opinions

Timothy Lee | April 2, 2019

It’s a holiday. You sit quietly at a dining table, back slouched, eyes down, silent and uncomfortable while your parents’ friends and family, many of whom have appearances eminently similar to yours,…

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Participation grades eliminate student interest
Opinions

Michael Han | March 7, 2019

Assigning a grade to participation compels students to meet a certain quota of participation points rather than to develop a genuine interest or passion towards the subject. While there is no doubt that…

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“You” stalks Netflix and attracts widespread viewer attention
Arts & Entertainment

Ritika Sabharwal | March 7, 2019

Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble’s recent television show “You” aired on Netflix Dec. 26, 2018, immediately gaining popularity despite its troubling and sinister plot. Although it is based upon a love…

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Women’s Soccer scores breakthrough goal of season against San Ramon Valley
Sports

Daniel Shen | February 11, 2019

As the Wildcats advance on a fast break, sophomore forward Chloe Richard slots a pass from the equator of the field to freshman right-winger Lauren Soliz. After two quick touches on the ball, Soliz…

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Revisiting 2018: “Year of the Woman”
Opinions

Riya Bindlish | January 4, 2019

2018 has officially been declared the second “Year of the Woman,” with a record-breaking 102 women in Congress thus far and pending elections possibly increasing that number.

1992 was the previous…

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Teachers bond over a history of playful pranks
Features

Amruta Baradwaj | December 17, 2018

With flipped-over tables, post-it-covered cars and jello-immersed staplers, DV’s history teachers have found a way to have fun and grow closer by pranking each other throughout the school year.

In regard…

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Spilling ink: Teachers reveal the tales behind their tattoos
Features

Megan Tsang | December 6, 2018

For some, they are reminders of aspirations. For others, they are tributes to loved ones.

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Hear from Another World: Ali Turanalp adopts English to advance ahead
Features

Daniel Shen | November 29, 2018

In August 2017, Ali Turanalp set foot on Californian soil for the first time. 14 hours earlier, he had left Turkey — the nation in which he had spent almost his entire life — with his younger twin…

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Hear from Another World: For Patricia, an American Dream slowly deteriorating
Features

Daniel Shen | October 18, 2018

If you glanced at her as she strode down the hallway or saw her laughing with her friends, she might just seem like the average San Ramon teenager. Her black hair is tied back in a ponytail. She cradles…

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Hollywood takes a step toward Asian representation
Features

Caroline Lobel | October 16, 2018

People of color, specifically Asians, have had little to no representation in Hollywood, but it’s time for a change. Although America is home to countless ethnic groups, many of those groups are rarely…

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Teachers enjoy immersive role-playing in tightly knit D&D group
Arts & Entertainment

Sasha Hassan | October 16, 2018

Dice, druids and darklings: with such busy adult lives, it’s refreshing to learn that staff members in school can squeeze in the time to partake in whimsical games such as Dungeons and Dragons (D&D)….

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Breaking hip-hop artist Cardi B. establishes herself in “Invasion of Privacy”
Arts & Entertainment

Daniel Shen | October 5, 2018

She was 16 when she joined the Bloods gang. Three years later, to escape poverty and domestic violence, she became a stripper. Today, Cardi B. struts a 00,000 engagement ring, and her studio debut is the…

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