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Conservative students urge for open discussions in the classroom
Features

Lauren Chen | April 13, 2021

“After I [opened up about being] conservative, I got doxxed, cyberbullied, and my house got egged four times. I’ve gotten death threats,” one Dougherty Valley High School student revealed.

“I…

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Online learning heightens learning gaps across the school district
News

Sneha Cheenath | April 2, 2021

The SRVUSD Board of Education presented evidence of significant learning loss among students on Jan. 12, an issue that school staff are now working to solve.

Compared to the first semester of the 2019-2020…

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We’re not just the infected ones; We’re infecting the planet too
Opinions

Ashley Lee | April 1, 2021

As I got back home, I threw away my single-use mask and put the paper bag down on the table. I opened it and took the square plastic take-out boxes out, smelling the delicious food inside. After I finished…

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Interfaith: People are the problem, not the religion
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Shereen Ahmed | April 1, 2021

Ever since I was a little kid, I was continuously taught by my parents that being Muslim does not make me superior to any other religion, and I need to stay humble and level down.

I remember clearly,…

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Balancing identities between the two worlds of bilingualism
Opinions

Sarah Han | March 29, 2021

Every time my family and I watch a Korean drama, I find myself closely looking at the English subtitles while the rest of my family members effortlessly laugh at the Korean jokes. I ask my mom what one…

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Sia’s directorial debut “Music” pains me: the perspective of someone with a sibling on the autistic spectrum
Arts & Entertainment

Daniela Wise-Rojas | March 29, 2021

Pop star Sia made her directorial debut with the film “Music” on Feb. 10, casting former Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler to play a girl on the autism spectrum, named Music, and actress Kate Hudson to…

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Behind the Vac-Scene: Dr. Rakhi Mehrotra sees major changes in hospital with development of COVID-19
Features

Mahika Arya | March 22, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, Dr. Rakhi Mehrotra faced a new reality working in hospitals. 

“After COVID stuck, it really changed the way our day looks now. As soon as the lockdown happened,…

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Local youth soccer clubs keep the ball rolling amidst COVID-19 safety regulations
Sports

Jade Wang | March 19, 2021

Some players disclosed sensitive information about their clubs in this article under the condition of anonymity; pseudonyms are indicated with ‘*’.

On March 11, 2020, Italian soccer club Juventus’…

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Confusion surrounding Del Amigo COVID-19 cases expose lack of transparency to keep students with special needs and school staff healthy
News

Daniela Wise-Rojas | March 18, 2021

Shortly after Del Amigo High School, an alternative school within the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), reopened on Nov. 17, 2020, a COVID-19 outbreak occurred within the special education…

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How YouTube’s algorithm ends up promoting far right content
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Arya Patel | February 22, 2021

On Jan. 6, 2021, a group of armed insurrectionists laid siege to the Capitol. They believed a conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump and stormed the Capitol…

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USDA provides waivers for free school lunches: A victory for food equity
News

Owen Spargo | February 18, 2021

Since President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunches Act in 1946, activists and child nutritionists alike have pushed for the government to bolster food services in an attempt to allow students…

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The history of negative stereotypes within Dungeons and Dragons
Arts & Entertainment

Arya Patel | February 12, 2021

A party of first-time adventurers is traveling across the land. Their latest quest is to remove a drow encampment. The Dungeon Master (DM) describes how the angelic Aasimar has been viciously attacked…

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Sexualized female athletic uniforms devalues women’s sports
Sports

Aria Khalique | January 25, 2021

“Let’s go watch the girls at the volleyball game” is a phrase probably articulated by every teen boy ever. A phrase that emphasizes how the sexualization of women in sports diminishes their value and…

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“The Queen’s Gambit” sheds light upon female experiences with addiction that media has lacked for too long
Arts & Entertainment

Jade Wang | January 25, 2021

Please be advised this review discusses sensitive topics such as substance abuse and suicide.

“Magic vitamins.” This is how tranquilizer pills are introduced in the first episode of “The Queen’s…

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SAT cancellations raise questions about the future of standardized testing
News

Aditya Arora | January 25, 2021

Update: The College Board announced on Jan. 19 that it will no longer be offering the SAT subject tests or optional essays in order to “simplify demands on students.”

After the COVID-19 pandemic…

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The affirmative action proposition fails in 2020 elections. Why? An Asian-American and (biracial) Latina perspective
Opinions

Daniela Wise | December 9, 2020

Proposition 16, the California ballot measure that would have repealed the ban on affirmative action, didn’t pass. 56.1% of California voters voted no while 43.9% voted yes. We were stunned, expecting…

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The bro-country subgenre silences female voices, preventing country music from progressing forward
Arts & Entertainment

Aria Khalique | December 4, 2020

“Slide your sugar-shaker over here… shake it for me girl… let me see you do it in the bed of my truck.” Those are just some of the offensive, sexist and poorly written lyrics consistently heard…

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Night owls deserve to be understood — not shamed
Opinions

Jade Wang | December 3, 2020

Many would say that COVID-19 is the only major public health crisis that anyone has experienced at our age. But that assumption is not necessarily correct. For years, we have been (and still are simultaneously)…

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Ashton Irwin blossoms in debut album “Superbloom”
Arts & Entertainment

Lauren Chen | November 17, 2020

26-year-old Australian musician Ashton Irwin released his debut album “Superbloom” on Oct. 23, a passionate and unorthodox 10-track record about Irwin’s struggles with overcoming his demons and finding…

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Reactions to Black Lives Matter protests in Tokyo expose Japan’s hidden discrimination
News

Owen Spargo | November 4, 2020

Black Lives Matter protests took place in Tokyo this September, which caused backlash from Japanese citizens and raised questions about Japan’s treatment of not only people of color, but foreigners and…

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“Among Us” highlights a problem prevalent in online gaming
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Shruthi Narayanan | October 27, 2020

A month ago, I began playing this popular video game called “Among Us.” In case you’re living under a rock, it’s a mobile and PC social deduction game. There are 4-10 players, and there can…

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A snapshot of the unheard experiences and stories of Black students in SRVUSD
News

Daniela Wise | October 27, 2020

TW: This article contains mentions of rape, sexual assault, and abuse.

Racism is a persistent problem all over the country, considering there is no succinct way to address it. As perfect as SRVUSD schools…

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NPS threatens endangered tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore: an exploration of sides and solutions
Opinions

Eva Shen | October 27, 2020

In the 1870s, there were ten tule elk left in the world. 

These 10 individuals were leftovers, the ghosts of a species that had been hunted to near extinction by Europeans. Endemic to California, the…

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Tiana Day strives for a more equitable future
Features

Daniela Wise | October 13, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement started marches across the country, made national headlines and positively changed the political backdrop of the United States, immediately following the death of George…

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Remote learning highlights need for transparency from SRVUSD
Opinions

Daniela Wise | October 7, 2020

Full Features Spread Here

The current state of public education-during a pandemic:

In March, students went home from school confused as to what will happen next, because of the COVID-19 pandemic….

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The situation from 1918 has been delivered to 2020
Features

Ashley Lee | October 5, 2020

Just a bit after 2020 started, we found ourselves in a pandemic due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. COVID-19 is a threatening virus that was initially introduced as something passing, like the common…

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Blaming the right beast: why the pandemic is humanity’s fault
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Eva Shen | September 29, 2020

Eight years ago, a science writer named David Quammen predicted the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his bestselling book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, Quammen wrote: 

“If there…

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“The Baby-Sitters Club” brings refreshing representation to the small screen
Arts & Entertainment

Lauren Chen | September 29, 2020

Upon first hearing that Netflix would be producing a modern reboot of the ‘90s book series “The Baby-Sitters Club,” my best friend and I, both avid fans of the originals, were skeptical that it would…

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Disproportionate discipline of Black students in SRVUSD threatens equity
News

Sanjana Ranganathan | September 21, 2020

“I have been called to the office four or five times for things that I didn’t do. One time I was even threatened with suspension and I had nothing to do with it [the infraction],” Dougherty Valley…

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Logic revives his magic in his final album and bids adieu to his fans
Arts & Entertainment

Ananda Mayuri Chakkenchath | September 17, 2020

It has become common for many rappers to retire as they reach their late 20s and/or early 30s. Hip Hop star Logic announced his retirement with the release of his final studio album, No Pressure on Jul….

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State legislations restrict higher youth turnout
Opinions

Sanjana Ranganathan | September 14, 2020

Nine years ago, New Hampshire’s Republican House Speaker William O’Brien promised to end voter fraud, proclaiming “kids voting liberal, voting with their feelings, with no life experience.”

What…

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From xenophobia and racism a new virus is born
Coronavirus

Jade Wang | May 13, 2020

“A guy came behind me, and as I turned around, he started spraying me with Lysol and calling me all sorts of names.”

“An older white man pushed my 7-year-old daughter off of her bike and yelled…

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COVID-19 severely impacts small businesses
Coronavirus

Daniela Wise | May 12, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis gains momentum, small businesses in the United States are facing severe financial impacts due to stay-at-home orders that have called for “non-essential businesses” to shut down…

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Stimulus package disappoints those who need it most: students with disabilities
Coronavirus

Daniela Wise | May 6, 2020

Students with disabilities — perhaps some of the most vulnerable individuals in the education system — could be disadvantaged in the COVID-19 stimulus package, as Congress provided Secretary of Education…

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Online learning brings new challenges and opportunities
Coronavirus

Anvi Vasa | May 5, 2020

Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, schools across the country have switched from face-to-face instruction to online learning, which can affect students’ mental health and productivity in various ways.

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Social distancing reminds us of our privilege
Uncategorized

Aditi Lappathi | May 4, 2020

Due to COVID-19, people all over the world have been advised to stay at home. Schools have closed, and all non-essential workers and students are now working and learning from home. The problem is that…

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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
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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
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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
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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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