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Post-Graduate Options:  Considering the Paths Less Taken 
Features

Noah Braunstein | March 3, 2021

In 2018, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 44% of high school seniors enrolled in four-year institutions, and 26% immediately enrolled in two-year institutions. 

The number…

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The Divided States of America
Features

Izaan Masud | March 3, 2021

Heather Heyer was a Virginia native who grew up in a predominantly white, working-class community. She was a descendant of coal miners. Like many Americans, she was worried about newly-elected President…

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Effects of a guilty conscience
Features

Jordan Dooley | March 2, 2021

Imagine someone is walking down the street, and suddenly, a $100 bill falls out of their wallet. What should the stranger behind them do? Should they slyly stash it in their pocket or quickly return it…

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Flourish: Stories of unconditional love
Audio

Kaylene Lin | March 1, 2021

About one in 54 children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Join host Kaylene Lin as she sheds a light on the autism…

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Pressures of elite sports: The impact on body image
Sports

Nyah Simpson | March 1, 2021

Around 49% of D1 athletes develop body image issues.

But, that is only the reported amount.

Many athletes with eating disorders fly under the radar, and the disorder is often left untreated. Furthermore,…

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Asian American films work for greater Asian representation
Arts & Entertainment

Keegan Balster | February 26, 2021

In modern times, many people obtain their cultural knowledge through media in the form of the internet, movies, television shows, and stereotypes.

Asian and Asian American culture is a victim of this…

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Arospace Ep. 1: Blast off! Navigating the myth storm
Audio

Chelsea Chang | February 22, 2021

In the first episode of Arospace, Maddy, Chelsea, and Kasey will be busting some myths about aromanticism and asexuality, as well as answering a few commonly asked questions. Later, they’ll be joined…

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Climate legislation signals a renewed focus on the San Francisco Bay
Features

Hudson Fox | February 22, 2021

The San Francisco Bay, one of the nation’s most valuable but neglected ecosystems, faces an existential threat posed by climate change.

Throughout the Bay Area, rising sea levels have begun to inundate…

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Assessing the College Board
Features

Robin Linares | February 19, 2021

When students hear the phrase “College Board,” thoughts of PSATs, SATs, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and college applications immediately cross their minds.

While the College Board provides…

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How interactive whiteboards took over
Features

Kai Yoshida | February 18, 2021

From blackboards in the 1800s to whiteboards in the 1960s, technological advancements enabled the creation of interactive whiteboards in the 1990s.

Xerox PARC invented the first interactive whiteboard…

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A social phenomenon: how social media affects teens
Features

Grace Wu | February 17, 2021

Click. Swipe. Double-tap. Comment. Swipe. 

Change app. Repeat. 

A process so familiar to teens worldwide may influence how people develop during the critical point of life. 

Times are changing…

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Bernie Sanders: the man, the mitts, the legend
Features

Sophie Gurdus | February 16, 2021

Although Inauguration Day was a scaled-down affair this year, it was nothing short of eventful. Outfits from Lady Gaga’s “Hunger Games” inspired outfit to Michelle Obama’s plum-colored Sergio Hudson belt…

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Selfishness on the rise
Opinions

Maya Campbell | February 16, 2021

Power and success always go hand in hand. To achieve success, we often hear about working hard and being kind. However, the most influential people do not get there by ordinary means. 

Jeff Bezos,…

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Lemos Farm’s goat yoga relaxes community
Video

Ruya Yaman | February 15, 2021

Baa-maste! Goat yoga has been a staple at locally-beloved Lemos Farm for the past three and a half years. During the lockdown, it’s gained even more popularity as a bonding event for families, friends,…

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COVID-19 dampens Chinese New Year festivities but spirits remain high
Video

Sabrina Lo | February 15, 2021

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, marks the start of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, filled with age-old customs, traditions, and celebrations. In times of normalcy, the event revolves…

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Health officials work to achieve herd immunity in communities
News

Noah Braunstein | February 12, 2021

With great anticipation, the local rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine began in January after 10 months of persevering through the global pandemic where the U.S. has suffered over 27 million cases and over…

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Pets relieve stress during challenging times
Features

Isa Khalak | February 11, 2021

A hard day is finally coming to a close.

As the last class ends, a young student logs off from online school. Yet, the day is far from over.

Hours of homework, dozens of tests, and a never-ending…

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Distrust between Americans deepens the political divide
Features

Zachary Kinder | February 9, 2021

Riots in the street.  

A divided government that can’t pass any legislation.  

The previous president refusing to give up office.

These are the stories many are telling. America divided…

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Overlap project explores immigration through art
Arts & Entertainment

Catherine Eikelbarner | February 8, 2021

Overlap: Home, Immigration, and Identity brings a unique aspect and message to the art community and its observers.

The Overlap project was given a grant in 2019 and made its debut in Dec. 2020. Andrea…

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Castro Street: A colorful safe haven
Video

Kiana George | February 4, 2021

Originally an area filled with dairy farms and dirt roads, the Castro has become one of San Francisco’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods lined with stylish shops and restaurants. With a rich history…

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Stop AAPI Hate advocates against racial injustice
Features

Amber Chia | February 4, 2021

As a young girl scrolls through her news feed, she stumbles across an article regarding the surging number of hate crimes towards Asians due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As she continues reading, she realizes…

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VITA student volunteers help prevent panic a-tax
Features

Lindsay Augustine | February 3, 2021

Over 165 million tax returns were filed in 2020, and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a volunteer-run program that assists people with the preparation of their tax returns, is seeking to help…

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Treat yourself
Features

Linda Lin | February 2, 2021

Just one hit of the search bar and the internet will provide what appears to be all the medical information one would ever need.

Try a Google search for someone who didn’t get enough sleep: Fatigue,…

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A Decade of Wildfires
Features

Oliver Fichte | February 1, 2021

Thick smoke covers the air; ash falls from the sky. Orange flames are flickering through buildings, forests, everything around. An eerie orange glow covers the sky. The day is turned into night, with a…

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Alone Together
Features

Brynn Toomasson | January 29, 2021

Let’s be real, 2020 was tough on all of us. The introduction to the new decade has thrown obstacles nobody could have foreseen. Entering the new decade with high hopes were then quickly diminished with…

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Discrimination within the classroom
Features

Austin Li | January 29, 2021

The harsh ringing of the bell breaks her out of her reverie as she starts down the hallway, rubbing her sweaty palms against her jeans. The previous nights had been restless from an essay she spent countless…

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Plowing through the life of a Half Moon Bay farmer
Features

Matthew AbiEzzi | January 28, 2021

Seven days a week. Early mornings. Back-breaking shifts. While the average person in San Mateo County is blissfully unaware of the struggles to place a simple zucchini or leaf of lettuce on their dinner…

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Living with Loss: Ways grief can be less overwhelming
Video

Sabrina Lo | January 27, 2021

Although it is undoubtedly challenging, enduring a profound loss is something that everyone goes through at some point in time. Grieving entails a roller coaster of feelings, but thankfully there’s a…

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The Source Zero provides many with a one stop shop to living sustainably
Features

Marrisa Chow | January 26, 2021

The average American will contribute over 1700 pounds of waste annually, making the United States the king of producing waste. Their waste production surpasses countries like China and India, with 250…

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Local activism adapts to the pandemic
Features

Chesney Evert | January 25, 2021

In a nation founded on the principle of free speech, activism is an integral part of America. This past year alone, the 2020 election and the Black Lives Matter movement in particular have created many…

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Witchcraft through the ages
Features

Sophia Mattioli | January 25, 2021

Evil, wart-nosed, broom-riding, devil-worshipping, pointy-hat-wearing women.

Since the 14th century, this portrayal of witches has been pushed upon society. It was this narrative that led to thousands…

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Overcoming the stigma of sexual education
Features

Carolina Cuadros | January 22, 2021

Four out of 10 high school students. That is how many students report having sex. This percentage may seem high, but it is actually at an all-time low. 

Every parent worries that their child will make…

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The changing dynamic of Central American migration to the U.S.
Features

Hudson Fox | January 21, 2021

There has been a significant population of Latinos in the U.S. since the 1848 annexation of Northern Mexico, which occurred as part of an agreement made after the Mexican-American War. In recent decades,…

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The American dream: A journey to the land of opportunity
Features

Hudson Fox | January 21, 2021

For the past few decades, an increasing number of undaunted Central American migrants have crossed through Mexico on foot, truck bed, and railcar to reach what they hope will be a land of opportunity and…

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Inequities in the education system
Features

Andrew Tolu | January 20, 2021

There is an undeniable difference in performance on standardized tests and other academic achievements in the United States that correlates to student background – race, wealth, and socioeconomic class.

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Setting up for success: Healthy parent-teen relationships
Features

Amelia Clevenger | January 19, 2021

Immature. Rebellious. Hormonal. 

These adjectives describe the stereotypical teenager who is indifferent to their parents. However, studies show that many teenagers who do not have a healthy relationship…

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Colette Crutcher pieces together city art
Showcase

Kiana George | January 14, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are seeking outdoor activities more than ever. Public art is an enjoyable yet safe activity for people of all ages and Colette Crutcher is the artist behind some of…

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It’s not what it looks like: Changing the face of eating disorders
Features

Chesney Evert | January 13, 2021

“Suffering is universal.”

A quote credited to young adult novelist John Green, but one that extends far beyond the pages of a book. We all have our own monsters, under the bed, down the hall, in…

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Forgiveness: The concept that can change a life
Features

Mandy Mah | January 13, 2021

Forgiveness Projects by Mandy Mah

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The secret to recovery from abuse, neglect, betrayal, and to reduce stress and sadness – in other words, the…

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Opinion: Political extremes hijack national symbols
Opinions

Cori Nicholson | January 11, 2021

What used to be purely a symbol of freedom and unity, the American flag has become a symbol of the political right in recent years. This association with the right has left many feeling unsure if the flag…

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The standards
Features

Catherine Eikelbarner | January 8, 2021

Content Warning: This article discusses mental health disorders and problems with body imaging, topics that some readers may find triggering.

Sophomore Alissa Doe* wakes up to attend her Zoom classes…

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Applying economics to the everyday
Features

Joseph Paris | January 7, 2021

Many people think economics is simply the study of money. And that those who study it only predict the future state of the economy, look into tax policies, or work on trade agreements between nations.

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The importance of extracurriculars
Features

Rebecca Von Tersch | January 6, 2021

Do sports, learn a language, lead a club! This is advice that high school students hear many times in their lives.

They are encouraged to add to their college applications with extracurricular activities….

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Generation Z enters the political scene
Features

Eddy Yeretnov | January 4, 2021

A new generation is entering the political sphere – Generation Z. 

In the 2020 election, Gen Z has made its mark. According to Simon Rosenberg, president of the New Democrat Network (NDN), a progressive…

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Some like it hot
Features

Kai Yoshida | January 4, 2021

A rush of adrenaline. A sense of accomplishment. A lowered risk of premature death. And on top of that, an extra dimension to a dish. What can possibly have all of these effects? 

The answer is spicy…

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A matter of life and death
Features

Erin Kee | December 29, 2020

Content warning: this article depicts certain graphic events that some may find triggering.

On the news, people heard about a case where a man would kidnap, rape, kill, and then decapitate young women….

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Beyond the glamour
Sports

Isabelle Nunes | December 28, 2020

Hundreds of dresses sparkle with hand-placed Swarovski crystals as dancers step into the performance area. As competitors warm-up, practice routines, and touch up their makeup, they prepare for their shining…

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Don’t wash it away
Features

Claire Tseng | December 21, 2020

She rummaged through her bag, looking for the red envelope her grandmother gave her for Chinese New Year. She wanted to spend the whole $50 on the newest jacket off the Kendall and Kylie line.

“Geez,…

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The Silent Competition
Features

Amber Chia | December 21, 2020

After congratulating her squealing friend over their new internship, she hangs up, staring at the letter in her hand.

“Although your background and qualifications are impressive, we do not have an appropriate…

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COVID-19 spreads, dialysis patients face increased struggle
News

Aarya Mukherjee | December 18, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted patients with chronic illnesses in many different ways. Specifically, its impact on patients with kidney failure has been profound.

Dialysis or Renal Replacement Therapy removes…

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