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California’s rejection of affirmative action affects university admissions
Features

Lindsay Augustine | November 25, 2020

Many of California’s most influential politicians argued that Californians needed to pass Proposition 16 to help minorities in professional and academic spaces.

Voters were unwilling to reinstate…

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Pandemic presents new obstacles for Thanksgiving celebrations
Features

Malina Wong | November 25, 2020

From celebrating the holidays to providing for those in need, this Thanksgiving season will not be the same as in previous years.

While the world is amidst a pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control…

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Oddballs Ep. 6: Candi Cane Cooper, animal whisperer
Audio

Ruya Yaman | November 24, 2020

Candi Cane Cooper is an animal communicator who has been able to talk with animals through telepathy to help with their physical conditions, behavioral anomalies, or just have a chat about the world’s…

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Our Footprint Ep. 6: The new age of tech
Audio

Kaylene Lin | November 19, 2020

After centuries of unsustainable industrialization, a tech company whose mission is to fight climate change seems almost too good to be true. But, Ecosia, an innovative, new search engine that plants…

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Behind the screen
Features

Josh Barde | November 18, 2020

Over the past decades, social media has exponentially grown to create a world where over half the population are connected through a screen.

However, this has created many societal problems, which are…

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Water
Features

Ayal Meyers | November 16, 2020

Water.

It covers nearly three-fourths of the entire planet and is vital to all life on Earth.

Although it may seem too vast and uncontrollable to be impacted, it is not in actuality an indestructible…

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Chef for the Polls feeds democracy
Video

Kiana George | November 13, 2020

Record numbers of voters show up in Oakland, California, to make their voices heard in the 2020 presidential election. A national non-profit, World Central kitchen, gathers donations and then partners…

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Earth
Features

Cambell Kirk | November 12, 2020

As we delve deeper into a state of climate disaster, the best way to see the ramifications is simple – just look around.Our Earthis struggling, and it’s evident in everything from the dry…

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No Camping Ep. 6: Toxicity in gaming
Audio

Sean Liuli | November 12, 2020

Trigger warning: This podcast contains mentions of suicide.

Toxicity has always been a huge problem in gaming. And with the recent events regarding the suicide of popular streamer Reckful, and the…

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Beneath the surface
Features

Isabelle Nunes | November 12, 2020

On their way to school, a student steps into their building’s elevator to find a woman clutching her purse as she sees them. After arriving on the ground floor, the woman rushes to the exit. The student…

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College applications leave students with ‘major’ decisions
Features

Austin Li | November 10, 2020

As college application season creeps closer and anxiety continues to grow, students have found themselves amidst a crossfire between conflicting majors. 

Like most high school students, Keya Arora,…

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A voter’s guide to the 2020 election
News

Ayal Meyers | November 9, 2020

The Candidates

The Conventions

The Debates

Vote

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Student musicians find harmony during quarantine
Arts & Entertainment

Allison Raisner | November 6, 2020

Pop, country, classical, indie, the list goes on. Everyone has an attachment to music, whether it’s from listening to a favorite artist, hearing different genres on the radio, or even making their own…

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Local communities respond to climate change
Features

Hudson Fox | November 4, 2020

As global climate change accelerates, leaders in local governments have been forced to reckon with the threat posed by rising sea levels, volatile winds, and a desiccated landscape. 

Efforts by local…

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Oddballs x Our Footprint Ep. 5: A vote for the planet
Audio

Ruya Yaman | November 3, 2020

Aneesha Rompally, Purva Bommireddy, and Iris Duquesne are all youth climate activists that have devoted themselves to make our planet a more sustainable home. This crossover episode between Oddballs…

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Rachel’s Cakes brings flavor to bland times
Video

Ruya Yaman | October 30, 2020

Rachel’s Cakes is a local bakery that has recently been taken on by Jodi Giusti, a Bay Area resident and Carlmont parent. Even though the pandemic has poised many challenges for food-related businesses,…

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No Camping Ep. 5: Esports in high school
Audio

David Su | October 29, 2020

As esports grow in popularity, organizations such as Generation Esports and PlayVS work to implement esports into a high school setting. Join hosts David Su and Sean Liuli as they interview Ben Gerber,…

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Pandemic Halloween leaves trick-or-treaters with witchful thinking
Video

Sabrina Lo | October 29, 2020

With spooky season just around the corner, many are preparing to celebrate Halloween. COVID-19 is making it riskier to interact with others, as the holiday will not quite be the same as it was before;…

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Touching your mind
Features

Claire Tseng | October 28, 2020

She’s having an anxiety attack. But she looks normal. Is she faking it? 

Wrong. 

Emotional disorders lie deeper than what one may see or experience on the outside. Anxiety is more than just intense…

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Oddballs Ep. 4: The “Purple Lady”
Audio

Ruya Yaman | October 27, 2020

Sandra Ramos, better known as the Purple Lady, is one of several individuals that have devoted their lives to their favorite color. However, unlike the others, Sandra is a self-proclaimed witch, activist,…

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Becoming a child bride
Features

Khalid Kishawi | October 27, 2020

Content Warning: This article discusses child abuse and violence, topics that some readers may find triggering.

Zahra Mansour* was being closely observed by her mother, father, and Hasan Taleb*, her…

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Half Moon Bay Wasabi spices up the sushi scene
Video

Kiana George | October 26, 2020

Jeff Roller and Tim Hall took on the challenge of growing the world’s most difficult crop: Wasabi. Now their fresh wasabi is being served in some of the countries’ top restaurants.

Music: Hip Jazz from…

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Our Footprint Ep. 4: International Bird Rescue
Audio

Kaylene Lin | October 23, 2020

“A bird that has been oiled, coming into care at the right time, can be fully washed and rehabilitated and released and live a very happy life.”

Often when talking about climate change, the…

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Droughts, wildfires, and pollution: California’s hellscape
Features

Kai Yoshida | October 22, 2020

Global warming: gas emissions trap heat in the atmosphere and the polar ice caps. That statement is too vague. Global warming is but a part of the much, much more significant problem.

 Environmental…

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Peninsula Humane Society and local shelters adopt new safety measures due to COVID-19
Video

Payton Zolck | October 20, 2020

With the rate of animal adoptions increasing due to COVID-19, Peninsula Human Society and other shelters alter their adoption and volunteering processes, while adopting safety measures that align with…

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Mask Mobile distributes masks to those in need
Features

Oliver Fichte | October 19, 2020

San Mateo County’s Mask Mobile distributed over 900 masks to the hardest-hit communities in the past week to keep families safe during the pandemic.
The Mask Mobile project was introduced on Sept. 15…

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‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ is horror at its very best
Arts & Entertainment

Zachary Khouri | October 16, 2020

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from “The Haunting of Bly Manor.”

In one of the last scenes of Netflix’s 2020 original mini-series, “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” the bride, whose…

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No Camping Ep. 4: Working in the esports industry
Audio

Sean Liuli | October 15, 2020

Esports is currently one of the largest growing industries in the world. But contrary to what most people think, the industry is more than just the players. Join hosts Sean Liuli and David Su as they…

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Our Footprint Ep. 3: Shopping green
Audio

Kaylene Lin | October 14, 2020

Fast fashion is the world’s second-largest polluter. Every year, hundreds of thousands of clothes are thrown in landfills to be decomposed into waste. But, just as fast as fashion trends come and…

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Oddballs Ep. 3: “The Man Who Quit Money”
Audio

Ruya Yaman | October 13, 2020

Daniel Suelo, more commonly known as the man who quit money, trusts that “money only exists if two or more people believe it exists.” Following this mindset, Daniel has spent the last 20 years of his…

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One spark; decades of damage
News

Cambell Kirk | October 7, 2020

For the past few decades, California and other states along the West Coast have experienced annual fires. Traditionally, these are natural, seasonal events caused by warmer seasons and an increase in dry…

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Clubs keep connection through virtual meetings
Video

Ruya Yaman | October 6, 2020

Carlmont has over 130 clubs, and a vast majority of them are heavily reliant on in-person interaction. However, with this semester’s distance learning plan, there have been many alterations in how these…

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Claire Mack cranks out crunch cakes for the community
Showcase

Kiana George | October 5, 2020

84-year-old San Mateo resident Claire Mack was a high school dropout who overcame obstacles and served her community as an activist, local tv host, author, and city mayor. Now she’s the owner of a successful…

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Oddballs Ep. 2: An eccentric explorer
Audio

Ruya Yaman | September 30, 2020

A soap opera, a surprise bombing, and an island with a volcano: these are just a few of the incredulous sights Chuck Adams has seen. This episode is all about Chuck and his adventures through 11 different…

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Firefighters overcome heated adversity of wildfires
Video

Preston Kwok | September 28, 2020

With many wildfires spreading throughout California, the demand for firefighters has been excessive. Their jobs are challenging due to many safety factors the they must adhere to. However, these predicaments…

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Our Footprint Ep. 2: Turning a new leaf
Audio

Kaylene Lin | September 24, 2020

In the last episode, we looked at how climate change is affecting the communities we live in. Whether it be through sinking land, statewide forest fires, or a pandemic, climate change is continuously…

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Breaking News: Vegetation fire forces community evacuations
News

Rachel McCrea | September 23, 2020

As record-setting wildfires burn across the state, a brush fire broke out in the San Juan Canyon in Belmont, causing evacuations in the nearby community. 

The first report of the fire was called in…

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Dining outdoors leaves individuals responsible for own safety
Video

Sabrina Lo | September 22, 2020

With the desire to do things that are now restricted due to the pandemic, many are longing to experience normalcy. Restaurants have altered their establishments to fit social distancing rules and guidelines,…

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Accidental arson sparks new wildfires in California
News

Erwan Pal | September 21, 2020

California’s shocking year of wildfires is the worst in state history; 3,154,107 acres of land have been scorched across the state this year, with more expected to burn.

Currently, over 7,000 fires…

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Distance learning forces elementary students to adapt quickly
News

Amber Chia | September 18, 2020

A young girl eagerly waits for her first day of kindergarten to arrive. She vividly imagines television-like scenarios of how her first day of school would play out. Her school supplies were purchased…

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Competitive nature makes fantasy football fun for all
Sports

Joshua Baxter | September 17, 2020

With the first pick of the 2020 fantasy football draft, Happy Golladays selects Christian McCaffrey! 

The time has come. With the conclusion of week one of the 2020 NFL season at the end of Monday…

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Staff votes ‘no confidence’ in superintendent
News

Allison Raisner | September 16, 2020

Teachers and administrators from the Sequoia Union High School District issued a Vote of No Confidence against the superintendent as they question her trustworthiness and actions as a leader of the students,…

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Oddballs Ep. 1: Peculiar people
Audio

Ruya Yaman | September 15, 2020

The Oxford Dictionary defines the term “oddball” as a person who behaves in a strange or unusual way. This introductory episode of Oddballs, featuring guest speaker Dr. Gregg Henriques, is all about…

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Aeon Lem’s passion for bird watching takes flight
Video

Kiana George | September 14, 2020

Aeon Lem, a junior at Carlmont High School, has a unique hobby—birdwatching. Her passion for birds has enabled her to get a scholarship and artistic opportunities, and has taken her on many birding adventures…

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Our Footprint Ep. 1: Change in our communities
Audio

Kaylene Lin | September 10, 2020

It’s easy to brush off the urgency of global issues when they only seem like foreign threats. Sure, the ice caps in Antarctica are melting, but most of us will never experience that in our daily lives….

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Opinion: Call white supremacists what they are
Opinions

Auva Soheili | September 10, 2020

What would you call someone who murdered two people after crossing state lines with an illegally obtained AR-15 to support a white supremacist gang countering a Black Lives Matter protest?
White supremacists…

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Dr. Aashish Manglik: Blowing his way through competitors with new COVID-19 technology
Video

Josh Barde | September 8, 2020

Dr. Aashish Manglik has been researching and developing a new nasal spray that prevents COVID-19 particles from binding with your lungs. If his product is deemed successful, Aeronab could become a cheaper…

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Students don’t give a pass to online exams
Features

Elise Hsu | June 1, 2020

Natalie Nielsen was almost done with her Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus test. She had already finished the first question; all she had to do now was submit her answer to the second question. With over…

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Carlmont reels from the effects of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Ruya Yaman | June 1, 2020

As discussion rages on about the future of Carlmont, students and staff weigh-in to offer their opinions and experiences with online learning.

This story was originally published on Scot Scoop News on…

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Reap What You Sew
Audio

Ava Richards | May 29, 2020

“Reap What You Sew” tells the story of a 17-year-old girl named Auva Soheili with a drive to fix social injustice around the world… through clothing! In 2019, Auva started her own clothing line,…

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