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Stories from Lynbrook High School - CA
Indian government fails to respond to India’s COVID-19 catastrophe
Opinions

Priyanka Anand | June 1, 2021

India is in the midst of a devastating COVID-19 crisis, and any words used to describe it fall short of the horrific reality that millions of Indians are witnessing. The uncontrollable nature of this second…

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Be more mindful of your words, Your Holiness
Opinions

Sharlene Chen | May 19, 2021

“God can’t bless sin.” 

This is how the Vatican responded when asked if the Catholic clergy have the authority to bless same-sex marriages. When this message was announced on March 15, Catholics…

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The history of sexism of the NCAA
Sports

Alara Dasdan | April 28, 2021

The NCAA has recently come under scrutiny after a video from Sedona Prince, a member of the University of Oregon’s Women’s Basketball team, went viral on Tiktok. The NCAA responded to outraged viewers…

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Model minority: The stigma around the success
Features

Amy Liu | April 28, 2021

Hardworking, smart and obedient. The picture that enters the mind of an average American upon hearing the word “Asian” has changed throughout history, ultimately creating many stereotypes against Asian…

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The rise and fall of “boba liberalism”
Features

Ron Aich | April 27, 2021

In the wake of recent xenophobic attacks on Asian Americans, the Stop Asian Hate movement has gained significant traction across the country, with the focus shifting toward Asian activists regarding stopping…

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The myth of Silicon Valley CEOs
Opinions

Renee Ge | April 23, 2021

Rags-to-riches stories loom large over Silicon Valley: the two college dropouts who started a billion-dollar company out of their parents’ garage and the Harvard dropout who built one of the most influential…

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Embracing my ethnic name without shame
Opinions

Anwen Huang | April 21, 2021

“What’s your name?” the Starbucks employee asks.

“Ann,” I say, as she hastily scribbles it onto a plastic cup. 

But my name isn’t Ann, it’s Anwen. Yet I find myself assuming this identity…

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Girl boss stereotype: Empowering or detrimental to gender equality?
Features

Kavya Iyer | April 14, 2021

One search for the term “girl boss” online yields a plethora of cheesy quotes, decked out in cursive and bright pink, encouraging women to work hard and achieve their goals. While at first glance this…

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The unsustainable truth of thrifting
Features

Allison Hsieh | April 14, 2021

Items in high demand tend to come at ever-increasing costs that not everyone can afford. Thrift stores, which offer second-hand products at cheap prices, have become a useful alternative for individuals…

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Community gathers to Stop AAPI Hate
News

Bennie Chang | April 6, 2021

On the morning of March 27, hundreds of people gathered in front of Saratoga’s City Hall to protest the recent surge of violence and discrimination against Asian Americans in the United States. 

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What students should know about mandated reporting
Features

Elizabeth Cheng | March 22, 2021

Trigger Warning: mentions of abuse, sexual harassment

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act requires professionals in all states and U.S. territories to report suspected child maltreatment,…

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Dear Disney, stop teaching kids that foreign accents are evil
Arts & Entertainment

Emma Constable | March 18, 2021

There is a rumor that cartoons directed toward children often hide a more sinister motive — brainwashing them to adopt a certain mindset or believe in certain principles so that they can be more easily…

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A Look into Student Governments of the Past
Features

Sophie Au | March 11, 2021

The voice of student government is vital in creating a school’s identity. Student governments have held influential roles in academic culture for millennia, and their structures have evolved alongside…

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Politicians must stay above the influence of private interest
Opinions

Youqi Huang | February 8, 2021

Janet Yellen, the first woman to chair America’s Federal Reserve, was sworn in as the nation’s first female Treasury Secretary on Jan. 25. However, Yellen’s financial disclosures, released through…

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California’s true nature masked under blue shadows
Opinions

Kavya Iyer | February 4, 2021

California has been considered a Democratic stronghold since the 1990s. Many Republicans even go so far as to label California as a “socialist” state and a haven for communists due to its liberal reputation….

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: A window into the past and the present
Arts & Entertainment

Priyanka Anand | January 28, 2021

Much like the call-and-response pattern of multiple voices in Blues music, the characters in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom continually engage in conversation, attempting to make sense of the unreasonable…

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No green light to green card for visa holders
Features

Anusha Kothari | December 28, 2020



Adobe Spark by Anusha Kothari and Priyanka Anand

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Introduction

After ten years of tension and uncertainty, Class of 2018 alumnus Daniel…

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Tech companies update computing terms to promote inclusivity
Features

Melissa Chen | December 16, 2020

As anti-racism movements, most notably the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement, have gained momentum this year, many industries are making a greater effort to address discrimination. In particular, the tech…

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It’s time for a $20 makeover
Opinions

Crystal Qian | December 16, 2020

In 2016, former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew shocked the public when he declared that African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman would replace former president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Despite…

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Aditya Suresh, besting illness to founding non-profit
Features

Bennie Chang | December 15, 2020

Whether it be starting his own organization or conquering illness, junior Aditya Suresh has done it all. On top of being an avid student interested in biomedical research, he has become a non-profit founder…

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A new sport: (Social) distance running
Sports

Amy Liu | December 14, 2020

On your mark, get set, go!

Imagine a typical holiday 5k race: runners lining up at the starting line, listening for the sound of the starting gun and waiting to dash down the path. Organizers are waiting…

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From scraps to sculptures: Kruk’s wearable art
Features

Christy Yu | December 14, 2020

With her creative dresses made of wrappers, parts from trophies and packaging paper from airplane snacks, art teacher Charlotte Kruk uses artistic skill and imagination to turn what others see as garbage…

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The mute button: A curse in disguise
Opinions

Allison Hsieh | December 14, 2020

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character,…

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Silicon Valley: From fruit trees to computer chips
Features

Youqi Huang | November 23, 2020

The Silicon Valley we know today had its roots as a primarily agricultural region. Now, it stands as the birthplace of an unique culture of innovation, home to numerous companies in the tech industry regarded…

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From Harvard to Proposition 16: the truth about race-based affirmative action in higher education
Features

Bennie Chang | November 13, 2020

Walking past Lynbrook High School, one cannot miss the modern, remodeled campus, the lines of Teslas in the parking lot and students scrolling on their new iPhones. Not too far away, though, are underfunded…

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Idolizing politicians: The destruction of democracy
Opinions

Sruthi Medepalli | November 10, 2020

Throughout history, idolizing major political figures and parties has led countries down paths of destruction and dictatorship. In the most extreme example, as Adolf Hitler rose to prominence in Nazi Germany,…

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Navratri and Dussehra 2020: Celebration of spirit
Features

Kavya Iyer | November 9, 2020

Brightly colored skirts swirl as people dance in circles, Dandiya sticks clack together and swift feet squeak against the linoleum flooring. The air radiates warmth and energy as the occasional laugh rises…

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The eroding, expired Electoral College
Opinions

Renee Ge | November 6, 2020

The Electoral College needs to go. It’s outdated, wastes votes, lowers turnout, gives a select few states complete control over the outcome of the election and does not accurately reflect the will of…

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There is one trending game among us
Arts & Entertainment

Amy Liu | November 6, 2020

“Where? Who? Sus.”

Welcome to the Among Us world. The game has recently experienced a massive surge in popularity, including within the Lynbrook community. In this party game that involves teamwork,…

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Flattening the curve of fake news
News

Emma Cionca | November 5, 2020

The media has evolved to become the public’s largest source of information. Especially in recent years, people have become increasingly aware of fake news, though it is not always easy to distinguish…

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The history of presidential debates
Features

Ron Aich | November 5, 2020

After repeated interruptions, vehement arguments and personal jabs, the first 2020 presidential debate on Sept. 29 between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe R. Biden was over. As…

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The Westernized “Other”: Cultural appropriation in the media
Arts & Entertainment

Christy Yu | November 5, 2020

Worldbuilding in the lore of movies, films and shows is key to the creation of many fictional favorites, such as “Star Wars”, “Avatar” and “Game of Thrones”. As Western media begins to include…

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There is no planet B — a timeline of climate change legislation
News

Crystal Qian | November 5, 2020

Picture this: a city sits at 122 degrees Fahrenheit — more than halfway to boiling. Outside in the empty streets, all is silent except for the turbulent humming of power grids, straining to meet…

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Art teachers bring the art classroom to students’ homes
Features

Allison Hsieh | October 19, 2020

To many students, art classes play a unique role in their school schedule. It gives them a break from the lecture-based classroom and encourages them to display individuality through their own work. When…

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Mid-Autumn Festival in mid-quarantine: A new moon of challenges
Features

Christy Yu | October 13, 2020

In a traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, also known as zhong qiu jie or the Moon Festival, family members who live apart gather together around the dinner table, eat mooncakes and moon…

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Who’s really blinded by the new UC test-blind policy?
Opinions

Ron Aich | October 12, 2020

Standardized testing has long been a hallmark of the college admissions process. Regardless of gender, race or ability, most high school students share the experience of preparing for these grueling exams.

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Testing, testing: a history of the SAT
Features

Renee Ge | October 12, 2020

School closures. Canceled SATs. Test-optional or test-blind college applications. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, standardized testing was ubiquitous to the high school experience — millions of students…

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Trump attempts to ban TikTok
Opinions

Emma Cionca | September 24, 2020

As president of the United States, Donald Trump has many responsibilities concerning the well being of the citizens and safety of the country. However, one of the president’s latest concerns has garnered…

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Social isolation affects teen social development
News

Elizabeth Park | September 23, 2020

Isolated, scared and unsure — just a few of the emotions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Humans are naturally social. With the COVID-19 crisis calling for social distancing, though, teens are…

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FUHSD community pushes for antiracist curriculum and climate
News

Mei Corricello | September 18, 2020

With the recent rise of racial justice movements such as Black Lives Matter (BLM), FUHSD has been pushed to speak up in the anti-racism conversation. Students, teachers, administrators and community members…

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UC retaliation against COLA strikers not in accordance with their principles
Opinions

Youqi Huang | June 2, 2020

Graduate students across the University of California (UC) system have gone on strike, demanding a $1412 cost of living adjustment (COLA) per student to be added to their salaries. The UC system has responded…

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Teaching from home: a new reality for teachers
Coronavirus

Diana Kohr | June 1, 2020

For centuries, the traditional classroom has remained virtually unchanged: desks and chairs, pens and notebooks, teachers and students. The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, has radically changed…

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World Athletics sets new regulations on running shoes
Sports

Teresa Arisawa | April 23, 2020

On Oct. 12, 2019, Eliud Kipchoge ran the fastest marathon in world history — 1:59:40. However, this impressive time did not replace the marathon world record due to the massive amount of tools used to…

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COVID-19 causes the cancellation of junior prom
Coronavirus

Audrey Wong | March 24, 2020

Considered one of high school’s most important milestones, Junior Prom is a highly anticipated event among Lynbrook students. The Class of 2021 was set to have their Junior Prom on March 21, with many…

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Lynbrook to be closed for three weeks in response to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Kaylin Li | March 16, 2020

After the bell rang on Friday, March 13, releasing students from their 4th period class, students chattered and ran up to each other in the hallways more than usual. The cause: an announcement made by…

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Novel coronavirus: unmasking the epidemic
Coronavirus

Youqi Huang | March 10, 2020

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)’s appearance in January, misconceptions and myths have run rampant. The virus originated in the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, China, and has currently infected…

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Exploring the unique experiences of grief and loss
Features

Stella Huang | March 9, 2020

Grief, the feeling of deep sorrow, is an emotion that is deeply linked with loss. Most people will experience grief at some point in their lives due to forces outside of their control.

The five stages…

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Public benefits: Are they really for the public?
Opinions

Michelle Zhu | March 4, 2020

On Sept. 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a stricter criteria on green card applications. In a 5-4 vote, it ruled that the Trump administration is allowed to judge applications for green…

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Editorial: Bring attention and respect back to public education
Opinions

Epic Staff | March 3, 2020

In President Donald Trump’s Feb. 4 State of the Union address, he introduced a policy toward education that seems positive at first glance, but will in truth have dire effects on public schools across…

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Just for kicks: Mr. Nguyen’s shoe collection
Features

Enzo Cabaltica | March 3, 2020

Shoes, footwear, kicks. Most people only own one or two pairs. Physics teacher Thanh Nguyen has 37.

Nguyen’s extensive collection boasts a variety of brands ranging from Nike to Puma. Each day of…

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