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Romanticized Suicide in 13 Reasons Why

Romanticized Suicide in 13 Reasons Why

Gabriela Miller and Jordan Klein

April 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

13 Reasons Why is a popular television show that’s streamed by Netflix, and is mainly watched by high schoolers or middle schoolers. It explains the 13 reasons why high school sophomore Hannah Baker decides to end her life. The show is based off of a book of the same title written by Jay Asher, and the TV show is...

Are police body cameras effective?

Are police body cameras effective?

Connor Corrigan, Staff Writer

April 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The use of police body cameras has been a widely debated issue throughout the state of California and the United States at large. A study conducted in 2013, in which 489 officers were equipped with on-personnel cameras, showed that the officers equipped with these cameras had at least a sixty per...

The Controversy Behind Similar Prom Dresses

The Controversy Behind Similar Prom Dresses

Claire Helmer, Sports Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Junior Prom and Senior Ball are huge events that almost every high school student looks forward too. And as spring dance season approaches, so does the pressure students face to search for the perfect dress. "You only go to Prom and Ball once so i think everyone deserves their own special and uniqu...

Student Commentary: Republican Health Care Plan is a Failure

Student Commentary: Republican Health Care Plan is a Failure

Mayank Sharma, Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Obamacare wasn’t perfect, but it did a lot of things right: it mandated preventative treatment to reduce emergency treatment, reduced insurance inflation rates from 4 percent to 0.5 percent, allowed children to stay on their parent’s plan until age 26, ensured coverage for pre-existing conditions, an...

Millennials living with their parents

Millennials living with their parents

Mayank Sharma, Staff Writer

March 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The ungrateful millennial living in his or her parents’ home has become a common trope for many comedy shows and routines as more millennials have begun to move back in with their parents. However, instead of attributing this to a deeply entrenched sense of entitlement, we should consider significant ...

Stop asking celebrities to prom!

Stop asking celebrities to prom!

Fiona McHugh, Staff Writer

March 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion

During the spring months of school there has been an influx of promposals. Teenagers have been asking celebrities to their school dances, which is kind of weird.    Fans have “proposed” to celebrities via videos, twitter, or instagram. Personally, I find these videos slightly creepy in a sta...

Are Trump’s political actions inspiring hate crimes?

Are Trump’s political actions inspiring hate crimes?

Mayank Sharma, Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Through the month of January, 48 Jewish Community Centers across 27 states and a Canadian province received a wave of bomb threats. Over the months leading up to this, many incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism and graffiti have been noted in cities like New York. Donald Trump has responded to the spike in cr...

What makes a good student?

What makes a good student?

Matthew Sioson, Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

     Being a good student means different things to different people, but for me, it means being well-rounded and enjoying your time in school. As for qualities of a good student and what they should practice, students have varying opinions.      “[A good student is] Somebody who i...

USA vs Canadian politics

USA vs Canadian politics

Connor Corrigan, Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

    Throughout the 2016-17 presidential election, I have heard countless people say “Well if Trump wins, we’re moving to Canada.” Sarcastically or otherwise, these comments are grounds for delving into the political differences and similarities between these two neighboring nations.    ...

Student Commentary: The Orange Scare

Student Commentary: The Orange Scare

David Shih, Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In the very little time President Trump has been in office, he has caused more damage to the reputation and core values of this country than Nickleback has done to music. Trump has pretty much done it all, from unlawful banning of Muslims, to cutting federal funding to public arts programs--not to...

AV Reacts to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resignation

AV Reacts to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resignation

Mark Liu, Politics Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under Features, Opinion

National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump and retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn resigned on February 13th after allegations of improper contact with Russia. “In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterpart...

The US drones on and on

The US drones on and on

Mayan Sharma, Staff Writer

February 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In recent years, the Pentagon has been developing high tech military drones that can eliminate ground targets without any human supervision, leading to debates about the risks involved and damaging implications. The Obama administration has had a controversial drone policy for years. According to f...

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