Opinion

unpresidented

UnPresidented: Trump achieves little in first 100 days

by on

“UnPresidented” is a new column discussing the transition and first days of the Trump administration.   On Saturday, the sun will finally set on the first hundred days of a Donald Trump presidency. The significance of the marker may depend on who you ask, whether Trump or the White House. While Trump described the occasion […]

unpresidented

UnPresidented: Trump flips on purported Chinese currency devaluation

by on

“UnPresidented” is a new column discussing the transition and first days of the Trump administration.   In a close second to “build the wall” sentiments in terms of sheer volume, Donald Trump’s claims of Chinese currency devaluation have appeared without repose in the president’s rhetoric. Since his speech announcing his presidential bid when Trump claimed […]

IMG_2863-300x225

Applying to college from your younger sister’s perspective

by on

My sister sits at our kitchen counter with her fourth cup of coffee on one side of her laptop and a bowl of jiffy-pop on the other. As she eats, the ultimate pressure weighs on her: filling out her college applications while staying true to herself and keeping everything professional. “What’s the fifth song on […]

2017-03-29 14-37 page 1

Obsession with political correctness could explain Trump’s win

by on

  My mother returned home from work looking a little distressed one afternoon earlier this year. As part of her job as an assistant teacher for a third grade class at a local elementary school, she supervises the kids during recess to make sure they’re playing safely. During recess that day, there had been a […]

unpresidented

UnPresidented: Apparent lack of strategy overshadows Syria strike

by on

“UnPresidented” is a new column discussing the transition and first days of the Trump administration.   In the aftermath of Thursday’s targeted missile strikes on a Syrian government-controlled air base, there has been very little indicating future plans in the country from President Trump. His notoriously twitchy fingers have not even tapped out a tweet […]

Illustrated by Vanessa Clare

The Chargers fumble in choice to relocate to Los Angeles

by on

The Seattle Supersonics, the Los Angeles Raiders and the Washington Senators: what do all of these loyal fan bases have in common? They all had to endure the pain of a devastating franchise relocation. These sports organization relocations force teams to leave behind their history as well as their entire fan base. The San Diego […]

IMG_2093

Adding up the unexcused absences

by on

The man in the attendance office slid a green slip across the counter into my awaiting hand. He understood that I could not have prevented the leak in my tire. Despite there being many words and lines on the slip, the only one I could focus on was the large, defined and undeserving black circle […]

Leo,Vincent -- Conformity NEW USE

Conformity – students overloading schedules, creating ‘perfect’ sheep

by on

It starts out small with something as simple as class scheduling. Just last February, I was overwhelmed with pressure. Which classes should I take next year? While everyone confidently boasted about their three or more AP classes, I struggled to fit two in. I felt the need to keep up with the rest, to fit […]

Scannable Document 2 on Feb 15, 2017, 12_39_07 PM

Peer learning and collaboration increase success in classrooms

by on

I gaze at the clock, which seems to be moving in slow-motion, and stifle a yawn. The teacher’s voice fades into the background and I start to doze off. The next thing I know, my head is falling and I am jarred awake as gravity grabs ahold of me. I’m not asleep anymore, but only […]

jacob3

The blocks don’t fit: Re-assessing the double block schedule

by on

As the clock struck midnight, it was officially Tuesday morning and I hadn’t even started the daily reading of Lord of the Flies. I had already finished my math homework, a science reading log, a Spanish presentation and notes on the Industrial Revolution, yet I still had more to do. With seven different classes the […]