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Pressure to play goes too far

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“The body is not designed to play football,” said NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath in a recent interview. And so resumed the discussion — stirred by someone with as much experience in the game as anyone — of whether our physical abilities are still able to meet what is required from us in competitive […]

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A tolerant community leaves some religions forgotten

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Every day in class, I look to my left and right and realize that it’s just me. I’m usually the only one in each of my classes with a different skin color. The only one who believes in multiple Gods. The only one who celebrates Diwali, the most important Indian holiday. Sitting there, I can’t […]


Something’s fishy: College Board pockets our funds

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I appreciate good irony. The guy who got hit by the Dodge? Classic. The fact that San Francisco’s bill to ban public nudity was sponsored by Supervisor Scott Weiner? That’s rich. But the contrast between the original purpose of the College Board, to develop a standardized test to admit students to college based on merit […]

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And then there was one: last sibling left in the nest

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While looking into my empty closet, previously filled with irreplaceable cute clothes, the reality of my sister going off to college hit me. Finally able to be a slob in my own room and staying up late without anyone nagging me, I thought that not having a roommate would surely be a gift from God. […]


Bulimia not a weapon in fight against imperfections

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I lean over the bathroom sink during lunch, methodically searching the mirror for imperfections, and cringe as I hear the retching sound of an eating disorder coming from a nearby stall. All too familiar to me is the stinging smell of self-hatred, the uncontrollable tears rolling into the ceramic bowl, and then the silent wait […]


Writer contemplates true meaning of Christmas

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As Christmas, Hanukkah, and the beloved Blood Moon Ritual fast approach, we start to notice that it truly is the holiday season. The air carries a slight chill, the chlorophyll pigments in the Starbucks coffee cups have turned a brilliant red, and every single girl at Redwood is wearing her yoga pants, North Face jacket […]


Method of busting parties leads to high potential for drunk driving

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A typical weekend for a Marin teen goes something like this: Some brave soul decides to open his house to countless strangers. As these teens become more and more intoxicated, the house slowly gets louder and louder. Eventually, police show up and the party is over. The night moves on, the cops seem to have […]

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The College Tourist: Exploiting the right tools

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The College Tourist, Alexandra Bacchus, explores different tools that aid in the college process—from utilizing the school counselors to utilizing a computer, the information is endless when researching different schools. One day I was just sitting, staring at my computer screen with nothing else to do. “College,” I typed into Google, not knowing what to […]

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Comics: Post-thanksgiving blues

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We all know that first-day-of-school-after-Thanksgiving-break feeling. Don’t let the melancholy overwhelm you, though – winter break is coming.

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Halloween Signifies a Loss of Innocence

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A couple of weeks ago, while looking through old photo albums, I stumbled upon a picture of my brother and myself from Halloween ten years ago.  We both had our pillowcases in hand, and I was dressed as a great-white shark while he was his favorite hockey player. Looking at this picture, I couldn’t help […]