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Teachers teach more than just the curriculum

Teachers teach more than just the curriculum

Leea Ivanel, Staff Writer

June 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As the end of my junior year draws near, there's one thing that I keep thinking about: where would I be without my teachers? When I entered high school, I expected to learn basic things, like what year the Civil War started or what a hyperbole was. I did not expect to learn how to be a better pers...

America can’t cut ties with foreign partners

America can’t cut ties with foreign partners

Justin Som, Staff Writer

June 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Trade deals, immigration, and alliances -- those are the three bonds that bind America to the rest of the world. Whether it is for better or worse, these relationships cannot be erased. They will last for as long as the United States and other countries exist. That's a lesson that needs to be...

Film is still alive and thriving

Film is still alive and thriving

Armon Mahdavi, Staff Writer

May 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In a conversation with the Associated Press, acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese stated that “cinema is gone.”  Although Scorsese has had an unrivaled career as a director and film enthusiast, I sadly feel that he is incorrect. Film in the 21st century has been just as inventive, creative, and ...

Americans should embrace political gridlock

Americans should embrace political gridlock

Alexander Derhacobian, Staff Writer

May 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Political gridlock has become as synonymous with American culture as Coca-Cola, fast food, and apple pie. While one of the most detested facets of America’s political climate, gridlock is a cornerstone of the United States’ history of liberty and democracy. The origins of American gridlock date back t...

North Dakota oil spill shows Trump’s incompetence

North Dakota oil spill shows Trump’s incompetence

Leea Ivanel, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

On December 2016, there was an oil spill in North Dakota, and almost no one cared. The pipeline which caused the spill, owned by True Companies, was originally thought to have released only 4,200 barrels of oil into the state's water supply. However, recent reports show that the spill is actually...

Take a joke

Take a joke

Armon Mahdavi, Staff Writer

April 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The trouble with life is that humans are frequently faced with absurdly dark and unfair events that seem so cruel that they are almost unfathomable, and I feel the best way to handle these events is jokes. In the 21st century, there has been a surge in what is commonly referred to as “political...

Poor reporting leads to false label of Carlmont

Poor reporting leads to false label of Carlmont

Editorial Staff

April 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Top News

In spite of what news reports say, Carlmont is not anti-Semitic. The recent uproar over the chalk swastikas that were drawn by the bleachers and outside the gym, partnered with alleged derogatory comments made to a Jewish student, have led to a series of meetings, articles, and discussions about a po...

Normalizing hatred leads to daunting consequences

Normalizing hatred leads to daunting consequences

Nina Heller, Staff Writer

March 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

While acts of hatred and antisemitism are not a new occurrence, they have been on the rise since the election of Donald Trump as president. In 2017, Anti-Semitism has become an almost daily occurrence, with over 100 Jewish institutions receiving bomb threats since the beginning of the year. The stories of...

Study where your heart is

Study where your heart is

Armon Mahdavi, Staff Writer

March 21, 2017


Filed under Opinion

“The only benefit of a literature degree is that you will be able to write a great suicide note.” This is what a fellow student said to me after I told him what I planned on studying in college.  I was not fazed by his reply. I am very much used to this sort of rhetoric towards liberal arts degr...

CRISPR raises ethical concerns

CRISPR raises ethical concerns

Leea Ivanel, Staff Writer

March 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

On March 8, Rachel Haurwitz, president and CEO of Caribou, gave a science lecture at Carlmont about CRISPR, the next big thing in the biotechnology department. CRISPR, which stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, is a series of repeated DNA sequences found in the ge...

Literacy is dying, yet it must live on

Literacy is dying, yet it must live on

Armon Mahdavi, Staff Writer

March 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

We live in a period where our ideas aren't discovered individually; instead, they are shoved down our throats. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, only 43 percent of American adults read a single piece of literature in 2015. That is the lowest in recent history. This includes novels...

Stop feeling guilty for being happy

Stop feeling guilty for being happy

Leea Ivanel, Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As I laid down with my friend on the field of our elementary school reminiscing about happier times, both of us couldn't help but feel a sense of anxiety. Not because we weren't having a great time feeling like kids again -- because we were -- but because we couldn't stop thinking about how we could...

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