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The power of medical placebos is in the way they blend in, looking like a pill rather than  something else in order to trick the mind into believing that it is medication.

Mind before matter

January 21, 2020

Relief beyond measure.  All the pain, gone. All the worries, evaporated.  But what could have caused this kind of change? What new science was at work inside the body, spreading...

Alice Muir works hard on her newest cartoon portrait for her Etsy website.

Alice Muir paints her own future

January 20, 2020

After moving away from home, she had no friends, no belongings, and no passion.  She tried to distract herself with the few art supplies she was able to keep. And before ...

Students are hard at work, taking notes while listening to their teacher's lecture.

Mercy Beyond Borders provides impoverished women with more than an education

January 17, 2020

A young girl. She has been told her whole life she is something worth less than a cow. By the time she is a teenager, her father and uncles have already picked an older m...

There are many different options for bras in terms of style, color, and more.

Bras uplift the spirits of some but not all

January 16, 2020

Breasts. Breasts are typically covered by bras, which are then covered by shirts. However, many have different opinions on which of these layers should go into their daily outfits....

Social media is rapidly gaining popularity as a source of news. While traditional print remains the preferred consumption source, online news is becoming ever more popular.

How politics flood social media

January 14, 2020

You scroll through your timeline. Dog video. Funny meme. Political post. A friend’s birthday party. Political ad. Rinse and repeat. If you agreed with the political post, you might have liked it. Maybe you even shared it with a friend. But if you disagreed with it, did you discuss that? Did you leave a comment explaining your views and raising questions about the part you found dubious? Did you leave a comment at all? In recent years, politicians have taken to broadening their reach over social media, and platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become n...

A foster care student struggles in rising above personal and educational barriers to find academic success.

Overcoming obstacles in foster care

January 13, 2020

Every morning at 7 a.m., Ariana Diller* begins her two-hour journey to school. However, it’s not the anticipation of a test or build-up of homework that occupies her mind on the w...

Active US Marines stand in front of the US Naval Academy.

Service academies: Risk vs. Reward

January 9, 2020

It's Shuaib Khan's senior year. Khan is sitting in his counselor's office, flipping through a U.S. News and World Report college edition magazine. Colleges such as Berkeley, ...

Morgan Hawes practices her dives as she prepares for upcoming meets.

Training life vs. Teenage life

January 8, 2020

Junior year can be stressful. College looms in the near future, SAT and ACT tests seem to happen every other weekend, and extracurriculars repeat day after day. Being an athlete...

A smaller monitor set up in the corner of A10 allowed other members to play tournament matches during club meetings.

Carlmont Smash tournament is a ‘smashing’ success

January 1, 2020

Bystanders watch eagerly as the two characters onscreen exchange blows back and forth. The players sit hunched, eyes alert, entirely focused on the battle. Their fingers fly across their controllers with practiced ease. Murmurs fill the air as one character takes a direct hit and is launched off the stage, but is able to recover. The battle continues, anticipation heavy in the air as all eyes are on the same screen. This is no friendly challenge. This is the Carlmont Super Smash Bros. tournament. The game Super Smash Bros., also known as Smash Bros. or Smash, is a fi...

The dark side of the universe

Polina Engovatov, Staff Writer

December 18, 2019


Despite her hardships, Naya Salah continues to live her life to the fullest and remains optimistic.

Naya Salah beats cancer with optimism

December 15, 2019

When she woke up, she saw a different person in the mirror. Her entire body was yellow. Her face was sunken in, and the whites of her eyes were covered in a yellow glaze.  Sh...

A student plays the flute in the Carlmont band.

‘Bach’ to the classics

November 19, 2019

At the front of the room, the conductor lifts his baton. The musicians watch closely, waiting for the signal. He quietly counts the beats: one, two, three, four, then the room...

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