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Forgotten mask
Opinion: We must stay vigilant as politicians lift pandemic restrictions
Eddy Yeretnov, Staff Writer — March 9, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic became serious in the U.S., the country went into stringent lockdowns. Even though much of the government response and contact tracing abilities were delayed, many people took mask-wearing and other precautions seriously. Today we see the light at the end of the tunnel....

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Virtual learning has exposed the gaps in the patchwork curriculums teachers have had to cobble together to adapt to distance learning; with the system in place for nearly a year, it is long past time for students to be able to give input back on how this curriculum has been working.
Editorial: Students should be able to evaluate teachers
Editorial Staff, Editors — March 8, 2021

As we approach a full year into distance learning, the current situation has exacerbated the barely-hidden problems with the schooling system. According to EdSource, a Californian education non-profit, failing grades have increased from 20% to about 30% in Sequoia Union High School District alone. Teachers...

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Christine (Sierra Boggess) is led beneath the opera house, to the lair of the dreaded Phantom of the Opera (Ramin Karimloo).
Four broadway shows to keep you busy at home
Katie Barton, Staff Writer — March 8, 2021

It has been almost a year since the lights of Broadway dimmed, and many of us are missing live theater. Luckily, many Broadway shows have been professionally recorded over the years and are now available on a wide selection of streaming platforms. These professionally recorded musicals, otherwise...

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Although numerous obstacles stand in their way, student journalists continue to report on issues that matter to their communities.
Editorial: Student journalists persist against the odds
Editorial Staff, Editors — February 25, 2021

The third annual Student Press Freedom Day is on Feb. 26. Its theme, “Journalism Against the Odds,” is quite fitting when applied to current events in the world of student journalism. Recently, student journalists have faced unique circumstances while reporting on issues central to their communities....

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A stack of Amazon boxes on the front porch of a home.
Selfishness on the rise
Maya Campbell and Soleil Dam February 15, 2021

Power and success always go hand in hand. To achieve success, we often hear about working hard and being kind. However, the most influential people do not get there by ordinary means.  Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is the richest man in the world. And his company Amazon seems to have no issues...

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Books such as "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" are some of the most influential in the fantasy genre. But are they still relevant to today
Talking about Tolkien: Lord of the Reads #1
Rachel McCrea, Staff Writer — February 11, 2021

Greetings, traveler.  Gather round, one and all: disembark your spacecraft, bring your weary steed to our stables, hang up your dirty cloak on a peg. Draw your chair close to the fire, and prepare yourselves for a tale.  Welcome to the first installment of "The Lord of the Reads:" a deep dive into...

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Gavin Newsom
Opinion: We should not recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, even if we might be angry with him
Eddy Yeretnov, Staff Writer — February 10, 2021

In 2003, California's Democratic governor Gray Davis faced a recall election just a year after winning a second term. Davis lost that vote by 10%, and in the replacement vote, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger made it out on top from a field of 135 balloted candidates. This came as a shock to many, as...

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Therapy can be beneficial to everyone, even if they don
Editorial: Normalize regular mental health checkups
Editorial Staff, Editors — February 9, 2021

People schedule regular doctor appointments, even if they aren’t sick. People go to the dentist regularly, even if they don’t have cavities. People schedule regular optometry appointments, even if they don’t need glasses. However, people don’t usually schedule regular therapy sessions. Mental...

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Students struggle to choose extracurricular activities that appeal to colleges instead of choosing them because they
Opinion: There is such thing as too many extracurriculars
Claire Tseng, Staff Writer — January 27, 2021

Happiness. Defined in the Webster Dictionary as "a state of well-being and contentment." It is a word, a feeling, that everyone has experienced at one point in their life. Extracurricular activities often bring this joy into the lives of students. From sports to leadership to service, these brain...

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Linguistic diversity is threatened by the lack of support for minority languages.
Editorial: Linguistic minorities deserve more recognition
Editorial Staff, Editors — January 25, 2021

People speak over 7,000 distinct languages globally, but at least a third of these are considered endangered because of their decreasing numbers of native speakers. A minority language is any language that is not the primary one of a nation or region. Some minority languages have official statuses...

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