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Conservation of water

Highlander Staff

September 23, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Contrary to the ALS ice bucket challenges this summer, and the green lawns up and down the Peninsula, California is in the middle of a serious drought. Although the Crystal Springs Reservoir, right in our backyards, looks full of water and “normal,” it is extremely necessary that Californians...

Advice to freshmen

Advice to freshmen

Arianna Bayangos, Scot Scoop Editor

September 7, 2014


Filed under Opinion

It felt like a blink of an eye; I’m now a senior. I remember my first day of school. I didn’t know where any of my classes were and I didn’t know what to expect. Everywhere I walked, I heard upperclassmen scoffing and giving my rather loud friends looks; I knew what they were thinking: freshmen...

Absent students: why are they even in class?

Absent students: why are they even in class?

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer

May 18, 2014


Filed under Opinion, The Way It Is

The definition of an absent student is often inaccurate. Many define an absent student as a student who doesn't show up for class, but personally, I believe an absent student is a student who is there physically, but not emotionally or psychologically. An absent student is that kid who is staring...

Islamophobia exists.

May 16, 2014


Filed under Original Opinions

"Islamophobia. A word created by fascists, & used by cowards, to manipulate morons." No, you’re right. It totally doesn’t exist. Apparently it’s not Islamophobia that’s responsible for the increase in hate crimes against Muslims in the Western world. It’s not Islamophobia when mosques...

Our nation’s heroes: would they be proud?

Our nation’s heroes: would they be proud?

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

May 4, 2014


Filed under Opinion, The Way It Is

Over spring break, my family and I went to Washington D.C. We, of course, visited every monument in the general vicinity and as I stood on the steps where Martin Luther King recited his "I Have a Dream" speech and as I read the walls of the Lincoln Memorial, I couldn't help but think -- what would...

The flaws in our education

Ayesha Abbasi, Social Media Editor

April 30, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Original Opinions

Our education systems are not so much a community of sharing knowledge, but a structure of misinformation and capitalist values. The academic degree we pay for isn't a stamp of education. Our characters are the signature of what we learn, apply and continue to seek. From when legislators make publ...

Cultural appropriation isn’t appropriate

Ayesha Abbasi, Social Media Editor

April 22, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Original Opinions

"I'm appreciating your cultural dresses! You should be proud!" This exact phrase can be heard from the mouths of those who partake in cultural appropriation. What is that one might ask, well the most common definition of cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture...

Gay is not a substitute for stupid

Gay is not a substitute for stupid

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

April 9, 2014


Filed under Opinion, The Way It Is

The word 'gay' has many definitions; it can mean lighthearted, brightly colored, or homosexual. However, nowadays, 'gay' has taken on a different meaning. People, mainly teenagers, now use it to describe a situation, person, or thing that seems stupid to them. On a daily basis, I hear people use...

Do we live in a bubble of ignorance?

Do we live in a bubble of ignorance?

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

March 29, 2014


Filed under Opinion, The Way It Is

Recently, it has been brought to my attention that a significant number of teenagers are completely uninformed about the world around them. It seems to me that not only are they uneducated, they also have no interest whatsoever to learn about other cultures or world events. The new 21st century motto...

Copying is not the greatest form of flattery

Copying is not the greatest form of flattery

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

March 16, 2014


Filed under Opinion, The Way It Is

Out of all the annoying people in the world, such as drivers who drive slow in the fast lane, students who take Advance Placement classes but aren't actually smart, and people who chew with their mouth open, there is one particular group of people that I cannot stand: people who copy off of my homework. I un...

Shame on you for slut shaming

Ayesha Abbasi, Social Media Editor

March 10, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Original Opinions

"He hooked up 3 girls at the same party what a bro, right?" "She hooked up with 2 guys this weekend. Can you say slut?" Same situation two completely different results. Why is that teenage girls are incapable of being sexually open when in turn teenage boys are praised for their escapades? It's n...

Stop the hate: bullying must go

Stop the hate: bullying must go

Tara Ebrahimpour, Staff Writer

March 5, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Whether the perpetrator or the victim, most of us have experienced bullying at some point in our lives. According to dosomething.org, 3.4 million students are victims of bullying every year. Bullying is a prominent part of our everyday lives. From school to home, we witness or experience it often. Most...

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