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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...

After the night, there is mourning

After the night, there is mourning

Armon Mahdavi, Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Seeing a loved one get buried deep into the earth really makes you realize that the true power of love is exemplified through immense suffering. The trouble with getting older is not your own journey towards death, but the fact that those in your life, whom you’ve loved and cherished, begin to f...

Evolving interface of Fashion Week bridges gap between designer and consumer

Evolving interface of Fashion Week bridges gap between designer and consumer

Avery Adams

February 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

From New York to London and Milan to Paris, Fashion Week 2017 is well underway across the globe. Traditionally, Fashion Week presents only the most luxurious designers exclusively to the eyes of highbrow fashion editors: a process well out of reach from the general masses. One who seeks a coveted tic...

Xenophobia is nothing new, but there is hope

Xenophobia is nothing new, but there is hope

Leea Ivanel, Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Top News

It seems like every day when I turn on the news Donald Trump’s administration is finding a new way to attack immigrants and minorities. On Jan. 27, Trump signed an executive order banning Syrian refugees as well as travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, after advocating for a “complete an...

YouTube is more than just cheap entertainment

YouTube is more than just cheap entertainment

Leea Ivanel, Staff Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Opinion

After being awake since 4 a.m., going through six hours of school, and doing homework till 10 p.m., there’s not much else I want to do at the end of the day apart from curl up with a blanket and watch YouTube. Still, there are people who don't quite understand this because YouTube is a relatively...

Mancora Cebicheria is a medley of spice and flavor

Mancora Cebicheria is a medley of spice and flavor

Jackson Monge, Staff Writer

February 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Going farther than I typically do, I went to San Mateo to explore the wonders of Latin cuisine at Mancora Cebicheria. Because it has such good reviews on Yelp, I decided to check it out. The first time driving past it, I almost missed it. It is a nondescript restaurant, blending in with the buildings ...

Betsy DeVos’ appointment causes uncertainty among educators and students

Betsy DeVos’ appointment causes uncertainty among educators and students

Avery Adams

February 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Betsy DeVos is the ideal cabinet member for a president determined to appoint officials that aim to eradicate the agencies they run and determine the fate of policies and programs based on individual ideology. DeVos has lived a life completely sheltered from contact with public schools, and her co...

Making the case against libertarianism

Making the case against libertarianism

Armon Mahdavi, Staff Writer

February 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Over 4 million Americans voted for the Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson in the 2016 election.   In comparison with past third-party candidates, those numbers are quite impressive. Johnson’s performance shows that Americans are hungry for something outside of the standard two-party choices...

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