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Opinion: Election ads are a waste of money

Numerous ads for the upcoming election are flooding mailboxes.

Allison Raisner, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

You've likely heard of Mike Bloomberg, but perhaps not of his accomplishments or goals. Instead, you've just seen his campaign ads, which permeate Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the mail, and TV. That's because he paid $450 million on his self-funded campaign, according to NPR, making him the biggest self-fu...

Opinion: Mental health is trending, but it’s complicated

There are many social media posts about mental health, but it is difficult to tell whether their intent is gaining popularity or raising awareness.

Elise Hsu, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

“You are not alone.” “It’s okay not to be okay.” “You are loved.” “You matter.” I have seen phrases like these float around the Internet too many times over the past few years. In the past, I wondered if the user who shared them just did it for popularity, or if they actual...

Editorial: Free college tuition is too ambiguous

Expensive colleges like USC are making improvements to their financial aid programs.

Editorial Staff, Editors

March 1, 2020

When choosing which colleges to apply to, many factors come into play. For example, you may turn away from some of the U.S.'s top universities solely because of the very high and often unreasonable tuition. These top colleges include the Ivy Leagues, Stanford, Northwestern, University of Southern Califo...

Opinion: Students start to unravel as break is filled with homework

Students spend their break doing homework instead of having fun with friends and family.

Emma O'Connor, Staff Writer

February 29, 2020

Homework. Every student’s favorite topic to complain about. I complain about homework just as much as the person next to me. But, despite all of our protests, to our parents and teacher’s ears, our objection often goes unheard. Our tired eyes fighting to stay open. Our blank stares revealing nothing...

Opinion: ‘Does it spark joy?’ is not the question to ask while decluttering

A pile of items which would

Keya Arora, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

I've always been a hyper-organized person; everything from the alphabetized books in my room, to my current to-do list, is meticulous. For me, "spring cleaning" is not a chore but a welcome opportunity to reorganize and make space for new clothes or items. Yet, recently, I've had serious doubts whether...

Opinion: The American dream has moved on

The words that make up the drawing of America symbolize what goes in and what comes out of the American dream.

Cori Nicholson, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

The American dream: where equal opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved.  However, the American dream isn't actually "American." America was just the first place it came true for many people. This was due to two things: democracy and freedom for supposedl...

Editorial: Teens need educational tools to fuel political duties

As the presidential election nears, some high school students are preparing to vote.

Editorial Staff, Editors

February 23, 2020

Alexander Hamilton was the first secretary of the United States Treasury. Franklin Roosevelt implemented the First New Deal of 1933. The Marshall Plan was created by Americans to rebuild Europe after World War II. We have learned all of these facts from our history classes, but what do we know abo...

Opinion: Students need to connect with teachers

When students make an effort to connect with their teachers, it helps improve the class environment.

Kai Yoshida, Staff Writer

February 15, 2020

Over 2,000 students are enrolled in Carlmont, putting it in the top 5% of the largest public high schools in California. Due to its size, Carlmont suffers in its student-staff ratio, 22-1, which is far below the 16-1 national average, according to Public School Review. Thirty-plus students in a class are common at Carlmont, limiting the time teachers can devote to...

Opinion: Valentine’s Day will steal your cash, not your heart

Instead of shooting out love and arrows, cupid is flying off with your money this Valentine's Day.

Auva Soheili, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

Be careful — cupid might try to poke a hole in your wallet. You know Valentine's Day season is upon you when every which way you look, stores explode with pink decorations, heart-shaped candies, and teddy bears. But, is this day dedicated to love or companies' love of profit? The National Retail Federation has predicted that U.S. consumers will spend a total of $27.4 billion this Valentine's...

Opinion: YouTube monetization rules prevent authenticity

Content creators' revenue are primarily based on ads, making them vulnerable to the criteria set by advertisers. This means that creators have to avoid words that aren't advertiser-friendly.

Jack Hansen, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

“Broadcast Yourself.” This was YouTube’s slogan for almost half of its life but has slowly been phased out. Even so, the ideals of the motto can still be found on the site today. It’s a simple message that conveys the purpose of the site, where users upload videos of themselves or their interests, an...

Editorial: Gun violence is becoming too normalized

Despite the numerous protests and rallies against gun violence, an alarming amount of deaths are still gun-related today.

Editorial Staff, Editors

February 9, 2020

"This is a lockdown drill for an active shooter on campus. Please follow the lockdown drill procedures." As the announcement ends, students get up and barricade the classroom door with their desks. The teacher closes all of the window shades and turns off the lights. No one says a word; they sit ...

Opinion: Scouts BSA is a good fit for girls, too

Temporary patches and pins signify key points in a Scout's journey, whether they are rank advancements or events.

Elise Hsu, Staff Writer

February 6, 2020

Feb. 1, 2020, marks the first anniversary of the allowance of girls into the Scouts BSA program, formerly known as Boy Scouts. Since that day in 2019, over 77,000 girls have joined the program, including me. I am a founding member of Troop 4301 (T4301), along with five other girls. Although T4301 i...

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