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Debates: Taking civil argumentation to the high school and the national stage

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Biden, Harris named by viewers as winners of presidential, vice presidential debates
November 20, 2020

The 2020 presidential debates: What are they like, and what was the plan? As the election came and went, the customary presidential debates have come to pass yet again — though with some notable alterations.  The...

Flu shot: The best bet for protection from influenza

Car parked outside of Encino Hospital, where flu shots are readily available for the public. Photo courtesy of Sheila Merilles, physical therapist at Encino Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Sheila Merilles, physical therapist at Encino Hospital)
Challenges and solutions facing the safety of our community in this new era
November 20, 2020

Flu season is approaching, and with the increase in COVID-19 cases, a flu shot may be yet another form of defense against maxing out hospital resources. The flu shot has been around since the 1940s, and...

The potential beginning of the end of required standardized testing

The potential beginning of the end of required standardized testing
Many colleges contemplate waiving testing requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic
November 20, 2020

Taking the SAT and/or ACT has been somewhat of a rite of passage to get into college for millions of students, many of whom are burdened with a multitude of anxiety-inducing prep classes, countless hours...

Red, white and cries of “vote blue, no matter who”

Philipos Melaku-Bello sits in his wheelchair in front of the poster-covered fences. Melaku-Bello has spent years protesting for various causes outside of the White House, particularly those pertaining to racial and immigration injustices.
Being a Californian at the center of the 2020 presidential election
November 19, 2020

 Click here if unable to see above. The first presidential election that I can really remember was that of 2012, when Barack Obama won over the nation to cement a second term for himself in office....

OPUSD promotes inclusion with Diversity and Equity Task Force subcommittees

OPUSD promotes inclusion with Diversity and Equity Task Force subcommittees
People involved, and what they do
November 19, 2020

The Oak Park Unified School District Diversity and Equity Task Force was created in January of 2020, and it includes district leadership, site and parent representatives, student representatives and school...

OPUSD updates plans to reopen entire district

Social distancing sign propped outside of an Oak Hills classroom. (Photo courtesy of Daisy Calderon/Talon)
Previous plan expands to include secondary schools
November 19, 2020

Eight months ago, school was in session. Students went about their normal lives. They attended classes, hung out with friends and everything was normal. Fast forward through 2020, and life itself is completely...

Homework and hourly averages: How OPHS does after-school assignments

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Students average three to five hours of homework per day, according to 72-student survey
November 17, 2020

 Click here if unable to see above. (Photo courtesy of Unsplash) According to the Washington Post, a study conducted by Challenge Success from 2018 to 2020 concluded that on average, high schoolers...

To help ease your boredom: TV shows to watch while still in quarantine

To help ease your boredom: TV shows to watch while still in quarantine
Definitely put these shows on your watchlists
November 6, 2020

Over quarantine, many people have watched a copious amount of shows, especially on streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus. This has led to people exploring shows they haven’t seen...

Painting the future

How art intersects social movements
November 5, 2020

Just like the maximalist aesthetic of antiquities and brushes seeping into the room, each vibrant stroke of warm tones envelops the canvas like a beacon of light. Each window is lined with delicate crystals...

Mail-in ballots: Putting a voice onto paper

Mail-in ballots: Putting a voice onto paper
A step-by-step explanation of voting through mail
November 5, 2020

November has crept in, and with it comes the voting season. Unfortunately, the pandemic has forced most polls to shut down, so an alternative way to cast your voice is via the mail. Most adults have opted...

Falling into the virtual rabbit hole of doomscrolling

Falling into the virtual rabbit hole of doomscrolling
A pandemic of a different kind
November 4, 2020

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The choice of two APs: Advanced Placement and additional pressures

The choice of two APs: Advanced Placement and additional pressures
Navigating through the rewards and drawbacks of rigorous AP classes
November 3, 2020

The engraving of ancient lead onto paper, the melodic clacking of the keys on a keyboard, the shuffling of papers in a scramble to locate vital information — they’re the hallmarks of an atmosphere...

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