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The science behind COVID-19

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2020

Patient zero of the novel coronavirus was identified on Nov. 17, 2019, in Wuhan, China. The COVID-19 pandemic had already begun its silent, invisible spread.  Coronaviruses get their name from their crown-like structure and are part of a large family of RNA viruses that infect mammals and birds. C...

My faith wavered, then disappeared

My faith wavered, then disappeared

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

March 20, 2020

I was wearing a blue and pink half-sari, standing under a thick cover of branches and leaves to seek shelter from the rain. My bare feet were bouncing up and down lightly in the puddles on the cold, stone floors of a quiet temple in Virginia. A Hindu priest came forward, with three threads, black, red...

Inside the life of an EMT

Inside the life of an EMT

Leonie Humig, Senior Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

Sandro Cima seemed well rested from his shift the day before. He sat on the chair with a relaxed posture and an open smile. He talked about a shift that requires the utmost amount of concentration, sacrifice, knowledge and empathy. Cima’s interest in the career as an Emergency Medical Technician...

Sustaining an environmentally friendly life

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2020

Often, high schoolers hear about how the Earth is in danger and humans have to change their habits before it is too late. For teenagers, this can be tricky. Complete sustainability is a daunting task, but with a few small lifestyle changes, a more sustainable lifestyle is achievable, even for high schoolers. Reassessing...

New laws affecting you

New laws affecting you

Alex Goldbeck and Aidan Scott

February 13, 2020

It’s a new year, and with it comes new state laws. As the nation has seen in the past, California is usually the leading states in progressive laws as other states follow suit after. For example, in 2019, Nevada and New York proposed new privacy laws after California passed new protection for consumer...

Coronavirus spreads internationally

Coronavirus spreads internationally

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

February 13, 2020

Dec. 31, 2019 — Wuhan saw the first case of the coronavirus and became the epicenter of a deadly epidemic. From one city, the virus has spread to France, India, Japan, Nepal, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, the United States and more, according to the Washington Post. This spread...

Flames from across the globe

Mina Jung and Lucy Heine-Van Fossen

February 13, 2020

Paradise, Santa Susana, Santa Paula — over 2.2 million Californian acres burned. Canberra, Victoria, Sydney — over 26.2 million Australian acres burned. During the autumns of 2018-2019, fires such as Camp, Woolsey and many more blazed throughout the state of California. The effects of some are...

What is going on in the swamp?

What is going on in the swamp?

Alex Goldbeck and Juliette Setudeh-Nejad

December 15, 2019

The Steps of the Impeachment Process Recently, the word “impeachment” has circled around the media. The official definition according to CBS news of “impeachment” is “the constitutional process where the … House of Representatives brings charges against a civil officer,” this time referring...

It’s always the season of giving

Aidan Scott, Art Director

December 15, 2019

As autumn turns to winter and the holiday season begins, people seem to volunteer much more than during the rest of the year. It is the season of giving, after all.  Helping one’s community can hold many positive effects. Giving back can help save lives, make people happier and reduce our carbon footprint to help our...

Bouquets and bigotry

Bouquets and bigotry

Shoshana Medved, Public Relations Manager

December 12, 2019

In the living room of my house hangs a painting of a beautiful bouquet. The canvas explodes with hues of periwinkle, merigold and fuschia. Emerald leaves sprout from soaring stems, and dozens more scatter across the ground. A glass vase glistens beneath the grove of flowers. I had never given it...

The common cold

Ethan Grinberg, Guest Writer

December 12, 2019

Most have felt it: a sore throat, cough, congestion.  These are all signs of the common cold, a silent but potent virus prevalent in many parts of the world throughout the year. As WebMD notes, there are more than 200 types of viruses that have the potential to cause the cold, it is virtually impos...

First responders during California wildfires

Leonie Humig, Senior Staff Writer

December 10, 2019

Some states have tornadoes. Others have cyclones. Sand storms. Typhoons. Tsunamis.  In California, we have wildfires. Last year, one day after the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting, the sky turned an eerie shade of orange. The air spread the smell of a burnt sort of something. But it was no...