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Keep or kill: the death penalty

Keep or kill: the death penalty

Harper Wayne

October 27, 2016


Filed under Opinion

With voting day fast approaching, I’d like to remind all legal adults to mark their calendars and make a decision: to keep or kill the death penalty. Propositions 62 and 66 are two measures on our state’s November ballot that contradict each other. While Proposition 62 is set to repeal the death penalty...

Protect America from your crazy great aunt by voting

Protect America from your crazy great aunt by voting

Sofia Sayyah

October 27, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Dear all y’all over-18ers, You’ve reached it. Adulthood. Your parents are no longer in complete control. You can now enter into legally binding contracts. You can sign yourself out of school. And most importantly, you can vote. I know: You think civic duties are such a drag. Except they aren’t...

Editorial: Stay open-minded about Snowden

The Editorial Board

September 30, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” a film that is restrained yet ultimately evident in the sympathetic light it casts on the renowned whistleblower, has brought with its release a renewed Pardon Snowden campaign. Indeed, efforts to urge President Obama to federally pardon Edward J. Snowden have only bee...

Review: Demogorgons, CIA and the ’80s run amok

Review: Demogorgons, CIA and the ’80s run amok

Olivia Buccieri

September 30, 2016


Filed under Opinion

In the mood for a governmental conspiracy, an alter-dimensional tormenting demogorgon and the eighties? Multitudes of children and grown-ups continue to be captivated by the sci-fi horror series, “Stranger Things,” an electric creation of the whimsical, yet brilliantly dark brothers, Matt and Ross...

Help out your fellow international students

Help out your fellow international students

Lithika Karthikeyan

September 30, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Everything at Oak Park is so new to me. It’s not just because I am a freshman, but because I am an international student as well. I moved to the United States from India about three months ago with my family because I wanted to experience something new and study in this kind of learning environme...

Just portray women realistically

Just portray women realistically

Melanie Katz

September 30, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The mainstream entertainment industry is notorious for depicting female characters as cliches to appeal to the broadest audience possible. This pattern belittles many women’s characters by negatively stereotyping their personalities. More often than not, a woman receives the shorter end of the stick w...

A vote for an extension

Cliff Moore

September 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The District of Choice program has been an educational option for parents in California for more than 20 years. The extension of this program — Senate Bill 1432, authored by Senator Bob Huff — was killed by a small minority of politicians in Sacramento who refuse to allow the bill to come to the...

Editorial: Bills should end with a vote, not a whimper

Editorial: Bills should end with a vote, not a whimper

The Editorial Board

August 31, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It is the responsibility of a government to allow for public oversight of its decisions. The information, as well as the rationale, behind everything it does should ideally be available for review — and most of the time, it is. So when a monumental bill that concerns the daily lives of over 10,000 st...

Shortsighted action will hurt thousands of students

Shortsighted action will hurt thousands of students

Bob Huff, california senator

August 31, 2016


Filed under Opinion

(Lorie Shelley/California State Senate) The Assembly Appropriations Committee took surprising action recently that will disrupt the education of thousands of children, lead to teacher and school support staff layoffs and potentially incite school district bankruptcies across California. The deci...

Stay true to your school

Sandra Gahring, azusa athletics director

August 31, 2016


Filed under Opinion

When discussing the District of Choice dilemma, it is important to consider all the different ways schools are affected — and they are affected, to a tremendous extent. From an academic standpoint, schools are impacted because of what some call “Bright Flight.” Top students who choose to attend...

Editorial: Don’t major in political correctness

The Editorial Board

May 25, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Warning: This editorial may contain critical thinking and a reality check. Most seniors will be heading off to college this fall — and instead of being exposed to a free and open learning environment, they’ll be entering a world more politically correct than ever. Of course, the intentions behind political c...

Think critically about APs (and everything else)

May 25, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Last edition, I gave students a piece of advice that I learned — don’t take AP exams so seriously, because they won’t get you anywhere — and that created quite the hubbub. I understand that; AP classes and AP exams are a tremendous part of school life for so many students and teachers, so...