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The Plight of Activists

The Plight of Activists

Kimia Mohebi

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

If my entire body was represented by a freeway, it would be one completely clogged with traffic. Messy, awful traffic. The lanes of the highway would be filled with things like pollution, because we’re literally 30 minutes away from Los Angeles, college applications, the modern American news cycle, a ...

January: Letter from the editor

January: Letter from the editor

Medha Vallurupalli

January 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Dear readers, It’s a new year. Trust me, it’s not just you struggling to remember to write “2018” instead of “2017” in the top right corner of your page. With a new year come new challenges, new aspirations, and new movements. 2018 is a new year. Challenge yourself when life seem...

December: Letter from the editor

December: Letter from the editor

Medha Vallurupalli

December 21, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dear readers, Take a few breaths –– now that the air is clean –– it’s almost over. Turning in your last final and running toward those two weeks of break is exhilarating. Next time we see each other, it will be a new year — a blank slate. Come 2018, we have another chance to accompli...

November: Letter from the editor

November: Letter from the editor

Medha Vallurupalli

November 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dear readers, As we come back from a week of giving thanks to our friends and family, we, at the Talon, want to do the same. We want to thank our writers who spend their lunch periods interviewing sources. We want to thank our photographers who drop everything to take photos. We want to thank...

Hugh Hefner: a clear dichotomy

Hugh Hefner: a clear dichotomy

Kimia Mohebi

October 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The sovereign leader of sexual liberation is dead. Hugh Hefner, at the age of 91, died Sept. 27. On that Thursday morning, most major media platforms wrote articles on him, his legacy and the history of his massive Playboy empire. Some, almost tearfully, said goodbye and thanked him for creating a spa...

Editorial: Be aware. Say Something. Act.

Editorial: Be aware. Say Something. Act.

The Editorial Board

October 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The beat of music. The cheers and screams of the crowd. Then, the first round of gunshots. And then, different kind of screams: terrified, panicked screams. Then, groans of pain, disguised by the relentless tat-tat-tat-tat-tat of the rifles firing down into the crowd. And then, ten minutes later: si...

October: Letter from the editor

October: Letter from the editor

Medha Vallurupalli

October 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dear readers, After every edition, I (and the Talon staff) seem to think there’s an infinite amount of time until the next publication day, but here we are again — at the end of our third month of school. They say time flies when you are having fun, but it also flies when you tell yourse...

Diversity in Hollywood exists

Diversity in Hollywood exists

Anish Natarajan

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In past years, diversity has become something of a controversy in Hollywood. Each year, new movies come out with the great claim of having casts from different countries and backgrounds all over the world. But a question we should be asking ourselves is: Do we really care? Films such as “Moonlight...

Modernize your definition of beauty

Modernize your definition of beauty

Harper Wayne

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Beauty in our society is often decided by a certain set of words from the dictionary with an attached set of criteria to match. The question I am posing: Why have we attempted to define beauty when it is fluid and individualized? We are born into this world without a head full of hair, without teeth and ...

Shakespeare through the phone

Shakespeare through the phone

Kimia Mohebi

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

“(678) 999-8212” (sung: six, seven, eight, triple nine, eight, two, one, two). If this phone number rings any bells for you (pun certainly intended), or you have the sudden urge to wear baggy pants and not one, but two, gold chains, there’s a chance that you know of the musical masterpiece that...

Villains singing their way through teaching

Villains singing their way through teaching

Katya Kiseleva

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Let me set this straight: I've never been a Disney fanatic. But for whatever reason, this past summer, I've experienced some kind of Disney Renaissance. One day a video titled “Epic Disney Villains Medley,” by Peter Hollens featuring Whitney Avalon, popped up in my recommended on YouTube. As the...

Editorial: Extreme weather indicates climate change

Editorial: Extreme weather indicates climate change

The Editorial Board

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As the people of the Caribbean Islands stand amid the wreckage from their respective storms, they’ll think to themselves: “Well, that was downright unpleasant and terrifying — but on the bright side, we can be assured by the fact that some random strangers out there are praying for us.” Or so...