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September: Letter from the editor

September: Letter from the editor

Medha Vallurupalli

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dear readers, A month has gone by in the blink of an eye. Freshmen, you’ve adjusted to alternating classes; sophomores, you’ve accepted that wearing a toga to school is acceptable; juniors, you’ve adapted to writing a mini essay in 17 minutes (ready, set, mush!); seniors, you’ve (hopefully)...

August: Letter from the editor

August: Letter from the editor

Medha Vallurupalli

August 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dear readers, Take a deep breath, it’s a new school year. Whether you’re a freshman trying to find Mr. Pryor’s room, a sophomore shmooping the Bible, a junior whipping up several mini essays every week, or a senior bending to your plastic baby’s every whim — we’ve all got at least 10 mo...

Editorial: Free speech provokes discussion

The Editorial Board

August 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Illuminated by the flickering of their torches in the night, they surrounded the statue and made themselves clear. At the forefront of the gathering was self-identified alt-right member Richard Spencer. “We are a people,” Spencer said. “We will not be replaced!” Uproarious agreement echoed thr...

Shape your society

Shape your society

Kimia Mohebi

August 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Jan. 28, 2017 — I specifically recall running into my mom’s room, telling her that for some reason, I felt the sudden urge to go visit the IMAM foundation mosque in Los Angeles. This place was a staple of my childhood, the hub of all of my 6-year-old social activity and an optimal location for the...

Support what you demand

Support what you demand

Ashley Goldstein

August 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Though we live in a time that is considered progressive, there is still a long journey before true equality and fair representation is reached. According to a study conducted by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti, and Dr. Katherine Pieper from USC, only 34 of the top 100 films from 2016 actually featu...

Editorial: ’13 Reasons Why’ interpretations may vary

The Editorial Board

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Editor's note: "13 Reasons Why," in which Hannah Baker records 13 accusatory tapes for the people who incite her suicide, has gained great popularity — and notoriety — since release. Our board couldn't agree on a singular take, so here are five. Remember the cruelty Those moments in film when we endure the pr...

Go on a diet from our diet culture

Go on a diet from our diet culture

Ashley Goldstein

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In a world that brims with spray-tanned abs, Photoshopped thigh gaps and face-tuned skin, there’s no wonder why our society is so obsessed with looking perfect. Unfortunately, something that seems to define perfection — especially in American culture — is weight, or the lack thereof. The larger one a...

Combine your cultures: The ‘S Movement’

Combine your cultures: The ‘S Movement’

Atmika Iyer

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As the daughter of two Indian immigrants, I can tell you one thing for certain: Children of immigrants typically struggle to find their place in the United States. When you’re raised in a family that embraces foreign cultural values and traditions, it can be difficult to adapt to a country brimming...

Spring fever: A eulogy to sick, dying, allergic high schoolers

Spring fever: A eulogy to sick, dying, allergic high schoolers

Olivia Buccieri

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

One day — on a particularly long and humid day at school, I might add — I was walking through the emptiness that is seventh period when my throat started to hurt. It must be the common cold. I get colds all the time: Long nights studying mixed with minimal amounts of attention paid to my health is ...

Editorial: Pursue kindness amid competition

The Editorial Board

March 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Create a club as a freshman and dub yourself president. Rise up to “managing volunteer” at your local hospital. Spend all your summers in Bolivia or Ghana or some other developing country, reconstructing the entire education system while building houses for the less fortunate. And, while you’re ...

Join the man-repelling movement

Join the man-repelling movement

Olivia Buccieri

March 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

After reading the headline of this opinion, your automatic reaction to the man-repelling movement might be similar to the ones I’ve received from my friends and peers when they first heard of it. Here are a few of the more riveting and, dare I say, inaccurate responses: “Being unattractive and trying to avoid me...

Don’t define success by material wealth

Don’t define success by material wealth

Zack Kariya

March 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Ever since we were little kids, we’ve been hearing parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and even random strangers tell us, “Hey kiddo, you’re pretty good with numbers, you should become an accountant,” or, “Shoot, you’re a heck of a speaker, you would make a great lawyer.” My dad even says, ...