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Editor reflects on time spent living in conforming CA town

Sami Sparber, Editor in Chief

December 9, 2015


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From the time I turned six until just before my twelfth birthday, my family and I lived in Valencia, California, an affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles County. Growing up in Valencia was a completely different world, especially when it came to religion. Here, almost everyone I know is Jewish. There,...

Senior Column: You can finally park here

Brenda Reyn

October 7, 2015


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Congratulations. You’ve finally made it. You’re on top of the food chain. No longer can any student curse under their breath, calling you derogatory names such as “freshman” or “underclassman”. It is now your turn to make other students in the hall uncomfortable. It is now your right to claim a...

No to net neutrality

Izabela Zaluska, Copy Editor

April 25, 2015


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Although the concept of net neutrality is a complex one, the focus of it comes down to three main ideas. Internet service providers (ISP) can no longer prioritize giving their faster connection to the higher paying customers or companies. ISP also can’t ban or slow down connection to legal content...

Yes to net neutrality

Sami Sparber, Staff Reporter

April 25, 2015


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It’s 2015. If we were to make a list of all the things that we need to survive, the Internet would be ranked pretty high up there with fresh water and electricity. Surfing the web has become so routine that we don’t even think twice about it; we just do it. We click, scroll, type, tap and swipe...

Social Commentary

Kayla Guo, Copy Editor

April 25, 2015


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Self-reliance has always been a personal virtue. My philosophy is that there’s no one I can, and should, rely on more than myself, a philosophy that I often applied in school and in my personal life, and it has served me well 15 out of 16 times. Which is to say, for the first 15 years of my life, self-reliance...

Proposed bill secures college credit for AP classes

April 20, 2015


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Legislation was recently introduced in the Illinois General Assembly to make Illinois the  15th state to require its public colleges to award college credit for an Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of a 3, 4 or 5. Created by government teacher Andrew Conneen, the house bill’s motto is “Earn it...

Vaccine mandates necessary for public health

April 20, 2015


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After an outbreak of measles in Anaheim, California, the California state government is deliberating on a new law that would ensure more students are vaccinated. The current law allows parents and guardians to exempt their child from vaccinations due to medical, religious or personal beliefs. However, this...

Writer reflects on Winterfest dance

Alexandra Shafran, Graphics Editor

February 27, 2015


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Throughout my high school career, the seasonal hype always revolved around the dances. In the fall, everyone hustles over Homecoming; in the winter, it’s Winterfest, or Turnabout. Consider it a throwback Thursday, or a transformation Tuesday, but just three years ago, Winterfest evolved dramatically....

Writer reflects on acceptance, diversity

Nitya Gupta, Managing Editor of Production

February 27, 2015


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“I think she’s white.” “I think she’s black.” I can still remember the first time I learned about different skin colors. It was first grade, and my teacher had just explained the Civil War to us and one of its leading causes—racism. Up until that point, I knew I didn’t look the same...

Charlie Hebdo attack challenges satirical boundaries

February 27, 2015


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On Jan. 7, two armed extremist Islamists forced their way into the offices of the satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris. Shots were fired, killing 12 people and wounding 11. The attack, which Al-Qaeda has taken responsibility for, was in response to numerous controversial publications made...

Body cameras huge step towards safety for all

Body cameras huge step towards safety for all

February 27, 2015


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In January, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) began their widely debated trial of body cameras for their officers. CPD decided to pilot the body cameras in order to monitor the actions of civilians and officers via video camera. According to the department’s news release, the cameras are designed...

No to America’s College Promise

No to America’s College Promise

Namrata Sridhar, Ideas Editor

February 27, 2015


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Ninety-eight percent of students who graduate Stevenson High School continue on to college, so it’s no surprise that a post secondary education is common in our community. Even so, some students can’t continue onto college because of financial constraints. On Jan. 20, President Barack Obama offered...

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