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Written by: Kavya Padmanabhan Karate is more than just a fast paced stadium game. Instead, according to freshman Luma Hamade, it requires patience and strength. Hamade had been practicing karate for four years at Prodigy Martial Arts in Los Altos. She is a brown second belt, one test away from a brown first belt and two [...]
Junior Rebecca Alger challenges herself to five days living off $4 a day, the same amount 15 percent of Americans receive for food.
Given recent events, the gun control argument has become a warzone in itself. Members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) continue to vehemently defend their self-proclaimed duty as “diligent protectors of the Second Amendment.” Legislators, journalists and protesters, in the meanwhile, are crying out for a ban on “assault weapons.” They reprimand the NRA for promoting their own pro-gun agenda at the risk of innocent lives being more vulnerable at the hands of deranged gunmen. However, their proposal to issue an assault weapons ban is irrationally unfounded.
The recent increase in the severity and number of threats put forth by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) has given media site-users ample material for jokes. For example, in a political cartoon from the Los Angeles Times, a comically fat baby-version of Kim Jong Un dressed in a diaper bangs a nuclear missile against the ground. “Give me attention or I’ll blow up Los Angeles!” reads the speech bubble above Kim’s head. However, the military and political tension between North Korea and the countries it has threatened, including the United States, must be considered a legitimate issue.
Dear Mr. Morgan,
Any viewer of Piers Morgan Live on CNN knows that you love to talk gun control–background checks, limitation of fully and semi-automatic weapons, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, the elusive rhetoric of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Your statistics comparing gun-related deaths inside and outside of the U.S. are endless. Boy, firearm opposition sure is your bread and butter….
The challenge is an opportunity for educators to help promote their programs that teach the 21st century skills students need in order to be prepared for life after high school – no matter whether they go to college or enter the job market. Educators who are designing programs that develop critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration between students and among educators are invited to apply.
“Silicon Valley FACES’ Camp Everytown is a four-day residential, intensive leadership training program for high school students that reduces stereotyping and prejudice, and increases understanding and respect for others.”
Teachers in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) will get a 3 percent pay raise and a 1.5 percent bonus retroactive for the 2012-2013 school year in an agreement that the Palo Alto Educator’s Association (PAEA) recently ratified.
On Apr. 21, in response to the Gunn Confessions Facebook page, Principal Katya Villalobos sent an email to parents and students alerting them about the page as well as sharing a new LibGuide developed by Librarian Meg Omainsky about cyber-bullying. Gunn Confessions received hundreds of “likes” from students and alumni before it was taken down. The page offered a link to a form through which one could submit an anonymous confession about anything or anyone. Although the page’s administrators initially claimed they would not post any negative confessions about specific individuals, a number of posts attacking a Gunn staff member drew sharp criticism. Gunn’s administration was made aware of the situation, but since the Gunn Confessions administrators had not technically violated any school rules, the school’s response was limited to requesting that the students take it down.
As a part of beauty product company Dove’s new “Real Beauty” campaign, the Dove Self-Esteem Fund released various statistics pertaining to girls and their body image. One, for example, stated that seven in ten girls believe that “they are not good enough, or do not measure up in some way.” Recently, comments made by clothing company Abercrombie and Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries in 2006 have resurfaced, in which he summed up the retail store’s sales strategies as “exclusionary.” In response to these facts, The Oracle decided to investigate the prevalence of body image issues at Gunn.