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When I was a kid, my dad and I would occasionally pass by the a torn-down Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) near our home. There used to be one homeless man who had set up camp there, and my dad would always make an effort to talk to him or help him out. He seemed to be in his late 60s; he reminded me of Dumbledore. He seemed very intelligent compared to other homeless people I had met before.
Every time I walk down University Avenue, my eyes always wander to the many homeless people sitting beside the street. As I stare at their ragged clothes and smudged faces, I can’t help but to feel sorry for them. My mind jumps to the various ways in which I could help them: run into the nearest cafe and buy them a sandwich, or simply just sit down to talk to them. But I find myself always too “busy” to ever follow through with these ideas.
On Feb. 28, sophomore Andrew Briggs won a $100 gift card to Bell’s Bookstore for his first place story in the age 15 to 17 age group. Sophomore Gemma Guo placed third place in the short story contest, and received a $50 gift card to Bell’s Books.
Freshmen Young Hye Lee, Vivian Sheen and Lisa Liao and sophomore Kyoko Inagawa all began playing classical music around the age of five. However, as the girls continued learning the nuances of their respective arts throughout elementary and middle school, their hobbies developed into deep-seated passions. For the girls, playing the violin or the piano provided the opportunity to escape from the stresses of daily life.
Written by: Lisa Hao, Andy Zhao, Rebecca Alger and Emily Yao Freshmen: It’s insane to think that we are already third-quarter freshmen. What? I know, I know, it doesn’t have the charming ring of “second-semester seniors,” but making it to the third quarter is an achievement in its own right. Just think, we were [...]
During club day, the quad was packed with students perusing through the eclectic club stands. Among them was the Happiness Through Service club, started by juniors Isabella Costanza, Misheel Enkhbat and Paul Kang. According to Costanza, the club’s goal is to relieve the stress that builds up for students as the year goes on. “I’d like it to revamp the meaning of community service to change it from somewhat of a burden and a dreaded obligation, into something that genuinely makes people happy, on both the receiving and especially the giving end,” Costanza wrote in an e-mail.
The Gunn Robotics Team, Space Cookies and VEX Robotics finish their 2013 build seasons that prepared them for the FIRST and VEX robotics competitions.
The gears turn and the contraptions screech, signifying the start of build season, a time for which Gunn Robotics Team (GRT) members means staying at school until 9 p.m. every day. Although saddened by the loss of many crucial seniors, the team has welcomed many new sophomores. The veterans hope that these new talents will be able to help them improve their performance in the upcoming competitions.
The Oracle: Why do you like band/orchestra? Lily Tsai: It’s an opportunity to share and create music with other people, and we do quite a number of fun activities and concerts, such as smaller ensembles and tours. I’ve found orchestra has a very strong community and mentoring system, especially because we include students from every [...]
“Of the students, by the students and for the students.” This is the motto of Club Academia, a student-run, non-profit educational organization that makes video tutorials for students.
To kick-off Not In Our Schools (NIOS) Week celebrations, students arrived at school in “We’re All In This Together” T-shirts designed by graphics teacher Mark Gleason. As per the tradition, the shirts primarily featured the school colors red and black.