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Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

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Japanese exchange students pose with their Gunn hosts.
Japanese exchange students visit Gunn in Terakoya Program's second year
Kaylee Cheng, Features Editor • March 22, 2024

From March 16 to March 24, Gunn students hosted 10 students from Japan as part of World Terakoya Program, a Japanese cultural exchange program. The exchange students have been shadowing their Gunn hosts...

College Board to implement adaptive digital SAT starting March
College Board to implement adaptive digital SAT starting March
Roy Lao, Reporter • March 12, 2024

On March 9, students will begin taking the SAT in a new adaptive digital format, a shift that will reshape the standardized-testing landscape...

Gunn SEC organizes first-ever Spring Homecoming Week
Gunn SEC organizes first-ever Spring Homecoming Week
Gwendolyn Domine, Reporter • March 12, 2024

Gunn’s Student Executive Council will hold its first Spring Homecoming Week, known as SPROCO, from March 12-15. In contrast to past spring...

Students gather in their SELF classroom for a Friday lesson.
In the Pursuit of Wellness: The Oracle investigates efficacy of SELF
Fiona Xiong, Online Editor • March 5, 2024

In 2017, Gunn implemented the Social-Emotional Literacy and Functionality program in response to growing concerns about student mental health...

Halal, kosher values govern food, social interactions
Halal, kosher values govern food, social interactions
March 15, 2024

Senior Yahya Mirza stared down the track. He had not had any food or water in over 12 hours because he was fasting for Ramadan, and he was about to run a 400-meter race. Fatigue and weakness weighed him...

Filmmakers illuminate lives through cinematic visions: Sophomore Jaylen Wong
Filmmakers illuminate lives through cinematic visions: Sophomore Jaylen Wong
Anne Dong, Forum Editor • March 14, 2024

Sophomore Jaylen Wong joined the filmmaking world in middle school, when he signed up for the video production elective. However, it wasn’t...

Filmmakers illuminate lives through cinematic visions: Senior Pablo Schettino González
Filmmakers illuminate lives through cinematic visions: Senior Pablo Schettino González
Vivien Chen, Lifestyle Editor • March 13, 2024

At 6 years old, senior Pablo Schettino González watched his first movie, “Happy Feet.” Transported to a world of talking penguins, he was...

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Female basketball player Sabrina Ionescu makes history in NBA all-star tournament
Female basketball player Sabrina Ionescu makes history in NBA all-star tournament
Yu-Ming Liu, Reporter • April 12, 2024

Some sports players manage to become cultural forces whose popularity extends beyond the court. In February, NBA player Stephen Curry and WNBA player Sabrina Ionescu’s top-tier three-point shooting led...

Superstar players lead women’s basketball into new era
Superstar players lead women’s basketball into new era
Vivian Studdert, Sports Editor • April 12, 2024

Every other weekend for most of my childhood, you could catch my dad and me at the Stanford women’s basketball game, sitting somewhere on the...

Sexual misconduct in sports necessitates greater accountability
Sexual misconduct in sports necessitates greater accountability
Katie LaWer, Sports Editor • April 12, 2024

Beyond thrilling spectacles that unite fans, major sporting events like the Olympics and the soccer World Cup provide platforms for athletes...

Oracle staffer reviews iconic Studio Ghibli films
Oracle staffer reviews iconic Studio Ghibli films
Becca Wu, In-Depth Editor • April 12, 2024

The Walt Disney of Japan: Hayao Miyazakis timeless animative style leaves audiences spirited away
'The Walt Disney of Japan': Hayao Miyazaki's timeless animative style leaves audiences spirited away
Dan Honigstein, In-Depth Editor • April 12, 2024

This past December, filmgoers around the world flocked to local theaters to watch legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki’s first film in 10...

Culture and language are intertwined inextricably: Phrases lose cultural meanings, nuance in English translations
'Culture and language are intertwined inextricably': Phrases lose cultural meanings, nuance in English translations
Maddie Cheung, Centerfold Editor • April 12, 2024

The French expression “avoir du pain sur la planche” translates literally to “having bread on a board” and can be equated to the English...

LGBTQ+ representation in media remains superficial, stereotypical
LGBTQ+ representation in media remains superficial, stereotypical
Vanisha Vig, Reporter • April 12, 2024

Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” sees the untimely death of supporting protagonist Tara Maclay by bullet wound, shortly after the...

Oversensitivity precludes necessary conversations, counteracts inclusivity, promotes polarization
Oversensitivity precludes necessary conversations, counteracts inclusivity, promotes polarization
Eanam Maor, Reporter • March 12, 2024

A white professor avoids discussing the Black Lives Matter movement in fear of being deemed racist. A male student balks at participating in a social studies class discussion about the mistreatment of...

Preteens’ use of social media promotes unhealthy behaviors, damages interpersonal development
Preteens’ use of social media promotes unhealthy behaviors, damages interpersonal development
Bryan Xiao, Lifestyle Editor, Assistant Business Manager • March 12, 2024

When TikTok videos of preteens showcasing their product hauls from beauty store Sephora went viral in January, the tweens were met with widespread criticism. Sephora employees flocked to social media to...

Pervasive stigma around makeup limits self-expression, worsens gender inequality
Pervasive stigma around makeup limits self-expression, worsens gender inequality
March 12, 2024

From the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 to the passage of Title IX in 1972, continuous progress has been made toward female empowerment. Still, strong stigmas remain around makeup use: Whether...

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The Oracle staffer illuminates significance of solar eclipse
The Oracle staffer illuminates significance of solar eclipse
Violet Tivol, Reporter • April 12, 2024

Human records of watching eclipses date back thousands of years — many cultures had myths and legends to explain the astronomical phenomenon. It was a sight to behold: the sun being replaced by a dark...

Cosmic Queries: Pondering the Puzzle of Astrology in a Digital Age
Cosmic Queries: Pondering the Puzzle of Astrology in a Digital Age
Annabel Honigstein, Forum Editor • April 12, 2024

Scrolling through their Instagram feed on any given day, one is bound to encounter a post justifying their own rebellious, impulsive nature with their being an Aries or their two-faced tendencies with...

Throwing Shade: Colorism tints beauty standards, confidence
Throwing Shade: Colorism tints beauty standards, confidence
Diya Bose-Malakar and Safina Syed April 12, 2024

When senior Mahadev Tapaskar attended a summer camp with other Indian kids, he didn’t expect to be faced with insults about his skin color. “The other kids saw how dark I was and would belittle...

‘A California for all’
‘A California for all’
Chris Lee, Managing Editor • March 10, 2024

On Jan. 30, PAUSD Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Guillermo Lopez moderated the second ethnic studies community meeting alongside Gunn and Paly teachers on the district’s Ethnic Studies...

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