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Breaking News: Students skip SELF, Study Hall to participate in walkout
Breaking News: Students skip SELF, Study Hall to participate in walkout
Amann Mahajan, Kaylee Cheng and Fenton Zarlengo February 23, 2024

On Friday, Feb. 23, students skipped SELF and Study Hall to participate in a walkout, gathering on the football field to discuss student mental health in the aftermath of Tuesday’s student death.  During...

Gunn basketball senior night ends in altercation after overtime win
Gunn basketball senior night ends in altercation after overtime win
Amann Mahajan, Editor-in-Chief • February 15, 2024

On Feb. 13, an altercation between adult spectators began after Gunn’s senior-night varsity boys basketball game against Wilcox High School.  According...

Sophomore Griffin Wu eliminates sophomore Ryan Tse with his plushie in the N-building.
2024 Elimination brings new rules, increased participation
Jeffrey Kang, Forum Editor • February 12, 2024

On Jan. 29, 691 Gunn students flocked to a website created by Web/Tech Commissioner senior Dylan Lu to learn the identity of their targets, marking...

California voters prepare for primary elections
California voters prepare for primary elections
Lise Desveaux, Centerfold Editor • February 9, 2024

During California’s Presidential Primary Election on March 5, Santa Clara County voters will select candidates for president, U.S. Congress...

PAUSD must better prepare teachers to educate, support students in wake of Israel-Hamas war
PAUSD must better prepare teachers to educate, support students in wake of Israel-Hamas war
Annabel Honigstein, Forum Editor • February 11, 2024

On Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas’ attack on Israel — which prompted the Israel-Hamas war — had a profound impact on students and staff in PAUSD, necessitating a thoughtful and nuanced response from the district....

American public school system offers more opportunities, freedom compared to others
American public school system offers more opportunities, freedom compared to others
Anne Dong and Ellie Yuan February 9, 2024

In the U.S. and many other countries, the goal of secondary education is to enable students to navigate the world as adults through expanding...

Reboots of movies, TV shows stifle creativity, curb diversity
Reboots of movies, TV shows stifle creativity, curb diversity
Safina Syed, Features Editor • December 12, 2023

From “Ghostbusters” to the upcoming “Snow White,” reboots — encompassing remakes, revamped series and franchise films — have...

Meaning beyond definitions: Student experiences with misused phrases, slurs, labels on campus
Meaning beyond definitions: Student experiences with misused phrases, slurs, labels on campus
Eanam Maor, Fenton Zarlengo and Yu-Ming Liu February 13, 2024

Strand by Strand: Students weave new narratives around their own hair care
Strand by Strand: Students weave new narratives around their own hair care
Claire Jittipun, Reporter • February 11, 2024

During a family reunion in 2017, freshman Samantha Knudson was drawn to her grandmother’s beautiful mass of intricately braided purple hair....

Campus clubs offer ways to contribute
Campus clubs offer ways to contribute
Yueun Hong, Sports Editor • December 12, 2023

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Stanfords proximity influences Gunn educational landscape
Stanford's proximity influences Gunn educational landscape
Vanisha Vig, Reporter • February 12, 2024

Debates over free speech, inclusion and academic integrity have wracked university campuses over the past few months. This turbulence provides a space to examine the complex interplay between secondary...

Universities under pressure: Presidential resignations magnify problems in higher education
Universities under pressure: Presidential resignations magnify problems in higher education
Kaitlyn Chen and Roy Lao February 11, 2024

The past six months have seen a spate of presidential resignations at universities across the U.S. On Aug. 31, Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne stepped down; on Dec. 9, University of...

Exploring Gunns food program: School community raises concerns over current program
Exploring Gunn's food program: School community raises concerns over current program
Kaylee Cheng and Charlotte Qian February 11, 2024

In August 2023, students contracted food poisoning in four PAUSD elementary schools after consuming the school lunch provided through the California Universal Meals Program. Parents reported foodborne...

Features on two Special Education students
Features on two Special Education students
Eanam Maor, Reporter • December 11, 2023

Pregame music primes student-athletes for peak performance
Pregame music primes student-athletes for peak performance
Michelle Koo, News Editor, Graphics Artist • February 16, 2024

Freshman Kaila Chen: Cheerleading Cheerleading’s complex choreographies can stir worries about stumbles, memory blanks and potential errors. Freshman Kaila Chen calms her pregame nerves by listening...

Fans should holistically evaluate athlete role models
Fans should holistically evaluate athlete role models
Bryan Xiao, Lifestyle Editor, Assistant Business Manager • February 13, 2024

“I am not a role model,” NBA Hall of Fame forward Charles Barkley deadpanned to the camera. After a rapid-fire montage of Barkley dribbling, grabbing a rebound and dunking, he paused to deliver a line...

Specialized sports technologies improve safety, performance
Specialized sports technologies improve safety, performance
Vivian Studdert, Sports Editor • February 13, 2024

Prevent’s head-impact monitoring mouthguard Concussions, ever plaguing athletes in contact sports, are especially dangerous because it is unclear precisely which types of impacts cause them. For professional...

Athletes of the Month: Senior Ethan Kitch and Junior Beverly Lamis
Athletes of the Month: Senior Ethan Kitch and Junior Beverly Lamis
Safina Syed, Features Editor • February 13, 2024

Onto the next chapter: Students, staff discuss changes in reading habits with the digital age
Onto the next chapter: Students, staff discuss changes in reading habits with the digital age
Yael Gottesman, Reporter • February 13, 2024

Growing up, many students saw books as portals into new universes and fantastical realms. Novels transported readers to new places such as the enchanting Hogwarts Castle from “Harry Potter” or the...

Local theaters offer varying viewing experiences
Local theaters offer varying viewing experiences
Ya-An Xue, Social Media Editor • February 13, 2024

Revived Gunn Style Watch continues passion for fashion
Revived Gunn Style Watch continues passion for fashion
Maddie Cheung, Centerfold Editor • February 13, 2024

Founded in 2017 by Gunn alumna Dajiana Huang, Gunn Style Watch (@gunnstylewatch on Instagram) was revived last year by then-senior Fae Crane,...

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