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PAUSD and Gunn take steps to narrow achievement gap

March 31, 2017

Written by Cassandra Bond and Caroline Ro In a report released in 2015 from the Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee (MATD) to Palo Alto Uni ed School District (PAUSD), historically underrepresented (HUR) students were identified as needing support due to a noticeable achievement gap between them and their peers. PAUSD [...]

Climate change ignorance is irresponsible

March 31, 2017

Written Anyi Cheng and Maya Rapoport Hand-in-hand with a rapid rise in consumerism are elements that perpetuate the deterioration of the planet’s environments at a rate far faster than many voters are aware of. What follows is a dangerously ignorant and passive approach to a global issue—one that will almost certainly result in catastrophic [...]

Ethical Consumerism Does Not Fulfill it’s Promise

March 31, 2017

Written by: Akansha Gupta Ostensibly, conscious consumerism encourages people to only purchase items that are produced ethically and in a sustainable manner. Catchy phrases like “vote with your dollar” and “put your money where your heart is” are thrown around, and they make it sound like reducing child labor or ensuring the air remains [...]

Lack of self-care should be deglamorized

March 31, 2017

Written by Liza Kolbasov Most Gunn students are familiar with the statement, “I stayed up so late studying for my math test, I only slept three hours last night!” If they haven’t used it themselves, they’ve almost certainly heard it from a friend. This isn’t surprising, as glamorizing lack of self-care is now the norm at Gunn. This [...]

Tips to reduce carbon footprint

March 31, 2017

Written by Paulo Frank Eat fewer cow products: Cattle ranching is the leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest—80 percent of deforested land in Brazil is converted for raising livestock. Additionally, cows produce a large amount of methane which they release in their farts. Methane is extremely harmful as a greenhouse gas, and [...]

PRO: Does ethical consumerism fulfill its promise?

March 31, 2017

Written by Mikaela Wayne Whether it is food or any other product, consumption is generally a part of one’s everyday life. With recent political changes, many are putting more thought into this everyday act, using what they purchase as a platform for change. Mindful consumption is defined as being constantly aware that the decisions on what [...]

Media literacy education is essential, beneficial

March 31, 2017

Written by Jenna Marvet President Donald Trump shames news media, often blaming news agencies for propagating “fake news.” While his claims have been broad and reached beyond the truth, they have brought a real issue to the attention of many Americans: a lack of media literacy and an overly-trusting view of certain news agencies in the United [...]

Con: Is college counseling beneficial?

March 3, 2017

The college consulting business has become a supernova, and according to a former Ivy League admissions officer, has grown by 300 percent over the last five years. Even a quick search uncovers many websites promising stunning results. The overconfidence of these businesses is frightening. Hire them and you will soon enter the Ivy League college of [...]

Acceptance of diverse body types should not justify skinny-shaming

March 3, 2017

Written by Kaya van der Horst 2016 seemed to be the year for body positivity. The diversity in body types seen on magazine covers, such as curvy model Ashley Graham’s notable cover shoot for Sports Illustrated and advertisements such as Dove’s empowering #mybeautymysay campaign, showed us that women were refusing to conform to a single [...]