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Snapchat generalizes beauty standards

November 9, 2017

written by: Sohini Ashoke In our current day and age, Snapchat is undoubtedly one of the most relevant social media apps out there, especially for teenagers. In fact, it is the second most used social media app for teens according to the Associated Press-National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. A common feature, introduced in [...]

Habit of comparison distorts self-worth

November 9, 2017

Written by Katie Zhang. “Hey what did you get on your test last week? It was so hard! Ugh!” This type of dialogue is often heard around Gunn. We at Gunn have a bragging culture around academics, extracurriculars and self-care. Many times, people say that they are fine on the outside, but in reality they are not. For instance, one may appear [...]

No: Should Homecoming themes change every year?

October 13, 2017

Written by Amanda Lee At the homecoming assembly, the entire student body waited with bated breath for the announcement of this year’s homecoming themes, particularly each grade’s dress-up themes. But 4.2 miles away, at Palo Alto High School (Paly), no student needed to anticipate any video reveal. Paly’s Homecoming is structured very [...]

Californians need to properly prepare for “The Big One”

October 13, 2017

Written by Jennifer Gao Many of us have driven up Page Mill at some point: the steep, winding mountain road that goes all the way to the Los Trancos Open Space Preserve. While geology isn’t the first thing on our minds as we hike down a narrow trail that disappears into the woodland, we’re actually walking between two great tectonic [...]

Should homecoming themes switch every year? (Pro)

October 13, 2017

Written by Megan Li Homecoming: one week, five days, 80 waking hours of pure, unadulterated school spirit. It’s the culmination of a year’s worth of excitement and anticipation and a way to aunt enthusiasm and creativity through dressing up. Much of the interest in the week, however, is kept through the rotation and addition of themes: without [...]

Tech is dumbing future generations down

September 15, 2017

Written by Carolyn Kuimelis It is undeniable that technological advancements have revolutionized the way we communicate, connect and learn: news articles can be shared with the click of a button, and diplomas can be earned entirely online. Although technology has proven to be a useful tool in educating and sharing information, our growing reliance [...]

Flawed affirmative action system hurts Asian Americans

September 15, 2017

Written by: Sohini Ashoke The heated discussion around affirmative action has recently increased due to the Justice Department’s plan to protect white applicants from discrimination during college admissions. Although affirmative action was created for all historically oppressed groups, it has mostly been discussed in terms of race, specifically [...]

Palo Alto Should Punish Texting While Walking

September 15, 2017

Written by Eric Epstein   On July 27, Honolulu, Hawaii approved a law that prohibits pedestrians from using their electronic devices while crossing the street. Offenders of this law will be fined $15 to $35 for their first violation, and the fines increase with each successive offense, according to CNN. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said that [...]