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Pro: Napping provides beneficial rest

December 8, 2017

Written by Joy Huang A camera shutter sound. A few giggles. These are just a few signs that indicate another student has fallen asleep during class. This is not an uncommon sight in the classrooms—exhausted students often sleep in class to compensate for their lack of rest. It’s clear that students are emotionally and physically strained from [...]

True holiday meaning lost in consumerism culture

December 8, 2017

Written by Yael Livneh Step into the Michaels craft store on Charleston any time after Halloween and a barrage of lights, toy trains and fake snow will fill your peripheral vision. Garlands priced at $20 for 12 feet and cheap one-dollar “stocking-stuffers” overflow on every store shelf. Commercials and advertisements featuring a jolly round [...]

Con: Napping provides beneficial sleep

December 8, 2017

written by Emma Chiao A student lies down for a quick nap during an afternoon slump after school. She awakens later to find that two hours have flown by, scrambling out of bed to start her school work. Napping comes in handy when experiencing sudden sleepiness or when making up for lost sleep. When many students arrive home after school or even [...]

Maturity level of 18 year olds should justify right to drink

December 8, 2017

Written by: Jack Mallery For a country that prides itself on being advanced and sophisticated, America is surprisingly behind the times when it comes to the legalization of alcohol. A drinking age of 21 has become anachronistic compared to other countries, with the negative implications far outweighing the positive ones. In America, 18—the age [...]

Silicon Valley fosters an unhealthy competitive environment

November 9, 2017

Written by Grace Tramack Students have plenty to be proud of—awards, grades, extracurriculars—and graduating from a nationally ranked high school is an achievement in itself. However, with Gunn being located in Silicon Valley and having a close proximity to Stanford, a bragging culture is inevitably formed. Comparing SAT or ACT scores, grades [...]

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 [...]