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Should marijuana be legalized in America?

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January 31, 2014

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Pro:  For decades, kids have been taught to “say no to drugs” and that drugs will “ruin your life.” Although drugs do have the potential to catastrophically affect human life, marijuana is not one of those drugs. Bec...

The Opinion of The Oracle: Complicated dismissal process for tenured teachers hinders student learning

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January 31, 2014

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Last year, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) hired 76 new teachers to replace 15 retirees, 20 tenured resignees who were mostly on leave and five temporary teachers who were not rehired. In addition, 43 formerly temporary...

Candidate hype meaningless

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December 6, 2013

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I don’t care about Chris Christie, and I don’t care about Hillary Clinton—at least not right now. And unless either the governor of New Jersey or the former Secretary of State is involved in something of national relevance,...

Internet not the place for arguments

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November 18, 2013

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  Everyone’s seen the cringe-inducing posts from ignorant users expressing their opinion on everything from gay marriage to fiscal responsibility. In fact, insensitive bigotry, fallacious logic, poor grammar and thoughtless...

Electronic music is artificial

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November 18, 2013

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I cannot stand electronic music. It’s a broad statement, to be sure, but the types of music that fall under the umbrella of “electronic”—dubstep, trap, house, EDM, etc.—bear no differences. To me, they represent little...

Social media offers revolutionary new platform for communication

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November 18, 2013

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With seniors stressing about college applications and freshmen experiencing life as Gunn students for the first time, there is a flux of people deactivating their Facebook accounts. Left and right, people are classifying social...

Ask.fm is a burden on teenagers’ emotional security

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November 18, 2013

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Log onto Facebook at any given time and you’ll almost always see a few people posting their Ask.fm account links, prompting their peers to ask them questions through the anonymous social media site. It experienced an explosion...

Ask.fm offers social benefits with anonymity

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November 18, 2013

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The social media website Ask.fm has recently sparked controversy across the country, especially in high schools. Ask.fm is a popular social networking site with over 60 million registered users. The website allows individuals...

Pay to Play: the College App Game

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November 18, 2013

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The Opinion of The Oracle: Costly application process puts low-income at disadvantage Just over a decade ago, the college application process was a very different system. Hopeful seniors once submitted applications by traditiona...

Faulty fire alarms require serious attention

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October 17, 2013

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The frequency of fire alarms has been inordinately high in the past year and has accelerated sharply since the start of the 2013 academic calendar. The phrase campus-wide “fire alarm Friday” was coined after multiple consecutive...

Syria intervention would fail to resolve conflict

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October 17, 2013

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Although the civil war in Syria is unfolding seven-and-a-half thousand miles across the world, it is nearly impossible to ignore the controversy within the United States. Countless articles, news reports, radio shows and other...

GOP ignores the American people

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October 17, 2013

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We had just graduated from UC Berkeley in May when we received news that somehow both of us had received job offers for federal agencies in Washington, D.C.  My roommate began her position at Health and Human Services a month...

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