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Prom tickets are overly expensive

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April 10, 2013

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Written by: Steve Yang The traditions of prom are treasured across all of America’s history and geography as stepping stones of life, setting the stage for the proverbial caterpillar’s metamorphosis. An important component of the...

Tech reliance harmful to student well-being

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April 10, 2013

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Written by: Shawna Chen The hashtag #firstworldproblems categorizes problems of technological dependence. One has #firstworldproblems when he or she is frustrated because there is no Internet connection, the phone screen is ...

Wall of Rejection provides a reality check

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April 10, 2013

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Written by: Boot Bullwinkle It’s decision time at Gunn High School. Emotional breakdowns are occurring regularly as we all wait for a simple e-mail, college sweatshirts are rarely worn in fear of jinxing chances or offending a r...

California’s high-speed rail system ill-conceived

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April 10, 2013

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Written by: Catalina Zhao  This summer, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) will begin construction of the United States’ first high-speed rail. CHSRA, the organization in charge of planning, designing, build...

Paly’s block schedule is superior to Gunn’s rotating schedule

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April 10, 2013

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Written by: Tim Wang and Katherine Zu Pro: Palo Alto High School’s (Paly) block schedule differentiates from Gunn’s rotating schedule in that students take fewer classes or periods per day and instead spend a significant...

Palo Alto’s carbon-free program eliminates harmful emissions

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April 10, 2013

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Written by: Rebecca Alger In the wake of recent natural disasters and extreme weather, the Palo Alto City Council voted unanimously to approve a 100 percent carbon-free electric portfolio on March 4. The plan is incredibly im...

Editorial: Advisory Committee reccomendations for titan 102, tutorial impractical

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April 10, 2013

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After almost a full year of research and collaboration, the newly appointed Guidance Advisory Committee (GAC) recently released a report containing recommendations for the school to consider in planning its future. Though most...

School should be about learning, not grades

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March 8, 2013

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Written by: Anuva Ganapathi By this point, we have all experienced the immense stress that comes with finals week. We have found ourselves overwhelmed with the pressure of trying to remember a whole semester’s worth of information...

Take action against inequality

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March 8, 2013

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Written by: Leon Cheong In a city as socially liberal as Palo Alto, blatant discrimination against gay people is hard to find. For the most part, people practice tolerance and good will towards people of all ethnic backgroun...

Assemblies needlessly interfere with school

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March 8, 2013

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Written by: Lucy Oyer All too often, Tuesday’s tutorial period is eliminated to make time for a riveting mandatory assembly, interrupting students’ scheduled activities. This could be forgivable if the assemblies’ contents were of...

Camp Everytown is conducive to a more inclusive community

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March 8, 2013

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Written by: Ben Atlas and Rachel Lew Every year, as student delegates return from Camp Everytown, informal debates ensue over the camp’s merits. Opponents of the program generally claim that the insulated atmosphere creates a “cul...

Editorial: Current GPA distribution table is superior to previous year’s decile system

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March 8, 2013

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In place of a decile ranking, a system which was formally abolished in the past school year, the Gunn administration has incorporated a grade point average (GPA) distribution table on the school profile it compiles and sends to...

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