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Fear of animals misunderstood by others


April 15, 2016

Written by Shannon Yang I cannot remember a time when I have been able to run up to a dog, hold it and pet it. Nor have I ever been able to give a cat a bowl of milk. I am one of many people who have th...

Emotional vulnerability on campus: how peers, academics, activities and stigma affect students

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November 6, 2015

Written by Anyi Cheng, Lisa Hao, Mikaela Wayne and Shannon Yang “Are kids here getting to be kids?” The New York Times asked on Apr. 11, 2015 about Palo Alto in its article “Best, Brightest—and Saddest?” With...

Alum creates program to destigmatize depression

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October 8, 2015

Written by Shannon Yang Published in the October 8, 2015 issue When Brian Yu was a student at Gunn, he went through a lot of difficulties, which prompted him to take action. “I was really depressed [and] I went thr...

Gunn supports its students, contrary to community perception

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September 9, 2015

Written by Shannon Yang Published in the April 17, 2015 issue After the recent student suicide cluster, community members and parents have attacked Gunn High School for inducing too much stress and not providi...

District to evaluate course consistency

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March 20, 2015

Written by Shannon Yang Due to dissatisfaction expressed by Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) students and parents in meetings and Strategic Plan surveys, PAUSD hired a firm to research two issues: course consistency...

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