Editorials

  • Quarry Lane, We’re Taking Off
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar We all take with us a piece of history from our high schools. From mementos to memories, the four years we spend between classrooms seem to follow us into our futures in small, but surprising ways. As a high school senior on the cusp […]
  • Usha Akella’s I Will Not Bear You Sons Pulls No Punches. And It Shouldn’t Have To.
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Usha Akella tells no lies.  The first time I met this poet, producer, and founder of South Asian poetry collective Matwaala was at a Desi poetry reading moderated by India Currents. It was a surreal moment for a South Asian American teenage girl who […]
  • Seniors Speak: QLS Seniors Reunite To Reminisce
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar How have we actually spent the last four years at this school? It’s a question that high school seniors never seem to actually think about, in the race to hold a diploma in front of a clapping audience. We’ve learned so much from high […]
  • Kala Bagai Way: The First Street In the US Named After a Historic Indian American Woman
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar When Kalai Bagai first arrived in San Francisco on September 6th, 1915 with her husband Vaishno and three sons, local newspapers flocked to cover the story of the first Indian-American woman to enter the Bay Area. Fleeing British imperialism in her homeland, Bagai was exposed to […]
  • A Pandemic Couldn’t Stop Quarry Lane’s Yearbook Team
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Since that fateful day we received an email from Quarry Lane administration that our school would follow quarantine procedure, many of the events and traditions that characterize our campus culture have faded into obscurity. Pep rallies have all but disappeared, the tug-of-war challenges and […]
  • My Journey Learning to Love An Endangered Language
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Tuka purche katir tugel naav naa ashilen  ithe maları tuka kasal naav dyuche  chelduaa naav ditahachee,  sunen ka ani gudde ka  I belong to my mother tongue the way it belongs to its demise, an instinctual but no less tragic linguistic prophecy. Konkani lies […]
  • Key Players of South Asian Origin in the Biden-Harris Administration
    South Asians in the house! — my cousin cheers between mouthfuls of samosa and peanut chutney as Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President of the United States on screen. It’s a day as celebratory as it is surreal — especially for the ‘South Asians in the house’, who are scattered across the country watching one of the most unprecedented inaugurations in history. I knew I was going to see a female president or vice-president hold that Bible on camera during my lifetime. The world has seen female presidents a
  • Bollywood Heels is Challenging Heteronormativity in Dance
    South Asian Americans are redefining traditionally heteronormative notions of gender and sexuality. Although the culture is still well on its way towards acceptance of LGBTQ+ identities, Fremont choreographer Amit Patel is bringing Desis — and the dance community as a whole — in the direction of progress. Patel, who began learning Bollywood dance when was just 10 years old, is a professional choreographer for the Bliss Dance and Mona Khan companies.
  • Why We Need Media Literacy in 2020, And Fast
    There’s not a lot in common between the “Mega Millions: How To Cash in On This Poker App” ad at the bottom of my Instagram feed and the CNN article on small businesses in a separate tab.
  • A Teenage BLM Organizer Was Targeted By A Gun Dealer. Now What?
    Weeks before a youth-led Black Lives Matter protest that took place outside the Dublin Civic Center, owner of local gun business Mike Grant posted a picture of the 17-year old organizer Denel McMahan on his Facebook page. The caption read, “Please bring your vests and helmets in case these BLM people start trouble.. Remember this group is known as a left wing anti-government group. Take Dublin back!” Within days, the veiled threat garnered a swift and strong backlash from the Dublin community and beyond. From city residents to Congressman Eric Swalwell, people came together to defend “these BLM people” and the cause they champion.
  • On Domestic Violence: Model Minority, Private Pain
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar *Content note: discussion of domestic violence.  Forty-five-year-old Mamta Shah met her second husband at a student union in 2012, and they soon shared a cramped Houston apartment to begin their new life together. Shah had recently fled Nepal and an abusive marriage, gaining asylum […]
  • Members Needed! Clubs During Quarantine
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Looking for student organizations to join, but unsure of where to start? Here are some of Quarry Lane’s clubs looking for new members! Glimpse of the Past Glimpse of the Past is a mix of history and writing, and our objective is to preserve the […]
  • 25 Years of DDLJ, And Bollywood Still Can’t Make Up Its Mind
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar “Dekhiye,” snaps Kajol, staring fiercely into Shah Rukh’s playful gaze. “Please leave me alone.”  Her words are powerful, and her message is clear. It’s a warning sign, one as clear as crystal and firm as stone. Yet her words are accompanied with the romantic […]
  • The Roar: 200 Articles Milestone
    By Kalyani and Izzy This month, The Roar celebrates an important milestone: 200 articles since its founding in 2019! This publication began as an effort to capture Quarry Lane’s distinct voice through journalism. Ten issues and 200 articles later, we’re incredibly proud of our team of writers, artists, editors, and social media managers. Go Cougars!
  • #MeToo Inspires Change Within The South Asian Community
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar DUBLIN, California –– When 29-year-old Srishti Prabha said she was sexually harassed by her boss at her first job, she said she did not file a complaint with human resources. She did not find a lawyer and contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. There […]
  • Raising A Rennu: What ‘Genius Kids’ Founder Wants Parents To Know
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar PLEASANTON, California — Genius Kids founder Rennu Dhillon says our greatest fear after death is public speaking — unless we make some incremental changes in our education system while we’re alive.  “Confidence is critical,” Dhillon says. “You have to learn how to take control […]
  • How We Come TOGETHER: Podcast W/ Dublin Vice-Mayor Arun Goel
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Constant coronavirus updates have left Tri-Valley residents confused and concerned, making it all the more important to connect with city and community officials. In an interview conducted by editor-in-chief Kanchan Naik, Dublin’s Vice Mayor Arun Goel answers questions about the city’s response to the […]
  • Aislamiento: Perspectiva de un estudiante
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar La cuarentena no es fácil. Cada día, tenemos que acostumbrarnos a la vida sin nuestros amigos y maestros. Nuestras noticias cuentan cuentas de vidas perdidas y hospitales llenos de víctimas del virus. Durante estos tiempos de tristeza, la mejor cosa de hacer es comunicar […]
  • A Message From the Roar
    The onset of the coronavirus outbreak has marked a period of isolation, anxiety, and fear in all of our lives — and understandably so. But as much as this pandemic has taken from us, it has also provided a necessary glimpse into our blessings. To encourage positivity during this difficult time, here is a video […]
  • Our World is Online: Cyberbullying rises
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Digital culture has become all the more important in our social lives as we navigate a global pandemic. The face of a screen is no longer a source of personal entertainment, but our only real connection with the outside world. Most of my birthday […]
  • A Legacy That Belongs to all of us
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar For years, Asian-Americans donned a cultural Invisibility cloak before Western audiences. And although undiscovered, their stories have unfolded silently and beautifully from generation to generation. That’s why the five-part documentary series, Asian Americans, created by an all-Asian American team of filmmakers, plays such a critical role […]
  • A Chat With QLS Faculty
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Recently, I had a chat with QLS faculty who graciously volunteered to share their feedback about the virtual learning program at our school. The conversation with Dr. B, Ms. Laing, and Dr. Ghosh was a valuable, insightful and fun experience. I loved their dynamic […]
  • Accents, Apu, and Shaping the South-Asian Narrative
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar “Thank you, come again!”Apu smiles. The faux-Indian accent rings in my ears even after The Simpsons cuts to the next scene, leaving the brightly-lit Kwik-E-Mart in the distance. It’s been two years since I’ve heard that infamous dialogue from Apu, a Simpson’s classic voiced by Jewish-American Hank Azaria. Apu […]
  • Poetry Slam in Pleasanton: A Reflection
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar In the midst of a coronavirus outbreak, Tri-Valley residents often feel trapped within their own homes, forced to confront the despair and the anxiety of a global pandemic on a day-to-day basis. Because citizens are separated by facial masks and closed doors, I wanted […]
  • Young People In Quarantine: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar “It’s like you’re practically living through history, Kanchan.”, was the first thing my mother told me as I logged into my third period on Zoom. I rubbed my eyes, which had become perpetually blurry after my exponential increase in daily screen time. Every day […]
  • Virtual Poetry Slam to Break Quarantine Monotony
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, people often feel trapped within their own homes, forced to confront the despair and the anxiety of a global pandemic on a day-to-day basis. Separated by facial masks and closed doors, we have to find ways to […]
  • Celebrating ONE HUNDRED
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar The Roar is excited to celebrate crossing the ‘one hundred articles’ mark! In honor of this milestone, Quarry Lane teachers have something to say: Through its 100 articles, readers recognize that The Roar doesn’t shy away from heavy, difficult topics that can make the […]
  • I Went To A Pleasanton Hackathon, and This Is What I Learned
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar 3 a.m. The sound of a rebooting Macbook Pro echoes in the distance, punctuated by the incessant clatter of a hundred keyboards. Someone sighs into a sleeping bag while instinctively reaching for another Pepsi. A charger is rammed into a USB port. The whole […]
  • The Tri-Valley Homelessness Crisis
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar As the economic divide widens across the country, millions of financially unstable citizens are falling through the cracks. Although homelessness is nothing new in America’s hyper-capitalist climate, more and more families are at the mercy of our streets. In California alone, there are currently […]
  • Focus Right, Focus Your Mind
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar As the last of 2019’s shadow disappears below the horizon, we begin to think of the horizons that we have created for ourselves. Thus commences another resolution season: a parade of inspirational Twitter posts, old to-do lists fished out of dustbins, and a genuine — […]
  • Keeping Us Posted:A Word Of Advice
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar With the rapid expansion of the internet’s presence in our society, the digital audience grows younger and more diverse by the day. From a tweet gone viral to a leaked Instagram post, every outburst or scandal online seems to have a much heavier presence […]
  • Gratitud, Gente y Generosidad: La Cena De Beneficios 2019
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Hace dos semanas, el club de español celebró una cena hermosa de beneficios en la Villa de Quarry Lane. Estudiantes de la Señora Salamanca y el Señor Mercado y la Señora Perez, miembros de la facultad, y familiares se reunieron para relajarse y disfrutar […]
  • The More, The Merrier: QLS Teachers Host Diwali Celebration
    Photo Credit: Anjali Kalidindi Diwali video: check out how our staff chose to celebrate this holiday! Diwali or Deepawali is the festival of lights that is celebrated all over India. Every year, over the course of a few days ranging from late October to early November, families all over the world rejoice the return of […]
  • QLS Open House 2019
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Photo credits : Anjali Kalidindi On November 3rd, Quarry Lane kicked off the first Open House of the school year with a bang! Held on a Sunday afternoon from 1 pm to 4, the event was an amazing experience for everyone included, from the […]
  • Maybe We’re The Punchline of Todd Philips’s Joker: A Review
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar “You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! I just do things. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. I’m not a schemer. I try to show schemers how pathetic […]
  • Space Exploration: Not Because It’s Easy, But Because It’s Expensive
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar From its accidental formation to its political and social development, America has always been defined as a nation of frontiers. European settlers once traversed the “New World” in search of wealth and glory, thus discovering North America in the first place. Rugged individualists like […]
  • “Like An Indian Christmas”
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar My mother’s eyes sparkled as I knelt beside her. Her white chalk scraped against the entrance to our house, adding wispy flowers between rows of hollow diamonds and peacock feathers on the outer edges of her design. There was something trained about the way […]
  • Do You Want to Be A Failure? A Standardized Testing Nightmare
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Night One: All test centers open at 7:45 a.m. and doors close at 8 a.m., unless otherwise noted on your admission ticket. You cannot be admitted once testing has started. The metal doors of the auditorium opened like the jaws of a beast, its […]