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  • A Pandemic Couldn’t Stop Quarry Lane’s Yearbook Team
    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 relay races morphed into distant memories. Sports games were cancelled for […]
  • How the Bay Area Reflects a Troubling Rise in Anti-Asian Racism
    Pooja, who didn’t want her real name used for fear of retaliation, said she realized early on that she would have to struggle to be accepted in a school in the United States where there were not many international students. When walking down the school hallways, she was constantly told to go back to her […]
  • The Interview that Splintered the Image of the Crown
    Content Warning: self-harm, bulimia The British monarchy has been instituted for over 1,000 years, its reverence and influence far transcending Britain’s borders. While the idea of royalty has been immensely romanticized by fairytale love stories, the authentic emotions of British Royals have revealed there is more to their life than a crown and glamorous whirlwind […]
  • What We Know About The Atlanta Spa Shootings
     Content Warning: Mentions of murder and shooting. Viewer discretion is advised. A series of shootings at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area on Tuesday, March 16 left eight people dead and at least one wounded. The heinous attack is hypothesized to be a hate crime against Asian American women, especially since six of the […]
  • NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Nursing Home and Sexual Harassment Allegations
    Towards the end of February, it was publicly revealed that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aides altered the statistics of the true number of people that had passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to NBC New York, “The aides, including the secretary to the governor, Melissa DeRosa, pushed state health […]
  • Sarah Everard’s Death: What It Means to Live in Fear
    Content Warning: Mentions of sexual assault, murder, and kidnap. Viewer discretion advised. On March 3rd, 33-year old marketing executive Sarah Everard was walking home from a friend’s house at 9:00 pm. Dressed in bright clothing, on the phone with a loved one, and walking along a well-lit London street, she was doing everything women across […]
  • wHAT wE kNOW aBOUT the hubble space telescope’s recent software glitch
    Since its launch by NASA in 1990, The Hubble Telescope has taken over 1.4 million intriguing pictures of galaxies, black holes, stars, and other dazzling extraterrestrial mysteries. Able to see almost 15 billion light-years away and costing over 10 billion dollars to build and maintain, the Hubble Telescope remains one of the most significant projects […]
  • An AP Testing Recap: Past and Present
    2020 marked the first year in which AP exams were administered at home as a side-effect of the coronavirus pandemic. The major change in testing style generated a host of issues regarding equity and fairness. Since the exams were conducted through an online platform, students taking the exams needed an electronic device as well as […]
  • Jeff Bezos Steps Down As Amazon CEO. What Now?
    After founding Amazon 27 years ago, Jeff Bezos has transformed Amazon.com from an online-bookstore into a super-sized tech company that dominates e-commerce, cloud computing, and other industries. Now, on February 2nd of this year, Jeff Bezos announced that he will step down from the position of CEO of Amazon to the position of executive chairman. […]
  • Why We Need Two Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine
    It is common knowledge that COVID-19 vaccines only fully take effect when patients receive two doses, with the recommended time between each shot being three weeks for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and four weeks for the Moderna vaccine. However, misleading articles and information questioning the need for the second vaccine dose that are circulating around the […]
  • A Different Kind of Victory
    Around this time last year, the National Football League was scrambling to figure out how it could schedule 32 teams to play a total of 269 games in the midst of a deadly pandemic. The league decided to face the virus head-on and run through the season with strict protocols, but without a “bubble” approach followed by […]
  • A Look Into the CDC’s New Guidelines for Schools
    Reopening schools has become a subject of heated debate as America continues its efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic. In early February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a long-awaited roadmap detailing how schools should reopen safely. It’s reassured many educators, but has also left others worried if the recommendations are enough to keep […]
  • A Whirlwind of Executive Action
    Executive orders have been a crucial part of the presidential branch’s power, with every president having signed at least one during their time in office. While Congress is unable to reverse an executive order, it does have the ability to pass legislation that indirectly harms the execution of the order (like reducing funding for a certain project).
  • The True Story That Inspired Judas and the Black Messiah
    “Judas and the Black Messiah”, released on February 12, 2021, was a long-awaited exposé of the FBI’s past conspiracies against the Black nationalist political organization, The Black Panther Party. Following the story of William O’Neal’s infiltration of the Black Panther Party, the movie was inspired by true events and the harassment of the Black Panther […]
  • What the farmer protests have revealed about democratic backsliding in India
    As the world reels from the global pandemic, climate change, and other modern calamities, a historic movement has been quietly raging in India. Since August, tens of thousands of Indian agricultural workers, many of them members of the Sikh religious minority, have taken to the streets across the country. The protests are a result of […]
  • Becky Albertalli’s “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” is a Must-Read for Young Adults
    Despite being in a society that is more accepting of various sexual orientations, the media and culture that surround us are still heteronormative, which makes it difficult for LGBT people to come out. This situation is what Simon Spier experiences in the popular young adult book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. A gay […]
  • 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
  • DEMOCRACY REQUIRES ACCOUNTABILITY: Reflecting on the Capitol Hill Insurrection
    The curtains have closed on Donald Trump’s administration—on a scene that was foreshadowed throughout his entire presidency.
  • Wisconsin pharmacist Arrested for Allegedly Destroying COVID-19 Vaccine. What Now?
    On December 31st, 2020, a Wisconsin pharmacist was arrested following the destruction of over fifty-seven vials of the Moderna vaccine. Steven Brandenburg, worker at the Advocate Aurora Health Care Center, is accused of deliberately tampering with approximately five-hundred doses of the latest COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Los Angeles county hits 1 million COVID-19 cases. What Now?
    On Saturday, January 16th, Los Angeles became the very first county to reach 1 million coronavirus cases ever since the pandemic began in early 2020.
  • pLANE cRASH bRING iNDONESIA’S flIGHT sAFETY pROCEDURES INTO QUESTION
    Tragedy struck in the capital of Indonesia on January 9 as Flight SJ182 violently crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 62 passengers aboard.
  • Alexander Wang And the Stigma Against Addressing Male Sexual Assault
    A little over a month ago, male model Owen Mooney publicly accused Alexander Wang, an influential fashion designer, of groping him in a New York City nightclub in 2017. Through a sequence of short clips posted on TikTok, Mooney revealed his alleged encounter with the fashion designer, saying “People with this kind of status, they think their power gives them a pass to do this to people.”
  • “See You In DC!”: How Social Media Helped Incite The CApitol Breach
    Historically, most presidential transferences of power have been relatively smooth and peaceful, with the exception of notable occurrences such as the election of 1876. On January 6th, 2021, less than a week into the new year, supporters of President Donald Trump had already made national and global news headlines by breaching the U.S. Capitol. Following Joe Biden’s presidential victory, confirmed in early November of 2020, Trump and his supporters began to claim election fraud.
  • Success in Georgia Sets up Democratic Success in the Presidency
    Georgia’s Runoff Elections on January 5th, 2021, had a special significance as the results determined the Senate majority, and consequently, the extent of legislation President Joe Biden will pass.
  • The Bright Future: CES 2021’s Coolest Products
    CES is an annual electronics show where a variety of new products, concepts, and technological innovations are presented.
  • How To Contribute to Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
    According to the World Health Organization, “In 2018, an estimated 570, 000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide, and about 31, 000 women died from the disease.”
  • Period Poverty – Now’s The Time to Address It
    In every country, menstruating women, trans, and non-binary people lack sanitary and affordable methods of managing their period. Some have no choice but to use substitutes such as newspapers, toilet rolls, or cloth rags.
  • Expiry of Trade Tariff Exception Leads to Price Increases in Computers
    Computer enthusiasts are yet again hit by another wave of disappointment as prices for computer components further increase.
  • The latest update on the covid-19 vaccine
    A shocking 78% of all I.C.U. beds are full across the United States as the total number of confirmed cases surpasses 18 million. In parts of California specifically, over 93% of all intensive care unit beds are full, and doctors and other health officials request for everyone to stay at home this holiday season.     […]
  • CW’s Supernatural’s queerbaiting: a brief history, and what comes next
    Note: this article uses the word ‘queer’ in a reclaimed sense.  In arguably the most chaotic month of an outstandingly chaotic year, an era of television came to an end with the series finale of the CW’s Supernatural. The somewhat soapy horror series following the supernatural exploits of two American brothers emerged in 2005 and […]
  • AMD and Nvidia launch: Promises broken?
    It’s been more than two months since Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series launch and more than one since AMD’s Big Navi GPU launch. Yet none of these cards are available on store shelves. Going to Amazon, Newegg, or other vendors to find these cards will yield nothing more than a notify me button.  Going to Ebay, […]
  • The Past, Present, and Future of Standardized Testing
    Right when high schoolers across the country thought that the stress and pressure from college applications had reached its peak, the outbreak of a global pandemic disrupted every aspect of normal life as we knew it, compounding the challenges they faced.  When the coronavirus began to spread throughout the US in early March, schools everywhere […]
  • The Monopolization of Big Tech Companies over the Tech Industry
    Facebook was sued on December 8th by the Federal Trade Commission and 46 other states in two antitrust lawsuits for alleged “anti-competitive behavior” and abusing power in the digital industry. The Federal Trade Commission went further in an attempt to indefinitely separate assets of Facebook like Instagram and WhatsApp as well as attempt to impose […]
  • the rapid gentrification of the Bay Area
    Within the past decade, the Bay Area has witnessed a massive demographic shift of low-income and people of color, particularly from cities like San Francisco and Oakland. This phenomenon of gentrification refers to the process in which a neighborhood changes socially, culturally, demographically, and economically following historic disinvestment. It has notoriously been associated with significant […]
  • COVID-19’s Impact on the Entertainment Industry
    This past year, COVID-19 has changed numerous aspects of our daily lives, including entertainment and collective media. Although the entertainment industry has had rapid changes throughout the past couple of decades, 2020 has presented many new problems.      Movie theaters have been closed over the year, delaying the release of new films and movies such […]
  • How is Christmas expected to look in 2020
    In all the predictions of events taking place in 2020, the question of Santa Claus brought us to a bump in a tradition that was able to continue as yet manageable. With the pandemic taking a strong toll on public lives, there was expected if not bound to have been some change in the customary […]
  • Supreme Court Reform: A Balancing Act
    The makeup of the Supreme Court has enormous implications on the laws that are passed. Decisions made by the appointed justices affect the lives of Americans for decades.
  • The Results are in: Putin has Triumphed Again
    Alexei Navalny’s miraculous recovery earlier this year sparked some hope for the upcoming Russian elections. Unfortunately, Russian democracy did not see the same rejuvenation. For Russians, though there are constant pushes to go to the polls and increase voter turnout, one vote really doesn’t matter. There is no doubt that the election’s results are rigged. Russia had regional elections for 20 governors and 11 regional parliaments, similar to the position of United States senator. There are three major Russian political parties: United Russia, Putin’s party; A Just Russia, the left-wing party; and Russia of the Future, Alexei Navalny’s party. Out of the 20 gubernatorial races, only five were claimed by parties other than United Russia. Of those five seats, the results were split between various parties.
  • Covid-19 and the Flu: The Threat of a ‘TwinDemic’
    A healthcare worker in Solano County, California, has contracted both COVID-19 and influenza simultaneously, becoming the first person in the United States to test positive for both. Medical officials are worried that a “twindemic” may arise as winter approaches, and that the hospitals all across the nation may be overwhelmed with patients.
  • Unraveling Institutionalized Toxic Masculinity
    The origins of “masculinity” date nearly 55 million years back. Early male hominids and other primates showed displays of physical strength and aggression to exert control over their communities.
  • NaNoWriMo 2020: A Reflection
    Nanowrimo logo – “image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.”
  • A Closer Look Into AMD’s 2020 Launch
    AMD have officially launched their Zen 3 based CPUs on November 5th to great praise from reviewers and consumers alike. This was shown in the keynote as upwards of 50% increased in performance in games like League of Legends and CS:GO.
  • iPhone 12: Price and features
    Every year or so, Apple releases a new phone for consumers. Last year the iPhone 11 came out and this year it’s time for the iPhone 12. The baseline unlocked iPhone 12 starts at $829, with 64 GB of storage.
  • How We Give Thanks Across the Globe
    Some may believe that Thanksgiving is a holiday exclusive to America, but its celebrated around the world with unique and exciting traditions. As there are about 17 countries that have their own way of celebrating Thanksgiving, different places do so for a variety of reasons. Some celebrations commemorate migrations to the Americas while others look at the beginning of a new lunar cycle as the start of the harvest season. In different places, the traditions may differ, but the purpose of this holiday remains the same: it’s an opportunity to spend time with the people who you’re thankful for or are important to you.
  • On Domestic Violence: Model Minority, Private Pain
    *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 status in the United States for her condition. She had endured […]
  • The Devastating Intersection of The Opoid Epidemic and Covid-19
    Photo of drugs. Source by Konstantin Lazorkin.
  • Eddie Valen Halen Tragically Passes away at 65
    On October 6, 2020, Eddie Van Halen, the shredding legend himself, walked off the stage of life after 65 years of showing the world all that he can do. He fought a lengthy battle with throat cancer, and he tragically succumbed to it. Eddie Van Halen was born on January 26, 1955 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. […]
  • Dramatic Rise in Oakland Homicides
    Oakland Police Department. Source by Vision 63.
  • President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19
    Early on Friday, October 2nd, President Donald Trump tweeted that both he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for the corona virus and would begin their quarranting process. Through the development and spread of the COVID-19, Trump has made multiple statements in support of masks as well as comments heavily understating their […]
  • What Would A Contested Election Look Like?
    Earlier this year––a year racked with coronavirus, political instability, and uncertainty––about 100 of America’s top officials, advisors, and leaders met secretly in the summer heat, a scene reminiscent of a similar summer meeting that took place over 200 years ago. Like that fateful gathering all those years ago that ultimately signed the Declaration of Independence, the meeting held 200 years later would be an important turning point in American history.
  • ‘This American Life Adds Liveliness to Life’ Podcast: Review
    One of the most popular shows on NPR, This American Life (TAL) talks about stories of all kinds, each evoking different emotions. Ever since its first episode in 1995, the show has received numerous Peabody awards and even had an HBO TV show. From stories on summer camp to pressing issues such as immigration, TAL hooks listeners right away.
  • Back With A Vengeance: Virtual Return of FRC Robotics
    The symbol (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIRST_Robotics_Competition)
  • The Orionid Highlights Shine Through a Dark Year
    Peaking in October, the Orionid meteor showers are one of the most beautiful showers every year. Meteors themselves come from leftover comet particles and small parts of broken asteroids. When comets orbit the sun, they emit dust that slowly spreads into a trail of dust following the orbit. Every year the Earth passes through these trails, which cause the debris to strike and enter our atmosphere, where they disintegrate and manifest as the iconic dazzling streaks in the sky.
  • The Boom of Sports Trading Cards Market During the Pandemic
    Although modern baseball cards such as the ones in this picture have more colorful effects and features, they are not as rare or valuable as the plain and old baseball cards as those baseball cards are. “BASEBALL SPORTS CARDS” by supportcaringllc is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  • A TRIBUTE To CHADWICK BOSEMAN
    “Chadwick Boseman” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  • High Profile Bollywood Case uncovers Drug Scandal
    “Sushant Singh Rajput, Iffi goa 2017” by joegoaukiffi3 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  • The Nvidia RTX3080/3090 launch fiasco
    ASUS ROG STRIX 3080, Source: ASUS.com
  • Inside the NFL’s Coronavirus Crisis
    During a typical NFL season, a clash between two undefeated teams would be a consequential viewing for any avid football fan. Stadiums would be filled with fans cheering at the top of their lungs in support of their teams. Unfortunately, this season has been anything but normal. The Tennessee Titans faced the Buffalo Bills in […]
  • The Dilemma of the Democratic Party
    That’s all I could think as I watched the three-day spectacle that was the 2020 Democratic National Convention. And I didn’t just mean that the pandemic that had forced the convention, along with everything else in American life, to more virtual landscapes. I meant it was never supposed to be like this––a Democratic party desperately trying […]
  • #MeToo Inspires Change Within The South Asian Community
    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 were no courtroom dramas or scalding accusations.  Why? Because the only […]
  • The NBA Bubble: Will It Pop?
    Original art by Izzy Chiang.
  • Efforts to Curb Wildfires: What You Need To Know
    Firefighter battling a blaze. Source by USFWS/Southeast.
  • Text to Speech? Now You Can!
    Remember the last time you didn’t have any alternatives to this? Me neither. Tech goes fast.
  • Pick Your Poison, and Beat it: Alexei Navalny Recovers
    Navalny’s Flight Path Map credit: October 9, 2014. Credit: Uwe Dedering 223 KB View full-size Download
  • A Glimpse At U.S. Elections (Behind A Mask)
    Ira L. Black, Getty Images
  • The Scandal Behind Disney’s New Live-Action Mulan
    Art by Kalyani Valiyaveettil
  • Nvidia Launch: Tech Amid a Pandemic
    The hype for Nvidia’s new Ampere GPUs are at an all time high. Charts shown by Nvidia at their launch event show a greater than 80% increase in performance over the previous generation Turing GPUs. This is the biggest generational leap in Nvidia’s history. The next closest leap was the jump from Maxwell to Pascal […]
  • 2020 Woes: Maybe It’s All In Retrograde?
    We all know that setting goals for ourselves and expecting a positive outcome without procrastinating, is not always one hundred percent there for us. Let us take these next couple of months to take a deep breath and focus on accomplishing those goals. As if 2020 is not exasperating enough, we are in the Mars […]
  • Disconnected: The Digital Divide
    The digital divide is a barrier that blocks many students from being able to access educational resources from home.
  • Horshoe Crabs on the Troubling Decline
    Photo taken by walknboston from creative commons.https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/3a2df2e4-0e9a-49ff-b68f-e56214e9a8d4
  • Recent Natural Disasters
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  • The History Behind Labor day
    Labor Movement-Cornell Univeristy Library
  • THE CEO OF TIKTOK RESIGNS
    Less than four months after joining TikTok, TikTok Chief Executive Kevin Mayer announced his resignation due to pressure from President Donald Trump’s administration. He left Walt Disney to join TikTok with the dream to lead the global team to grow bigger, amid when President Trump accused the video app of threatening national security.  Kevin A. […]
  • The Great Depression: A Sudden Crash or Anticipated Disaster?
    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives, causing various problems in almost every aspect of our lives. While undeniably the most damaging impact of COVID-19 is the ever-increasing numbers of the confirmed and death, the economy is also hit hard by the pandemic. The lives of millions are affected by the economic shutdown due to […]
  • Our World is Online: Cyberbullying rises
    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 was spent blowing out candles in front of a Skype monitor […]
  • A Legacy That Belongs to all of us
    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 in chronicling the immigrant experience.  Narrated by Daniel Dae Kim and Tamlyn Tomita, Asian […]
  • COVID-19 Vaccine and Antiviral Improvements
    By: Reha Matai & Srusti Acharya With over 5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, many scientists and those in health careers are pushing with efforts to create treatments and develop vaccines in order to reduce the damage of this disease. Scientists have looked at 3 stages of infection where the virus could possibly be targeted: […]
  • Joe Biden’s Leaked Phone Calls; Incriminating or Irrelevant?
    By: Sonali Mudunuri With the 2020 election drawing dangerously near in such a time of crisis, it is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind panic of the pandemic and forget it is up to us to elect a leader who will not only effectively aid us in matters of health and public safety, […]
  • American Cancer Society
    The COVID-19 pandemic has had grave consequences on the economy and health of several patients. The American Cancer Society offers condolences to all those who have been affected by the national pandemic. We recognize the seriousness of the situation and are abiding by the laws regarding the pandemic. We further acknowledge that cancer survivors are […]
  • Poetry Slam in Pleasanton: A Reflection
    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 to find a way to bring the community together. As the […]
  • Economic Ramifications Amid Global Pandemic — A Comparison
    The COVID-19 crisis has caused dreadful pandemonium and to make add on to the amounting anxiety, emerging articles are comparing the current economic downturn to the 1930s Great Depression. Are we even in a recession? Depression? Frankly, no. Maybe not yet, or maybe it would never happen. “The Next Great Depression” sounds scary, but context is […]
  • Modern Epidemics: Cases of Disease Outbreaks In Last 100 Years
    Most of us are familiar with the stories of diseases that devastated the world in the medieval or early modern days. Disease of Justanian, the Black Death, and the list goes on. However, many modern pandemics are forgotten, or at least diminished to minor outbreaks in our minds. That is one of the reasons we […]
  • Morality Among Mass-anxiety: Third World Countries in Desperate Need of Supplies
    The COVID-19 pandemic has, in just the space of several weeks, altered the very fabric of American life. Schools, restaurants, workplaces, and other staples of daily life have been closed, the media is saturated with images and information about the virus and its toll, and anxiety hangs in the air and behind every mask. In […]
  • COVID-19: A Transnational Analysis
    Wesley Vong, websiteApr 19 File…Title: An Analysis of the Current Covid 19 Pandemic It’s been more than a month since Gavin Newsom announced that California would go into a lockdown. Now that the daily additional cases have started to plateau, people are wondering when they can be free to roam the streets once more.The following image shows the number […]
  • Political Crisis In India Threatens To Escalate
    The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019. It amended the Citizenship Act of 1955 by providing a path to Indian citizenship for illegal migrants of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian religious minorities, who had fled persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan before December 2014. Muslims from […]
  • COVID-19’s Impact on Upcoming Elections
    By: Sonali Mudunuri With Bernie Sanders –– a widely supported progressive Democrat hailing from Vermont –– ending his 2020 presidential candidacy just recently on April 8th, former Vice President and moderate Joe Biden will be facing off against current president, Donald J. Trump, in the upcoming election. Biden has currently received endorsements from the likes […]
  • Bill Gates – A Conspiracy Theory
    *Disclaimer: The Roar would like to highlight that the following opinions are not factually grounded and are not held by the writers or the The Roar Editorial Team as a whole. Recently, some of the people are abusing Bill Gates on the internet. But why? Bill Gates founded the gates foundation in 2001 to focus […]
  • Young People In Quarantine: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
    “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 became Pajama Day, where I drowsily took calculus notes from the […]
  • Virtual Poetry Slam to Break Quarantine Monotony
    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 bring our community together. That’s why as Pleasanton’s Teen Poet Laureate, […]
  • My Experience At A Bernie Sanders Rally
    I walked in a skeptic, I walked out a little bit less of one: my experience at a Bernie Sanders rally. When we arrived at 9:30 in the morning, the line in front of the San Jose Convention Center stretched around the block. Sounds smells, and sights competed for our attention––the lively chatter of anticipation, […]
  • COVID-19’s Impact on Technology
    The current coronavirus pandemic has a huge impact on technology and can greatly disrupt current technological developments. The initial shutdown of electronics factories in China already lead to a great slowdown in production for many tech companies, leading to weeks and even months of delay before the product can be put onto shelves in stores […]
  • St. Patrick’s Day – History
    By Daniel Cha March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day, which is one of the most celebrated days in the United States, despite the fact that it is not an official holiday. Shamrocks, large festivals and parades, and wearing green have become a part of American culture. However, it is relatively little-known why St. Patrick’s Day […]
  • The Winners, The Losers, and Everything in Between
    By: Sonali Mudunuri Amid concerns about the global pandemic, which has caused massive sweeps of anxiety and paranoia to wash over the nation, it is crucial now more than ever for all eligible voting citizens to turn to a leader that will not only inspire and rejuvenate the nation, but set in forth concrete plans […]
  • Curry’s Comeback Game
    On Golden State Warriors’ game against Phoenix Suns on October 30th, 2019, Stephen Curry suffered a fractured left hand and began to rehabilitate. After 127 days, Stephen Curry was back on Warriors’ game against Toronto Raptors on March 5th, 2020. In 27 minutes, Stephen Curry scored 23 points (6 of 16 field goals) and made […]
  • Impeachment Dies An Expected End
    Just about 2 weeks ago, President Trump was formally acquitted of the two articles of impeachment against him, mostly on party lines. This, of course, came as a surprise to no one. In our divided political climate, a vote on party lines––and by extension, an acquittal––was inevitable. But why then, did Democrats do it in […]
  • Gene Editing: Biotech’s New Superpower
    Bioethics is a muddy field to trek, embalming the intricate nuances of philosophy into rapid innovation. With recent advances – specifically the launch of genetic modifying molecular machinery known as CRISPR-Cas9 – the argument has officially exploded. Genetic engineering is not an entirely new concept though, genetic engineers have been able to launch novel genes […]
  • Poland: An International Dillema
    by Suhani Narayan Poland is known for committing unethical atrocities, especially in terms of police brutality and locking up their citizens when they speak against their government.The United States has been looking for setting a precedent of stopping authoritarian regimes and attempting to prevent other countries from following Poland’s lead, and urging the EU to […]
  • Keep A Lookout For Wuhan’s Coronavirus
    A new virus called the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been identified as the cause of a disease outbreak that began in China. The disease is called COVID-19. It has spread to 29 countries around the world and 1 international conveyance (the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship currently harbored in Yokohama, Japan). Among 71,450 cases, 1,776 […]
  • The Winners, The Losers, & Everything in Between
    by: Sonali Mudunuri This year has already been an eventful one in terms of the current Trump administration and the recent Democratic campaigns. The first week of February saw such incidents as President Trump’s State of the Union Address, as well as polling mishaps in Iowa, but most importantly, the eighth Democratic debate took place. […]
  • Supercharging The Effort To Change Our Charging Cables
    The EU parliament has officially voted to push the standardization of mobile device chargers in the EU despite Apple’s protests. All mobile devices, whether made by Apple, Huawei, or anyone in between needs to have the same charger. Currently it is unclear whether the EU wants to standardize the charger itself and allow different ports on […]