Opinion


  • 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 […]
  • The Paradox of Trans Visibility
    In the past few decades, the dawn of the Internet has seen an increase in trans visibility. Transgender representation in media is crucial to inform the masses about the community and give an accurate understanding of the community to trans children. The Internet has been revolutionary for the trans community in that it can provide […]
  • 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 […]
  • Rewatching Nostalgic 2000s Childhood Cartoons as a Teen
    Feeling extremely nostalgic lately, I decided to rewatch the pilot episodes of a few 2000s cartoons to see if they held up to my memories of viewing them as a kid. Stories often have a different takeaways and effects on a second viewing, and I’m curious to delve back into the past by rewatching some […]
  • The Dangers of South Asia’s Education System
    In South-Asia, the ranking system is a component of the education system and has been practiced blindly for years. The century-old practice ranks persons based on the grade from tests or exams, displaying all student’s scores from best to worst. Although the ranking system may motivate students to work harder, the negative outcomes outweigh the […]
  • Nicole Chung’s “All You Can Ever Know” Explores the Complexities of Transracial Adoption
    In a school like Quarry Lane where the majority of students are of Asian descent, it is hard for us to imagine growing up in a household that is separate from our mother tongue and native culture. Nicole Chung’s memoir, All You Can Ever Know, provides a detailed account of her experience as a transracial adoptee. […]
  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones Announce New Studio Album
    Image source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2011/12/24/bosstones-come-home-for-another-throwdown/IjjFSHIxD2S5uaagLeFBfI/story.html “And he still hears the noise from the brigade, so you’re not gonna see his face in the final parade.” These words mark the chorus of an energetic, happy, fist-pumping, toe-tapping song filled with joy and excitement. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Boston’s greatest ska punk legends, recently announced plans to release their […]
  • Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: A Review
    Besides love, the trilogy also tackles Lara Jean’s relationship with her family, broken friendship with former best friend Genevieve, and connecting with the Korean side of her identity. The book was followed by two sequels, P.S. I Still Love You, which centres around another love triangle, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, which deals with […]
  • 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. […]
  • 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 […]
  • My Journey Learning to Love An Endangered Language
    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 along the interlingual axes of Kannada, Marathi, and Tullu, all Indo-Aryan […]
  • 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.
  • hOW TO BE A hIGH sCHOOL sUPERSTAR: a rEVIEW
    In academic driven schools like Quarry Lane, students find themselves taking a heavy course load along with doing many extracurriculars to be competitive for top colleges. But what if getting into a top college doesn’t need to involve plowing through hours of work or juggling many activities at once? In How to Be a High School […]
  • Book TV Adaptations tHAT bROUGHT oUT THE bEST OF bOTH woRLDS
    Have you ever read a book and then watched the movie based on it and felt completely disappointed? Although it’s always exciting to see your favorite characters brought to life on the big screen, condensing 300+ pages into two hour or six twenty-minute episodes is pretty difficult, especially considering the different storytelling formats. It’s pretty […]
  • 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.”
  • Teens, Tik Tok Parties, and tROUBLE bREWING
    “If you’re using this time to hang out with your friends since you don’t have school, please, I’m asking you, please stop being so inconsiderate to others. You may think this isn’t going to affect me or it isn’t that bad. You are putting other people at risk to get hurt and to be in […]
  • Self-Care Tips for Traumatic News
    Some days are worse than the others, making you feel unbalanced and uncertain with what will happen next.  What we hear and see on the news has a greater impact towards our mental health than we think. While we sometimes may not be aware of it, mental health goes long ways when dealing with traumatic […]
  • “Last Boat Out of Shanghai” Reveals the Unspoken Past
    It is 1949 and the Communist party in China takes over the country, causing Chiang Kai-Shek’s KMT( Kuo Min Tang) Party to flee to Taiwan.
  • 20/20 DiVision: An Angry Cry that Reflects America’s Political Climate
    These words summarize the theme of the album 20/20 Vision by Anti-Flag. This album is the 12th studio album by this band.
  • 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.
  • Charlotte McConaghy’s “Migrations”: A Review
    Three chapters into Charlotte McConaghy’s Migrations, I was struck by that rare, wonderful feeling that I had stumbled onto something secret and gorgeous.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Support Cultural Appreciation, Not Appropriation
    Every day throughout social media, we hear the phrases “computer guru” or “karma will come back to hit you.” However, we fail to understand the deep roots such words carry, just to name a few.
  • 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.
  • 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 […]
  • TikTok’s Beauty Algorithm’s Reinforcement of Pretty Privilege
    TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media platform worldwide and allows for users to create short videos to express themselves creatively. TikTok started off as two separate apps — Musically and Douyin, both owned by the parent company ByteDance — which merged into a single app in 2017 The app currently have 800 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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.
  • Kamala Harris’s Confusing Relationship With the LGBTQ+ Community
    2020 has been an incredibly turbulent political year. After months of anticipation and tireless campaigning on both sides, the race has finally been called; with 306 electoral votes, former Vice President Joe Biden has won.
  • A Strong Start For Star Wars’s The Mandalorian
    Star Wars was famous for its movies, but TV shows have always remained a strong part of the franchise. A new classic arrived in the form of The Mandalorian, which tells the story of a Mandalorian bounty hunter traveling the galaxy in search of targets to take down after the fall of the Galactic Empire.
  • Productivity Apps and Extensions To Look Out For
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the distractions on our computer or phone can prevent us from focusing during online school. The computer applications in my previous article are still helpful for online school. However, I would like to share some new applications that I find to be very useful. I will also explain why these applications can make you have a better learning experience on Zoom.
  • 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.
  • The Bollywood Film Industry during COVID-19
    A vast majority of what was daily life has changed drastically due to COVID-19 including the way society finds entertainment. Though various streaming services have been an integral part of daily life for many prior to lockdown, the concept of releasing movies in theatres has always been and still was quite monumental until recent times, especially for the Bollywood Film Industry. Actor Ayushmann Khurrana even once claimed in an interview with Rajeev Masand that the feeling of a cinema hall could never be replicated or even entirely replaced by viewing films from a television screen.
  • 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.”
  • Study Tips To Make This Semester A Success
    Image Credit: “Study Area” by yum9me is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Do you ever find yourself pondering why you got a low grade despite studying for hours together, despite putting in the effort?  Do you ever find yourself getting distracted too easily? Do you ever feel like the problem is you? If you answered […]
  • 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 […]
  • 25 Years of DDLJ, And Bollywood Still Can’t Make Up Its Mind
    “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 theme song of the age-old, “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.” Violins lilt […]
  • How The Coronavirus Is Changing the Beauty Industry
    By Srusti Acharya and Reha Matai Though the term beauty in essence has different meanings to each and every individual. Yet, living in society often insists on participation in various norms that have developed into our daily lives. According to Statistica.com, as of December 20th, 2019 “According to a May 2017 survey of American consumers, […]
  • Is Thrift Shopping Becoming the New Trend?
    Vintage and 90’s fashion looks are coming back in style, and what’s more vintage than a thrift shop? Fashion and style are constantly changing from one season to the next. However, over the past year second hand shopping has become one of the main attractions to teenagers and young adults. With the 90’s fashion back […]
  • 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.
  • 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 Chilling Psychology Behind Child Serial Killers
    Data from the F.B.I. and various studies have revealed a general psychological profile for child homicide perpetrators. Approximately 74 children under the age of 14 commit murder a year in the United States, accounting for less than 1% of all homicide perpetrators. About 90% of this demographic are males, usually between the ages of 11 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Raising A Rennu: What ‘Genius Kids’ Founder Wants Parents To Know
    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 of your life. Compassion, communication , eye contact — these are […]
  • Text to Speech? Now You Can!
    Remember the last time you didn’t have any alternatives to this? Me neither. Tech goes fast.
  • 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 […]
  • Social Media and Body Image: It’s Worse Than You Think
    The body positivity movement have encouraged a broadening range of different body types and appearances on social media.
  • Disconnected: The Digital Divide
    The digital divide is a barrier that blocks many students from being able to access educational resources from home.
  • The History Behind Labor day
    Labor Movement-Cornell Univeristy Library
  • 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 […]
  • Aislamiento: Perspectiva de un estudiante
    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 y mantener la solidaridad en nuestra comunidad. Para entender las dificultades […]
  • 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
    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 […]
  • How to Start Exercising: By a Former Couch Potato
    Before the quarantine, I barely exercised. At best, I would run on the elliptical once a week for 30 minutes to please my parents that wanted me to stay fit. After the lockdown started, however, I had a lot more free time because I didn’t need to spend 30 minutes on my daily commute. Also, […]
  • “Never Have I Ever” and the importance of representation
    As we all struggle through quarantine, one thing has become abundantly clear to all of us–––streaming services have become essential to our strange new lives.  And while Disney+ is gaining traction and Amazon and Hulu continue to enthrall, no other service has benefited from quarantine as much as Netflix. The platform’s ever-expanding selection of media […]
  • Accents, Apu, and Shaping the South-Asian Narrative
    “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 embodies so many of the stereotypes that the South-Asian community is […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Interesting things to do during Quarantine
    Ahoy! It’s your favorite Skarizon drummer Manthan here! This time, I’ll be talking about some interesting things to do in quarantine. Now, we are going through some really tough times. The COVID-19 outbreak is killing people left and right, and lots of people like you and me are stuck indoors to help decrease the flow […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • College Advice From A QLS Senior
    As a senior who has just finished college application and gone through college decision releases, there are some tips that I come up with that may help future applicants.First, start college research as early as possible. The more research you did, the better you can write on Why College essays. In the first semester of […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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, […]
  • 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 […]
  • Slow Time Movement: Benefits of Sleeping Early
    Throughout my sophomore year, I was proud of going to bed at 9:30 PM and waking up at 5:30 AM. However, I started to have more homework and tests in my junior year. Once proud of being an early bird, I noticed I was being a hypocrite. I was telling my peers that I would […]
  • Creative Burnout and How To Combat It
    So, I actually wrote part of this article before the whole Bay Area Shelter-In-Place thing happened. A lot of my advice from before included tips like experiencing nature and observing people and visiting museums. Sometimes, when your mind really boggled and burnout, a breath of fresh air is the way to go. Well, obviously, most […]
  • Quarantine: Adjusting To The New Normal
    Quarantine. People around the world continue with their daily activities from the confines of their home while protecting themselves from any exposure. The world goes one.
  • I Went To A Pleasanton Hackathon, and This Is What I Learned
    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 auditorium is suspended in an uneasy half-silence, but I don’t seem […]
  • 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 […]
  • How To Hit The Books Without Hitting Dead Ends
    It is midnight and you are chugging on coffee to study for a test. You do all the preparation you can, but the moment you see a hard question on the test, your mind zones out. I have heard these types of scenarios from my classmates not once, but quite a few times. When I […]
  • 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 […]
  • Digital Minimalism: What You Need in 2020
    For the past years, I would passively consume information by surfing the internet by searching whatever popped in my brain. Back in middle school, I would enter rabbit holes on YouTube. I felt drained, exhausted, and confused about why I even used the computer in the first place. Sometimes, I felt like I was controlled […]
  • The Tri-Valley Homelessness Crisis
    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 more than five million people who are food insecure, and roughly […]
  • Bullet Journaling
    Bullet journalling. You’ve probably heard that term tossed around a lot, on Instagram, YouTube, or even in person. To sum it up, a bullet journal is kind of like a hybrid of a personalized planner and a journal. Bullet journals are extremely customizable, and that’s why so many people are favoring them over traditional planners.  […]
  • Focus Right, Focus Your Mind
    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 — albeit temporal — attempt at self-improvement. While I’m sure we’ve all […]
  • Seven things to do during the Holiday Season
    One. Visit Union Square in San Francisco.Arguably San Francisco’s most festive place, Union Square boasts a enormous outdoor Christmas tree decked with yards and yards of string lights. Don’t forget to bring your skates to skate under the stars on the outdoor skating rink! The annual tree lighting takes place on November Twenty-Ninth at 6 […]
  • The Christmas Countdown
    This comic is a depiction of deforestation in today’s society. The work’s plot is meant to be a call for the rejection of industrialized material goods and action towards reviving nature. 
  • Are you listening?
    Every cause has an effect, a drastic one. Every small action we take can create a new universe, a new world. The universe we create is the foundation of our choices. After all, we are defined by our choices. One person suicides every 30 seconds, and 3000 people suicide every day. Mental illness has become […]
  • Repression, Revolt, And Regime Change: North Korea
    Growing up I experienced the bliss of hearing stories that had happy endings. Those stories instill courage in me and give me hope. What I did not know was when I was hearing stories about princesses, children in another part of the world were forced to learn about the Kim dictatorship, and watch people being […]
  • How to deal with Test Anxiety
    Finals are coming up, and everyone is frantically studying for finals to raise their grades. The problem is that although students study very hard, they don’t think of how to change their approach towards the tests. What I mean by this is not exactly test strategies, but your attitude of the test. Overcoming test anxiety […]
  • What I learned from Using a Mindfulness Journal
    Schedule the appointment! Do your homework now! Study for the test!” These are the various thoughts I say in my head every moment of the school day.  Before, I would barely take the time to pause for a few minutes to simply do nothing by closing my eyes and sitting still. The daily feeling of […]
  • Five Fashionable Fads of 2019
    By: Sonali Mudunuri Animal Print! This year, fashion went wild. Celebrities and influencers alike were seen in bright animal print, especially leopard print. This bright print was amplified with hues of bright orange, or muted with accents of soft tan. Animal print was featured on coats, skirts, pants, and tops — some of which were […]
  • Education System Woes
    Despite being freakishly sad, it’s also freakishly true. There is one exam, one form for each subject that dictates every student’s grade. So much of a student’s performance is held in the hands of the teacher that it’s questionable as to why we give grades so much importance in the first place. In one science […]
  • Keeping Us Posted:A Word Of Advice
    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 in our personal lives than ever. Take the issue with James […]
  • Thanksgiving: A Design
    We often think of Thanksgiving being about turkey and a week-long break. I created this still-life style piece to remind us to celebrate abundance this Thanksgiving––abundance of food, warmth, love and gratitude.
  • Thanksgiving: An Ugly Truth
    Thanksgiving Day was started by a group of early settlers in the United States. This group of immigrants, also called the Puritans, advocated for the partial reform of the Church of England. To escape political and religious persecution, they split from the Church, moved to the Netherlands, and finally decided to settle on the other […]
  • STOMP Out Bullying
    October is National Bullying Prevention month! As this was initiated by PACER in 2006, it’s an amazing time for schools and organizations to help raise awareness about bullying. By raising awareness and talking to students, we can make an impact. Its a way to reach out to communities, schools, and families all over the world […]