Opinion


  • #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 […]
  • The Best Days of My Life
    Ahoy! I’m Manthan Shah and I’m back with another article. Today, as of when I wrote this article (November 5th), is Bryan Adams’s 60th birthday. I’ve been a huge fan of his music, so I felt I’d write something about him.Growing up in an Indian household, I primarily listened to Indian music. My parents had an […]
  • Space Exploration: Not Because It’s Easy, But Because It’s Expensive
    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 Buffalo Bill Cody tamed the Wild, Wild, West on horseback. The […]
  • Vaping: A Not So Silent Killer
    Vaping, or e-cigarettes have been marketed as a form of ‘healthy smoking’ to teenagers since its invention in the mid-2000s. Instead of exhaling a dark cloud of nicotine, isn’t poofing out a colorful cloud of food flavoring so much more appealing? Charged with regular USB cables, vape pens are made fully accessible to the average […]
  • Computer Applications to Boost Your Productivity
    With more and more content uploaded on the internet every minute, it is easier for one to be distracted easily by the internet. Within a brief moment, 2 hours have already passed and you wonder how did 1 click lead to an internet rabbit hole. But don’t lose hope. I will mention some useful applications […]
  • How to Stop Making Careless Mistakes on Math
    Initially relaxed, you get back your math test but there are red marks on the page. You are shocked because you didn’t expect to lose points on the easiest parts of the test. How often does that happen to you? If this is not unusual, then this article is probably very helpful for you. Careless […]
  • Climate Change: Why It’s A Threat and What You Can Do About It
    On February 26th, 2015, Oklahoma’s Senator Jim Inhofe brought a snowball onto the Senate floor. Climate change, he argued, didn’t exist. How could it exist, when it was cold enough outside on a winter morning in DC to snow? For years since, politicians have evaded and outright denied the issue of climate change. Beholden to […]
  • Abortion: A Divided America
    Women are half of the country and are perfectly capable of making their own choices. Women must be given rights that allow them to have complete control over their bodies. The recent laws passed in many countries have taken away that right. Abortion has been made illegal in states like Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, […]
  • Impeachment – The Latest and Greatest in the Scandal
    by Sonali Mudunuri Donald Trump’s possible impeachment — the charging of a public officer with misconduct — has been a hot political topic over the last few months, and the time is nearing for the House’s first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, which will take place starting mid-November. As the inquiry continues, let’s review […]
  • “Like An Indian Christmas”
    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 that she made  rangoli — it was as though her hand […]
  • Free Speech
    This cartoon attempts to explore the inconsistencies between big corporation’s official stances on free speech and their actions against it. Cases like Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores and Citizens United affirm corporate personhood and by extension their right to free speech. Yet corporations secretly put pressure on individual rights by restricting the speech of human […]
  • Don’t sleep on your sleep Schedule
    It is not surprising that most students barely sleep because they have a heavy course load and many extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, most students have this assumption that it isn’t possible to even get 7-8 hours of sleep a day and think that “sleep is for the weak.” In reality, sleep is essential to one’s physical […]
  • How Are Video Games Made?
    Video Games at this time and age, are played by everyone spanning all ages. There are games made for all audiences. You like puzzles? Try Tetris. Puzzles boring? Add some action with first person shooters like Overwatch. Want something scary? How about Resident Evil. Video games span almost every genre possible. However, have you ever […]
  • AI: A Controversy of the Modern Age
    by Suhani Narayan AI technology is scary to people. Some think that it will destroy the world, some think that they’ll take over, some people think that technology will run faster than us.However, I think otherwise. AI technology is made by humans, for humans. Why would we place regulations of something of our own creation?Advancing […]
  • Do You Want to Be A Failure? A Standardized Testing Nightmare
    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 four-walled stomach digesting the students trickling within. He was strangely dizzy. […]
  • Recycling
    Original Art by Anoushka Prashanth Recycling when the only thing you really know is ‘plastic vs. non-plastic’ is a lot like taking a multiple choice exam for a sketchy class. One answer definitely sounds wrong (let’s recycle diapers…!), Another option is eliminated on a grammar technicality (please read the signs above bins if there are […]
  • Why the Electoral College is Undemocratic
    by Akaash Babu The 2016 election saw a lot of outrage at the seemingly undemocratic result of the electoral college. Many questioned the democracy of a system that rendered such an undemocratic result. But the reality is that the Electoral College was designed to be undemocratic. Alexander Hamilton (in Federalist Paper no. 68) explained how […]
  • Guantanamo Bay: A Controversy
    By Suhani Narayan Guantanamo Bay is a controversial mark in US politics: it stands on Cuban soil and has been deemed a violation of human rights. It stands as a symbol of injustice and abuse, so much, in fact, that some countries use it as propaganda against the United States. The very ideals of our […]
  • One World, Many Perspectives
    I was 30 minutes from Yale University and my heart was pounding. Excitement and apprehension were the two words to describe what I felt. apprehensive at the same time. I came all the way from California to attend the Biological and Biomedical Sciences session at Yale Young Global Scholars, a 2 week summer program.