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October 25, 2014

Peace Week: Teacher Band -

Monday, October 20, 2014

SMHS vs. HHS Blackout Game -

Monday, October 20, 2014

Petition Against SMHS Dress Code: What’s your take? -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Legalize Medical Marijuana? -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Boys vs. Girls: Morning Routines -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Teachers vs Teen Slang -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Volleyball Jumps Into Action at the Net -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cross Country Team Profile -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Maze Runner Review -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Censored In All the Wrong Places -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

All About That Bass, but Trainor’s in Treble -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Girls Tennis Team Serves up a Spectacular Start to the Season -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mr. Rotman: Modern World History -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beyoncé is Flawless -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Club Fair 2014 -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ms. Yance Chavez: Parent Involvement Coordinator -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mr. DeJesus: Special Ed -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sebastian Lee: Speedy SM Stud -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mr. Cooley is a Cool Cat -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Robin Williams Leaves a Legacy -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Petition Against SMHS Dress Code: What’s your take?

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This heated debate started when a senior girl was sent home for dressing inappropriately. Ginny Yao, a junior, later began a petition on Facebook to change dress code. She is not the only one angry at the current dress code. Many believe that by sending girls home to prevent them from distracting boys, the school has put boys’ educations above girls’ educations. “People’s bodies are not a distraction,” Ginny wrote on the Facebook group, “Do not sexualize my body or shame me for wearing what I wear. I am not disrespecting my body or shame me for wearing what I…

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All About That Bass, but Trainor’s in Treble

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Surely you’ve heard the popular and upbeat song, “All About That Bass” playing on the radio, and many of you have casually sung along to its catchy chorus. It’s true, this song is an awesome tune to jam out to, but what much of its audience doesn’t know is that Meghan Trainor’s hit may not exactly be what it seems. “All About That Bass” comes off to be a fun, body-positive song all around. But, when we take a closer look, the context of “All About That Bass” is promoting only one body type, and shaming another. When asked what…

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Robin Williams Leaves a Legacy

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Robin Williams, our beloved comedian, unfortunately passed away by committing suicide in August. Even though there were many articles paying tribute to the famous actor’s successful career and mourning over his tragic death, there were still some that harshly judged his choice of suicide as “selfish”. “I simply cannot understand how any parent could kill themselves. How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children? […] So, you don’t kill yourself,” rock singer Henry Rollins told LA Weekly for an editorial called ‘Fuck Suicide’. Many others judged Robin Williams’s choice with the same opinion as Rollins. It…

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Stop Connecting Islam to Terrorism

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What’s going on in the Middle East? Do you know? Do I know? Do the various news anchors that spend hours talking about it know? Does our dear President Barack Obama know? Does anyone REALLY know? Speaking for myself, someone who tries to remain fairly up to date on current events through reading articles and blogs and talking to people who probably know a lot more than I do, I still feel like I have no clue what’s going on. There’s ISIS. There’s ISIL. There’s the Islamic State. There’s the caliphate. Everything is the same yet everything is different. I’m…

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Hobby Lobby Hero Rises

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Over the summer, a very controversial Supreme Court decision was announced. The Supreme Court ruled that religious corporations, such as the arts and crafts franchise Hobby Lobby, can be exempted from having to provide their female employees with “no- cost access to contraception.” On June 30, 2014, in a 5-4 vote, the court decided that forcing a company to provide contraception is a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Christian companies who avidly oppose contraception, can now impose their beliefs on their female employees. This is an awful violation of working women’s rights. They are being deprived of an…

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Mentally Benjamin Button

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Alzheimer’s disease is not a laughing matter. It is an incurable mental illness that worsens over time and eventually seriously weakens the patient’s immune system. Patients often forget memories and simple things like walking, eating, and expressing emotions. Now, Alzheimer’s disease itself is already serious enough, but many people do not think of Alzheimer’s when they see a lost-looking old man; they think of “consequences of old age,” “old people problems” and other related nonsense. My grandfather (I will call him Chris for this article), who visited for the summer with my grandmother, looks like many other 80-year-old Asian grandfathers…

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The Panic Attack Over Ebola

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Ebola, a viral disease that, according to the World Health Organization, has a “90% case fatality,” once again attacked Africa this year, causing global panic and distress. Even though there is much to worry about over this disease, I cannot help but notice something about Ebola: there are some highly publicized reactions to Ebola that are just purely unreasonable, and I think that these reactions reflect a sad misunderstanding of Ebola. Some background information: people can only get Ebola from contact with another person’s bodily fluids and organs, but normal, day-to-day interactions with others makes it easy for Ebola to…

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American Society Neglects the Humanities

In Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address, he preached for an investment in early education, insisting teachers need to be better supported and students must stop being measured on how well they can “fill in a bubble on a test”. As much as I agree that these are all prevalent issues that must be resolved, something still troubles me. Not just Obama, but rather the majority of the government and society continue to prioritize the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) over the arts, politics, economics, linguistics, etc. We all understand and agree with the fact that the…

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The Secret Life of an Indian Teen

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We all probably have one or two Indian friends in SMHS. But when you start talking about relationships, they seem to stay somewhat quiet. Have you ever wondered why? Have you heard a group of Indians talk about their parents without complaining at least once in the conversation? Do you catch them saying, “My parents won’t let me,” often? Have you ever wondered why? As an Indian, I find myself doing these things often enough to write about them. Indian parents usually find many norms in society outrageous. For most, dating isn’t allowed until college. But you can’t just date…

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The Dark Side of the Porn Industry

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According to covenanteye.com’s porn statistics, there have been 600,440,991, and counting, online searches for porn since 2014.  The porn industry makes between 10 and 14 billion dollars in annual sales. As quoted from the Huffington Post, “porn sites get more visitors than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined.” But, would users still find porn desirable if they knew the disgusting, vile things that happen behind the camera? Porn is not as simple as two people having sex on camera for money. Female porn stars are usually manipulated, abused, and raped. Women become porn stars believing it will give them a ‘glamorous’ life….

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