April 1, 2015

Next Year’s Spirit Commissioners Get ‘Slimed’ -

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Senior Takeover Day – Slideshow -

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What is Renaissance? Meet the Squads -

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SMHS Dancers Dance to Uptown Funk -

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bearcats Enjoy International Food at the Fair -

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Seniors Take Over -

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Say Yes to #TheDress -

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Career Conversations: Alan Eagle -

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Please Go to the Doc -

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Teachers Are Tagged -

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bearcats Parade Through the City -

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mateo Goes Healthy -

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pros of Prom -

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Prom Group causing Unnecessary Stress for Girls -

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Late vs Early Start -

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Masquerade Ball A Big Success -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Black is the New Orange -

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Problem of Separating the Art from the Artist -

Monday, February 23, 2015

Obama Proposes Free Jr College -

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Say Yes to #TheDress

It was just a typical Wednesday evening when soon enough, a simple debate broke the internet. A low quality photo of a dress was posted on Tumblr by user swiked. Thanks to BuzzFeed and the human love for arguing, the picture went viral and was a topic of conversation internationally. All social media platforms were covered in re-posts and re-tweets, especially Twitter with the hashtag, #TheDress still being used with vigor the following Monday. And what was this debate all about, you may ask? A disagreement over whether the dress was white and gold, or black and blue, was what…

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Please Go to the Doc

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In 1971, the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine became available to American citizens, and by 2000, America proudly proclaimed that endemic measles had been eradicated from the USA. But in Dec. 2014, a new outbreak of the measles, centered at the Disneyland amusement park in Anaheim, California, reminded the rest of the country of the importance of vaccinations. Ironically, “the happiest place on Earth” has brought both fear and panic to the West Coast, inciting debate and controversy over the measles vaccination. From Dec. 28, 2014 to Feb. 13, 2015, a total of 125 people infected with the measles have been linked to…

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Pros of Prom

Prom. This one word has two different ways of being interpreted. On one hand, Prom is an exciting time for everyone involved. There are multiple things that make Prom a great event. For one, this dance is limited to upperclassmen specifically, which makes it more available for people to buy tickets without worrying that they will sell out as fast as other dances in the past. Speaking of tickets, Prom gives people a chance to really go all out when finding their date to Prom, due to the fact that there is a “Prom-posal” competition where contestants can post a…

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Prom Group causing Unnecessary Stress for Girls

Girls have been posting their dresses in the Prom Dress group on Facebook, as a way to prevent people from wearing the same dress as them.

Many girls on Facebook have been experiencing major stress and anxiety over Prom due to a Facebook group that was created in January. First of all, Prom is not until April, so why start a group this early? According to Hayley Goell, senior, “In the past, this has been a group meant for posting your dress AFTER buying/ordering it. If you post a dress that you’re simply considering but haven’t purchased, it’s fair game for everyone.” However, people have not been doing that. They have been posting multiple pictures of dresses that they are thinking of purchasing, not pictures of…

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Late vs Early Start

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Pro-Late Start (Ellen): The one thing that a stressed out student needs is another problem to worry about. However, life has its ways to make everything ten times harder than they should be, so sleep is yet another issue added to the list. One of the many wonders of the world is the reason why school starts at eight in the morning, whereas starting one hour later would benefit students, teachers and other faculty members in many ways. The most obvious benefit would be that we get more sleep. If school starts later, students get to sleep in. Because we…

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The Problem of Separating the Art from the Artist

What do Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Terry Richardson, and R.Kelly all have in common? They are all sexual predators, and admired celebrities. All of these men performed disgusting, sexual acts with women, some underaged, and yet no one seems to care. Why do people continue to support these vile men by watching their movies, going to their shows, and buying their music? For those of you who are unaware of the crimes committed by these men, here’s a brief summary. Woody Allen is a director and actor who has won countless Academy Awards. He is also a pedophile who molested…

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Obama Proposes Free Jr College

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As technology advances, it tends to edge out low-skills jobs. This means education is more crucial than ever to finding a job with a living wage. According to the White House, jobs requiring at least a two year “Associate” degree are projected to grow at twice the rate of jobs with lower requirements. However, not all good jobs require an expensive four year college and there simply isn’t enough jobs that would make that kind of endeavour worth it for many people. Community college is a great middle ground for some who did poorly in high school but are committed…

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Hurt Feelings Price of Free Speech

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It is growing clear that free speech and expression have a new and growing enemy. It is not just Islamic extremists, or petty dictators, but a growing movement, a mob, of the easily offended. From the savage attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the deadly Arab riots over it’s following cover to North Korea’s cyber attack on Sony Pictures, some people seem to think that they have a right not to be offended. They don’t. And that’s at the core of this discussion: people visiting their hurt feelings over the rights of others. This isn’t the…

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Be Part of the Solution

(Published in the Feb. 14 edition of the San Mateo Daily Journal) The lives of a happy family, focused on advancing their education and bettering the community, were ripped away in North Carolina this week. Though murder is, unfortunately, nothing new, I still believe the press should be covering this more extensively against a larger backdrop of growing Islamophobia. There seems to be an almost normalization of this in many media outlets, focusing more on the murderer’s “cooperation with authorities” in an attempt to pass it off as a mere parking disagreement or potential mental illness versus a relatively obvious…

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Mental Illnesses are not “Cute”

Social media and society have lightened the subject of mental illness, causing young adults to believe that having such disorders would make them “different”. The growing need to stand out in society has pushed some teenagers to the point where they over analyze their everyday emotions and self-diagnose a mental illness. Depression, anxiety, etc., are all real serious mental disorders that people have, however media is romanticizing these topics in shows and novels so that some teenagers would think that it would attract positive attention and pity or sympathy. Some people who claim to have these mental illnesses even get…

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