March 3, 2015

Seniors Posing at the Masquerade Ball -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Election Season Begins -

Monday, March 2, 2015

SMHS Dancers Dance to Uptown Funk -

Tuesday, February 24, 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

Hurt Feelings Price of Free Speech -

Thursday, February 19, 2015

SMHS Dancers Storm New York -

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Be Part of the Solution -

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Teacher Profile: Ms. Gomez -

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Teacher Profile: Ms. Fredricksen -

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Walking Dead Convention -

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Track Conditioning -

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mental Illnesses are not “Cute” -

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dog Lockdown -

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Let’s Indiegogo to New York -

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Read the Hi -

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Aziz Ansari Stands in Front of an Iceberg -

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Seniors Join Toga-ether -

Friday, February 6, 2015

Diversity in Music Streaming -

Friday, February 6, 2015

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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Cell Phones Vs. Education

Cell phones are a huge part of a high school student’s life. Many students nowadays have smart phones, where they are able to search the Web and do many things for school on their phones. Schools have been open to students having their phones on campus and using them, whereas some schools don’t even allow students to have phones on campus. Luckily, here at San Mateo High School, we have the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy set in place. What this policy means is that students can bring their phones, tablets, iPads, etc. to school and can use them…

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New Police Regulations

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Police across the country are struggling to regain the trust that many people once had in them. Could body cameras be the answer?   Recent events such as those that occurred in Fergusson and Staten Island have caused many to believe that police officers are dangerous and will abuse their power. This brings police departments to look for ways to improve their relationships, including the proposed body cameras. These would be cameras mounted onto an officer’s uniform while they are on duty to record what they do. It would show exactly what happened in a situation where people claim there…

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New Youtubers Surfacing

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Which types of videos on Youtube are watched the most? Judging from the top Youtubers, the most popular genres are music, entertainment, and gaming. Recently, many new people on Youtube have surfaced, creating content similar to popular Youtubers like Pewdiepie or Zoella. In the comment sections of popular Youtubers, it’s a common sight to see these new Youtubers promoting their channels. The excessive amount of self-promotion was a part of why Pewdiepie, the most-subscribed Youtuber, disabled the comments several months ago. In his video, Pewdiepie described the comment section as being “mainly spam” and “people self-advertising.” However, not all of…

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Superficiality of the Senior Polls

The Senior Polls are a tradition that has been carried on throughout in high schools for as long as yearbooks have been printed. They are lighthearted, and are not meant to acknowledge large accomplishments, but are seen as a big recognition simply because of tradition. The people who win the awards are the “best” in class, or the “most” something. However, the awards available are limited to physical appearance, such as the awards for “Best Eyebrows,” and “Cutest,” and awards like “Most likely to be late to graduation,” and “Life of the Party.” “People are getting recognized for really dumb…

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How Counselors Deal with Mental Illnesses

If you’ve found yourself struggling with any personal issues or are just having trouble dealing with high school as a whole, you may have considered seeing a school counselor. However, are you aware of the services that counselors offer and how effective it is to see one? Schools all over our district offer psychological services to students suffering from mental illnesses or going through a hard time, whether it’s at home or at school. Counselors at San Mateo have proved to be effective, according to students who have visited and taken advantage of the counseling services available here at SMHS….

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