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PLAYING CATCH UP LAUSDs late work policy is incentivizing students to procrastinate, leaving them with a disastrous buildup of late assignments.

Too little too late: LAUSD’s policy is sabotaging the next generation

The largest school district in California is holding their students back and getting away with it.
By Joel Nam, Opinion Editor Nov 21, 2023
The largest school district in California is holding their students back and getting away with it.
 MISUNDERSTOOD  Fictional villains get stereotyped far too often as bad guys, when in fact, many have admirable qualities and consciences.

Villains don’t deserve their bad reputations

While our favorite villains are often malicious in their actions, society has ignored their righteous morals for far too long.
By Abigail Kim, Staff Nov 20, 2023
While our favorite villains are often malicious in their actions, society has ignored their righteous morals for far too long.
 DRAINED AND DEPRESSED  According to the National Institute of Health, increased social media use among teens results in sleep deprivation and heightened anxiety.

Unfollowing social media will be the best decision of your life

For far too long, teens have been bombarded with anxiety and depression caused by social media use. Hopping offline is the best solution to this rising issue.
By Abigail Kim, Staff Nov 20, 2023
For far too long, teens have been bombarded with anxiety and depression caused by social media use. Hopping offline is the best solution to this rising issue.
RELIGOUS BACKLASH Junior Cameron Struble and countless others have faced harassment as a result of being Jewish.

Jewish hate: Harassment without consequence

Antisemitism is infecting the United States at an alarming rate, hurting proud Jews like me and dividing society as a whole.
By Cameron Struble, Guest Writer Nov 14, 2023
Antisemitism is infecting the United States at an alarming rate, hurting proud Jews like me and dividing society as a whole.
School counselors can offer advice to students and provide much-needed emotional relief. Unfortunately, many across the district fail to be the affable, open people their jobs require them to be.

Counselors: One of the most valuable resources the school may be missing out on

Counselors are meant to be trusted adults that serve students’ emotional and mental needs. This is why they need to have the necessary social skills to perform their job well.
By Kimberly Salazar Oct 23, 2023
Counselors are meant to be trusted adults that serve students’ emotional and mental needs. This is why they need to have the necessary social skills to perform their job well.
The topic of African American reparations most recently made news in California in April 2023, when the Reparations Task Force was created to consider the issue seriously for the first time in the states history.

Reparations: Justice in the form of funding

With the history of targeted brutality against the African-American community in the United States, it’s time that we level the playing field by instituting reparations for them.
By Alexa Ballesteros, Staff Writer Oct 23, 2023
With the history of targeted brutality against the African-American community in the United States, it’s time that we level the playing field by instituting reparations for them.
You don’t understand the sensation of being hollow until you experience it for yourself.

Leap of faith: Finding purpose in the unseen

Family, faith and feelings fills a young girl with renewed purpose. Her transformation reshapes her view of the world and defines living life to the fullest.
By Abigail Kim, Staff Sep 18, 2023
Family, faith and feelings fills a young girl with renewed purpose. Her transformation reshapes her view of the world and defines living life to the fullest.
Governor Ron DeSantis has led his state into political and social ruin. From preventing diversity in state universities and colleges to prohibiting discussion of LGTBQ topics in schools, he is actively trying to gain more control over his citizens rights.

Seriously, what’s going on in Florida?

Florida is currently disintegrating into a fascist wasteland – and it’s all thanks to Ron DeSantis
By Daimler Koch, Online Editor-in-Chief Sep 12, 2023
Florida is currently disintegrating into a fascist wasteland – and it’s all thanks to Ron DeSantis
Richard Feynman was quite the curious character. He ascended to the highest forms of academia at Princeton, Cornell and Caltech, yet remained a prankster at heart.

Richard Feynman and the art of teaching

Or, why the bongo guy in “Oppenheimer” is more important than he was portrayed to be
By Daimler Koch, Online Editor-in-Chief Aug 29, 2023
Or, why the bongo guy in “Oppenheimer” is more important than he was portrayed to be
Nowadays, many creators prioritize landing on the trending page with eye-catching thumbnails, messy eating and oversized, unhealthy food portions.

Mukbangs: The extent people will go to for popularity

Most mukbang creators live unhealthy and problematic lifestyles to achieve that viral moment. Nonetheless, viewers are eating it up.
By Destiny Reveles and Wendy Gonzalez Aug 24, 2023
Most mukbang creators live unhealthy and problematic lifestyles to achieve that viral moment. Nonetheless, viewers are eating it up.
The Balancing Act of Life After High School

The Balancing Act of Life After High School

As one chapter ends, another one begins. With our newfound freedom, we now face the act of balancing life after high school.
By Wendy Gonzalez, Staff Writer Jun 16, 2023
As one chapter ends, another one begins. With our newfound freedom we now face the act of balancing life after high school.
FROM MAGIC TO MEDIOCRITY

The iconic studio Disney strives to extend
the enchantment of
beloved stories, but
there’s an unfortunate
pattern of creative
missteps.

The real reason Disney keeps producing terrible sequels

The entertainment company’s push for profits has left countless fans with abhorrent content and many of its employees with little control over the stories they’ve created.
By Daimler Koch, Online Editor-in-Chief Jun 9, 2023
The entertainment company’s push for profits has left countless fans with abhorrent content and many of its employees with little control over the stories they’ve created.
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