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SAT adopts ACT-esque format while disguising flaws

As seen in the March 28 print edition Michelle Banayan, graphics editor The SAT. To most students, the three-letter pseudo-acronym represents the age-old admissions test. The one that requires hours spent sifting through vocabulary flash cards and taking practice tests for that ultimate goal of a 2400. However, to those taking the exam in spring […]

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Teenage smokers ignore warnings, common sense

As seen in the March 7 print issue Jackson Prince, sports editor “SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, And May Complicate Pregnancy.” In 1985, the Surgeon General warned the American public of the specific dangers cigarettes pose. Since then, our country has attempted to make smoking less of an American standard, […]

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Five more Californias won’t solve anything

As seen in the March 7 print edition Max Stahl, comment editor Tim Draper is little more than the latest one to the party. In December, the Silicon Valley millionaire proposed to divide California into six distinct states, the most recent of a long string of plans to partition America’s most populous and richest state. […]

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Paradoxically, mobile games stave off age of isolation

As seen in the March 7 print edition Robert Katz, web editor-in-chief In Damon Albarn’s newest single, “Everyday Robots,” the Blur and Gorillaz frontman decries cell phones as dehumanizing devices that transform us into “standing stones, out there on our own.” The song echoes a sentiment held throughout the modern world, with many outspoken thinkers […]

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Though society has progressed, slut shaming exists

Mabel Kabani, print editor-in-chief As high schoolers living in Beverly Hills, Calif., we like to think of ourselves as smart, progressive and forward-thinking students who challenge stereotypes, promote unity and fight inequality, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Though we rush to defend attacks and condemnations against the cultures, backgrounds and socioeconomic conditions of […]

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Urban Outfitters saps self-esteem

Juliette Deutsch, social media director “Over the weekend I walked into Urban Outfitters and saw a girl pick up a grey t-shirt that had the Eat Less graphic on it. The girl was normal looking and the shirt said ‘Eat Less.’ I was nauseated by the thought of a girl thinking that she needs to […]

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The importance of being a bandwagoner

Jackson Prince, sports editor A bandwagoner, as defined by Urban Dictionary, is “someone who shamelessly cheers for a particular team, not because he likes them or follows them faithfully, but only because that particular team is the ‘popular’ choice, or has been – or is – the top team in their specific sport recently.” However, […]

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“#RichKids of Beverly Hills” is pathetically funny

Juliette Deutsch, social media director In 2006 “Gossip Girl” was written in attempt to emulate the kids on the Upper East Side of New York City, and it was only a matter of time until a clique of Beverly Hills richest  young adults got their own reality show. “The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” premiered […]

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Editorial: New security team takes students by surprise

As seen in the January 24 issue. According to The New York Times, today’s students are currently living in “an age of school shootings,” with 18 incidents of school shootings on educational grounds being reported in America in 2013. As the periodic fire drill is being replaced with frequent lockdown drills across schools nationwide, it […]

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Sacrifice security for liberty, and you’ll lose both

As seen in the January 24 issue. Dami Kim, culture editor “Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves,” President Ronald Reagan noted in “The Age of Turbulence,” former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s memoir. Though this statement may seem […]

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