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School board elections: Who votes?

Keith Stone co-editor-in-chief School board elections have become increasingly closer in results over the last couple of years. As the number of votes deciding the victors becomes smaller and smaller, who is allowed to vote has become increasingly important. Legally, people who live in Beverly Hills are allowed to vote in school board elections, but this […]

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Anonymous messaging app cultivates antisocial culture

Eleanor Bogart-Stuart culture editor As a senior in high school in 2017, I’ve grown used to the fad of the “anonymous message” app. Two years ago it was YikYak. One year ago it was Orqa, which was quickly shut down in order to prevent bullying. Now, students are faced with yet another medium to confess […]

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California Supreme Court upholds power of teacher unions, permanent status

Jason Harward, staff writer A polarizing issue, the relevance of teacher unions, was recently heard by the California Supreme Court by way of Vergara v. California, a case that dealt with the power and boundaries of teacher unions and the extent of permanent status. Permanent status, which is often (and mistakenly) called tenure, is what […]

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AP in dire need of reform

Ben Shofet Business Manager Every single year around this time, students stress over their upcoming AP tests. Students are brought up to believe that without AP classes on their transcript, they won’t be viewed as competitive candidates for the college of their choice. According to College Counselor Ah Young Chi, they are absolutely correct. “The likelihood […]

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Going to college? Think out of state

Juliette Deutsch co-editor-in-chief Keith Stone opinion editor Getting out of state for college is one of the most important experiences that any student can have. The opportunity to travel and spend four years of one’s life out of the bubble that s/he grew up in is invaluable. Stripping away the safety net in which they have been […]

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Letter to the Editor regarding ‘Sexism present in the arts’

May 6, 2016 Volume 89, Issue 14 This letter was written in response to the article “Sexism present in the arts” printed in the March 11, 2016, Issue 11. Dear Highlights. As the Producer/Director of the Performing Arts Department’s production of Spamalot, I feel obligated to respond to the recent article, “Sexism present in the […]

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Commentary: A day without your cellphone

Sadie Hersh co-editor-in-chief Imagine going a day without your phone. I know this may seem impossible because of what seems to be the urgent need to update Snapchat stories and check Instagram posts, but believe it or not, this school day of separation from your phone is possible. In a moment of panic as I rushed […]

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Care about Career Day

Nirav Desai, staff writer As Career Day nears, it becomes all too common to hear ambivalent Normans griping about not wanting to waste a day at school and instead daydreaming about eating brunch at Toast or engaging in recreational activities with herbal concoctions during school hours on March 30. This is a shame, as the […]

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58th Grammys offer entertainment, encouragement, disappointment

Nirav Desai, staff writer Despite supplying many encouraging firsts that point toward progress in the music industry, last night’s Grammys simultaneously produced disappointment as viewers were reminded of how far The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has yet to go in the awarding of the show’s biggest prizes. The 58th installment of the annual […]

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Do not be intolerant of political correctness

Nirav Desai, staff writer Few things are as offensive in contemporary American culture as political correctness. While the passionate debate over this filtered form of thought has become muddled, the stereotypes of those who take a stand on either side of the divide are still often depicted as clear. That is, those holding out against […]

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