Girls Avoiding Engineering

by Lauren Hesse ‘19  Of 24 students enrolled in aerospace engineering, 3 are female. Of 17 students enrolled in civil engineering, 2 are female. Of 39 students enrolled in digital electronics (a class focusing on electrical engineering), 8 are female. Yet, the ratio of females to males enrolled in other advanced STEM classes like AP Calculus BC and AP Chemistry … Read More

Gun Violence Has Desensitized Our Generation

by Anjali Verma 20′  Some things should never be challenged. For example, freedom of speech, or the safety of children in schools, or of people in a house of worship, or young people dancing in a bar. The year 2018 has been filled with what seems like a never-ending cycle of shootings. In today’s politically charged climate, young people have … Read More

Why Have We Forgotten About Kavanaugh’s Confirmation?

by Vendela Krenkel ‘20 After being nominated by President Trump on July 9, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on October 6 with a 50-48 vote. Despite the testimony of Christine Ford and the other women who came forward about Kavanaugh’s questionable past, he was accepted to one of the most influential positions in America and will be serving a … Read More

Hyperpartisanship Threatens Functional Government

by Lauren Hesse ‘19  The current political climate is one of hyperpartisanship and dissent. Upon examining  media coverage of current issues from sources with both left- and rightward slants, I have determined that the only commonality Democrats and Republicans appear to share is a belief that members of the other party are inherently wrong for holding their beliefs. No one seems … Read More

Nationalism Is A Dangerous Word

by Drew Scott ‘20 In October, President Donald Trump said something that confirmed what many of us already knew about him. He said, “A globalist is a person who wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much… We can’t have that. They have a word, it sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist… … Read More

Better U.S. and Middle East Relations Needed

by Nick Hermosilla ‘19  For years the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been the U.S.’s most important ally in the Middle East. However due to recent events, such as the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, diplomatic standoff with Qatar, kidnapping of the Lebanese Prime Minister, and the ongoing involvement in the Yemen Civil War, the United States has … Read More

Trump’s Response To Pittsburgh Shooting Isn’t Enough

by Will Unger ‘19  The deadliest attack against Jews in America did not happen in some bygone age of bigotry. It happened on Saturday, October 27, 2018. That morning, during Shabbat services, a gunman entered the synagogue and opened fire, killing 11 people.  In response, President Donald Trump took to Twitter, warning local residents to take shelter. Trump’s’ initial postings … Read More

Should High School Football Be Banned?

In February, California state legislators Kevin McCarty and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher proposed a bill to ban the sport of football before high school, with the ban later being changed to 12 years old and under. The bill was pulled before California lawmakers could vote on it in April. Should youth or even high school football be banned due to rising … Read More

Should Nike Have Run Kaepernick Ad?

Nike has been the subject of controversy for its new ad for the 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign, which featured NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has been the face of an ongoing protest to raise awareness about racial injustice. He demonstrated his beliefs by kneeling during the National Anthem every game until he later opted out of his contract … Read More

Trump Ignores Dangers of Climate Change

Staff Editorial When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released an October 2018 report stating that global temperatures will rise 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030 if leaders do not act against climate change, scientists were shocked at the newly discovered truth. The truth is that the majority of Americans currently alive will live to see increasingly violent … Read More