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“To read or not to read” shouldn’t be a question

“To read or not to read” shouldn’t be a question

Trenton Pham

April 14, 2011


Filed under School Views

Ever seen the acronym “tl;dr” before? It’s used to represent “too long; didn’t read”. Expect to see a comment that says “tl;dr” on any article that is seen to be too long for comfortable reading. Unfortunately, most of our required reading here at Foothill, which are novels and not merely ...

Put some fun into fundraising

Charlotte Warren

April 14, 2011


Filed under School Views

Foothill is set to feel a budget crunch, and whether or not some school activities may continue is a question we are all asking ourselves. We don't want to give up dances and events, but the school may soon lack the money to fund them. That's where fundraising comes in. Being the unique school th...

Pump prices cost teens dollars and opportunities

Pump prices cost teens dollars and opportunities

Karie Portillo

April 13, 2011


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It is a sight we have all become accustomed to seeing. Our parents see it and give what seems like hour-long sermons about it, our grandparents see it and go off on a tangent about how things were back in “the old days," and our friends see it and cringe. It is no mystery that filling up a car’s...

Use silence April 15 to quiet the bullying against gay students

Use silence April 15 to quiet the bullying against gay students

Taylor Kennepohl

April 12, 2011


Filed under The Bigger Picture

How much better would our world be if all you had to do to fight injustice was be silent? Our country may not normally work that way, but our collective silence on Friday will say it all. For the past 15 years, more than 4,000 schools have made the silence deafening. The Gay Lesbian an...

A reflection on St. Baldrick’s: more than just awareness

A reflection on St. Baldrick’s: more than just awareness

Trenton Pham

March 29, 2011


Filed under The Bigger Picture

Usually it’s useless to remember what your hair actually does for you. Take a look at how society uses it: I’ve seen hair portrayed in the most exaggerated fashions whether it’s on the cover of a teen magazine, across the school hallway or in the strange photos one sees on the internet. W...

Long term attention for long term energy

Geneva Douma

March 25, 2011


Filed under The Bigger Picture

Happy 16th Birthday! Most teenagers hearing that are looking forward to getting a license and getting out on the road.  And suddenly, they’re twice as likely to care about alternative energy. It’s not a case of sudden environmental consciousness so much as a case of sudden cost consciousness....

SAT: stupid, annoying, and tedious

SAT: stupid, annoying, and tedious

Gemma Stoll

March 22, 2011


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It’s ominous, dreadful, horrible – it’s the infamous SAT.  Many Foothill juniors took the SAT for the first time on March 12 at either Buena or Ventura high school.  Drowsy students were forced to wake up, wolf down a good breakfast, and report to their classroom at 8 a.m. on a Saturday mo...

To what extent should we provide foreign aid?

Charlotte Warren

March 22, 2011


Filed under The Bigger Picture

After the recent crisis in Japan, I have been more than happy to see American citizens eager to help. Public service announcements have been made, and schools and organizations have teamed up to raise money to help those in Japan. According to Yahoo!, $1,638,949 have been donated so far - and the numbe...

California’s deficit has left our education system reeling

California’s deficit has left our education system reeling

Katie Elvin

March 10, 2011


Filed under School Views

Then: small classes, one-on-one teacher student interaction, teacher assistants (adult TAs, not student TAs), enough classroom supplies, books, libraries, field trips, science labs, art, music, gifted and talented programs, special education programs, an all around good education, and even, dare ...

Step right up to the media circus

Geneva Douma

March 8, 2011


Filed under The Bigger Picture

Look over there – it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a bigot! The Supreme Court recently ruled 8-1 in Snyder v. Phelps that the First Amendment protects funeral picketing, in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church, a small religious group from Kansas of about 100 members that have gained national med...

Rave life experienced firsthand

Charlotte Warren

March 7, 2011


Filed under School Views

Recently, I crossed yet another thing off my bucket list: going to a rave. Over the past few years, I have heard mixed reviews about raves: one side describes them as fun and enjoyable, ways to hear new music, meet new people and dance, while the opposing side describes them as a weird, ecstasy fest. So I ...

“King’s Speech” snubbed better pictures

Bryan Hickman

March 2, 2011


Filed under The Bigger Picture

Colin Firth gave a mesmerizing performance as King George VI in “The King’s Speech,” a film rife with great performances and an entertaining story. But despite all of the things that made “The King’s Speech” a really good movie, it was not a great film nor deserving of the Best Picture ...

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