Coffee: America’s favorite drug March 10, 2009 — by Shannon Galvin and Andy Tsao Forget the back alleys and tinted cars, the biggest drug deals today happen in cozy cafés as jazz music streams through the speakers over the grind of coffee beans. The regular customers defy the stereotypes as well—soccer moms, high school students and business people on their way to work line up for their drug of choice. Throughout the country, hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens are physically addicted to it. Welcome to the biggest drug dealer in town—Starbucks. read more » Big Three bailout unnecessary January 27, 2009 — by Andy Tsao In the recent Congressional debates, the “Big Three” bailout, a proposal to pump $14 billion into the American auto industry, has been heavily discussed. The Big Three auto companies, GM, Ford and Chrysler, announced that it wouldn’t be long before they had to declare bankruptcy. While an influx of government money could certainly postpone this crash, it is completely unnecessary when considering other, more cost-efficient methods to save the Big Three. read more » Saratoga Falcon nominated for Crown award January 26, 2009 — by Kavya Nagarajan and Andy Tsao For the first time since 2007, The Saratoga Falcon student newspaper has been nominated for a Crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. read more » Prop 1A brings many benefits December 2, 2008 — by Andy Tsao In the recent election, millions of Californians voted not only for Sen. John McCain or Barack Obama, but also for the many state government propositions. At the top of the list was Proposition 1A, an act that would build a gargantuan railway system throughout California. The goal of the super-railway was to provide means for more efficient transportation in the state and to bolster the failing economy by creating new jobs. When the votes were tallied at the end of the day, Proposition 1A passed, ushering in a new era of improved public transportation. read more » Seniors grapple with CSU, UC budget cutbacks December 2, 2008 — by Andy Tsao With the crumbling of the economy and state budget, many seniors are feeling the pinch. “Some people may be intimidated by the cost of attending private schools,” said senior Kevin Shimizu. “It gets scary when applying to a variety of private colleges costs upwards of $600.” Even the University of California system is now unable to find sufficient funding to provide an education for its students and has recently announced that it will be offering admission to 10,000 fewer students, starting from the 2008-09 school year. Furthermore, the California State University system has also faced budget cuts and now cannot raise the money needed to support California’s large student population. read more » Junior year horrors cannot compare to senior year nightmare November 18, 2008 — by Elizabeth Cheng and Andy Tsao While roaming the hallways, it’s not unusual to hear juniors complaining about their copious AP classes. “AP US History takes so much time,” they cry, “and teachers just don’t know when to stop piling on the work!” Careful juniors—don’t go whining to the seniors. True, they’ve finished the rigors of US History and survived the torrent of exams and stress that is rumored to be junior year. But all of that is nothing, nothing compared to first semester senior year. read more » Senior touches many with excellence in piano November 18, 2008 — by Andy Tsao Fingers racing over the piano keys, senior Connie Shang brought forth the technically advanced, yet deeply emotional piece by Beethoven during her first self-organized recital on Nov. 8. Seated in the audience were dozens of family friends, silent as they listened to Shang’s interpretive style. read more » Tutorial Center reschedules to lunch October 20, 2008 — by Annie Lee and Andy Tsao The Tutorial Center, held last year after school in room 804, has been moved this year to the left half of the social studies office during lunch. The primary reason for this rearrangement was the lack of participation last year. read more » Students share breakdancing experience October 20, 2008 — by Andy Tsao Hundreds of students crowded around the quad cheered as seniors Matt Leung and Nikki Chang opened the senior quad day show by balancing elegantly on only their two hands. Sweat gleamed off of their arms as they performed solos featuring their own superhuman routines. read more » Olympics: deceit and hypocrisy September 26, 2008 — by Andy Tsao and Melody Zhang The Olympics have rarely before been so riddled with controversies as the recent Beijing games were. Before it had even started, protests erupted over China’s human rights record. These rallies did not coincide with China’s view of the Olympics as a chance to show itself as the country of the 21st century. It is completely illogical for China to be able gain international prestige when its government is so clearly a tyrant. read more » Palin wise choice for McCain September 23, 2008 — by Annie Lee and Andy Tsao After the recent republican nomination of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s vice presidential candidate, many Americans have questioned McCain’s choice. Palin’s views on abortion, education and gun rights, coupled with her inexperienced background, has led people to doubt her ability to lead the nation. Palin, however, has showed promise with her pro-life and equal opportunity beliefs. Her adamant adherence to these beliefs has proven her to be a better candidate than even Hillary Clinton. read more » Saratoga experiences 25-point API score increase September 22, 2008 — by Saniha Shankar and Andy Tsao Saratoga High has historically been one of the highest ranked public high schools in California in terms of Academic Performance Index or API scores. This year, the school had a record 25-point increase in its API score, going from 903 in 2007 to 928 in 2008, outperforming rival schools like Lynbrook and Monta Vista to become one of the top three schools in the Bay Area and the top performer in the Santa Clara County. The school’s API scores have been dropping in the past couple of years, which makes this increase much more remarkable. read more » Soundings publishes work from imprisoned graduate June 5, 2008 — by Andy Tsao Criminals and literary geniuses usually have nothing in common. These two entities, however, constitute the persona of 1998 alumnus Matt Hahn. Hahn has led a life of poor decisions and frequent law breaking, but he was also able to create a highly inspirational work on the American Idea that was published in Saratoga High’s 2007-2008 Soundings literary magazine. “It was abnormal; it doesn’t fit the bill for usual stories,” said Soundings coordinator Mike Tyler. read more » Soundings publishes work from imprisoned graduate June 2, 2008 — by Andy Tsao Criminals and literary geniuses usually have nothing in common. These two entities, however, constitute the persona of 1998 alumnus Matt Hahn. Hahn led a life of poor decisions and frequent law breaking, but he created a highly inspirational work that was published in Saratoga High’s 2007-2008 Soundings literary magazine. read more » School plans senior festivities May 6, 2008 — by Guy Quanrud and Andy Tsao With senior year drawing to a close, the school is preparing a series of special events to bid the graduating students farewell. Aside from the graduation ceremony and party, seniors also get to purchase the Senior Video and take a day off from school at the beach. read more » College scholarships not worth the time April 18, 2008 — by Andy Tsao This story first appeared in the April 4 issue of The Saratoga Falcon. Second semester senior year. For many students this short, five-month period represents freedom from academic responsibilities and a break before college. Some students, however, continue their pre-college work through the spring by applying for various scholarships to aid their college endeavors. Unfortunately for these students, however, applying to a scholarship may be more of a hassle than a benefit. read more » Lockers lack much-needed security April 3, 2008 — by Mary Mykhaylova and Andy Tsao It’s the middle of a P.E. class. The girls’ locker room is empty, and all of the students’ backpacks are stowed away inside their lockers. All except for one. One student forgets to put her backpack inside her locker because she had dressed quickly to avoid being late. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.