APES students develop close bond with waste January 7, 2011 — by Uttara Sivaram To better realize the amount of waste an individual produces each week, the AP Environmental class got down and dirty, collecting and carrying their own garbage during and after school for a week, starting Jan 4. read more » The Rhodes we take: His sister reveals a different side of Varun Sivaram December 8, 2010 — by Uttara Sivaram It’s funny—I’ve spent these past three years trying to ignore the legacy that my brother, Varun Sivaram, left behind. I’ve gone to great lengths to make my own path and pioneer my own route to success, carefully avoiding all the activities he partook in (which, I assure you, did not leave many options). read more » Staff editorial: Restrictions on viewing graded tests undermine learning February 24, 2010 — by Vijay Menon, Anoop Galivanche, Uttara Sivaram, Abhishek Venkataramana, and Jason Wu n the interest of reusing test questions in the future, some teachers do not allow students to look their graded tests. As much as this decision benefits these teachers, who are often swamped with tests, homework and projects to grade, it undermines a key component of a good education: self-learning and reflection. read more » Anniversary of Berlin Wall’s demise inspires conflicting emotions November 20, 2009 — by Uttara Sivaram It’s been 20 years since the fateful fall of the Berlin Wall. Two and a half decades since Ronald Reagan very publicly and politely mentioned that it would be most kind of Mr. Gorbachev to tear down that bothersome little fence separating Germany into Eastern and Western sectors. So when the wall did finally fall, torn apart by hands and cranes alike, West Germans skipped into East Germany, East Germans hopped over to West Germany and President George H. W. Bush, who had inherited this issue from the leftovers of the Reagan administration, sat back in his plush Oval Office sofa and celebrated privately, for he knew that this was essentially America’s victory, and therefore, his victory. read more » Girls’ golf: Team finishes fourth in tough league November 18, 2009 — by Uttara Sivaram Along with the end of CCS rolled the eventual pit stop of a successful golf season. However, although the season stopped, the girls are by no means winding down. When they are not reflecting on the season as a whole, they are looking forward to next fall, when the seniors will depart to college, their places filled with rookies from this year. read more » More light needs to be shined in recommendation process November 4, 2009 — by Staff editorial: Anoop Galivanche, Saniha Shankar, Uttara Sivaram, Abhi Venkataramana and Jason Wu Applying to colleges and anxiously waiting for a reply at one's mailbox is hard enough without being blindfolded. The content of recommendation letters has been kept under lock and key—so much so that they have become a thing of mystery and anxiety to seniors. The current system is understandable—if not to students at least to teachers. It prevents kids (or their parents) from taking up arms to go to their teacher's house, knocking on their front door and demanding a recommendation letter more complimentary to their college repertoire. read more » Girls’ Golf: Team shoots for CCS on windy, tough course November 4, 2009 — by Uttara Sivaram The golf season slowed to a gradual halt mid-October, as the Falcons finished last-minute matches to allow time to train for the CCS tournament right around the corner. Although the girls found themselves playing tougher teams as the year went on, they managed to push their scores low enough to finish fourth in the Mt. Hamilton league. read more » Tamil Tigers employ human shield June 2, 2009 — by Uttara Sivaram Muffled pleas for help were once heard from the Northeast sector of Sri Lanka, an island off the coast of India, where 50,000 civilians had been trapped within a four-square mile area, held as human shields by a few hundred of the most deadly terrorists in the world—the Tamil Tigers. Government plans for the Tigers’ destruction began earlier in the year when it started a major offensive against the rebels. The Sri Lankan government began taking control of the situation, pushing the rebels farther and farther north while flushing out resistance from the South. These rebels wanted the Tamil minority to be independent from the socially and politically privileged Sinhalese, who make up the majority of the Sri Lankan population. read more » Tamil Tigers employ human shield June 1, 2009 — by Uttara Sivaram Muffled pleas for help were once heard from the Northeast sector of Sri Lanka, an island off the coast of India, where 50,000 civilians had been trapped within a four-square mile area, held as human shields by a few hundred of the most deadly terrorists in the world—the Tamil Tigers. read more » Leadership roles for next year filled April 21, 2009 — by Uttara Sivaram As summer nears and school wraps up, this year’s student officers are passing the baton to next year’s leaders—namely, the positions of drum majors, yearbook and newspaper editors-in-chief. Next year, these coveted positions will be led by new drum majors juniors Flora Chang and Zach Jacobs and sophomores Jason Shiuan and David Mandell, yearbook editor-in-chiefs juniors Tara Fatemi, Eda Isik and Melanie Yamamoto, and Falcon’s editor-in-chiefs juniors Alex Song and Gautham Ganesan. read more » Strange but true: Cage fighting in a Texas school April 16, 2009 — by Amalie MacGowan and Uttara Sivaram In ancient Rome, criminals were once released in the middle of a gigantic coliseum filled with armed and dangerous gladiators. After the trumpet sounded, the wrongdoers and the gladiators would have a go at one another, to the intense entertainment of the Roman citizens who had assembled to watch the carnage. After the gladiators effectively eliminated the population of wrongdoers in the coliseum, the audience would meander out, eyes bright with the memory of a good, plain fight. Apparently, times have not changed much since then. A recent acquisition of old documents following an investigation into Dallas school districts discovered a strange pastime that had once been regularly practiced at the South Oak Cliff High School from the year 2003 to about 2005. Students had been encouraged—sometimes even forced—to resolve their disputes physically; namely, in steel utility cages located in the boys’ locker room. The students would be locked inside the cage during lunch to battle it out with only their bare fists. Others at the school, including staff members, looked on, apparently amused. read more » Clinton puts human rights issue on backburner March 12, 2009 — by Uttara Sivaram America would surely be a very different place if Barack Obama had run for president of the PTA instead of for the presidency. After all, winning over minivan-driving, Blackberry-wielding mothers is usually a tad easier than capturing the hearts of Americans across the nation. In fact, the world would be a distinctly different place if everyone followed that kind of lead—doing things and going places simply in the interest of expediency. Similarly, Hillary Clinton, our newly minted secretary of state, decided to dig her hole to China and address the public there about what her aims were going to be during her term. That was commendable of her, since the U.S.’s cordial relationship with the Chinese is the only thing that’s keeping America afloat in its recent economic flood. Clinton’s plans did not stop there, however, and she soon had her audience double-taking as she bluntly told everyone that she would be focusing her time and effort on the looming threat of global warming while unceremoniously pushing the hot and extremely controversial topic of China’s human rights violations to the backseat. It wouldn’t be surprising if Obama at this point had punted his hypo-allergenic dog out of the window in frustration. read more » Creationism need not be taught in public schools February 12, 2009 — by Kirstie Lee and Uttara Sivaram Whether man sashayed into existence pre-made and gift-wrapped or has monkeys for his aunts and uncles is an argument that has pitted die-hard scientists against the born again religious for decades. A message to both of them: Leave it out of public education and let the poor kids learn science without snide remarks from the opposing side. read more » Harter finds inspiration through religion February 11, 2009 — by Uttara Sivaram You may be someone who goes to church every Sunday morning, stays there for a little while and perhaps sings along with everyone else in your pew. You’ll listen to the pastor speak about what the Bible says and, more importantly, what it means. You’ll watch the choir sing praises in a familiar tune. And you just might bump into a girl sitting next to you who seems deeply involved in what the pastor is saying. She is smiling and seems at utter peace with the world. You wonder, who is this girl? read more » Kennedy undeserving of senatorial nomination January 29, 2009 — by Amalie MacGowan and Uttara Sivaram In light of Caroline Kennedy’s recent resignation from the senatorial nomination for New York’s then-vacant Senate seat, it’s harder to satirize her situation. In recent weeks, N.Y. Gov. David Paterson named Rep. Kirsten Billibrand as the new senator, ending the drama. Nonetheless, it is tempting to remember her nepotism-laced race for the Senate seat. It was as if we had been told, “Ask not what your country could do for you, but feel free to bug your state governor for a seat in the Senate.” read more » Teacher tenure needs to be looked at December 11, 2008 — by Uttara Sivaram The concept of teacher tenure might imply a decade-long wait before an instructor is hired for life. Fortunately for these instructors, the similarity between “tenure track” and “ten-year track” is simply a coincidence. read more » Gay student overcomes obstacles December 8, 2008 — by Uttara Sivaram Meet Dave. He is a friendly and hard working student at Saratoga High who receives good grades in school and shows an enthusiasm for extra-curriculars. Dave also happens to be gay. read more » Emanuel renews hope for a better future November 21, 2008 — by Uttara Sivaram It was the celebratory night of the 1996 re-election of President Clinton when one of his strategists decided enough was enough. Slamming a steak knife into the table, he shouted, “Die, die, die!” as he rattled off the names of former enemies of newly-elected President Clinton. Earlier, he had gleefully mailed a dead fish to an estranged coworker. And as of this January, he will be the chief of staff to the president. Watch out, McCain—Rahmbo may have you next on his hit list. read more » Sudanese leader arrested as a feel-good gesture November 18, 2008 — by Uttara Sivaram Surely Sudan can sleep more soundly at night, since the recent arrest of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb, a most sought after criminal and terrorizer of Sudanese civilians. At least, that’s what the Sudanese government wants the international community to think. They continue to keep him under confinement in Sudan, despite the International Criminal Court’s pleas to hand him over. The gesture is appreciated, but there’s no denying the hollow symbolism. read more » Girls’ golf’s first season swings to a halt November 3, 2008 — by Uttara Sivaram and Tim Rollinson This year’s golf team is winding down as the members play their last matches for the season. As a pioneer team for the school, the players have enjoyed a solid, if not an undefeated season. read more » Girls’ golf shows promising future October 14, 2008 — by Tim Rollinson and Uttara Sivaram The No. 1 and 2 players are sophomores. The No. 3 player is a freshman. Typical JV team, right? No, this is the first year girls’ varsity golf team led by sophomores Uttara Sivaram and Annaliese Parker and freshman Jayten Weiss. The single freshman on the team, Weiss, who took the No. 3 spot despite having only one year of previous experience, has proven to be a key player. read more » Bankers pay for their greed October 9, 2008 — by Uttara Sivaram Some bankers are generous to a vault. We can’t help but see a grain of truth under the humor. A year ago, banks across the nation were trading deposits and dishing out cash to anyone stepping into their air-conditioned offices. Although many of these lucky beneficiaries dragged behind them a history of irresponsible spending and laundry lists of unpaid loans, the banks told them that as long as they used the loaned money to buy or invest in a house, everything would be fine. read more » Pakistan falls into a categorical déjà vu; Musharraf resigns September 23, 2008 — by Uttara Sivaram It is hard to resist a man in uniform... Following 9/11, the United States found itself in dire need of an ally in the Middle East who would help clean up Afghanistan. Fortunately for us, Pervez Musharraf stood as the president of Pakistan, a well-bred man who spoke fluent English with a slight British accent, wore a no-nonsense moustache just as crisp as his suit, and appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. To many Americans, this man could do no wrong. read more » New girls’ golf team takes a swing September 19, 2008 — by Tim Rollinson and Uttara Sivaram For the first time in school history, a girls' golf team is teeing off. A growing number of requests to the school last year resulted in the team being formed. Eight students said they’d play, two more than the minimum player requirement for high school golf, and the team became official. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.