As colleges acceptance rates continue to decline, more students should turn to options other than 4-year universities May 31, 2023 — by Neal Malhotra and Kavya Patel As college acceptance rates for 4-year universities get lower and lower, it has become increasingly challenging for students to be accepted into popular in-state institutions like the UCs and even previously “safe” state schools like San Diego State University. Many who are unable to get into their preferred in-state institution are also turning to increasingly […] read more » Reflecting on MOSAIC this year: An expectantly unnecessary class May 27, 2023 — by Parav Manney As the year closes, I think it’s appropriate to recall the article I wrote last September criticizing the school’s implementation of Making Our School a More Inclusive Community (MOSAIC) before it even really started. I discussed the pitfalls in the class’s strategy of swapping tutorial time with a session for dumping wisdom onto highschoolers. Essentially, […] read more » One path forward in light of ChatGPT cheating May 26, 2023 — by Andrew Lin It is not uncommon to see upperclassmen with only AP and honor classes in their schedule. Sadly, to handle that extreme load, some students resort to cheating. And the problem and temptation of cheating has suddenly gotten worse thanks to ChatGPT. Recently, 53 students were caught using ChatGPT to cheat on a series of four […] read more » Calculus serves as the fundamental building block in many career paths May 26, 2023 — by Eric Shi As a fundamental pillar of higher mathematics, calculus is extensively taught in high schools across the world. And for good reason: Calculus is a genuinely useful subject — it not only lays the groundwork for advanced mathematics like real analysis, but it also enables tangible applications ranging from calculating the length of power cables connecting […] read more » Why ChatGPT and other deep learning models should be banned from the public May 24, 2023 — by Parav Manney Researchers constantly voice their concerns on the growing risks of AI despite many people not bothering to listen. In an open letter, researchers urged “all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4.” I’ve thought about these issues for a while now, but ever […] read more » ASL: a language that deserves to be taught more widely May 23, 2023 — by Divya Vadlakonda Hearing impaired individuals, spanning across a wide spectrum of hearing loss severity, constitute about 35 million people in the US, about 500,000 to 2 million of whom use American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary form of communication. ASL is the fifth most commonly used language in the country after English, Spanish, Italian, German and […] read more » Merit scholarships are a solution for the gap in need-based aid for college costs May 22, 2023 — by Skyler Mao Over 85% of students receive financial aid for colleges, most of them in households below the $48,000 income line. In 2022, $140.6 billion of grant aid and $94.7 billion of loans were distributed to students. These loans need to be paid back. While federal student loans interest rates were temporarily paused during the pandemic, those […] read more » Parental control through screen time is a vital tool for teenagers’ development of self-control May 22, 2023 — by Zack Zhang During my middle school years, when the clock quietly struck 10 p.m., all the applications on my phone would gray out, locking me out until 7 a.m. the next day. No music, no social media, no websites — nothing could escape the grasp of my iPhone 6’s screen time control. At the time, I thought […] read more » Confessions of a concession stand connoisseur May 22, 2023 — by Divya Vadlakonda For me, watching the silver screen at AMC Saratoga 14 is a magical experience, but one that is incomplete without a bag full of the best movie snacks. My go-to movie candy has always been Sour Patch Kids. While its counterparts like Airheads Xtremes only have one flavor, Sour Patch Kids offers a diverse flavor […] read more » 100-word rant: Restrooms should provide paper towels, not just dryers May 17, 2023 — by Parav Manney After I finish washing my hands in one of the restrooms at school, I just want a simple and quick way to dry them off. What I get instead is a motion-activated dryer that takes its precious time to charge up, only to then exert a narrow blast of hot air that unevenly (and slowly) […] read more » 12345...1020304050...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.