Government shutdown: national disillusionment December 11, 2013 — by Helen Wong Let’s take a page out of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” and compare our government shutdown to a hypothetical, disappointing zoo. The elephants would be sitting on the donkeys and refusing to budge; the donkeys would be braying up a racket; the rest of the zoo would all get tied to some posts and told to take some time off (stand still and do nothing, thus reducing zoo earnings and efficiency) until the elephants and the donkeys resolved their differences. read more » Spiral of Failure: Why teaching the same concepts every year doesn’t work December 11, 2013 — by Ashley Chen How many times do students need to learn about the American Revolution to “get it?” Apparently the answer is four: once in fifth grade, eighth grade, 10th grade, and 11th grade. This model of education, which is prevalent in American schools, is called “spiral learning,” in which students return to the same basic concepts on a periodic basis, but with increased complexity each time. read more » Dead week: The week of the walking dead December 11, 2013 — by Nelson Wang Saratoga’s zombie apocalypse comes twice a year. In these weeks before finals, the virus of stress spreads like influenza and the deadmen walk asleep. read more » Midterm appointments for ASB and commissions a smarter idea December 11, 2013 — by Shazia Gupta and Robert Eng Pick a commission, almost any commission, and look deeply to see what's going on. A couple of the commissioners will likely be doing most of the work; some help out when asked; others rest on their laurels and won't work even if prompted. read more » Like it or not, schools need to monitor students’ online lives December 11, 2013 — by Anant Rajeev and Andrew Jiang This school year, the Glendale School District, located in suburban Los Angeles, hired a firm to monitor middle and high school students’ public postings on social media. The firm was hired to search for possible bullying, drug use, violence and suicidal threats. read more » The Deep Web: A net loss Reporter discovers that the hidden section of the Internet should be locked away December 11, 2013 — by Nelson Wang The first thing I told myself was to resist the temptation to post “yoloswag” or something else stupid because I realized that I couldn’t troll like I usually do on most websites. This was serious business, and there was no room for jokes. One mistake and I could get in trouble. For the first time, I had to take everything on the Internet seriously. I was exploring the “Deep Web.” read more » YouTube takes a step backward with paid channels November 21, 2013 — by Miles Albert Since Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006, the company’s stock has steadily increased. YouTube’s content is improving and expanding, and people usually don’t mind watching 30-second advertisements for each video — or at least as long as they need to watch before hitting the skip button. The company’s revenue is growing, and so is the number of monthly users. read more » Frequency of ticketing frustrates student drivers November 19, 2013 — by Allison Lin and Derek Sun At the end of last November, senior Ethan Gelfand was pulled over for a rolling stop. The week of Oct. 28, senior Clark Rothenberg was pulled over for speeding. Was the timing of these infractions a coincidence? We think not. read more » College choice is too dependent on prestige November 19, 2013 — by Dorrie Tang “What’s in a name?” asks fair Juliet of Romeo’s curséd last name. “That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” Ask the same question to a student about a college, and, apparently, a name means much more. In fact, students may be focusing too much on going to a college that is prestigious instead of trying to find a school that is best for them. read more » College confidential? More like college CONfidential November 18, 2013 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Maya Ravichandran College Confidential. What seems like an innocent pair of words is actually one of the largest college counseling websites propagating college paranoia nationwide. read more » firstprevious...1020304050...128129130131132...140150160170180...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.