Staff editorial: It’s time to prevent mass extinction; let’s fix the post-pandemic club crisis October 8, 2021 — by Shreya Rallabandi and Harshini Velchamy The members of the speech and debate team started the year on a sour note. Coming out of a year of purely online practices and tournaments, they found themselves with few returning underclassmen and barely any money. Even worse, they had no no coach and adviser, either. This trend, however, is not specific to just […] read more » College visits should humanize the admission process, focus less on numerical data October 7, 2021 — by Ethan Lin With college application deadlines looming on the horizon, many students are frantically looking for resources that can make the process less confusing. College visits to the school, which are now both in-person and online, provide such an opportunity. Through these visits, students are not only able to connect with their dream schools and display demonstrated […] read more » Is it morally OK to do extracurriculars mostly for college? October 7, 2021 — by Arnav Swamy Let’s face it: The academic culture at SHS is cutthroat. Students are expected to aim for the top colleges, which means taking numerous difficult AP and Honors classes, scrambling for notes before the test that makes or breaks their grade and generally not sleeping enough. The question “What did you get?” is often followed by […] read more » COVID-19 risk remains real, even for the fully vaccinated October 7, 2021 — by Howard Shu On any given school day during lunch, one can gaze around the quad and notice an abundance of sizable groups of over 10 students bunched together closely, conversing or hunched over someone’s phone. Many of the students in these groups are maskless and seem to no longer be afraid COVID-19. In fact, since students can’t […] read more » 100-Word Rant: Short lunchtime disadvantages non-speed-eaters October 7, 2021 — by Aiden Ye On your marks, get set, eat! That’s the way the new 30-minute lunches feel. I don’t think it was the school’s intention for lunchtime to become a speed-eating contest. However, by the time I buy hot lunch and get back to my table, there is usually a grand total of five minutes left for me […] read more » New Texas abortion law targets poor woman and sidesteps the Constitution October 7, 2021 — by Hannah Lee On Sept. 1, the Texas state legislature signed Senate Bill 8 (SB8) into effect, implementing one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans up to date. The law bans abortions as soon as fetus cardiac activity is detectable (at six weeks of pregnancy), which is well before many women even know they are pregnant — […] read more » AOC’s Met Gala look didn’t meet my expectations October 7, 2021 — by Shreya Rallabandi The 2021 Met Gala on Sept. 13 was — quite plainly — plain. From a Party City-esque two piece to a blazer that looks straight out of the Anne Klein section of Macy’s to the annual chain mail dress to a literal blanket, the outfits were somehow avant-garde in the most atrocious way, and most […] read more » Unlucky 13? iPhone design has come to a standstill October 6, 2021 — by Bill Yuan On Sept. 14, Apple announced four phones in the iPhone 13 line, said to have the “most advanced camera system ever” and a “lightning-fast chip,” supposedly being “your new superpower.” However, these improvements are only really useful for super niche applications, and only feature very minor practical improvements compared to last year’s models. The iPhone […] read more » Hot take: Allow dropoffs in senior and junior parking areas October 6, 2021 — by Aiden Ye If you head to school from your car and think, “I’m already at the parking lot and I still have five minutes, that’s plenty of time,” you’re wrong. That is, if you aren’t a junior or senior. The current dropoff zones are significantly limited by junior and senior parking areas, resulting in a much longer […] read more » @Colleges: Stop making us write ‘why this school’ supplements October 5, 2021 — by Apurva Chakravarthy “In ___ words or less, please explain why ____ University is the right fit for you.” Every time I open my Common App and see that a school that I’m applying to requires a “why this school” supplement, I groan; this essay is yet another repeat of my “why this school” template with a failing […] read more » firstprevious...10...1617181920...3040506070...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.