Stand up for Bell Tower — for all your brunch needs March 31, 2022 — by Apurva Chakravarthy In the past few months, my overly sentimental self has been pondering what it will be like at the end of this year to leave the town I’ve lived in for pretty much all my life. One of the questions I’ve asked myself — and all my senior friends — is what Saratoga places we […] read more » Timing was right to lift mask mandate, but caution still important March 20, 2022 — by Ethan Lin “Wow! That’s what your nose looks like?” We’ve all dreamed of a time where we don’t have to wear these nefarious masks. A time where we can actually see people’s mouths move — avoiding those frequent moments where we awkwardly nod to nondescript mumbling, pretending to understand. Since California officially lifted school mask mandates on […] read more » To Lit or to Lang? Ay, there’s the rub March 18, 2022 — by Selina Chen If you’re an underclassman envisioning your incredibly exciting academic journey, or a junior having doubts about your senior year schedule (I sympathize), my humble opinions here might be of interest to you. I cannot choose a favorite between AP English Literature and Composition (Lit) versus AP English Language and Composition (Lang), but I will make […] read more » The U.S should not pursue direct military action in Russo-Ukrainian crisis March 18, 2022 — by Ethan Lin In April 2021, Russia began amassing thousands of troops near the Ukraine border — the country’s largest military mobilization since the 2014 Crimea annexation. Just over half a year later in December, Russia’s dictator Vladimir Putin demanded the international community bar Ukraine from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and reduce NATO troops in […] read more » Newly branded ‘Falconpuff’ suggests positive step forward for gender inclusivity March 18, 2022 — by Stephanie Sun Traditionally each March or April, the school hosts Spring Fling week, featuring events like rallies, the Spring Fling dance and powderpuff football. Powderpuff, featuring female players and male cheerleaders, has been a long celebrated tradition dating back past the ‘90s here. This year, commendably, the name has at least been changed to flag football instead […] read more » Senioritis is natural and not altogether bad March 17, 2022 — by Benjamin Li Second semester — the golden stretch of time where seniors, finally finished with college applications, can supposedly embrace their newly contracted senioritis. The symptoms: falling grades, frustrated teachers and suddenly indifferent students To combat this, many teachers attempt to emphasize the importance of continued academic diligence. Seniors are well accustomed to these repeated lectures that […] read more » Same-subject classes should have similar policies, assessments and difficulty March 16, 2022 — by Nikhil Mathihalli and Aiden Ye Students here are fortunate to attend a school with a wide variety of course offerings, from a multitude of language and science courses to a wide range of electives. Of course, these different courses all have varying levels of difficulty, but there’s a fundamental problem when classes with the same title are taught or graded […] read more » Teachers can do more to address remote student concerns March 16, 2022 — by Andy Chen At the beginning of this semester, my parents had me take two 5-day-long breaks from school — from Jan. 7-11 and Jan. 15-19 — because of heightened pandemic risk. At the time, 31 students had tested positive for COVID-19, I hadn’t gotten my booster shot and rates of the disease had just skyrocketed after winter […] read more » Controversy over new SCOTUS justice nomination divides minority communities March 16, 2022 — by Hannah Lee After Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, announced his coming retirement earlier this year, President Joe Biden said he would fill the empty seat with a Black female judge. In February, Biden tapped Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge on the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as his nominee. After Biden’s […] read more » Vacancy taxes are a pathetic attempt at funding and creating affordable housing solutions March 12, 2022 — by Sarah Zhou Already needing to pay a median pre-tax household income of around $67,521, most homeowners in the U.S. are likely not excited to kiss goodbye to an additional $3,000 or $6,000 in taxes yearly (4.4% or 8.9% of annual income on median) from their bank accounts for each vacant residence they own. A traditional rule of […] read more » firstprevious...10...1819202122...3040506070...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.