Reach program good for U.S., not for SHS September 5, 2008 — by Robin Liu Payment for academic success is nothing new. Countless students receive scholarships every year for their outstanding performance, and many Saratoga High students are rewarded with extra spending money for good grades. It would only be reasonable to extend these practices for students at traditionally low-scoring high schools to be rewarded with cash prizes for passing the Advanced Placement exams. read more » Binge drinking petition aims to save student lives September 5, 2008 — by Alex Sclavos 157 deaths for people ages 18-23 in six years. This statistic, as reported by the New York Times, shows the grim reality of binge drinking in America. College students here often find that while alcohol is a part of school culture and surrounds them from their freshman year on, national laws prevent them from drinking until they are 21. This often results in teens drinking far more to excess, leading to problems from drunken driving to alcohol poisoning. In contrast, teenagers in Europe are allowed to experience their first taste of alcohol alongside their parents, either at family dinners or restaurants as drinking ages in Europe are usually 16 or 18 and are rarely enforced within the family. This more relaxed approach appears to be working: The concept of teens secretly drinking or binge drinking to get drunk is foreign to most European youth. read more » Long lines, crowded areas make oncampus lunches less than satisfying September 5, 2008 — by Grishma Athavale and Brandon Yang The lunch bell rings and the serenity of the campus is broken. Underclassmen rush to the cafeteria, hoping to grab a spot at the front of the lunch line to buy cookies before they run out. Most upperclassmen, who have the privilege to go off campus at lunch, drive themselves to local restaurants for their meals. Or at least this is the way it used to be. A rise in gas prices seems to have encouraged more juniors and seniors to stay on campus, which causes frustratingly long lines and fewer eating areas. These crowded conditions have made lunchtime less enjoyable for many students. As more upperclassmen remain on campus, many areas have become uncomfortably crowded. The lines leading to the cafeteria now extend farther into the quad, causing many students to waste their lunchtime waiting to buy food. These long lines tempt students to cut with their friends, thus making conditions even worse. read more » Hillary Clinton: Missteps doomed chances June 6, 2008 — by Brian Kim Six months ago, the name “Hillary Clinton” spurred cheers and tears of joy among crowds of hopeful Americans, as many citizens rooted for the first female president of the United States, and her nomination seemed inevitable. Fast-forward to May and the tide has turned; hope for the candidate has died to a couple of crossed fingers. Rival democratic candidate Barack Obama is destined to become the nominee to face Republican candidate John McCain in November, bringing up the question whether Clinton played her cards right during this election. read more » Summer courses foster independence June 6, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee Another school year has come and gone, and students continue to fill up their schedules with various activities for the summer. Items vary from trips abroad to local jobs and, less and less surprisingly, academic summer classes. Inevitably, summer classes are becoming a larger and more permanent part of high school life. For some, the purpose of taking summer courses is to reduce their workload during the school year. Others hope to gain more time for sports or other extracurricular activities. read more » Staff editorial: Myanmar crisis requires foreign aid June 6, 2008 — by Emily Chen, Gautham Ganesan, Aditi Jayaraman, and Tim Tsai In recent weeks, Southeast Asia has been rocked by two calamitous natural disasters. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province of China, on May 12, toppling buildings and schools throughout the province and even shaking buildings in Beijing 932 miles away. To date, experts estimate that the earthquake has killed 55,000 people. Meanwhile, just eight days before, a cyclone struck Myanmar, previously known as Burma. Reports have the death toll nearing 134,000. Although both events have captured world headlines and left thousands homeless or otherwise devastated, the earthquake in China has dominated the news, leaving many people uninformed and ignorant regarding the situation in Burma. While this is largely due to the military junta’s stranglehold on foreign media entering Myanmar, this oppressive dominion over news flow should provide all the more reason for people to try and help in Myanmar. read more » Personal Column: ‘Editor-to-be’ bids fond farewell to SHS June 6, 2008 — by Aadrita Mukerji I’ve never been much good at goodbyes. When I left Valley Catholic Middle School at age 12, a grand total of eight people knew I was moving to California. When changing schools in the middle of fifth grade, I told my classmates about the move on the day it happened. The funny thing is, I never remember leaving. Saratoga High is my eighth school, and somehow I can’t remember my last day at any of the other seven. But something tells me I’ll remember this one. read more » Extreme diets take toll on moral capacity of young generation June 5, 2008 — by Alex Song and Lyka Sethi It’s not unusual for a healthy person to go to a restaurant that serves plenty of tasty, nutritious foods only to order an over-priced plain salad because he or she is “watching their weight.” As portrayed by all of the latest celebrity blogs and trendy magazines, skinny is definitely in. Going to the gym for hours on end is a must for many young guys and girls of this new, superficial, appearance-driven era. True health has been put on the backburner for fear of increasing the number on the digital scales lying in bathrooms of nearly every American household. What’s ironic is that being “healthy” is often simply an excuse used to justify meager diets. read more » Diet trends take toll on moral capacity of young generation June 5, 2008 — by Lyka Sethi and Alex Song It’s not unusual for a healthy person to go to a restaurant that serves plenty of tasty, nutritious foods only to order an over-priced plain salad because he or she is “watching their weight.” As portrayed by all of the latest celebrity blogs and trendy magazines, skinny is definitely in. Going to the gym for hours on end is a must for many young guys and girls of this new, superficial, appearance-driven era. True health has been put on the backburner for fear of increasing the number on the digital scales lying in bathrooms of nearly every American household. What’s ironic is that being “healthy” is often simply an excuse used to justify meager diets. read more » My Sister’s Keeper encourages students to read more June 4, 2008 — by Annie Lee It’s three in the morning and a teenage girl is quietly reading a book on her bed. This teenage girl is me, Annie Lee. Seriously. I usually don’t have a knack for reading. Okay I’ll be honest. I don’t like to read at all, but this book really had me “edge of the seat” excited: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. read more » firstprevious...1020304050...204205206207208...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2024 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.