Rallies require some rethinking June 4, 2008 — by Sophia Cooper School rallies are often the highlight of a student’s week: the loud music, crazy dances and home-made costumes add some spirit to a stressful time. And yet, SHS rallies don’t always live up to their potential. Since the rallies are usually held during Friday tutorials, academic conflicts force to skip them because of academic conflicts to make up tests or labs – or they just need to study. read more » Staff Editorial: Lack of police discipline presents danger to partying teens June 4, 2008 — by Mary Mykhaylova, Alex Sclavos, Annie Lee A police car pulls up outside a well-lit house. Inside, kids are yelling and dancing to loud music. When the cops are spotted, a frantic rush to hide beer bottles and escape the party begins. These days, however, such a scene is far less common. Saratoga teens have less to fear from sheriff’s, deputies, and local police, some of whom no longer penalize underage drinking at parties. Without the previous repercussions of breaking the law by consuming alcohol, students are often allowed to drive home intoxicated, jeopardizing their safety. read more » Staff editorial: Police need to make sure partying teens have safe rides home June 2, 2008 — by Staff A police car pulls up outside a well-lit house. Inside, kids are yelling and dancing to loud music. When the cops are spotted, a frantic rush to hide beer bottles and escape the party begins. read more » California should reverse proposed cuts to education May 30, 2008 — by Brittany Judoprasetijo For as long as many people can remember, California has been suffering a gaping budget crisis. With each year building up more debt, Gov. Schwarzenegger estimates that this year’s deficit has grown to $16 billion. The governor has proposed cuts to different areas to help alleviate the strain. Parents of students enrolled in the University of California school system are gearing up for increased tuitions for the 08-09 school year. read more » Off-campus policy useless May 30, 2008 — by Alicia Lee and Kavya Nagarajan Here’s something that should surprise no one: Time and time again underclassmen go off campus, either by walking or driving, during lunch or free periods. Whether it’s for a Starbucks run or a quick stop at home, sophomores and freshmen frequently leave campus and rarely get caught—yet the rules are still, on occasion, enforced with harsh punishments. If these efforts to restrict students are futile, then why be so strict on such a trivial issue? read more » Exaggeration on college applications preventable May 29, 2008 — by Saniha Shankar Akash Maharaj enrolled at Yale University in 2007. One year and a $32,000 scholarship later, the college found his application to be entirely false; Maharaj had not only lied about his previous educational background, but he had also forged his grade point average and transcripts. Although not all the information was published, Maharaj had gotten into trouble with the school, and while checking through his transcripts they discovered that most of these transcripts were forged. According to the New York Times, Maharaj is currently being threatened with expulsion from Yale University and will be on trial for larceny and forgery. Although his circumstance may be an extreme example of the results of extensive academic pressure, the trend of exaggerating upon college applications is a growing problem among students. Applicants often feel the need to exaggerate accomplishments because they believe their real achievements do not hold enough merit. read more » Personal Column: Why the Saratoga Falcon isn’t a reality show May 22, 2008 — by Dorey Schranz Ever since MTV’s new reality show The Paper debuted this April, I’ve become quite disenchanted with our own school newspaper. For anyone who has been living under a rock and happened to miss the first few episodes (which have only been playing 24-7 since the series premiered), the show chronicles the lives of the editors of The Circuit, the school newspaper of Cypress Bay High School in Florida. read more » Personal Column: Anime ≠ Geekiness May 20, 2008 — by Melody Zhang I have a love-hate relationship with anime. I binge-watch anime, Japanese animation, to the point where I can consume a 30 episode series in a week - that's about 20 hours of TV - and then spend the next three days in withdrawal, moping. It’s hard for some people to understand this addiction. People eye me strangely when I rant about the amazing time I had at Fanime, a huge anime convention 10 months ago, and just muttering the word “cosplay” causes many to shudder in fright at the thought of massive groups of people dressed as the same character from a favorite show. And it's because of these kinds of reactions that so many people, like myself, stay closet anime fans. read more » STAR affects community and student future May 19, 2008 — by Saniha Shankar It was that time of year again; Extra sleep, almost no homework, and no regular classes. No, not summertime, but STAR Testing. STAR, also known as Standardized Testing and Reporting, is a statewide test given to all students between the second grade and their junior year in high school. Students in elementary and middle school test on English, Language Arts and Mathematics, while high school students cover English and math along with a section related to their current science course, sophomores and juniors take a history star test as well. To most students, STAR meant taking an easy test and going home early to enjoy a few days without any homework. What most students do not know, however, is that STAR testing can affect their future, perhaps to nearly the same degree as other standardized tests administered during their high school career. read more » Don’t forget the printed newspaper! May 8, 2008 — by Brandon Yang Hundreds of years ago, the average person had no way to receive the latest news. Everything traveled by voice, as few people could read and write. Eventually, the printed newspaper was developed as a way to spread news and propaganda among the people. However, young adults and teenagers have begun to rely on the Internet for almost all their news. 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