Rainstorm results in underwhelming Winter Formal December 16, 2022 — by Michelle Wan and Parav Manney The annual Winter Formal offers the chance to meet friends and enjoy gourmet food, high fashion, great dancing and memorable experiences. This year’s event on Dec. 10 was expected to be particularly exciting because of its venue at Great America, an amusement park with exhilarating roller coasters, holiday WinterFest decorations and an ice skating rink. […] read more » 100-word rant: The new school bell is fine December 16, 2022 — by Parav Manney In the past few weeks, I’ve heard some students complain about the new bell tone, saying that it sounds too much like the chime you hear in airports and thus doesn’t belong in a high school environment. I completely disagree. The new bell is quite soothing and better than the boring old standard one, which […] read more » Spotify Wrapped should include more detailed statistics December 14, 2022 — by Andrew Lin I eagerly opened the Spotify app on my phone on a cold November morning to see my musical landscape of the past year. Unsurprisingly, Kanye West was my most played artist (disclaimer: I am a fan of the music, not the person) and my favorite song, “Devil In A New Dress,” had the highest number […] read more » Ten years since Sandy Hook: No week has passed in 2022 without a mass shooting December 14, 2022 — by Sunny Cao and Saachi Jain Six-year-old Allison Wyatt crouched in the corner of her first-grade classroom, terrified. The gunshots of 20-year-old Adam Lanza’s AR-15 rifle pierced the air as the screams intensified in Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. She heard the splinter of her classroom door being kicked open, followed by more gunshots. The last things Wyatt […] read more » Publicizing average unweighted GPAs of sports teams serves no good purpose December 13, 2022 — by Anirudh Iyer The district sent out an email recapping the performances of fall sports teams on Dec. 2, but in contrast to previous sports recaps sent in principal Greg Louie’s SHS newsletter, this most recent district update included a striking and controversial statistic alongside team records: a mean unweighted GPA for all varsity teams. The reason for […] read more » Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover threatens already troubled company December 10, 2022 — by Anthony Wang Elon Musk — the world’s richest man — recently closed his blockbuster purchase of social media service company Twitter. Immediately after, Musk fired former CEO Parag Agarwal and assumed the role himself. For many, this represented a welcome change to a social media platform plagued by content moderation issues and financial troubles. But in reality, […] read more » It might sound crazy, but 16-year-olds should have the right to vote December 10, 2022 — by Zachary Zinman Turning 18 on Sept. 9 came with one of the most exciting privileges for me: voting in the November election. Politics has always been a key part of my household. My father and I frequently share articles regarding the president’s approval ratings, inflation and the war in Ukraine while “Meet the Press” plays every Sunday […] read more » America needs to speak out against violence directed towards female politicians December 10, 2022 — by William Norwood and Sarah Thomas On Oct. 28, a deranged right wing extremist attacked House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, in their San Francisco home, striking him with a hammer and reportedly asking, “Where’s Nancy?” Mr. Pelosi was left with a skull fracture, and treated at Stanford Health Trauma Center . Although attacks on government officials have become more […] read more » Extreme fitness advice on YouTube is doing more harm than good December 8, 2022 — by Saachi Jain Throughout lockdown, young teenagers stuck at home could no longer maintain their health through outdoor exercise to the same extent as pre-pandemic times. Instead, online methods of maintaining activity via fitness influencers and YouTubers became prevalent among adolescents. Though a wealth of fitness knowledge is available on YouTube, fitness YouTubers are often unlicensed, self-proclaimed “experts” […] read more » Twitter has long been toxic; why are we trying to protect it? December 8, 2022 — by Tara Natarajan A prominent example of this was when highly influential conspiracy theorist Alex Jones leveraged the power of the internet to spread lies about everything from antisemitic “New World Order” theories to claiming that patrons of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, most of whom were Latino and in the queer community, worked to promote […] read more » firstprevious...23456...1020304050...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.