The Common Application has an em dash dilemma December 8, 2022 — by Shaan Sridhar I love the em dash — a lot. I’ve used it nearly all of my college essays, multiple times. I love to use them in stories I write for The Falcon — in fact, I encourage all respected English writers to use it as well. But I wrote my essays in Microsoft Word, checking the […] read more » Ill-designed Messenger desktop app obstructs casual communication December 8, 2022 — by Anthony Wang I open my laptop to see that someone has sent me a message on Messenger. The Messenger desktop app doesn’t distinguish between urgent communications and mundane group chat updates in its notification symbol at the bottom of my screen, so I am forced to look at it. The message is a picture of a pork […] read more » Staff editorial: Racist incident a reminder of the work we need to do November 20, 2022 — by Shaan Sridhar Our school is diverse by national standards: We have a large Asian American population of 58.7%, covering a vast number of cultures and identities. Our diversity tends to indicate that we have an accepting community of varying backgrounds. So, when superintendent Bill Sanderson recently revealed to families that a Black doll was hanged by a […] read more » School shooting pranks undermine safety November 18, 2022 — by Sam Bai Early in the morning of Oct. 27, an anonymous caller alerted Santa Cruz High School officials that an active shooter was on campus. School officials immediately called 911, initiating a massive law enforcement response of hundreds of officers. At the same time, the school went into lockdown. Law enforcement rushed onto school grounds, searching the […] read more » Teachers: If you give group work, please let us assess our group members November 17, 2022 — by Sarah Zhou Group quizzes, group tests, group essays, group projects, group labs and group performances — the list of collaborative assignments goes on and on. Almost every student has shared the experience of having to participate in group work where work becomes unevenly distributed, with some students essentially lifting heavy weights while others barely offer to pick […] read more » For college admissions, the SAT is a necessary evil November 17, 2022 — by Christopher Chen In recent years, standardized testing has played an increasingly smaller role in college admissions decisions. Many schools first went widely test-optional in 2021 to accommodate for the inconvenience of testing during the pandemic, and many colleges have kept tests optional for the coming years. For the 2022-23 admissions cycle, only two out of the nation’s […] read more » High school research: A mismarketed resource November 17, 2022 — by Anthony Wang As the college admissions process becomes increasingly competitive, students have turned to extravagant activities to distinguish themselves as stellar students, going above and beyond what an average high school student would do. Among the ways perceived of gaining an advantage is to do research of various kinds in labs and other academic environments. And while […] read more » Rishi Sunak’s election as U.K. prime minister: putting national pride aside November 17, 2022 — by Anirudh Iyer Rishi Sunak wasn’t really supposed to become the U.K.’s next prime minister. After Boris Johnson messily resigned from the position on July 7 over a growing list of ethics scandals, former Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was next in line from the Conservative Party to take charge of the land across the pond. Funnily, Truss defeated […] read more » Biden’s student loan forgiveness program fixes few real issues November 13, 2022 — by Jonny Luo Student debt. A two-word phrase that inevitably pops up whenever college is mentioned, especially as former students often spend decades paying it off. This issue has seen even more limelight lately with Biden’s recently introduced student loan forgiveness plan, an ambitious piece of legislation that aims to fix this problem. The plan offers loan forgiveness […] read more » Dear Toga student section: stop being so lame November 12, 2022 — by Lena Aribi and Meher Bhatnagar Disclaimer: This is attributed to our personal preferences, reader discretion is advised. Think of the iconic images from Friday nights in the fall — a time when students across the country gather by the hundreds or thousands on stadium bleachers to support and cheer on their football team. School spirit is supposed to be vibrant, […] read more » firstprevious...34567...1020304050...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.