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Lowering Legal Drinking Age

Lowering Legal Drinking Age

Sarah Pollans, Postscript Editor

March 28, 2020

Unlike some other points of contention in society, the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) in America has not spurred walkouts, protests or other demonstrative events. Despite this, the fact that America has set its MLDA at the age of 21 is outlandish, and it should be lowered.   The minimum drinking age in America has a lo...

Predictive Policing

Taha Shafei

March 28, 2020

Predictive policing, as defined by The National Institute of Justice, is policing that “tries to harness the power of information, geospatial technologies and evidence-based intervention models to reduce crime and improve public safety.” Predictive policing is not meant to replace traditional po...

Optimism Bias

Optimism Bias

Avinash Pandit, Online Editor

March 28, 2020

While we often like to think of ourselves as rational, researchers have found that we are too positive for our own good. When we predict the chances of an event in the future, we overestimate the probability of positive events and underestimate the likelihood of adversity. Studies show that one’s estim...

Does Cheating Matter in the Long Run?

Does Cheating Matter in the Long Run?

Rachel Park

February 3, 2020

It’s a well known fact that cheating has become prevalent among high school students. According to the Academic Cheating Fact Sheet by The Educational Testing Service, while about 20% of college students admitted to cheating in high school during the 1940's, today between 75 and 98 percent of college st...

Fast Fashion and a Holistic Approach to Consumer Culture

Sarah Pollans

November 25, 2019

Fast fashion. Though a relatively new phrase, this term has been thrown around quite a bit within the past few years. Chances are, even if you are unaware of what “fast fashion” means, you’ve heard of the brands, seen the logos and possibly even worn their clothes. Fast fashion is defined as clothing...

ASB Voting Records and Transparency

ASB Voting Records and Transparency

Lawrence Fan

November 15, 2019

With its decisions having such a significant impact on the students, transparency within the Associated Student Body (ASB) is crucial to maintain an open connection with the student population. A growing number of students have recently called out the secretive fashion in which decisions are made, urging...

Lax Repercussions for Academic Dishonesty

Kavya Gupta

October 3, 2019

Few in our school are strangers to the whispers of rumored cheating slipping through the crowded hallways. However, as quickly as it's born, the speculation dies down, often with no ensuing result from the accusation. In the past couple years, several scandals have arisen, but for the most part, the...

Lack of Representation for Custodial Staff

Rachel Park

October 2, 2019

Over the past few years, Cupertino High School has notably expanded, with over 2000 students, 22 buildings, 100 classrooms, and 10 bathrooms. Having such an expansive campus, it is close to impossible to not require any maintenance or management. Our school is cleaned and cared for by a custodial staff,...

Ending the Stigma Against Career Over Passion

Ending the Stigma Against Career Over Passion

Leo Rassieur

May 30, 2018

“Take senior year easy, and just focus on the things that you are truly passionate about,” is probably the phrase most likely to cause juniors at CHS to tune out the rest of the conversation. But it isn’t our fault; many students at our school have grown tired of the same-old-same-old adages ad...

CAASPP Testing: A California Failure

CAASPP Testing: A California Failure

Saagar Sanghavi

May 20, 2018

        As I walked into the classroom expecting a normal economics lesson, I noticed something was off—yellow name cards sat on every desk, backpacks were piled at the front of the room, and the general look of disgruntlement shone on the faces of my fellow peers. “Oh right,” I thought to my...

Don’t Add Diversity for the Sake of It

Don’t Add Diversity for the Sake of It

Sydney Liao

May 17, 2018

        In the past few years, the literature world has taken massive steps towards promoting the idea of increasing diversity in books. Since the launch of the We Need Diverse Books organization in 2014, the movement has grown into a full-on battle for diversity in literature. In 2016, avid reade...

Countries Should Cooperate on International Research Initiatives

Countries Should Cooperate on International Research Initiatives

Leo Rassieur

May 14, 2018

        The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were remarkable, and not just in the world of athletics. North and South Korea competed under a unified flag, and the sister of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un made an unusually cordial visit to the South Korean city where the games were held. Two months lat...

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