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Why The Handmaid’s Tale Encourages Misogyny

Why The Handmaid's Tale Encourages Misogyny

Kavya Gupta, Print Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2020

Hunkering down in contemplation during this once-in-a-century, nightmarish, unimaginable catastrophe, the future feels bleak and uncertain. Yet even now, it appears to be far brighter than the apocalyptic alternate universe presented in HBO's television series, The Handmaid's Tale.    Margaret At...

Banning Teacher Tenure

Banning Teacher Tenure

Sarah Pollans, Postscript Editor

May 11, 2020

Since its introduction in the 1920s, the teacher tenure has garnered as much criticism as it has support. It was first created as a way to defend teachers from dismissals based on false or arbitrary accusations. At that time, women made up most of the teachers in America, and with the women's rights mov...

Celebrities Shouldn’t Be Glorified After Death

Joan Thyagarajan, Maia Matsushita

May 9, 2020

Death is a part of every aspect of our lives. Nobody in this world is perfect, and nobody is expected to be. Nonetheless, all people, whether citizens or celebrities, should be subject to repudiation for their mistakes. However, when celebrities pass on, many are glorified, portrayed as perfect beings. Wh...

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...

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