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Preventing food waste with fresh solutions

Preventing food waste with fresh solutions

Hatim Saifee and Enzo Cabaltica

December 12, 2018


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Californians throw away six million tons of food each year, according to Sacramento-based CalRecycle, yet one in six Bay Area residents is unable to access a sufficient amount of affordable and nutritious food, as reported by the Joint Venture Institute for Regional Studies. So what impact does food waste ...

Putting grading systems to the test

Putting grading systems to the test

Katie Chen and Pranav Mishra

December 12, 2018


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Grading systems take on different forms from classroom to classroom. The history of grading systems, as well as differing views on varied approaches to grading, can offer valuable insight into their benefits and their flaws. Understanding the roots of grading systems allows students to better comprehend thei...

A look into seasonal depression: winter blues and summertime sadness

A look into seasonal depression: winter blues and summertime sadness

Anusha Kothari and Nicole Ong

December 12, 2018


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While it is commonly believed that sadness is typical during the winter months, the melancholy mood that some have is actually the result of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In other cases, a change in mood as a result of this disorder is experienced yearly during the summer months. SAD, commonly kn...

Uncovering the effect of race on college admissions

Uncovering the effect of race on college admissions

Srinidhi Seshadri and Rachel Wu

November 9, 2018


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No college application is complete without questions about an applicant's demographics. In some cases, listing one's race does not come lightly due to policies that limit the number of enrolled applicants based on ethnicity and race. For some students, checking the box that indicates Asian origins ha...

The hunt for affordable housing for Bay Area teachers

The hunt for affordable housing for Bay Area teachers

Risa Mori

November 9, 2018


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Amid protests, the San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) unveiled its proposal to build affordable housing for teachers and other employees at its Sept. 27 board meeting. While some community members are concerned over the plan’s negative impact on home values and taxpayers in the area, the dist...

Emojis fill a gap in today’s remote communication

Emojis fill a gap in today’s remote communication

Chloe Lee and Christy Yu

November 9, 2018


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Five billion emojis are sent through Facebook Messenger in just one day. Nearly half of the comments on Instagram posts are captioned with emojis. With a total of almost 3,000 types of emojis out on the web, the Internet is filled with people expressing their thoughts and feelings with emojis every ...

Raw, real and unromanticized

Raw, real and unromanticized

Belinda Zhou and Diana Xu

November 9, 2018


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Calista Kerba was in the second grade when she was given 10 minutes to make a decision that would alter the course of her life forever: choose to live with her mother or her father. “All I remember of that day was that everyone was at home — my sisters, my mom, my dad — my sisters and I were a...

What voters should know: Guide to the midterm elections

What voters should know: Guide to the midterm elections

Arul Gnanasivam and Dhriti Iyer

November 4, 2018


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The midterm elections take place on Nov. 6, and with them come many potential changes to our local, state, and federal governments. The elections will result in the passage or rejection of new propositions, the election of a new California governor and Senator and the establishment of the majority p...

The reality of mental health for the model minority

The reality of mental health for the model minority

Nicole Ong and Divya Nelakonda

October 5, 2018


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With more than 50 distinct individual races and ethnicities and more than 30 languages spoken, the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is the fastest-growing and most diverse racial and ethnic group in the U.S. Such diversity lends itself to a plethora of cultural influences on menta...

Tapping to the beat: Rap’s influence on culture

Tapping to the beat: Rap’s influence on culture

Ashley Song and Clara Fernandes

October 5, 2018


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Post Malone, XXXTENTACION, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Drake — these renowned rappers have topped Billboard charts this year. Similar to the prevalence of swing music in the 1940s and the dominance of pop and punk in the early 2000s, rap music has recently experienced a surge in popularity. Rap is...

A Probe Into Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia Investigation

Hsinyen Huang, Elena Williams

October 5, 2018


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In May 2018, former FBI Director Robert Mueller III and his team were given permission to conduct an investigation into the possibility of collusion, or illegal conspiracy, between President Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials. Many suspect that Trump himself worked directly with the Russia...

What Comes After the Rainbow: High School Dating For LGBTQ+

Patricia Wei and Claire Chiu

October 5, 2018


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Sophomore Clarissa Brown* recalls her first date with her girlfriend. As the two had a shared fascination for the arts, Brown’s girlfriend invited her to an art museum. For the past six months, they’ve made memories while going to coffeeshops and sharing food, learning more about each other in their ...

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