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2020 Democratic Primary

February 26, 2020

The California primary elections for U.S. president are now less than a week away, and as March 3 approaches, debates among the eight remaining Democratic candidates are heating up. Several issues of national importance divide these candidates as well as the voters they hope to represent. Note that, w...

Exploring the unique experiences of grief and loss

Exploring the unique experiences of grief and loss

Stella Huang and Elliu Huang

February 26, 2020

Grief, the feeling of deep sorrow, is an emotion that is deeply linked with loss.  Most people will experience grief at some point in their lives due to forces outside of their control.  The five stages — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance — are a framework often associ...

Novel coronavirus: unmasking the epidemic

Novel coronavirus: unmasking the epidemic

Youqi Huang and Diana Kohr

February 26, 2020

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)’s appearance in January, misconceptions and myths have run rampant. The virus originated in the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, China, and has currently infected nearly 80,000 people worldwide. On Jan. 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the situation a ...

Retail stores are moving online

Lillian Fu and Dhriti Iyer

January 31, 2020

With the rise of online commerce, commonly known as e-commerce, major supplies and fashion chains have been closing down their brick-and-mortar stores and transitioning into online retail at an increasing rate over the past couple of years. This trend was expected to continue through 2019, with 9,300...

Drone strike increases U.S. and Iran tensions

Drone strike increases U.S. and Iran tensions

Audrey Wong and Michelle Zhu

January 29, 2020

On Jan. 3, 50 years of conflicts between the U.S. and Iran came to a head: a U.S.-ordered drone strike on Baghdad, Iraq resulted in the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Sources confirmed that in June 2018, President Trump authorized Soleimani’s killing under the knowledge that Iran would...

Recycling efforts are ending up in the trash

Recycling efforts are ending up in the trash

Emma Cionca and Sunny Li

January 29, 2020

Items go in recycling bins and disappear, supposedly given a new life as another product and reducing the environmental damage caused by trash. In reality, many of these items, if not recycled correctly, end up in landfills. Recycling tries to repurpose items and reduce the amount of waste that goes into...

CCPA: Privacy, anonymity and equality

CCPA: Privacy, anonymity and equality

Sloka Suresh and Teresa Arisawa

January 29, 2020

Collected, bought and sold. For decades, personal data has been used by businesses to learn everything about their consumers — from names to shopping preferences and addresses — and commodified for greater profit at the price of consumer privacy. However, as of Jan. 1, the California Consumer Privacy...

Trump’s Impeachment

Trump’s Impeachment

Renee Ge

December 11, 2019

The movement to impeach President Donald Trump gained traction after an anonymous White House official reported that Trump had abused his presidential powers to benefit his 2020 presidential campaign, referred to as the whistleblower complaint.  The procedure for an impeachment first calls for an investigatio...

Esports: the world of competitive gaming

Esports: the world of competitive gaming

Shamita Gurusu and Kaylin Li

December 11, 2019

In 2019, the esports industry has generated more than $1 billion in revenue, and  its earnings are projected to grow to $1.8 billion by 2022. This growth, brought on by recent advances in technology and graphics, has taken many by surprise. In years past, the idea of earning money through gaming...

Gen Z loses their z’s

Gen Z loses their z’s

Bennie Chang and Rachel Wu

December 11, 2019

As each day comes to an end, sophomore Aryan Dwivedi finds himself struggling to stay awake. On a regular school night, he gets around six hours of sleep and sometimes even less after working on extracurricular activities, such as his Synopsys application. Throughout the day, he is attentive during cla...

PG&E outage and fires by the numbers

PG&E outage and fires by the numbers

Medha Upadhyay

November 15, 2019

When PG&E announced it was cutting powers to millions of Northern Californians in October to prevent wildfires, the proposal seemed simultaneously logical and apocalyptic. ...

Ring at first sight: exploring arranged marriage

Ring at first sight: exploring arranged marriage

Kavya Iyer and Anusha Kothari

November 6, 2019

Every quintessential Bollywood movie centers around a love story and often involves a rebellious relationship between two young lovers. They often find themselves in disagreement with their families, and their actions conflict with societal norms. The plot of the movie depicts the young couple fighti...

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