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The history of presidential debates

Ron Aich and Bennie Chang

October 30, 2020

After repeated interruptions, vehement arguments and personal jabs, the first 2020 presidential debate on Sept. 29 between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe R. Biden was over. As the dust settled, many criticized the harsh tone of the event and questioned what purpose the debate served....

Exploring filial piety in Asian cultures

Exploring filial piety in Asian cultures

Shamita Gurusu and Lillian Fu

October 7, 2020

Commonly practiced in Asian families, filial piety consists of the virtues of respect, obedience and supportive care given to one’s ancestors and elder family members. It provides a basic structure for familial life and serves to build strong bonds within families. Even though this concept has been pr...

Young voters: How voices go unheard in politics

Despite strong political opinions, young voters are often missing from voting lines.

Elena Williams and Jason Shan

October 7, 2020

It’s not that they’re not opinionated — they are — and it’s not because they refuse to engage — they do. So why is it that young voters, an increasingly distinct coalition, suffer from disappointing turnouts election after election? From the 1960 election onward, average voter turnouts for Americ...

Testing, testing: A history of the SAT

Throughout its history, the SAT has struggled to define what it means to assess academic ability.

Renee Ge

October 7, 2020

School closures. Canceled SATs. Test-optional or test-blind college applications. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, standardized testing was ubiquitous to the high school experience — millions of students took the SAT and ACT, which were administered nearly monthly, each year. However, the pandemic hal...

COVID-19 updates: Unmasked

In the Red Tier, gyms and salons can resume indoors, while other operations, such as movie theaters and indoor dining, remain paused.

Mei Corricello and Crystal Qian

October 7, 2020

On Sept. 8, Santa Clara County moved from the Purple Tier to the Red Tier on California’s four-tier COVID-19 ranking system. Although counties in the Red Tier are still deemed areas with substantial COVID-19 spread, certain activities and indoor businesses are permitted to resume, as long as appropria...

Social isolation affects teen social development

Computer screens are connected, but not connected at the same time. Some teens fare well at home, but others do not.

Elizabeth Park and Sharlene Chen

August 24, 2020

Isolated, scared and unsure — just a few of the emotions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Humans are naturally social. With the COVID-19 crisis calling for social distancing, though, teens are getting fewer chances for face-to-face interactions with their friends.  Teenagers are at a stage of ...

Zoomed in: exploring the effects of online learning

Zoomed in: exploring the effects of online learning

Anirudh Seshadri and Melissa Chen

August 24, 2020

In late February, 90,000 schools across 20 countries were using Zoom. In March 2020, the Zoom app saw 2.5 million downloads. Whether it’s for social gatherings, classes or work, more and more people are using Zoom to connect during quarantine.  As online school begins for most local schools in August, many s...

Shelter-in-place leads to rise in domestic abuse cases

Shelter-in-place leads to rise in domestic abuse cases

Sloka Suresh and Lillian Fu

May 29, 2020

As countless Americans continue to shelter in place for extended periods of time amid the coronavirus pandemic, the restrictions aimed at keeping them safe have enabled more households to become grounds for domestic abuse. Domestic violence tends to increase whenever families spend extended amounts of...

Positivity behind the pandemic

Positivity behind the pandemic

Sharlene Chen and Emma Cionca

May 27, 2020

A series of positive side effects has emerged from the menacing shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Although people are understandably consumed by fear and uncertainty, it is important to take time to reflect on the good that has come of the situation. One such side effect observed during this cr...

Senators’ selling of stocks stirs controversy

Senators Kelly Loeffler and Richard Burr used their political offices to their benefits before the pandemic’s effects had fully materialized.

Katie Chen and Bennie Chang

May 25, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has impacted billions of individuals around the globe and widened the disparity between the privileged and the disadvantaged. Before the pandemic’s effects had fully materialized in the U.S., two of the powerful decided to use their political offices to their benefits: Sena...

Astrology extends into social media

Astrology extends into social media

Emma Cionca and Lillian Fu

April 16, 2020

Typing “horoscope” in the Instagram search bar gives hundreds, even thousands of accounts — some with over a million followers — that are all dedicated to telling traits and predictions for every zodiac sign. These pages have become a common sight for social media users, and a well known group i...

Spilling the tea on caffeine

Jasmine Hou and Pranav Mishra

April 13, 2020

Whether it’s a morning fix of coffee, a relaxing pot of tea or a refreshing sports drink out on the field, caffeine provides limitless ways to spark and soothe the senses. While some experts cite evidence suggesting that regular consumption of the stimulant can lead to substantial long-term effect...