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Continuing the Conversation: from the beginning…

Caroline Lobel continues the Editor-in-Chief tradition of writing a personal column as she introduces her own: Continuing the Conversation.

Caroline Lobel, Editor in Chief

September 14, 2020

Dear Reader, A wise animated rat by the name of Remy once said, "[Humans] don't just survive; they discover; they create.” Well, this column is my attempt to create something (emphasis on “attempt”) that will allow you to hopefully discover something new while incorporating my personal, light-hearted...

State legislations restrict higher youth turnout

The age gap between voters between countries is representative of youth voter turnout internationally.

Sanjana Ranganathan, Opinions Editor

August 4, 2020

Nine years ago, New Hampshire's Republican House Speaker William O’Brien promised to end voter fraud, proclaiming “kids voting liberal, voting with their feelings, with no life experience.” What followed were a series of restrictive voting laws that remain roadblocks to increasing America...

Climate change: what we need is shame

Humans are the first creatures to have instigated a mass extinction. Perhaps we'll be the first to reverse one, too.

Eva Shen, Managing Editor

May 28, 2020

I used to drink giant bottles of water— the 32 ounce plastic ones you can buy at certain Costcos. As a disproportionately hydrated person, I would lug them to school every day. That was one giant plastic bottle every single day, supplemented by a smaller, standard 16 ounce plastic bottle in case I ...

Friendly reminder: maintain social distancing on trails

Signs posted by the City of San Ramon at trail entrances remind people to practice social distancing.

Steven Deng, Copy Editor

May 28, 2020

With the shelter-in-place orders having been enforced for a few months now, there’s no doubt that people have started to feel cramped and uncomfortable stuck at home all day. As a result, more and more people are going out for walks around the neighborhood and on the nearby trails to get some fresh...

The effect of misogyny in social media and how it affects people offline

Women on social media, no matter their age, face constant misogyny.

Tessa Galeazzi, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

Social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and YouTube allow us to comment, post and share our opinions, and serve as outlets for online creativity. TikTok, an app that has most recently risen in popularity, allows users to create videos varying from dances and lip-syncing to comedy and skits. However, t...

The anti-lockdown movement is an example of the (white) right to protest

The anti-lockdown protests that sparked across the nation favor the

Owen Spargo and Jade Wang

May 28, 2020

The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Recent anti-lockdown protests are taking place nationwide as people grow increasingly anxious about the state of the economy ...

COVID-19 tears back the curtain on socioeconomic inequality

Wealth inequality comes to the frontlines as COVID-19 continues to devastate.

Nihal Singh and Jade Wang

May 26, 2020

Wealth inequality has been woven into the fabric of American society since the earliest days of the republic. For every esteemed 18th-century statesman, a thousand plantation workers toiled, stricken with disease. For every 19th-century railroad tycoon, millions of factory workers labored in callous cond...

Dougherty Valley should embrace more female authors

Margaret Atwood, Zora Neale Hurston and Virginia Woolf remain icons in literature.

Sneha Cheenath, Managing Editor

April 27, 2020

Dougherty’s English department has made many efforts to widen the voice of minority authors through their book selection. Books such as “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie have recently been introduced into the curriculum as a part o...

The fanciful illusion of astrology

The fanciful illusion of astrology

Sraavya Sambara, Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2020

According to the acclaimed astrology app Co-Star, I’m having “trouble with my spirituality.” And, considering that I joined Co-Star mainly to make a point, that’s probably true. Astrology has always had a persistent, if muted, effect on my life. Soon after I was born, my parents — both a...

Breaking down biraciality: I am myself

I embrace my multiraciality as not just my identity on the surface but fundamentally who I am.

Owen Spargo, News Editor

March 10, 2020

The most frequent question I have been asked throughout my childhood is, “So what are you?” I often proceed by staring at the other person in confusion. Are they asking about my ethnic background? My religion? Whether I’m a human or alien? My answer is most usually along the lines of, “My father is a ...

Prioritizing electability in politics eviscerates democracy

Going into the 2020 elections, voters should consider policy positions on issues such as healthcare, the environment and the economy, rather than “electability.”

Sanjana Ranganathan and Vivian Kuang

March 1, 2020

According to a Gallup poll from November 2019, 60% of Democrats surveyed prioritized a candidate with the best chance to beat the incumbent Donald Trump, even if the candidate differs from them on many major issues. This concept of “electability” is not new to politics. But with Democrats anxious ...

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