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Queering a path in STEM

Queering a path in STEM

Pranav Chillappagari, Public Relations Manager

October 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Social Issues

My biggest problem when deciding what I want to do in the future is narrowing down a wide range of interesting options between STEM and humanities. The decision was based on where I felt most comfortable, or to put it bluntly: which was more gay-friendly. Based on that criteria, it took me less than...

Living with It: Introductions

Living with It: Introductions

Elisa Fang, Editor-in-Chief

October 8, 2018


Filed under Living with It, Opinion

Dear reader, It’s always been my opinion that introductions are the worst necessary evil, but here goes anyway. I’ve always had a fascination with life. That’s a stupid thing to say. Unless you’re a biologist — in which case, have at it. But what I mean is that life is so obviously...

Good news creates a brighter outlook

Oce Bohra, Copy Editor

October 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Social Issues

There were a few months last year during which I stopped reading the news altogether; strange, especially for someone taking Journalism, but I simply couldn’t bother opening up my news app every day to article after article about political controversies, forest fires, global warmings and crime. The ...

Dealing with the deaths of problematic figures

Dealing with the deaths of problematic figures

Kavin Kumaravel, Opinions Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Social Issues

John McCain passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 81. He knowingly caused the deaths of thousands of Middle Eastern people. “But he was human too.” XXX passed away a few months ago at the age of 20. He domestically abused a pregnant woman. “But he was human too.” When public figures ...

Finding validation: bright screens versus black mirrors

Riya Bindlish, Opinions Editor

September 28, 2018


Filed under On-Campus Perspectives, Opinion

“Just don’t compare yourself to others and you’ll be fine,” my college-bound friend said. It seemed relatively easy at the time; I didn’t truly understand the importance of that statement until my junior year, aka the one where everyone goes “I'm not going to an Ivy League!” The fi...

Plastic straw bans need to bend

Plastic straw bans need to bend

Sheyda Ladjevardi, Assistant Photography Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

With the rise of plastic pollution in the Earth’s atmosphere and water sources, environmentalists  are taking steps to ban plastic straws within major cities in the United States.  While banning plastic straws may be seen as a miniscule step towards environmental sustainability, the significance...

Destigmatizing DV mental illness

Riya Bindlish, Opinions Editor

May 15, 2018


Filed under On-Campus Perspectives, Opinion, Social Issues, Student Life

The hallways look a lot different now — at least to me. I see something that I didn’t see before. It prowls around, consuming us, slowly, and attacking us at our weakest moments. Yes, there’s a creature hidden in the shadows. One that is constantly overlooked, yet omnipresent and deadly: mental...

Ask Amanda: Crushes, college & confusion

Amanda Su, Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2018


Filed under Advice Column, Opinion, Uncategorized

Everyone, Thanks to everyone who submitted questions this issue! Since April is the month right before college decisions, prom and graduation, it’s understandable that everyone is going through their own existential crises. For my second to last advice column this year, I decided to help people...

You’re missing out on the deal

Armaan Rashid, Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion, You're Missing Out

Dear Reader, All this talk of a “polarized” and “divided” nation is misleading: if all politics is just a negotiation of sympathies, and it is, we’re only divided because this is the first time we really have to negotiate. Actual, capital-P Policy is just a negotiated sympathy — the...

Why we no longer empathize with the news

Sraavya Sambara, Managing Editor

May 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Social Issues

We watch, we purse our lips. And apart from the occasional eyebrow raise and sympathetic look, we don’t move. We scroll past, and the moment is lost in an avalanche of information it is up to us to filter and capriciously decide whether or not to care about. The pattern is a scripted maneuver we have c...

DV’s culture of comparison harms self-worth

Sraavya Sambara, Managing Editor

April 16, 2018


Filed under On-Campus Perspectives, Opinion, Social Issues

A thick blanket of low-lying fog envelops students at Dougherty Valley High School. In one breath the fog enters the lungs. From there, its effects are immediate and noxious. The students jolt forward convulsively, and suddenly it’s as if everything, and everyone, is different. A classmate is n...

Viewpoint: School dances breed coercion

Miguel Dickenson, Assistant Opinions and Sports Editor

March 30, 2018


Filed under On-Campus Perspectives, Opinion

Prom is just around the corner, and pretty soon prom asks will begin to inundate your Instagram feed. Generally, school dances such as prom allow wishful (and very hormonal), teenagers to go on a “date” with the person of their choosing. And due to established societal norms, it is typically the boys...

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