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Departments should standardize courses for consistency

Departments should standardize courses for consistency

Meryem Orazova, Staff Writer April 7, 2024

As I navigate my way around campus, swapping stories with friends about the recent chemistry lab and the nearly impossible trig test, one recurring detail stands out to me — the striking disparities...

Athletic department should post weight room schedule

Athletic department should post weight room schedule

Kate Xia, Lifestyle & Science/Tech Editor April 7, 2024

Leaning against the cold gray walls, I sit slouched outside the weight room, jolting upright at the sound of every footstep, hoping to hear the jangle of keys. Like the fanatics who camp outside stores...

California should pursue Vote16, lower voting age for local elections

California should pursue Vote16, lower voting age for local elections

Alec Bonnard, Lifestyle Editor, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Manager March 19, 2024

Just a few weeks ago, I pre-registered to vote, confident that California would allow 17-year-olds who become adults by the general election to vote in the upcoming primary election on March 5. As expected,...

Classes should offer improved independent learning opportunities to nurture growth, foster collaboration

Classes should offer improved independent learning opportunities to nurture growth, foster collaboration

Naveen Narayanaswami, Staff Writer March 17, 2024

Take a look around a classroom and, chances are, you’ll see math worksheets and notes turned into art canvases with doodles scrawled in blue ink. You’ll also see students starting the day with caffeinated...

Palo Alto should build more dog parks to provide healthy, safe environments for pets, families

Palo Alto should build more dog parks to provide healthy, safe environments for pets, families

Sofia Singer, Staff Writer February 23, 2024

I remember the first time I took my dog, Charlie, on a walk to the park. I went to our elementary school, Duveneck, arriving at around 5:30 p.m. — the prime time for dogs to play. As soon as we arrived,...

Art by Iris Tang

Students should engage in local politics, pre-register to vote to spark change

Julian Hong February 23, 2024

On the eve of Palo Alto’s mayoral election, the floor of City Hall opened to allow residents to inform the city council about the candidates for the city’s highest office. Residents apprised candidates...

Book bans limit diversity of perspectives, target specific demographics

Book bans limit diversity of perspectives, target specific demographics

Cherianne Yoon, Staff Writer February 1, 2024
Books are gateways that allow readers to stretch the limits of their imagination and explore ideas beyond the bounds of their own knowledge. However, the stories that often mirror our own challenges and backgrounds are at risk of being removed from school library shelves across the country due to conservative concerns about students being exposed to mature or controversial topics. 
art by Teresa Wang

Society pressures introverts to transform their personalities, conform to standards

Cynthia Huang, Staff Writer January 7, 2024

It’s the first day of school, and as I take my seat and observe my new teacher and classmates, I make a mental note for myself: be the first to introduce yourself and raise your hand as much as possible....

Emphasizing hands-on learning proves more effective in retaining information through humanities, STEM courses

Emphasizing hands-on learning proves more effective in retaining information through humanities, STEM courses

Albert Jung, Staff Writer January 7, 2024

I remember an APUSH class when we were told to make a list of impactful historical events and, without using textbooks or notes, connect how each event set up the next.  Despite the somewhat difficult...

Disney should rework live-action remakes, maintain original charm

Disney should rework live-action remakes, maintain original charm

Cherianne Yoon, Staff Writer December 20, 2023
It’s a cozy Saturday evening, and the television screen casts a luminous glow over the room. As the screen comes to life and a familiar soundtrack of the Lion King begins to play, I expect to feel a tug of childhood nostalgia. 
Seniors should get to know the overlooked details of Palo Alto before they graduate

Seniors should get to know the overlooked details of Palo Alto before they graduate

Olivia Atkinson, News & Opinion Editor December 16, 2023

Dressed in a silky green gown, I picture myself marching down the football field to get my diploma — my ticket to leaving this city behind and going off on new adventures. In the years leading up to...

Parking permits should be obtainable throughout year to accommodate students

Parking permits should be obtainable throughout year to accommodate students

Isabelle Carlsen, Staff Writer December 3, 2023
As I maneuver my way to the far right lane of El Camino Real in the morning rush with cars speeding past me at 50 mph, I catch a glimpse of the rarest item at Paly: a parking spot close to the Tower Building alongside the road of El Camino Real.
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