The Death of the Record Label

Record labels have been the backbone of the music industry since music started being sold. They do all the work that doesn’t actually involve creating the music, from financing and executive producing albums to...

Are Top Tier Colleges Worth It?

Stanford. Harvard. Yale. Princeton. Columbia. These prestigious, top ranked universities are popular among the top of Palo Alto High School seniors’ college lists. The pressure of being accepted into, and atten...

The nature of the dress code

Thoughout history and across regions, there have almost always been limitations on what women and men can wear, especially in professional environments. In academic institutions, such rules are packaged in th...

Running Out of Time

Dressed in a faded green-blue windbreaker, an older man laughs to himself and zooms by on an electric scooter on a roughly paved street behind a shopping center. He sports a pleasant smile and an aged complexio...
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Ramifications of Rape Culture

"Most societies don't talk about rape,” write former Verde editors-in-chiefs Ana Carano, Sharon Tseng and Evelyn Wang. “We consider it a taboo, conditioning victims to feel ashamed about speaking out and forcin...

Shmacking the System

"Ivy League or bust. That’s what everyone says.” Palo Alto High School junior Kelly Swanson is one of the millions of high school students beginning his or her yearlong journey of finding the college that he o...
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Tricks of a Paly cheater

In last year’s Advanced Placement (AP) Physics C class, Ben grabbed a test off the teacher’s desk, found the previous AP question’s answers online, programmed the answers into his TI-89 calculator the night bef...

Common Core State Standards

What is the Common Core? While eager first graders were once required to “demonstrate comprehension by identifying answers in the text,” under the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they are now expected ...

Spotlight: In my opinion slut-shaming must stop

A note to the reader: This article is not promoting casual sex and dressing revealingly. However, it is not condemning it either. We are not saying that one perspective on sex is any more “right” or “moral” tha...

The Social Divide

Author's Note I first became interested in exploring Paly’s social divide after passing “The Wall” as I rushed to my 6th period Chemistry class one day. While I walked beside the Student Center, a girl paces a...