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Lessons I Learned from Quarantine

Lessons I Learned from Quarantine

Boning (JZ) Zhang, Writer

June 15, 2020

The sudden outbreak of Covid-19 has created an upheaval in our lives on a never-before-seen scale, putting people out of a job, inflicting massive economic damage, and harming our collective mental health. Stress lingers around my heart whenever news about Covid-19, triggering my helplessness, which ...

No Longer Silenced

No Longer Silenced

Phoebe Stein, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 11, 2020

With a single tweet, Alyssa Milano started a chain of events that would bring down some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Milano’s message, coming a decade after the first-ever tweet of “Me too,” encouraged survivors of sexual abuse to tell their stories. The #MeToo movement took away the stigma o...

The Right Side of Left History

The Right Side of Left History

Daisy Finefrock, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 11, 2020

Chanting, pink shirts and colorful signs. This is the norm at any rally or protest you might attend. You’re filled with excitement and pride as you stand among like-minded people fighting for the same cause you are. I remember attending my first Women’s March in 2018 and being so proud to be a part ...

stance of the staff

stance of the staff

June 10, 2020

Our world centers around making connections. It’s normal to live every day surrounded by friends, by peers, by acquaintances who we learn from, and change because of. It is human nature to yearn to be surrounded by like-minded people, and conversation is something that so many take advantage of. We are l...

An Open Letter to Laguna Blanca School

An Open Letter to Laguna Blanca School

Karinna M. Carrillo, Alum

June 6, 2020

Published on edhat santa barbara My name is Karinna M. Carrillo and I went to Laguna Blanca School for thirteen years. A private school nestled in Hope Ranch and Montecito-- two of the most lavish neighborhoods in Santa Barbara, California. Montecito and Hope Ranch, where the average property value is ...

Media Bias: How and Why

Media Bias: How and Why

Boning (JZ) Zhang

February 26, 2020

Media is partial towards political parties, usually depending on the ownership and sources of funding. The viewpoints and political stances of the employees will primarily correspond with that of the media stations. Take Fox News as an example; the owner of Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, is conservative....

ThemTube

ThemTube

Cody Busch-Weiss

February 26, 2020

YouTube is one of the most used media sharing sites on the internet, and the most used video site, with over 2 billion active users. Any platform will change as it develops, and YouTube is certainly no exception. To understand how YouTube has changed, we have to look at how it began. On Feb. 14, 2005,...

Why Esports Matters

Why Esports Matters

Wesley Shultz

February 26, 2020

Every time a new past time is introduced to the American populous, its met with backlash and misunderstanding, but does that mean it has to happen again? The past three generations of kids have grown up playing video games, and for the first time, playing them can become a full-time job. In theory,...

Stance of the Staff

Stance of the Staff

Phoebe Stein

December 3, 2019

We’ve all have to grow up. Most of us are not ready for it; it seems, all at once, expectations rise and responsibilities become more pressing. There is pressure on kids today: hopes that teenagers will be the generation to find solutions to previously unsolvable dilemmas. This pressure is nothing if not detr...

(NO THANKS) GIVING

(NO THANKS) GIVING

Daisy Finefrock

December 3, 2019

Thanksgivings are generally an all-day (or even all week) affair. It starts with the decor preparations, finalizing guest lists, researching recipes, shopping for the meal itself… the list goes on! It all culminates when the family gathers around a warm homemade meal crafted with love. I adore Thanksgiving...

Addressing the Dress Code

Addressing the Dress Code

Frances Carlson and Madeleine Nicks

December 3, 2019

The dress code is a standard part of most institutions whether it is a private school, a public school, a Catholic school, or a company. Yet, that does not mean that there is one overarching, standard set of rules. A dress code regulates the decisions students make when getting dressed for school in t...

Dilemmas at Dinner

Dilemmas at Dinner

Elizabeth Bisno

December 3, 2019

Think back to your last Thanksgiving. As your family sits down to a delicious dinner, some distant second cousin three-times removed says, “Thank you for coming everyone, I’m glad you could all make it here tonight, and bon appétit!” Everyone digs in. What follows is a steady buzz of friendly co...

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