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Learning the Unwritten Etiquette of Technology


November 1, 2011

Technology: it’s everywhere. It’s the computer screen in front of you, the camera you take pictures with, and the phone in your back pocket. The glories of technology allow its users countless ways to converse with each other be it via phone call, text, email, instant message or Facebook. In some sen...

eBook vs. Textbooks

October 25, 2011

Our country has always prioritized education among its youth, but has our generation reached the tipping point, at which the simple act of carrying around textbooks or investing in an eBook could make or break our chances at success in the future? Films such as “The Race to Nowhere” and “Superman” ...

If You Are Not Stressed, There is Something Wrong With You (Senior Year)

October 20, 2011

With the start of the school year, I have witnessed an epidemic of junioritis—the result of an intense workload, standardized testing, hours of extracurricular activities, and the ever-daunting, quickly-approaching college admissions process. I wish I could tell you, my dear juniors, that all of that...

If You Are Not Stressed, There is Something Wrong With You (Junior Year)

October 20, 2011

Every school year brings with it new challenges and uncertainties. Freshman year is the year of new beginnings– a little fish in a big pond. Sophomore year is the year to test out new classes and get your foot in the door. Senior year is the year of college applications and senioritis, of having...

9/11 10th Anniversary


September 27, 2011

    LBS Sophmore Grace Wolf interviewed 9/11 Witnesses Bob and Margie Niehaus in order to report their stories: Margie's responses: 1) What were you doing that day?  Visiting NYC for a trip with Bob.  He was there for a breakfast meeting.  We were staying in the WTC Marriott Hotel...

“It” Doesn’t Happen Here

September 23, 2011

Here meaning Laguna Blanca High school? Here meaning a private school? Here meaning a family that doesn’t struggle economically? The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) affirms that 1 in 4 women will be subjected to domestic abuse in her lifetime. NRCDV says that 1.3 ...

Is Santa Barbara Losing its Flair?

Is Santa Barbara Losing its Flair?

September 23, 2011

Five years ago, downtown Santa Barbara’s State Street was abuzz with tourists, SB locals, shoppers, and day-trippers alike. Local store fronts were stuffed with kitschy merchandise and Santa Barbara gradually developed a reputation for a unique boutique shopping experience. When the economy cras...

Homelessness, a National Issue

Homelessness, a National Issue

September 7, 2011

For four days, I participated in a seminar called Panim El Panim in Washington, DC, where a group of 150 Jewish teenagers were faced with social issues such as homelessness and faults in our education system. We were encouraged to seek change through political activism and stopping our actions as bystanders. We were forced to face chall...

Osama bin Laden’s Death: A Cause for Celebration?


September 6, 2011

STAFF EDITORIAL: During “60 Minutes” two Sundays ago, a runner scrolled across the screen. It read, “President Barack Obama will be addressing the nation.” Immediately, minds began to race as to what the announcement would be. Regular news followers knew the address would be of great importance, as last minute Sunday night addresse...

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