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What’s your favorite thing about winter?

What’s your favorite thing about winter?

December 4, 2012


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Changing the Face of Standardized Testing

November 1, 2012


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I recently changed my name on Facebook. I don’t have anything to hide, and I am not entirely sure what swayed me to do so, but for some reason I felt like I should. So, with the submit button on my common app growing increasing foreboding, I am now “Olivia Paige” to the world in which we all vi...

A Shot Defied Around the World

A Shot Defied Around the World

November 1, 2012


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We are the millennial generation. A generation that does not tolerate what is wrong and demands change through the tools accessible to us. We cover 40 percent of people around the globe. We are members of a shrinking world—we are global citizens. On Oct. 9, 14 year-old Malala Yousafzai was targeted...

This Human Ideology

June 4, 2012


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M y family has always aired on the side of pragmatism. My younger sister went to a Christian preschool because it was across the street from my elementary school. Although I was growing up in a reformed Jewish household, as a seven-year-old, I really wasn’t phased by the idea. My toe-headed, four-year-old...

An Appeal for Preserving Creative Senior Pranks

June 4, 2012


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A canvas “Seniors 2012” banner was strung across the entrance gate to Hope Ranch, and a giant bouncy slide filled the senior quad. Saran wrap, toilet paper, and fishing line covered the school. Kalfas was a blizzard of Post Its. In spite of all of this chaos—or perhaps, because of it—I have...

The Evolution of Journalism

June 4, 2012


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One of the worries associated with the Age of Information is the decay of print publication. Santa Barbara has noticed the loss of the giant downtown Borders bookstore, in part due to the prevalence of e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad. This technological development has also cau...

The Face of the Student Body

The Face of the Student Body

May 1, 2012


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Race matters in our culture. However, society all too often classifies race in unsensible and unfair ways. Race seems to operate in veiled denial or take on a filtered disingenuous definition. We are more diverse as a culture than we have been ever before, but our diversity, only in part, stems from di...

Freedom Drivers

Freedom Drivers

April 17, 2012


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In the U.S. we have preconceived notions about girls growing up with Barbie and makeup while boys are raised with Tonka trucks and tools. These stereotypes continue to follow us as we grow up. However, in this modern age, gender roles are being challenged and blurred. Women have just as much f...

Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers

Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers

March 20, 2012


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Humanitarian activists around the world have had strong reactions of resentment to those opposed to or wary of President Obama’s recent decision concerning Joseph Kony and the LRA. Many of these critics are misinformed. On Oct. 14, President Obama announced that the United States will send 100 military...

Living in Fear

March 4, 2012


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Since I was five years old the United States has been engaged in overseas warfare. I can’t remember a time that my country was not at war. I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t bombarded with images and messages about the horrors of the war so many young men and women were fighting abroad. But, I al...

The Divide Between Nuclear War and Inner Peace

March 4, 2012


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When, I was little I used to think of my ethnicity on a scale of 200 percent. I’m still not sure if I was trying to be clever or simply attempting to find out who I really was, but when asked the classic question “what are you?” I would respond in a high-pitched voice and proudly declare t...

Special Feature: The New Nuclear Age of Fear

Special Feature: The New Nuclear Age of Fear

March 4, 2012


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Other articles in our Nuclear Feature: Click Here to read: "The Divide between Nuclear War and Inner Peace", by Daria Etezadi Click Here to read: "Living in Fear", by Olivia Berci Click Here to view: GRAPHIC: Bomb vs. Energy, by Kyle Van De Kamer Click Here to view: GRAPHIC: The Nuclear Timeline [column width="47%" padding="6%"] ...

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