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You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

November 29, 2011


Filed under News, Opinion

We, as consumers, are continually bombarded with images of women that are demeaning, offensive, and unrealistic—images that tell women they need to be thinner, softer, smoother, taller, and bustier. “In a world of a million channels, people try to do shocking things to break through the clutter...

Generational Differences Stir Art Controversy

November 1, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  The angst, the display of restlessness—it was almost overwhelming. But, I was fascinated. To me, this was art. It was graphic and alarming, powerfully dramatic, but, at the same time, pedestrian, and the fact that it all made me uncomfortable convinced me of its artistry. I walked through...

Santa Barbara Faces Problems with Graffiti Vandalism

November 1, 2011


Filed under Opinion

  As one drives down the freeway in Santa Barbara, they pass by walls littered with tagging and various layers of paint. These walls were once a clean and  uniform color, but over the years they have been a repeated victim for graffiti vandalism. The city has done its best painting over the...

Learning the Unwritten Etiquette of Technology

Learning the Unwritten Etiquette of Technology

November 1, 2011


Filed under Feature, Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion

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

9/11 10th Anniversary

September 27, 2011


Filed under News, Opinion

    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


Filed under Opinion

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


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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


Filed under Opinion

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?

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

September 6, 2011


Filed under Feature, News, Opinion

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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