STEM or Humanities, an Ongoing Question

American Students tend to choose STEM courses over humanities Max Broberg Staff Writer     At the end of every year, students from 8th to 11th grade participating in course selection have been following a certain trend: prioritizing STEM classes over humanities.     This trend is caused by the growing value placed on more technical careers ranging from […]

What factors to consider when choosing a college

Jacky Tsang Editor-in-chief     My friend Pooja Sakthivel was accepted to the University of Chicago and Drexel University last year. For most people, the obvious choice is to attend the former because it is ranked as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. However, Pooja chose the latter.     You might be thinking: “Is she […]

The Pink Tax Cuts Into Women’s Finances

The cost of living for women is significantly rising Meenu Kumaraguru Staff Writer     Being a woman simply costs more. On average, women annually spend $1,351 more than men for the same merchandise and services—razors, shaving cream, shampoo, painkillers, haircuts, dry cleaning, and even children’s toys.     Many businesses, such as Walgreens, get away with charging about […]

Barbie Opts Out from its Extreme Model Cut

The new Barbie has new curves, new sizes, and new colors Sophia Cheng Staff Writer     Last month, Mattel responded to critics complaining about Barbie’s unrealistic proportions with a new batch of Barbies coming in three sizes: petite, curvy, and tall, beginning February 4 online and in stores March 1.     With sagging sales due to a […]

Chinese New Year in the West

Modern Chinese-American celebrations Jennifer Fong Staff Writer     As a Chinese-American living in the Bay Area, an area known for a large Asian community because of its proximity to Angel Island, I celebrate Chinese New Year a little differently, and a little less traditionally than in mainland China. There are small changes that set apart Western […]

Lack of Media Coverage of Other Harmful Terrorist Attacks

Media focuses on Paris while other regions also face terrorism Stephanie Herrera Staff Writer     Much love is being sent out to Paris, France for the terrorist attacks that happened last week, but what about the other countries that are also experiencing these sorts of events?     On social media, one can find many pictures that say […]

Why Foods in the U.S. Can Easily Be Contaminated By E. Coli

The FDA fails to enact effective policies in response to E. coli outbreaks AJ De Las Alas Staff Writer     The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to blame for the recent E. coli contamination that affected various food distributors across the nation, including Chipotle, Starbucks, and Costco. The FDA’s slogan is “Protecting and Promoting Your […]