Portola High School

Opinion: How the model minority myth is impacting every race

Opinion: How the model minority myth is impacting every race

As an Asian-American myself, I like to attribute most of our ethnicity’s success to the hard work we put in. But I’ve come to realize that a narrow mindset is what’s feeding into the dangerous model minority myth. And no, as appealing as the term “model minority”...

Opinion: Society’s obsession with productivity is unhealthy

Opinion: Society’s obsession with productivity is unhealthy

The world we live in is obsessed with productivity. From articles about “How to be More Productive” to “Productivity Secrets of Successful People,” we are constantly bombarded with ways to keep ourselves producing like a machine all the time, which is said to lead to...

Opinion: Foreign aid must be given strategically

Opinion: Foreign aid must be given strategically

Every year, the United States spends billions of dollars on foreign aid, specifically directed toward developing countries. As the United States illustrates the global dominance of economic and military power, foreign assistance has now become a moral obligation....

Opinion: Changing the body image epidemic from within

Opinion: Changing the body image epidemic from within

The other night, I settled into the couch, flicking through the channels on the TV in hopes of finding an entertaining show. I eventually landed on the reality show “Botched,” where patients — mostly women — who have already had significant plastic surgery consult...

Hostility toward journalists increased in 2018

Hostility toward journalists increased in 2018

A recent report released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) named the top five most dangerous countries in the world for journalists in the past year. In 2018, 15 journalists died in Afghanistan, 11 in Syria, nine Mexico, eight in Yemen, six in India, and six in the...

The fairness of college admissions

The fairness of college admissions

Affirmative action: everybody has heard of it before when it comes to college admissions, but is it really fair? There lies a fine line between creating diversity and turning away more-than-qualified applicants in order to meet racial quotas, and I believe that it...

Trump’s Travel Ban: Searching for the Silver Lining

Trump’s Travel Ban: Searching for the Silver Lining

On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold President Trump’s travel ban under the guise of national security, placing restrictions on entry from five majority-Muslim countries and two others — Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. This...