October 2022

Edition 1

Published October 12, 2022

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Post Pandemic Procedure: Better or Worse?

Aashvee Vij

In March of 2020, a fearful declaration shook our society and changed our lives in more ways that we would have begun to imagine. Two and a half years later, we have fallen into a routine that closely resembles the way we lived before this pandemic began. But has society been able to recover completely or can we still feel the lasting effects?

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Meet The New Principal: Interview With Mr. Ianora

Nikitha Srinivasan

Mr. Ianora has extensive experience in education, counseling, and administration. He has a plethora of innovative ideas to contribute to Leigh. The interview began with him describing a pivotal moment in his career. Mr. Ianora described how he obtained an opportunity to teach summer school in New York before his last term of college. He was assigned to tutor high school students who had failed their math class and had difficulties understanding certain concepts. 

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Quizlet Is No Longer Free…Here’s Some Alternatives

Haley Lee

Quizlet, unarguably the most prominent of all study websites, recently moved half of their features to their premium subscription, named Quizlet Plus. We’ve always known Quizlet Plus was the realistic way for Quizlet to earn a decent income. We’ve also dealt with the bright ads that, ever so often, avert our attention from the learning for the sake of keeping the features we have free. But Quizlet has gone too far in their recent update just last August of 2022, when they drastically limited access to two of their four total features: “Test” and “Learn.”

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Bell Schedule And Changes In School

Kenta Tonari & Advaith Narayanan

As the COVID pandemic conditions change, so do the school policies. With bell schedule changes, tardy policy modifications, and so much more, it is crucial that both new and returning students have an understanding of these changes and how they will affect them. 

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Floods in Pakistan: A Public Health Crisis

Rachel Baek

In the summer of 2022, Pakistan’s record monsoon rains and melting glaciers culminated in a series of devastating floods, which at its peak engulfed a third of the country. The sheer scale of the disaster is such that it may take up to six months for the water to fully recede. Out of the 33 million affected, over 1,600 people, around 500 of them children, lost their lives. These grim statistics, however, do not include the wider population facing the “Second Disaster,” namely, the spread of waterborne diseases.

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Aine O’Donovan Appointed As New Area 5 Trustee

Natalie Bachman

At the special board meeting on October 4, Aine O’Donovan was provisionally appointed to represent area 5 vacancy on the CUHSD board of trustees. The previous trustee, Kallen Gallagher, resigned this August, leaving a vacancy on the board.

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Celebrating Navratri

Anu Venkatesh

Over the past two years, many things have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic: traveling, hosting parties, spending time with friends and family, to name a few. To add to the already long list, Navratri, one of the largest and most popular festivals in India, has  faced many changes in the way it has been celebrated. 

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Math Tracks In School, And Optimizing Student Success

Hayoon Song

In 2021, high school students in the United States were declared third place in math and science competitions. However, in a recent international exam, the US ranked 31st out of the 79 countries that participated. So, what was the reason behind such a big difference in performance?

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The Screwtape Letters: Using Wit to Engage

Anne Kearns

Are you looking for an engaging and entertaining book to read? Consider reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S Lewis!

A witty and satirical defense of the faith, The Screwtape Letters is a remarkable book about the struggle between good and evil, heaven and hell. The 31 letters that make up the book are from Screwtape, an experienced devil, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior tempter, on effective strategies for tempting the human assigned to him and ensuring he continues on a path toward damnation.

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The Impact Of Music

Sofia Angileri

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” -Kahlil Gibran. When we put in our earbuds and pull up Spotify, we submit to the influence of music and the magic that it is. The lyrics and the rhythm entrance us, and take us somewhere abstract.

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Android vs iPhone

Arushi Garud

In today’s world, over 66% of people own smartphones. That amounts to a total of 5.22 billion people. Of this number, there are 3 billion Android users, and 900 million iPhone users. In the United States, there are currently more than 113 million iPhone users, and a grand total of 133.4 million Android users. Both phones are popular and have many loyal users. And both phones have their pros and cons to owning and using them. Which begs the question; which type of smartphone is better, Android or iPhone? 

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The Problem With The “Lady” Longhorns: Feminism In Sports

Sanika Madan

“Why are men’s sports more valued than female sports?” is a question that most female athletes have been asking themselves for a long time. Last year, our class kept making jokes about how people announce the teams during games. How the women teams were always introduced as the “Lady Longhorns” while the men were just the “Longhorns.” We would laugh at how we thought they should be called the “Manly Longhorns” to make it more fair. Behind the laughter there is a lot of truth to it and it raises the question, “How much more valued are men’s sports over women’s sports?” 

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Book Review: TJ Powar has something to prove

Maitreyi Bhararth

I can never really have enough of enemies-to-lovers books. Combine that with Indian representation, strong female leads, and combating stereotypes on beauty — I’m there.  

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The Declining Interest in Monkey Pox

Ximena Bonilla

When Monkeypox cases started rising in early 2022, there was a flood of TikToks and posts on social media regarding Monkeypox symptoms. People were horrified by the scarring and rashes that would occur. And others shared their stories about getting the virus. However, recently, news articles about the virus have declined. Why is there such a decline in interest now?

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The Rise of Thrifting

Manasi Sugath

Thrifting has quickly become one of the most popular activities for teens to partake in with their friends. The idea of getting cheap, lightly used clothes has progressively become more and more mainstream. With the amount of shoppers calling out different companies and brands for their usage of child labor and their contribution to fast fashion, people are eager to find more sustainable alternatives for their shopping needs…

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The CPM Curriculum Depends on an Unproven Style of Learning

Dhruthi Mahesh

“My greatest fear is that the CPM approach to the teaching of mathematics… will produce a generation of students who feel good about their math experiences and who are are not afraid to “take on” a math problem, but, who… are mathematical morons without a calculator in their hands, are unable to achieve a high level of success individually, and who are unable to actually determine the correct answer to a problem,” states Robert W. Haswell, a high school math teacher for the past 27 years in a critical editorial on Mathematically Correct- a blog spotlighting concerns on Math curriculums and teaching styles. 

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Our Society Is Prejudiced – And We’re To Blame

Natalie Bachman

If anything, history has proven time and time again that the human race is prejudiced. Whether it be racism, sexism, religious hatred, or homophobia, many people express unwarranted hate toward those who are different from themselves. Prejudice, although rooted in psychological phenomena, has evolved in its delivery over the years, and it is more important than ever that we educate ourselves to prevent the spread of dangerous ideals.

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“Equal Pay For Equal Work”

Devika Bhattacharjya

Women have always been the backbone of the family, now they support their families financially too. Women of today have more opportunities like jobs and basic rights. However while women are equal to men in every imaginable way then why is their pay not equal to  that  of men? Why do women make 83 cents for every dollar a man makes within the same profession? 

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Weather Changes: Hot or Cold?

Maya Hardin

Drastic changes in weather have become a part of our society. With climate change and global warming, you never truly know what to expect. One day it’s 104 and sunny and the next it’s 81 and cloudy. One hour it’s 72 and the next it’s 102. This brings up the question: Why is the weather changing?

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Mental Health: Being Happy Teenagers vs Stressed

Krishna Nidhin

When people think about high school, they tend to think of exciting, energetic, teenage years. But, some also start to think of stress, worry, and degrading mental health. That’s because, despite all of the fun that high school can bring, many people are not in a good state of mental health due to all of the pressures and stress high school causes.

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