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On living afraid of gun violence

On living afraid of gun violence

by Krishna Bheda, Reporter
April 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

I remember being so excited to see my family and my little cousins. This Christmas was going to be one for the books. I was in Houston!I was ready for Torchees’s famous mexican food, and I was ready to be surrounded by light and positivity. However, as soon as I got there, my excitement turned to ...

Where macroeconomics falls short

Where macroeconomics falls short

by Michael Sikand, Aquila social media editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

Given that economies form the framework of modern society, it is inevitable that the most contentious political debates concern competing methods of managing American wealth for the most optimal long- and short-term outcomes. Whether or not one understands the subject of economics, almost everyone h...

Editorial: The arts and sciences need to put aside their differences to fight defunding

Editorial: The arts and sciences need to put aside their differences to fight defunding

April 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

Fuzzy vs. techie. Heart vs. brain. Arts vs. sciences. At Harker, we tend to see the arts and sciences as at odds, or at least as incompatible. How many times have you heard a group of coders chuckling over the perceived uselessness of an art degree, or a gaggle at the Artstravaganza grumbling at perce...

Trump’s proposed budget cuts throw the future of research into question

Trump’s proposed budget cuts throw the future of research into question

by Katherine Zhang, Assistant STEM Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion, Showcase

President Donald Trump released a preliminary 2018 budget proposal on Mar. 16 detailing his planned cuts and increases in spending for the next year. Trump proposed cuts for hundreds of programs and has decided to eliminate 62 completely, while increasing military spending. Among these cuts is an 18% decr...

The new wave of R-rated superhero movies – why it works.

The new wave of R-rated superhero movies – why it works.

by Anjay Saklecha, Sports Editor
March 20, 2017
Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion

The blood-drenched, claw-ripping final chapter in the Wolverine saga, “Logan,” was released on March 3 to the public with a rare R-rating by Twentieth Century Fox, in addition with Marvel Studios, and mandated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Aside from “Deadpool,” released in 2016,...

Heart of Harker: Facing our past to move to the future

Heart of Harker: Facing our past to move to the future

by Anonymous, Guest writer
March 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

Outside the tent, I lie on the ground and gaze at the night sky. The stars are bright and dense. As they weave into a beautiful curtain and enclose onto me, I have never felt so close to the ground. In fact, I have never felt so close to myself. I could hear my heart beating, catch shooting stars diving...

Staying on track: A perspective on personal wellness

Staying on track: A perspective on personal wellness

by Meilan Steimle, Editor in Chief
March 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

Second semester of senior year has arrived, which means it's time for me to start writing columns where I look back on my high school journey and wax poetic about the lessons I've learned. And hey, I've always been a sheep at heart, so why stop now? I'm sure almost every other senior has some pseudo-pr...

Stripping ‘quiet’ of its negative connotations

Stripping ‘quiet’ of its negative connotations

by Sahana Srinivasan, Managing editor
March 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

One person at a table near the front rises to her feet, and the room follows. The applause is thunderously loud, almost deafening, as claps and cheers intermingle in the massive conference hall. Viola Davis smiles at the front of the room, her deeply personal keynote speech having moved many in the room t...

Editorial: After a month of political actions and peaceable protests, what comes next in our democracy?

Editorial: After a month of political actions and peaceable protests, what comes next in our democracy?

March 16, 2017
Filed under Opinion

In last month’s issue, Winged Post provided practical suggestions for those wanting to participate in the planned Women’s Marches across the country on Jan. 21: Arrive early. Follow march organizers’ directions. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring water and snacks. The weekend protests exceeded the expectatio...

March, scientists, march

March, scientists, march

by Derek Yen, STEM Editor
March 6, 2017
Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion, Showcase

President Trump's first month in office has been more than a little concerning to those interested in the sciences. From the dissolution of the EPA to the approval of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education to the removal of nearly all mentions of climate change on the White House website, the Trump administration has already done much to hinde...

Finding my place: Another way to look at dance

Finding my place: Another way to look at dance

by Kathy Fang, Reporter
February 27, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

The lights shift into a hazy cerulean blue as the music climbs up a sloping crescendo, glazing the stage with an aura reminiscent of sunlight beneath the ocean waves. Dappled lights flicker across the back of my hand, like the scales of fish rippling in deep waters, so mesmerizing that I almost forge...

Going against the grain: the benefits of accepting alternatives to traditional methods of food production

Going against the grain: the benefits of accepting alternatives to traditional methods of food production

by Tiffany Wong, Aquila News Editor
February 27, 2017
Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion

Since Green Team’s announcement of a trial run of Meatless Mondays, a program which limits meat options from the lunch menu in exchange for a larger variety of vegetarian dishes, a sizable population of students have taken to expressing their disappointment with the change with food on campus in a...

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