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Editorial: How to deal with academic burnout

Editorial: How to deal with academic burnout

June 6, 2017
Filed under Opinion

It’s been a long year. A really, really, REALLY long year. There’s less than a month of school left, and we’re all just about done with homework and APs, and we’re almost done with finals. The seniors graduate in two weeks. And in a matter of weeks, your year will be over too. Whenever we fee...

A note of farewell…

A note of farewell…

by Meilan Steimle and Kshithija Mulam
June 6, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The Winged Post is a lot like a sandwich from Ike’s: It’s really too much for one person to handle, but we ignore common sense and bite off way more than we can chew. It’s messy, and even when you try to keep it compartmentalized to your mouth, it gets everywhere until your entire life is tinge...

Heart of Harker: Lessons learned teaching French

Heart of Harker: Lessons learned teaching French

by Antoinette Gathy, Guest Writer
June 6, 2017
Filed under Opinion

After teaching at Harker for 17 years, I am leaving with countless wonderful memories. I would not if I had worked anywhere else. -Lisa, a student in French III, came one morning before class and asked me a question about the quiz she was going to take that day. A friend, who was accompanying her, wh...

DAMN. review – 4/5 stars

DAMN. review – 4/5 stars

by Alex Chen, Guest Writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion

In the wake of the landmark 2015 release “To Pimp a Butterfly”, Kendrick Lamar has quickly become one of the most prominent and respected figures in contemporary music. From his widely acclaimed series of albums, his iconic performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards, and the adoption of his hit “Alri...

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...

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